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4 coaches, Adidas executive charged in college bribe scheme

first_imgLATEST STORIES Adidas said it was unaware of any misconduct by an employee and vowed to fully cooperate with authorities.Gatto and others are accused of funneling $100,000 to the family of a high school athlete to gain his commitment to play at Louisville and to sign with Adidas once he became a professional. Louisville and Adidas announced a 10-year, $160 million extension of their sponsorship deal over the summer.The player’s name was not released, but details in the criminal complaint make it clear investigators were referring to Brian Bowen, who did not return messages seeking comment.Louisville coach Rick Pitino said the allegations “come as a complete shock to me.”The development comes as Louisville is appealing a four-year NCAA probation over a scandal involvingescorts hired for players and recruits. The scandal could cost the school its 2013 national championship.In court papers Tuesday, the FBI said it recorded a July meeting at which an assistant coach at Louisville was briefed on a plan to funnel thousands of dollars to a potential high school recruit. The participants in the meeting noted they had to be careful because Louisville was on probation.“We gotta be very low key,” said the coach, according to the FBI.Investigators said agents wiretapped a call in which Gatto and another defendant discussed an unidentified coach at Miami requesting that Adidas pay as much as $150,000 to another recruit, in part to prevent him from accepting a similar offer from a rival apparel company.Louisville interim President Gregory Postel confirmed the university has been informed it is part of the investigation and said, “Any violations will not be tolerated.”Miami said it will cooperate with authorities, while USC said it appointed former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh to conduct an internal investigation.The investigation began after Martin Blazer, a Pittsburgh-based financial adviser to pro athletes, began cooperating with authorities in 2014. Blazer, accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of taking money from clients without permission, pleaded guilty this month to fraud and other crimes. 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 Bland appeared in court in Tampa, Florida, wearing handcuffs and ankle chains. He said little during a brief hearing other than to answer the judge’s questions and did not enter a plea.Richardson appeared in court in Tucson, Arizona, where he was set for release on $50,000 bond. His lawyer declined to comment.Those charged also include James Gatto, director of global sports marketing for basketball at Adidas; Rashan Michel, a maker of custom suits for some of the NBA’s biggest stars; and various financial advisers and managers.NCAA President Mark Emmert condemned the alleged misconduct, saying, “Coaches hold a unique position of trust with student-athletes and their families, and these bribery allegations, if true, suggest anextraordinary and despicable breach of that trust.”Since 2015, the FBI has been investigating the influence of money on coaches and players in the NCAA. Kim noted a special FBI hotline was set up and asked anyone aware of additional corruption to come forward.Prosecutors said the coaches took bribes to use their “enormous influence” to steer players toward certain financial advisers and agents.Most if not all of the 10 defendants were under arrest. Lawyers for Gatto and two of the coaches did not immediately respond to requests for comment. It was unclear whether Evans had an attorney.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NBA: Several Hawks players ‘screamed in jubilation’ after Howard trade—report Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments These file photos show, assistant basketball coaches Tony Bland, left, Chuck Person, center, and Lamont Richardson. The three, along with assistant coach Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State, were identified in court papers and are among 10 people facing federal charges in Manhattan federal court, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK — In one of the biggest crackdowns on the corrupting role of money in college basketball, 10 men — including a top Adidas executive and four assistant coaches — were charged Tuesday with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, even tailors.Some of the most explosive allegations appeared to involve Louisville, one of college basketball’s biggest powerhouses, which is already on NCAA probation over a sex scandal.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img He admitted making payments and loans to NCAA athletes as far back as 2000 to get them to hire him.Person, associate head coach at Auburn, was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1986 and played for five NBA teams over 13 seasons.Prosecutors said Person accepted about $91,500 in bribes from Blazer last year to steer clients to him when they reached the NBA. Some payments were alleged to have been arranged by Michel, a former NBA referee turned high-end clothier.Person was quoted by prosecutors as telling one player: “The most important part is that you … don’t say nothing to anybody … don’t share with your sisters, don’t share with any of the teammates, that’s very important ’cause this is a violation … of rules. But this is how the NBA players get it done.”Prosecutors said Evans solicited at least $22,000 over the past two years, while Richardson in February was paid $20,000 in bribes, some of which he kept for himself and some of which he gave to at least one high school athlete to get him to play for Arizona.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ DAY6 is for everybody Federal prosecutors said at least three top high school recruits were promised payments of as much as$150,000, using money supplied by Adidas, to attend two universities sponsored by the athletic shoe company. Court papers didn’t name the schools but contained enough details to identify them as Louisville and Miami.“The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one,” said acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, adding that the defendants were “circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes” and exploited them to enrich themselves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogProsecutors said that while some of the bribe money went to athletes and their families, some went to coaches, to get them to use their influence over their potentially NBA-bound players.The coaches charged are Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, Tony Bland of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. Person and Evans were suspended, and Bland was placed on administrative leave. How to help the Taal evacueeslast_img read more

Lee: Rematch vs Yamaguchi ‘will be one for the books’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Two years after their first fight, which turned out to be the Fight of the Year, Lee and Yamaguchi will meet in the cage again.The rematch will Lee’s third title defense and the champion vowed that the sequel will be better than the first.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“This fight will be one for the books,” said Lee Monday at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre after the press conference for the Unstoppable Dreams card that she and Yamaguchi will headline.“I think that fight, it was Fight of the Year for a reason, and we both showed a lot of heart, grit, and determination. We won a lot of respect from that fight.” View comments MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lee didn’t want to predict how the bout could go, but she did promise that fireworks will go off on Friday.“This time around it’s going to be different,” said Lee, who holds an 8-0 record. “We’re both going to give the best we can on the table and we’ve both made improvements since then. I know she has and I also definitely did.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from ONE ChampionshipSINGAPORE—Angela Lee and Mei Ymaguchi produced an instant classic back in 2016 when they fought through five rounds for the ONE atomweight belt.Singapore’s Lee became the inaugural atomweight champion after edging Yamaguchi via unanimous decision in a brawl that solidified both her and Yamaguchi’s status as premier fighters in the promotion.ADVERTISEMENT Kings’ Cauley-Stein says learning, sharing experience to kids ‘bigger than hoops’last_img read more

Putts won’t drop, but Woods moves up the board at PGA anyway

first_imgBut not a lost day.After finishing tied for 48th after the first round, then tied for 19th after the second, he is tied for sixth going into the last.Hitting the ball well and in the hunt.Now, if he can only get the putter to cooperate.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That par was the most disappointing of the 10 straight Woods made to finish his third round Saturday at the PGA Championship. He shot 4-under 66 to reach 8 under. That was four back of leader Brooks Koepka — well within striking range, but not as good as it might’ve been.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Could’ve been a little closer,” Woods said. “But I’ve got a shot going into tomorrow.”For the third straight day at the wide-open, squishy Bellerive Country Club, Woods hit the ball well from tee to green — he hit 15 greens in regulation — and looked every bit the contender he was three weeks ago at the British Open, where the cheers seemed louder and more heartfelt than they’d been in the past. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil APST. LOUIS — Tiger Woods knew the shot was good. He struck it pure from 240 yards on the 17th hole and started strutting down the fairway, watching the ball land 20 feet from the pin — one good putt away from an eagle that would have vaulted him into second place.And Woods knew the putt was bad. He muscled it 3 feet past the hole, then pulled the comebacker off line and, after settling for a disappointing par, he briefly grabbed the putter with both hands, as if to bend it, before deciding better of it.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments The misses on 17, combined with a missed birdie try from 15 feet below the hole on 18, took away the tantalizing prospect of Woods playing in the final group in a major for the first time since 2009 (When he lost to Y.E. Yang at the PGA.)But it doesn’t mean he won’t have a chance to catch Koepka, who got to 13 under before he showed glimpses of a struggle — making back-to-back bogeys on 14 and 15 to come back to the field. Koepka closed with a two-shot lead over Adam Scott, with three more players at 9 under separating Koepka from Woods.“The golf course is playing soft, it’s gettable, you have to make birdies,” Woods said.He did just that over the first nine holes, making five birdies on the front nine on the way to a 31 that drew him within two of the lead.What followed was another chapter in a consistent trend: Woods has played the front nine in 10-under par this week, but has played the back at 2 over.This year? He ranks 120th in back-nine scoring average on the PGA Tour, and is tied for 10th over the front nine.At the British Open, he shot 34 over the front nine in the final round to briefly get into the lead. He went double bogey-bogey on 11 and 12 to fall out of the lead and finished tied for sixth.But his experience on the back nine at Bellerive was different, in part because of storms that took him off the course in the middle of his second round Friday and brought him back for a 7 a.m. restart Saturday. In all, the 42-year-old Woods put his surgically repaired back through 29 holes over 10 hours in hot, sticky weather. He not only changed shirts this time, he changed colors — from a gray-and-white striped design early in the round to royal blue from the fifth hole on.“It’s not necessarily the physical, it’s mentally grinding that hard for 29 holes in this heat,” he said. “It was a long day.” 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal It’s been much the same this week in St. Louis.“Hearing the crowd, and Tiger’s performing great, it was like turning back the hands of the clock,” said Stewart Cink, who played with Woods and also shot 4 under to also finish four out of the lead.But Tiger’s putter? It brought more moans than cheers to the fans, and more frustration than joy to Woods.He has not made a putt of longer than 17 feet over three days, and has only made five putts of more than 10 feet all week. As Saturday’s round wore on, he was consistently coming up short as the already soft greens got even slower; he had six birdie tries of 20 feet or less over the back nine and didn’t make one.“The greens were getting fuzzy, they’re getting slow, and I didn’t hit the putts quite hard enough,” Woods said. “And I made sure I did on 17. And I blew it by about four feet and then pulled the next one.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Domingo leading the way for FEU in PVL In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Gates says more facts needed before any strikes on Kurds

first_img“It’s a pretty tough area. It’s a pretty mountainous area,” he told reporters. “Nothing would be simple.” In Washington, Pentagon officials said they could not confirm news reports of airstrikes. “I don’t know of any Turkish airstrikes in that area today,” Maj. Gen. Richard Sherlock, Joint Chiefs of Staff operational planning director, said at a Defense Department press conference. Separately, a senior defense official said there is increasing frustration at the highest reaches of the Bush administration with the Turkey-Iraq situation; that the Iraqis understand this; and that there is growing sympathy with the Turkish position that something has to be done. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said the U.S. military believes the Turks would “like to avoid a cross-border military operation on the ground if they could.” In congressional testimony Wednesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the Iraqis are taking steps to crack down on Kurdish rebels. The U.S. has told Turkey that retaliatory attacks would have a “destabilizing effect,” she said. Few of the U.S. military forces in Iraq are along the border with Turkey, but there is ample air power available. U.S. officials have said repeatedly in recent days that U.S. forces are tied up with the long-running fight against insurgents and the al-Qaida in Iraq group elsewhere in the country.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NOORDWIJK, the Netherlands – Pentagon chief Robert Gates said Wednesday he saw little sense in airstrikes or major ground assaults by U.S., Turkish or other forces against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq until more is known about their locations along the border. His comments to reporters during a break in a NATO defense ministers meeting suggested U.S. concern that Turkey will open a large-scale offensive across the border into the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. That area has been one of the most prosperous and peaceful parts of Iraq in recent years. Turkish warplanes and helicopter gunships reportedly attacked positions of Kurdish rebels just inside Turkey earlier Wednesday, and Turkish leaders in Ankara discussed the scope and duration of a possible offensive. Turkey’s leaders face demands at home to stage an offensive in northern Iraq. Rebels of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party – known as the PKK – rest, train and get supplies in relative safety in the area before returning to Turkey to conduct attacks in support of their goal of autonomy in southeastern Turkey. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.At a news conference in this seaside village, where defense ministers of all 26 NATO member countries gathered to discuss their efforts in Afghanistan, Gates was asked to assess the prospects of the U.S. military launching airstrikes in support of Turkey’s efforts against the Kurdish rebels. “Without good intelligence, just sending large numbers of troops across the border (from Turkey) or dropping bombs doesn’t seem to make much sense to me,” Gates said. The defense secretary was questioned about whether his sense of the limitations on effective military action applied to U.S. as well as Turkish strikes. “For anybody,” he replied. Adm. Michael Mullen, the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told soldiers at Fort Riley, Kan., that the border situation is complex and any incursions across it would be a difficult undertaking. Asked later whether the U.S. is considering airstrikes, Mullen said he would not disclose any military options at this point. last_img read more


first_imgThe Government is preparing to form a second inquiry into alleged irregular planning decisions in County Donegal.Local government minister Jan O’Sullivan confirmed a new inquiry team would be appointed in the coming weeks.Some of the original inquiry’s findings were overturned by the High Court last month in an action brought by a former planner. Minister O’Sullivan said the new review cannot be carried out by any of the people involved in the original report.“I cannot use the process and the people put on the panel by [former Minister] Gormley,” she explained.“Apparently for fair procedure, we have to start a new process because of the time that has elapsed in between.“That’s the advice I have been given.” She said she expects the process to begin in the autumn.* For legal reasons, comments are closed on this story MINISTER: ‘I WANT NEW INQUIRY INTO DONEGAL PLANNING’ was last modified: July 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:donegal planning inquirylast_img read more

Torrent sweeps from reservoir

first_img “Pretty much all of them were in shock, honestly,” said Lesterville Fire Department Chief Ben Meredith. The three children – ages 7 months, 3 and 5 – were listed in critical condition at a hospital in St. Louis, 120 miles to the northeast. The two older children had breathing problems; the baby suffered from hypothermia, authorities said. The reservoir, built in 1963, was dug out of the top of 1,590-foot Profit Mountain, with huge, sloping, 90-foot-high walls made of the stone removed from the peak. The reservoir – the upper of two reservoirs at the hydroelectric plant – was lined with concrete and asphalt. A plastic liner was added two years ago because of minor leaks, Rainwater said. Normally, water released from the reservoir rushes down a 7,000-foot shaft and tunnel and spins the turbines to generate electricity. In Wednesday’s accident, water gushed through the breach and streamed down the side of the mountain and into a valley, draining the reservoir like a bathtub. At 5:12 a.m., the water level in the reservoir was high, according to AmerenUE. By 5:24 a.m., it registered as low. The water eventually flowed back into the Black River. Soon after the break, police and the National Weather Service urged the 150 residents of Lesterville, about 15 miles downstream in the sparsely populated area, to move to higher ground. But by midday, once the water had flowed back into the river, the danger had passed. Emergency workers said they saw two tractor-trailers pushed about 150 yards off the road, two pickup trucks and a car tossed into a field, and a house that Hoover described as “just totally gone.” Gov. Matt Blunt said AmerenUE would be held responsible for flood damage if an investigation finds the company is liable. The company said it would respond to the flooded community’s needs. J. Mark Robinson, director of the office of energy projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said the plant, including the reservoir, was inspected most recently in August and found to be properly operated and maintained. AmerenUE serves 2.3 million customers in Missouri and Illinois, and the plant provides about 2 percent of its total electric generation. The floodwaters knocked over some power poles, causing scattered outages, but there was no widespread interruption of power because of the breach. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’ll never see anything like it in our lifetime again,” paramedic Chris Hoover said. AmerenUE chairman and chief executive Gary Rainwater said it appeared that the plant’s automated instruments had pumped too much water into the reservoir and caused it to rupture. A backup set of instruments should have recognized the problem but didn’t, and the utility is trying to figure out why, AmerenUE said. The water hit Coleman’s truck at 5:20 a.m., splashing through the windows. He climbed onto the roof and saw that another truck and a car were also submerged, with the drivers also on the roofs. The water receded within minutes. It was then that Coleman said he heard a man screaming for help. The man’s home had been washed away, and his wife and his three children were missing. Rescuers searched for an hour before finding the family of Jerry Toops, superintendent of a state park near the reservoir. The four were huddling silently at the far end of a muddy field 500 yards from where their home had once stood. LESTERVILLE, Mo. – Trucker Greg Coleman could barely believe what hit him. He was hauling a load of zinc down a highway in southeast Missouri when a wall of water emerged from the predawn darkness and slammed into his truck. “I had no idea where it was coming from – I travel this road every day,” Coleman said. The wave was part of a billion-gallon torrent of water that spilled from a huge mountaintop reservoir in the Ozarks after a stone retaining wall collapsed before daybreak Wednesday. At least two homes and several vehicles were swept away and three children were critically injured, authorities said. The 50-acre reservoir at a hydroelectric plant run by St. Louis-based utility AmerenUE emptied within minutes through the V-shaped, 600-foot-wide breach, turning the surrounding area into a landscape of flattened trees and clay-covered grass. last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: It was a magical evening in Kilmacrennan.Santa was there – and so was his CocaCola truck for what proved to be a wonderful night for young and old. Watch this video to see what happened…Click play to watch    DDTV: VIDEO OF THE NIGHT SANTA CAME TO KILMACRENNAN was last modified: December 16th, 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:Christmas 2014kilmacrennanSANTAvideolast_img read more

Round-up: Best to train with QPR, keeper in talks, Green enquiry, Saunders scores, Middlesex win

first_imgIt’s been another busy day at QPR, who are in talks with Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies after agreeing a deal with the Yorkshire club. Smithies, 25, signed a new contract with the Terriers earlier this year but has been given permission to discuss a move to Loftus Road.Rangers have been looking for a keeper to compete with Rob Green. However, following reports that West Ham would move to re-sign the 35-year-old, Rangers have received an enquiry from them regarding Green’s availability.Meanwhile, striker Leon Best – a free agent after leaving Blackburn – will train with the R’s ahead of a possible move.Best has been given the chance to train with RangersJunior Hoilett scored a hat-trick for QPR’s development side, who were  involved in a 5-5 draw with Huddersfield.And head coach Chris Ramsey has said that the performances of the likes of Michael Doughty and Cole Kpekawa have shown the youngsters could save Rangers money in the transfer market.Brentford’s second string have been in action too – Sam Saunders scored one of their goals as they drew 2-2 with Nottingham Forest.Saunders has been working his way back to fitness following injuryChelsea boss Jose Mourinho has explained his decision to substitute skipper John Terry against Manchester City.And in cricket, Dawid Malan’s career-best 156 not out helped Middlesex end their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign with a win over Glamorgan.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South African communities abroad

first_imgFeeling a bit out of it? Want to connect with some people who know where you’re coming from? Get some community away from home? Check out our directory of websites, clubs, societies, newsletters and e-magazines for South Africans living abroad.There is always a community of South Africans, no matter where you may find yourself in the world. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterWorldwideUnited States of AmericaCanadaAustraliaNew ZealandUnited Kingdom & IrelandEuropeAsia & the Middle EastSouth AmericaThe South African High Commission in London, England. This consulate offers a variety of services for South African abroad, including remote voting services and travel information. (Image: Wikipedia)WORLDWIDEGlobalBuzz SAffers provides information, and a way to connect via forums and live chat, for anyone with an interest in South Africa, regardless of their nationality or country of residence. Homecoming Revolution is a non-profit organisation aimed at encouraging and helping South Africans living abroad to return home.RainbowNation.com is the international South African’s online community.RSA-Overseas is a portal for South Africans living overseas.SA Promo Magazine is aimed at South Africans abroad.SA Reunited is a South African site for tracking down your long-lost school and varsity friends – both those at home and overseas.UNITED STATES OF AMERICAAfrican Hut has the largest online selection of South African foods and groceries in the United States. They ship to anywhere in the country.AmaBoston is for South Africans in Boston, Massachusetts.Braai News is a social club in Tampa, Florida, that offers braai get-togethers and a regular newsletter.Madiba Restaurant and Shebeen is in Forte Greene, Brooklyn. The menus and wine list are all about South Africa. A percentage of the proceeds is given to, among others, the Ubuntu Education Fund, Ethembeni School of the Blind and Achilles.New York New Jersey Springbok Club meets twice a month and hosts three braais a year. Check out their schedule on the website.South Africans in Seattle operates out of Seattle, Washington and serves ex-patriates in the Pacific Northwest. Its activities include social (picnics, braais, and wine tasting), information (lectures and speakers), and sponsorship (hosting Southern African visitors, dignitaries, and sports people).SA Colorado serves fellow and ex-South Africans, whether living in or only visiting Colorado.SAUSA Forums is a forum for South Africans in the USA with lots of useful information relating to a wide variety of subjects. Well worth a visit.South African Chamber of Commerce in America is a not-for-proft organisation dedicated to the encouragement, facilitation and expansion of business, trade, tourism and investments opportunties between South Africa and the Americas, and to promote sustainable economic growth and job creation.South Africans Dallas Fort Worth is a site to inform those that live in the Dallas, Fort Worth metroplex and beyond for networking, socializing and support for Southern Africans.South Africans in Austin arranges social events for South Africans living in the Austin area.South Africans in Charlotte – Club that brings together South Africans living in both North and South CarolinaSouth African Expat Social Club, San Diego, California arranges events and activities such as winery tours, sports activities, social nights, braais, getaway tours, comedy, parties, live music and restaurant outings.SpringDucks is the online home of the South African Club in Portland, Oregon.The Texaspotjie Festival is a well-established weekend of fun for all the family, South African style. Naturally food is an important part of the festival and competitions include The Best in Texas Boerewors contest, as well as the Texas Potjie Cook-off. There is even a church service on Sunday morning…in Afrikaans!The annual Texas Potjie brings South Africans from across Texas together for a weekend of food and kuier. (Image: Texas Potjie)CANADACanada Coffee Club – An online bistro for immigrants coming to Canada.SACanada Forums is a discussion forum for prospective and existing South African Immigrants to Canada.South Africans in Saskatoon provides a platform for South Africans living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to meet up from time to time and ‘celebrate our heritage’.South Africans in Calgary help to coordinate network and social activities for ex-South Africans in the city.South Africans in Nova Scotia is for Southern Africans, their spouses, partners and children and friends living in the Maritimes.South Africans in OntarioSouth Africans in Toronto is for South Africans who live in the Toronto and Greater Toronto Area (GTA).AUSTRALIAAfrikaanse Klub Australia includes a newsletter and an events calendar.SAAustralia Forums is a discussion forum for prospective and existing South African Immigrants to Australia.SAbona is a magazine for South Africans in Australia.South Africans in Adelaide is a group of friends who have a common interest in South Africa. They have either lived in South Africa or have some passion for the country.NEW ZEALANDAfrikaanse Klub in Nieu- Seeland offers, among other things, offers Southern African immigrants support, including social networks, cultural activities, and business networks.South Africans in New Zealand offers new immigrants from Southern Africa an opportunity to organise groups and activities that will improve their social and professional life in New Zealand.Sinzasa – South Island New Zealand Association of Southern AfricansUNITED KINGDOM & IRELANDRoyal African Society – Everything African in the UK. News, entertainment, business, networking, discussion forums, listings of African organisations and service providers based in the UK.Community Heart – Manchester-based charity focused on health, education and reconstruction projects in South Africa, needing volunteers.London South Africa Rugby Football ClubSA Business Club – Allows South Africans and those with South African connections to network and pool resources.Sanza – A site for Sanzas (South Africans, Kiwis and Aussies) living in the UK.SA PROMO Magazine – SA Promo’s magazine for South Africans abroad.South Africans in Ireland – provides some SA links useful for those living in the Emerald Isle.The Africa Centre – The heart of Africa in the heart of LondonThe South African – Another free newspaper, read by an estimated 80 000 South Africans throughout the UK and Europe.WORKgateways – Helps organise engineering, town planning, construction, nursing and other jobs in the UK for travellers from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.EUROPEThe Bavarian Springbok Club is for South Africans and friends living in and around Bavaria, Germany. It was established in 1992 and meetings take place about every six weeks. Check in on the newsletter, what’s on, report backs on the last event, and find useful links.Doringboom – Afrikaanstalige skakel in Berlyn, Duitsland (also in English).South African’s in Finland works brings together the small South African population living in Finland.Friends of South Africa – Austria functions as a sounding board and a mouthpiece for all aspects of South African culture and promotes South African interests in Austria. Conversely, FoSA provides information about Austria to South Africans, both within Austria and abroad.Luso- SouthAfricans.com – Brings together the Portuguese and South African communities living in South Africa and Portugal.Southern Africa – Netherlands – Chamber of Commerce is the key intermediary agency for companies, organisations and entrepreneurs doing or seeking to do business between the Netherlands, South Africa and the Southern African region.South African Club, the Netherlands, brings South Africans and people interested in South Africa together during various events which are organized by the SA Club committee.South Africans in Portugal first started in the end of 2009 as a “voice” to South African expats living in Portugal. Its main goal is to help South African expats reach out and connect with each other.South African Social Club in Denmark – a place for people from anywhere to meet other South Africans, Danes, Swedes and any other South African-afflicted or -affiliated person.South Africans in Austria – for all those South Africans who find themselves in the Austrian Alps or nearby.The South Africa House, the Netherlands, includes four institutions striving to keep the Dutch interest in South Africa alive: the Netherlands-South African Society (NZAV), the South African Institute (SAI), the Study Fund Foundation for South African Students and the Maandblad Zuid-Afrika.The South African Society in Norway is a voluntary forum for the cultural and social interests of its members and other individuals or groups affiliated with South Africa in any way.The South African Society in Sweden aims to bring together people who hold a common interest in South Africa, its people, its development, its natural environment and its food and wine.SA Braai Switzerland organises an annual braai.South African International Association of the Riviera – Based in the south of France.ASIA & MIDDLE EASTSouth Africans Living in Shanghai is an open Facebook group connecting expats living in the city. There is useful information on living in the city and events.South African Social Group in Qatar is a vibrant website for the South African community in Doha, Qatar.The South African Business Council unites business partners by offering a networking and business development forum for business professionals with South African connections living and working in the United Arab Emirates.The Southern African Group in Oman is a social group catering for expatriates living and working in Oman, including people from the southern part of Africa and their friends.SOUTH AMERICADie Roepstem is for ex-pats from the Netherlands and Suriname and South African Afrikaners in Argentina.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Suntech, Siemens in SA solar projects

first_img18 December 2012China’s Suntech Power Holdings, one of the world’s largest producers of solar panels, has announced that it will supply approximately 100 megawatts (MW) of solar panels for two projects that are being developed, built and operated in South Africa.The projects, which are being developed at two separate sites in the country’s Northern Cape province, will be built and operated by a consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power and designed and constructed by Siemens.The sites will be operational by mid-2014.“We are excited to be partnering with Mainstream Renewable Power, one of the world’s leading developers of renewable energy projects, and Siemens, which is renowned for its engineering and implementation expertise,” Suntech chief executive officer, David King, said in a statement last week.‘Clean, sustainable energy’“These landmark projects will showcase the ability of solar to provide clean and sustainable energy to South African communities,” he said.The solar systems are expected to generate 180 gigawatt-hours of electricity, enough to power approximately 15 000 households and displace approximately 180 000 tons of carbon emissions per year.“With quality components and engineering, we are confident these projects will demonstrate the capabilities of solar energy in South Africa and set the foundation for a sustainable future,” said Mainstream Renewable Power’s chief executive, Eddie O’Connor.The 100MW solar plants are among the first projects to be granted licenses under South Africa’s first Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP).The programme targets the installation of 1.45 gigawatts of photovoltaic solar plants by the end of 2014 and 8.2 gigawatts by 2030.“These projects are opening the door to one of the most interesting emerging renewable energy markets,” said Siemens Solar & Hydro Division chief executive officer, Ted Scheidegger.“With rapid cost declines over the past decade, solar is not only environmentally friendly, but also cost competitive with many other forms of energy generation,” said Suntech’s founder and executive chairperson, Zhengrong Shi.“We are confident that South Africa’s clear renewable energy policy will provide a blueprint for other countries in the region.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more