1 Rangers legend Craig Moore has pleaded for more investment into his former club, so they stand a chance of returning to the top of Scottish and European football.Former skipper Moore won twelve major honours with Rangers including five league championships and a domestic treble in 2003.But the Aussie international defender admitted he had feared for the club’s future amid reports Rangers were taking a £10m loan from Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct just to stay in business.Moore, 39, said: “When I consider what Rangers have been through in recent years with the financial mess, the relegation and the general demise of the club, then I just hope that the club gets the investment that it desperately needs.“The club is in danger of going out of business which for me would seem unthinkable, but it could happen if they don’t sort this new financial crisis out quickly.“A proper investor with a long-term plan can not only restore Rangers to the pinnacle of Scottish football. but eventually bring back Champions League football to Ibrox.“So from where I stand at the moment I don’t care whether it is Mike Ashley, Dave King, Douglas Park or Joe Bloggs.“I’m not too bothered as long as the deal is right for the long term future of Rangers.“The priority for me is that the club is restored to the one that I love and hold so fondly,”Moore also played for Newcastle, departing in 2007, the summer Ashley took over at the Toon.Speaking to football networking site Network90, he added: “My departure had nothing to do with his arrival. I suffered some bad injuries over those two seasons and moved back to Australia with Brisbane.“At the time Newcastle United was in trouble and Ashley got the club back on its feet.” Craig Moore
A Donegal doll-maker has topped the poll in the Independent Toy Awards in the UK.The new Lottie doll is seen as a safe doll for Donegal childrenArklu Dolls, who are based in the CoLab in Letterkenny, won the dolls section of the prestigious awards for their doll Lottie.The company’s managing director Ian Harkin, from Ballybofey, said he was delighted by the award. The awards, which are judged by toymakers, celebrate the toys they think parents should be buying this Christmas.Mr Harkin said “We are delighted and we are very proud of the Lottie range.“Our doll is a responsible doll and a lot of thought has gone into what she looks like and the message she takes to children.“We are delighted we have been rewarded for this effort.” DONEGAL DOLL-MAKER TOPS UK TOY AWARDS was last modified: September 20th, 2013 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:ARKLUdollsIan HarkinLottieUK Independent Toy Awards
Danny Jordaan, the former 2010 Fifa World Cup chief executive, will now play a special advisory role to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Stadiums like the FNB Stadium, near Soweto, were constructed before the 2010 World Cup and revamped for thefootball extravaganza.(Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Morio Sanyane SAFA: Communications Director +27 82 990 0835 RELATED ARTICLES • 2010 Fifa World Cup: one year on • A brief history of the Fifa World Cup • SA young football champs off to Spain • R3m boost for SA football schoolRay MaotaDanny Jordaan, the former 2010 Fifa World Cup chief executive, has been appointed as a special advisor to the 2014 event in Brazil.The announcement was made during a meeting of the Fifa World Cup organising committee in Zurich, Switzerland at the end of March.Jordaan also serves as a vice president of the South African Football Association (Safa) and was appointed to the 2014 team along with Alexy Sorokin, head of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.According to Fifa, the complete Fifa executive committee is now – for the first time – part of the decision-making forum responsible for monitoring and organising the event.Helping Brazil with his experienceJordaan brings a wealth of experience to the Brazil Local Organising Committee (LOC) after serving in various Fifa committees including the 1998 World Cup in France, the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan and Germany in 2006.“I am very proud and excited to have been asked to serve on this vital committee which supports the backbone of Fifa’s business model,” said Jordaan.“The 2010 World Cup – which was acknowledged as the most successful ever – generated a massive US$4.2-billion (R33-billion). The projected target for Brazil is to grow that by 10%.”He added that Fifa has already received a comprehensive briefing from the Brazilian LOC about all facets of its preparations. The main task of the committee that he will be advising will be to critically examine the South American country’s preparations for 2014, to ensure that there are no logistical obstacles in the way of this target being achieved.Jordaan is currently serving in the Fifa Transparency and Compliance Committee, which deals with corporate governance in the world football controlling body.“In 2010, we created the benchmark for how to host a great and successful event and future events will always be evaluated against what South Africa achieved,” said Jordaan.Locally he also serves as the chairperson of Safa’s international and commercial bodies and is deputy chairperson of marketing for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the African Cup of Nations organising committee.Fifa commits to South African footballIn another development, it was announced on 18 April that South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust has now become fully operational.According to Fifa, the Trust will support a wide range of public initiatives in the areas of football development, education, health and humanitarian activity, using the game as a tool in South Africa.An investment of $58-million (R450-million) will be received by the Trust as part of Fifa’s promised $90-million (R700-million) from the hosting of the 2010 World Cup.South Africa has already received $17-million (R140-million) as an advance for the preparations of the 2010 event and for the building of Safa House, the headquarters of the national body.During the 2010 event, Safa also received $5-million (R40-million) for football development projects, and a further $9-million (R70-million) for investment in a fleet of buses and cars enabling the 52 regional structures of Safa to transport their teams.Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke said of the Trust: “We are very pleased that the Trust is now fully operational. It is the first time in the history of the Fifa World Cup that such an initiative has been established and it required a complex administrative process, which is why it took us some time to set it up.”Safa president Kirsten Nematandani also commented: “From today, we can look forward to the fruits of 2010 being enjoyed at grassroots level and within communities across South Africa.”The Trust accounts will be administered by auditing firm Ernst and Young.Preparations for 2014At the organising committee’s meeting in Zurich, in Switzerland, Fifa president Joseph Blatter welcomed the new chairman of the 2014 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee, José Maria Marin, as well as the newly appointed Fifa executive committee member from Brazil, Marco Polo del Nero.Blatter said: “After the re-confirmation received from President (of Brazil) Dilma Rousseff and her government on the fulfilment of all guarantees, we are confident that despite the many tasks still to be completed by all of us, Brazil will stage an exceptional Fifa World Cup in 2014.”Fifa’s World Cup organising committee includes deputy chairperson Michel Platini, who is also a former French football player and manager and Issa Hayatou, the president of CAF.Nicolás Leoz, deputy chairman of the organising committee, said: “We received today, for the first time, a very in-depth update on the status of preparations in all aspects, including the important sustainability strategy plan. This is vital as we have a responsibility that goes beyond the provision of the facilities for the event.“We must ensure that we maximise the positive effects for the benefit of all Brazilians and also minimise the negative impact, especially on the environment.”
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Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Now that Christmas 2012 has passed, the analyst elves are waking from their egg-nog induced torpor to give us the details on how this year’s buying spree went. Of note was this figure from the Experian Marketing folks: Christmas Day’s online spending this year jumped 27% over the 2011 numbers. Is procrastination being raised to a new level, or is there something else going on?When measuring the top 500 retail sites, Experian noted an average of a 10% increase over the entire seven-week shopping period, which makes the 27% bump in actual Christmas Day shopping stand out even more. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Besides U.S. shoppers being able to outspend the People’s Liberation Army at the mall, this figure points to a big reason why shoppers are getting their online shopping done the same day the tree is awash in a sea of torn wrapping paper: Because they can.Armchair Shopping, Complete With Egg NogThere’s another element to this as well, one that ReadWrite’s Dan Rowinski alluded to recently while discussing the explosion of downloaded apps at Christmas: with 17.4 million new personal devices activated on Dec. 25 alone, and hundreds of millions more existing devices out there, not only are people getting more gift cards, they can actually spend them right then and there.In the past, when you got a gift card, you might have to fire up the computer or laptop to get your online spending done. Or the gift card might be for a brick-and-mortar store with little or no online presence. But with the proliferation of tablets and smartphones, and many more online outlets for retailers, you don’t even have to leave the couch to spend out that gift card.The ease of friction in online shopping may also explain another trend CEB TowerGroup noticed: gift card “spillage” (the term for unspent gift card amounts that represents pure profit for retailers) dropped 20% this year to “just” $1.7 billion. Industry observers are pointing to the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009, which restricts expiration dates and fees retailers can slap on gift cards, as a reason for this reduction in spillage, but ease-of-use is also likely a factor.If this trend continues, look for aggressive retailers to make up for pre-holiday discounts by tweaking their product prices upwards on Christmas Day to catch these shoppers coming in with their funds already tied up in pre-paid branded gift cards.Smart shoppers may want to hold off on the instant gratification of gift card spending and wait for the next run of sales.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. brian proffitt Tags:#e-commerce A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… It’s tempting to pull out the traditional “Ha ha, look at all the procrastinating shoppers who can’t get their lives together,” angle (a first cousin to the April 15 public mocking of losers in line at the post office). But it seems that the most likely explanation has less to do with lateness than with digital updates to a couple of time-honored holiday traditions.Digitally Enabling Holiday Gift-Giving TraditionsThe first tradition is, of course, the gift exchange. What, you don’t like that lime green cable knit sweater? Let’s get online and pick out something more approproate.The Internet’s ability to let unhappy recipients re-order gifts, with the intent to return the balked presents later, smooths over many a holiday faux pas.The second, and probably more likely, reason for all of this holiday shopping on Christmas Day is the increasingly ubiquitous use of gift cards as presents. According to CEB TowerGroup Research, U.S. sales of gift cards topped $110 billion in 2012, equal to China’s entire defense budget. You can bet that some of those gift cards are being cashed in right away online. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts
In a blow to the Samajwadi Party (SP), its MLC Sarojini Agarwal resigned from the party and joined the BJP on Friday.Her defection assumes significance as it comes barely a week afterMLCs Bukkal Nawab and Yashwant Singh quit to join the ruling party during Amit Shah’s recent trip to Lucknow.‘Not comfortable’Ms. Agarwal, who has been associated with the SP for over two decades, said she quit the party as she was not feeling comfortable since Mulayam Singh was dethroned as president by his son Akhilesh Yadav last year. “My heart has not been into the party since Mulayam Singh ji ceased to be the national president. It was a difficult choice. I took time to decide but have finally taken the step.”U.P. Cabinet Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi was by Ms. Agarwal’s side when she announced that she was joining the BJP. Ms. Joshi, who herself defected to the BJP from the Congress before the U.P. elections, said: “Given Modi ji’s working style and Yogi government’s move towards public welfare, it is natural that people are being attracted [to the BJP].”Responding to Ms. Agarwal’s resgination, Akhilesh Yadav accused the BJP of sabotage. “Patthar phenko, MLC todo [Throw stones, break away MLCs],” tweeted the former U.P. CM, who has accused the ruling party of pressurising Opposition party legislators to defect.The defection of the MLCs does not bode well for the Opposition as the BSP is also under the grip of fresh turmoil.