County Commissioners Honor Rochester School District for Water Quality Efforts

first_imgThe county is actively seeking other school districts to take part in the Stormwater Rate Credit Program. Facebook1Tweet0Pin0OLYMPIA – Thurston County Commissioners are recognizing the Rochester School District for partnering in an effort to protect groundwater and to provide education about the importance of water quality.  The district is the first in the county to partner with the Thurston County Stormwater Utility to complete the pilot Stormwater Rate Credit application. Under the program, the district completed a comprehensive inspection and maintenance of their stormwater facilities which are critical to providing water quality treatment for pollution in runoff from impervious surfaces such as parking lots.  Thurston County Commission Chair Cathy Wolfe says this is a win for the school district and the community.  “We appreciate the willingness of the district to become involved in this program.  This partnership between the district and the county will help with the upkeep of their storm water facilities while at the same time contributing to the protection of groundwater in the area.”  Rochester Schools Superintendent Kim Frye says the district is grateful to Thurston County for this program and the stormwater rate credit. “When we pay less in fees, it allows us to keep the limited education funding we have in our classrooms directly impacting student learning.”center_img There is also an important education component to the program.  The Rochester School District’s inclusion of comprehensive water resources materials, curriculum and activities, helps students learn about the importance of protecting and preserving critical water resources. In recognition of their participation in the watershed education program and the “Chehalis Basin Education Consortium”, and their inspection and maintenance activities, the District earned a 50% rebate    of 2011 county stormwater fees.  The total amount returned to the district was $9,071.5.last_img read more

2018 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament Begins Wednesday

first_imgThe winner of the Southland Conference Tournament earns the league’s automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. The bracket will be announced Monday, May 28 on ESPNU at 11 a.m. CT.  No. 3 Northwestern State – Record: 33-22, 18-12 SLCThe Demons completed an impressive turnaround this season. With five all-conference honorees and the 2018 Coach of the Year at the helm, Northwestern State went from 10-20 in league play in 2017 to 18-12 this season to secure the No. 3 seed. Four-time all-conference pick David Fry was named Player of the Year while junior transfer Jerry Maddox earned Newcomer of the Year. NSU enters the tournament having won seven of its last night Southland matchups. The Demons play the opening game of the tournament against No. 6 McNeese. The Cowboys downed the Demons 2-1 in their series meeting in April. The NCAA Division I Baseball Championship consists of a 64-team field – 31 automatic qualifiers and 33 at-large selections. Sixteen teams will be seeded and each of the seeded teams will be placed at one of the regional sites. The double-elimination tournament will broadcast exclusively on ESPN+, available through ESPN.com and the ESPN app. Tournament HomepageFRISCO, Texas – The top eight teams in the league descend on Constellation Field for the 2018 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament, beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m. CT. Top seed Sam Houston State enters as the regular season title holder and defending tournament champion. First game: vs. No. 4 Houston Baptist, 7 p.m. First game: vs. No. 7 Nicholls, 12 p.m. No. 7 Nicholls – Record: 26-30, 14-16 SLCNicholls finished strong when it counted, ending the season with a three-game sweep of Central Arkansas at home to seal their spot in a three-way tie for seventh place in the league standings. The Colonels earned a pair of all-conference selections and two spots on the all-defensive team, led by center fielder Chet Niehaus who landed a slot on both. The senior out of Hammond, La., batted .318 during conference play with a team-high five homers while amassing 104 putouts, three assists and just one error in league play for a .991 fielding percentage. Nicholls faces No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana in the first round, a team which they were 1-2 against on the road in their regular season series. No. 1 Sam Houston State – Record: 38-18, 24-6 SLCThe Bearkats secured their fifth regular season title in seven years and are seeking a third consecutive Southland tournament title this week. In 2017, Sam Houston became the only conference program in history to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals. The team earned four all-conference picks this year, led by first-team short stop Andrew Fregia. Sam Houston has won nine of 10 conference series in 2018, including five three-game sweeps. No. 4 Houston Baptist – Record: 26-28, 18-12 SLCThe Huskies enter as the fourth seed with the 2018 Hitter of the Year in Matt Heck, three first team all-conference picks, a third team selection and an all-defensive honoree. Heck, a senior outfielder from Midlothian, Texas, posted a .362 overall batting average, 45 RBIs and nine home runs. He racked up 76 hits in 210 at-bats for 10 doubles and 33 runs scored. HBU also sports one of the best pitchers in the league in senior Matthew McCollough. He registered a 3.02 ERA, an 8-3 record and tossed four complete games in 2018. The Huskies meet Central Arkansas in their first game, having won their regular season series on the road 2-1 in early April. No. 6 McNeese – Record: 25-31, 15-15 SLCMcNeese earned an all-conference in three-time selection Joe Provenzano and an all-defensive honoree, Shane Selman. The Cowboys were regular season champions in 2017, their fourth overall. They enter the conference tournament on a four-game skid, having lost eight of their last nine conference matchups. Provenzano, a senior infielder from Downers Grove, Ill, leads the team with a .329 batting average, racking up 69 hits in 210 at-bats with 101 total bases. McNeese faces Northwestern State in the first round of the tournament. The Cowboys took the series 2-1 at home in their regular season meeting in April. First game: vs. No. 5 Central Arkansas, 7 p.m. First game: vs. No. 1 Sam Houston State, 4 p.m. No. 5 Central Arkansas – Record: 32-23, 17-13 SLCUCA will look to reset for the Southland tournament after dropping its final three games of the season at Nicholls. The Bears earned five all-conference picks, three all-defensive selections and 2018 Pitcher of the Year in senior Tyler Gray. The right hander out of Fort Smith, Ark., tallied a 2.91 ERA and a 6-1 record. In 92.2 innings pitched he allowed just 30 total earned runs, 68 hits and struck out 113 batters while tossing two complete games. Central Arkansas takes on No. 4 HBU in its first tournament matchup, having dropped the series 2-1 in their regular season meeting. First game: vs. No. 3 Northwestern State, 9 a.m. First game: vs. No. 6 McNeese, 9 a.m. Home of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball’s Sugar Land Skeeters, Constellation Field is hosting the Southland tournament for the fifth time in six years and is slated to host through 2019. No. 8 New Orleans – Record: 26-30, 14-16 SLCThe Privateers head to the postseason wielding two of the strongest individual weapons in the league in senior third baseman Owen Magee and junior pitcher Bryan Warzek. Both were first team all-conference picks this season. Magee comfortably paces the team with a .335 batting average, tallying 80 hits, 14 doubles, 39 RBIs and 123 total bases. Warzek, a left-hander from Clifton Park, N.Y., was the most prominent presence on the mound for UNO, pitching 88.0 innings for the team this year. He notched a 4-2 record and 2.56 ERA, including 117 strikeouts. New Orleans faces the top seeded Bearkats in round one as the two teams meet for the first time this season. First game: vs. No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana, 12 p.m. First game: vs. No. 8 New Orleans, 4 p.m. Regionals for the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship are scheduled for June 1-4 on 16 campus sites. At each campus site, a four-team, double-elimination tournament will be conducted and the 16 winning teams advance to the Super Regionals, held June 8-10 or June 9-11 on eight campus sites. At each site, two teams play in a best-of-three tournament format. The winners from each site advance to the NCAA Men’s College World Series. No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana – Record: 36-20, 21-9 SLCSoutheastern enters as the second-seeded team, one of two Southland teams with single-digit conference losses this season. The Lions ended their league slate early, closing out the season at home with a win against South Alabama and splitting a pair versus Houston. They took on Sam Houston State and Central Arkansas in their final two conference series, winning both 2-1. Southeastern is the only Southland team to win a series against the top seed Bearkats. The team is led by four all-conference picks, including a pair of two-time honorees in senior outfielder Drew Avans and junior pitcher Corey Gaconi. The 2018 NCAA Men’s College World Series (CWS) will be held at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., from June 16-26/27.last_img read more

De Rossi, the symbol of the Italian ‘all-time player’

first_imgAnd after 16 seasons as a Romanist, in which he rose to second captain, De Rossi collected from the 2017-2018 course the bracelet that his idol and companion Totti wore. His career as a Romanist, which began in 2001, registered 459 matches in the Italian league, 56 in the Italian Cup and 98 in international competitions, in addition to four Italian Super Cup matches. His leadership and talent generated throughout his career the interest of great teams from Europe, including Real Madrid and Manchester United, but, as Totti did, de Rossi decided to dedicate his sports life to his city club and preferred to represent the Romanist shield to the possibility of obtaining more international titles. In fact, De Rossi only won three trophies with clubs: two Italian Cup titles and one of the Italian Super Cup lifted during the management of Luciano Spalletti in 2007 and 2008. The great success of his career came with the national team jersey Italian, with which he was crowned as world champion in Germany 2006, in a World Cup in which he played a leading role in transforming one of the decisive penalties in the final round against France. In that World Cup, with only 23 years, De Rossi was a leader of the midfield of the national team trained by Marcello Lippi and, despite a four-game penalty by a nudge on the second day of the group stage, he returned to eleven in the Berlin final, in time for contribute to the fourth world cup in the history of football in Italy.After 18 years in Rome, the American property decided not to renew its contract, which expired in July 2019, and De Rossi left the team among the hard-fought controversies of the fans to sign a one-year contract with the Argentine Boca Juniors. His stage in the whole of Buenos Aires ended after six months, with seven games and one goal. A period in which he became deeply fond of Boca, a team he is very grateful for, De Rossi himself highlighted in his farewell press conference. His football career officially ends on Monday, although football will continue to be part of his life, because in his plans he is studying to be a coach. Daniele De Rossi, a symbol of the Italian “tococampista”, tireless in defense and optimal at the start of the ball, said goodbye Monday to Boca Juniors, a club where he played since last July, and put an end to his soccer career at 36 years old. This was confirmed by De Rossi, speaking in Spanish, in a press conference offered on Monday in Buenos Aires, in which he said he is sad to leave the life of a football player and explained that, although he would have liked to continue playing “another ten years, “he wants to return to Rome to be with his family. De Rossi, born in Rome on July 24, 1983, ends a 20-year career, lived almost entirely in the team of his city and he is fond of, a Rome with which he played 616 games and with which he scored 63 goals. Midfielder of charisma, physical strength and great defensive capabilities coupled with a good technique constantly improved in his career, De Rossi was nicknamed from his early years in Rome as the “Future Captain”, the player designated as heir to the legend Francesco Totti.last_img read more

The Selection grows in value

first_imgTwo centrals and one position in the airSergio Ramos will be the captain of the National Team and the leader of the rear. However, the withdrawal of Gerard Piqué and the absence of minutes in soccer players like Nacho They have caused a headache to Luis Enrique. At the expense of what happens with the nationality of Gabriel Paulista, two young First Division centrals want to knock the door down. It is the case of Unai Nuñez, favored by the scheme of three Garitano plants, and Pau Torres, with Albiol as a teacher on the La Cerámica lawn.The Athletic has gone from being worth 15 million to cost five more and has already been called for duels against Romania and Faroe Islands. Curiously, two of his teammates are the ones who could take the place for the European event: Yeray and Iñigo Martínez. Pau Torres was summoned to Sweden, Malta and Romania and, in fact, in his debut with Spain he managed to score a goal in the disputed half hour. Its price has skyrocketed to € 20M.AMAIA ZABALO & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Aitor Fernández, goalkeeper with more stops in the First Division.AMAIA ZABALO (DAILY AS) Do Gea and Kepa have a rival?Neither De Gea nor Kepa have a good time in England. Moreover, the Chelsea has lost the starting position against Willy Caballero, although claimed in the FA Cup against Liverpool. Given the circumstance, the emergence of a third goalkeeper is already placed on the table. The great favorite to accompany the two seems Unai Simón, unquestionable in Athletic and with ten million more value than months ago. I turn, which he will face in the Copa del Rey final, has also seen his ‘price’ increase by € 7.5M. Aitor Fernández, one of the covers, already worth € 10M.They grow, looking forwardThe opportunity does not seem to have arrived yet Marc Cucurella, despite its importance in the ‘EuroGetafe’. Even so, its value only grows and is already at 20 million. The same goes For your, although his name is not on the table. Nor is that of Reguilón, although with a view to the future. Who wants to sign must pay € 25M, always according to Transfermarkt. Trigueros, Zaldua, Rubén García, Sergi Guardiola, Carlos Fernández or Roberto Torres they also have significant floods although the Selection is not close to them. Luis Enrique has a difficult ballot for the next Eurocup call. Spain is no longer a monopoly of Barcelona Y Real Madrid and, in fact, an important part of the list will come out of First Division footballers They don’t play in one of the big ones. They will only be 23 names and, most of them, they can be said of carrerilla. However, in the last months they begin to sound strongly in the pools, a priori, of lower media noise. If not for the European tournament, many men mentioned below will begin to enter regularly Once the summer passes. The Transfermarkt portal updated in the last hours the value of a total of 67 First Division players and, among them, stand out names called to wear the national elastic sooner rather than later. The most striking is Ferran Torres, with 50 million value at 20 years. But he’s not the only one. Mikel Merino, commander in the core of the successes of the Royal Society, has been worth € 30M, ten more than in the last update. They are probably two of the candidates with the possibility of competing for the European Championship If everything goes on like this in the final months of the season.Ion Alcoba Beitia & nbsp; (© GTRESONLINE) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Mikel Merino, one of the great revelations of the season.Ion Alcoba Beitia (© GTRESONLINE)center_img The strikers: yes, but noOne of the big questions facing the European Championship is who will be the starting striker of the Spanish National Team. Rodrigo Y Morata (It has lowered € 5M in value in recent months) competing for the position. At least, a priori, it is also in the air who will accompany you from the bench. There the fight is fierce and this has been reflected in the Transfermarkt quotes. Paco Alcácer, for example, has been the star signing of Villarreal in winter. However, its irregularity in Germany has led to cost € 35M, seven less than in its last change.Alavés fans cry out for the summons of their two points, absolute referents of the goal in Mendizorroza. JoseluWith a flood of 2.5 million, its effort on the grass is rewarded. Too Lucas Pérez, in the previous update, it grew exponentially despite its 31 years. They registered the same Raúl de Tomás or Ángel Rodríguez. Despite this, and except surprise, men like Williams or Gerard Moreno They leave with advantage.Alavés fans claim a place in the National Team for their two strikers.last_img read more

Paco Buyo: “That title is ours and UEFA must recognize it”

first_img-They had several days of travel.-Yes, the club took the opportunity to set us up for a Tour. First we played a friendly match in Chile and, if memory serves me right, after the game with Boca we also met River Plate before returning to Spain. And I do not forget the atmosphere of the Bombonera. For them it was like playing the Champions League final.-Did they take it seriously?-It was enough to see the faces of the players and Menotti’s protests to the referee to condition him. La Bombonera was almost bursting and they didn’t stop singing. When they went 2-0, which at the time gave them the title, they celebrated it like crazy. Fortunately, Luis Milla scored a great goal after a corner and the Cup was for us. We have that pride. There was only one edition but it was for Madrid.-Boca made them suffer.-Do not believe it. What happens is that Menotti’s famous bilge of spaces had an ally with the line judges. I remember up to three or four heads-up with their goalkeeper who invalidated us for non-existent playing. With the VAR we would have surely won that return game as well.-Well, that title is not officialized by UEFA.-Well, UEFA will watch the video of the Buenos Aires match and you will see that it was serious. Boca gave up his life because winning an international title against Real Madrid gives much international prestige. And they did not succeed because we were better, that title is ours and they must recognize it. What is not understood is that Barça recognize the Fair Cups, which at the beginning were a selection of the city with mixed Barça and Spanish players. This Ibero-American Cup must be recorded in the minutes for a sense of sports justice. We earned it on the field against a great rival.-And the following year, with Valdano as coach, they won the League after four years of drought-Yes, and we put Cruyff’s Dream Team 5-0. That League is the one we enjoy the most. Madrid should never be considered finished … Francisco Buyo (Betanzos, 13-1-1958) It was an institution in Real Madrid’s goal. With him came four of the five leagues in a row won by the Quinta del Buitre team. The start of the 90s was more complicated, but He wanted to remember with AS that Ibero-American Cup won at Boca Juniors de Menotti. -What memories do you have of that title won by Madrid?-Well, these were not easy times for us. We had already lost that League and from the Recopa we had eliminated the PSG of Ginola and Weah. We had also had the change of coach, after the dismissal of Benito Floro for that defeat in Lérida.-Uff, the one that was mounted was very famous.-Yes, it was hard for everyone. The coach paid for the broken dishes but it is clear that we had a more quality squad than the results said. Del Bosque arrived and we were comfortable working with him, but we knew he was interim because in the newspapers it had already been reported several times that the president (Ramón Mendoza) was negotiating for Jorge Valdano to be our coach for the following season.-And suddenly they are told that you have to face Boca de Menotti for a trophy called the Ibero-American Cup.-Yes, and although it was new and lacked tradition, we understood that it was an opportunity to give them a joy at the end of the course. It was May and our only chance of winning anything was that Cup. And beware, it was Boca Juniors that came from winning the Libertadores and being the best team in South America. And Menotti, with all his fame behind.-In the first leg of the Bernabéu they won 3-1 but the atmosphere was soulless.-It had rained all day and the fans were discouraged by the latest results. But when a player puts on the Real Madrid shirt all the games are transcendent. In fact we got 3-0 playing very well, with the entry of several youth players in the second half such as Morales or Fernando. But a redhead of them (MacAllister) scored a goal near the end and that made it a little difficult for us when we returned in Buenos Aires.last_img read more

U-17 Strikers go 0-2 in final weekend of their season

first_imgEDMONTON, AB. – The Fort St. John U-17 Girls Northern Strikers were in Edmonton for EIYSA Tier 1 League action over the weekend.In the first game, early Saturday the girls lost 3-1 to the second place Scottish FC, with the lone goal courtesy Maelynne Wan, assisted by Emma Lang. The match saw the team lose to the third-seeded Victoria FC by the score of 3-0.This marked the end of the teams 14 game season in Edmonton. The team placed sixth out of seven teams with a 1-10-3 record.- Advertisement –last_img

CREW OF DOOMED RAF PLANE TO BE HONOURED IN CO DONEGAL

first_imgSome of the wreckage of the plane still rests on Crownarad Mountain outside Killybegs.The Garry Pentland Summer School established last year is to continue the Gortin man’s legacy next month when it unveils a plaque on Crownarad Mountain in Co Donegal in memory of 12 Second World War aircrew.They perished in a crash north-west of Killybegs just two months before Germany’s unconditional surrender on May 7, 1945 that ended the 20th century’s second global conflict.From 201 Squadron, RAF, the crew based at Castle Archdale on Lower Lough Erne died when their Sunderland Flying boat ML743 came down at approximately 0230 hours on March 14. There were no survivors. The men had been flying over neutral Irish territory en route across the famed Donegal Corridor via Donegal Bay into the North Atlantic to undertake an anti U-Boat patrol.Eight of the crew were buried in Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, seven at the Church of Ireland graveyard, and one at the Sacred Heart Church. A further two were interred in England and one in Scotland and one in Wales.Over the years a great many people, including relatives of those who gave their lives in the service of their country that night, have visited Crownarad Mountain to pay their respects and remember lost loved ones.Visitors during the past 20 years will have noticed among other ‘monuments’ placed on the site through the years a memorial erected by Garry marking the 50th anniversary of the accident in 1995. Now, on Saturday 14th March, 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the tragedy, a fitting and lasting memorial will be unveiled at the crash site inset in a cairn devised and constructed by Garry aided by many like-minded volunteers who believe sacrifices made in the interest of peace should never be forgotten.Those living close by the site should not be forgotten either, notably Willie Mackey who met extensively with Mr Pentland over a long period of time. And, while the Summer School is promoting this event, there is a poignant detail that must be mentioned.The plaque is to be unveiled by BBC religious affairs broadcaster, retreat leader and author, the Revd Dr Michael Ford, who had been approached by Garry to carry out this duty shortly before his passing in August 2013.It is hoped a short presentation and display will commence at the Clock Tower Restaurant, Killybegs from noon culminating in the unveiling ceremony of the memorial on Crownarad Mountain.A cordial invitation is extended to all-comers to please come along and join relatives of the aircrew to mark the occasion. Further information is available from Ian Pentland, telephone 028 81648201 and/or Rose Mary Murphy, telephone 07708567449.CREW OF DOOMED RAF PLANE TO BE HONOURED IN CO DONEGAL was last modified: February 10th, 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:Garry PentlandKillybegsplaneplaquraflast_img read more

SKY-WATCHERS HOPING FOR CLEAR SKIES TONIGHT TO SEE RARE ECLIPSE

first_imgSky-watchers across Donegal could be in for a rare treat tonight!A previous ‘super moon’ over Donegal.The shadow of Earth will cast a reddish glow on the moon, the result of rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of the year.But you’ll have to stay up late as the best time to catch it is at 3.47am in the early hours of Monday morning. The total “supermoon” lunar eclipse, also known as a “blood moon”, is one that appears bigger and brighter than usual as it reaches the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth.If skies are clear, the phenomenon will be visible from North and South America, Europe, Africa and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific.Astronomy Ireland says the eclipse will last for several hours, centred around 3.47am.It has been more than 30 years since a supermoon combined with a lunar eclipse, according to NASA. The next total lunar eclipse will not be until 2018 while the next supermoon-lunar eclipse combination will not happen until 2033.SKY-WATCHERS HOPING FOR CLEAR SKIES TONIGHT TO SEE RARE ECLIPSE was last modified: September 27th, 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:donegalsky-watchersSuper moonlast_img read more

Dekoda Watson’s vegetarian diet helps 49ers pass rushers feast

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Dekoda Watson showed up for his season debut Thursday night as a 246-pound, menacing defensive end.How he got there is a veggie tale.“I ate vegetarian the whole time,” Watson said. “I’m starting to enjoy it, and that’s scary.”Watson ballooned to 272 pounds shortly after injuring his hamstring two days before the season opener. This was no way to start his ninth NFL season, so the 30-year-old initially scarfed down SusieCakes and barbecue, on top of the “baby weight” he gained …last_img

Communication objectives

first_imgThe 2010 National Communication Partnership has the following key strategic communication objectives:A national, nation building perspectiveIn elaborating a vision for 2010 as a catalyst for change we need to look beyond that year and be informed by:Who we are; how we want to see ourselves then and others to see us; how we want ourselves to have changed; what message we want 2010 visitors to hearLinkages between 2010 and milestones of our history marking where we have come from (2010 as the twentieth anniversary of the start of negotiations and release of Nelson Mandela) – where we are going (2014 is the end of the Second Decade of Freedom)African World CupCreative attention will have to be given to building African solidarity, and to the communication of 2010 as an African World Cup, in the continent and globally.Working with relevant institutions such as the AU Commission and the NEPAD Secretariat, and by building communication partnership in the SADC region and more broadly across the continent, appropriate strategies will need to be developed to ensure that the continent as a whole leverages the positive mood created by preparations for, and the actual hosting of, the 2010 World cup.Leverage for marketing and accelerated development2010 brings domestic and global media platforms; infrastructural development; and visitors on a scale that creates immense opportunities to establish linkages across government and the private sector to enhance development efforts through investment promotion; international marketing; tourism and government programmes.This makes 2010 – and the build-up towards the World Cup – a platform for integrated communication by government, IMC, Dept of Sports and Recreation, TISA, Proudly South African, SA Tourism and the private sector in addition to those directly concerned with the World Cup.Mobilising the nationMaking a success of 2010 cannot be done by the football authorities and government on their own – it needs the participation of everyone. There will be need of a strategy of involvement that will engage all South Africans in all their sectors in preparation for 2010 and as hosts to the visitors who come for the tournament.Creating a favourable environment – setting the agendaIt will be critical in the coming period, over the next three to four years, to set the agenda of public discourse concerning South Africa in particular in the foreign media so that the communication environment is more favourable to the achievement of our objectives.Learning from the communication experience of others – best practices and mistakes.The experience of other countries hosting major events like this has important communications lessons for us if married with our own perspective and character.last_img read more