Simeone and his major challenges after the competition

first_imgThe other big challenge is trying to win the Champions. Atlético eliminated Liverpool against all odds and are among the top eight clubs on the continent. Now the squad does believe that anything is possible. Atlético is two rounds away from playing a new European final and Simeone is a specialist in playing these types of rounds. The squad has conspired to do something very important in Europe.Another great challenge is to get the most out of the players. João Félix He has performed quite well after returning from his injury and has played a few games at a good level. Simeone knows that he is a different player, he needs him and he wants the Portuguese to finish as a figure. Lemar’s case seems complicated. The Frenchman has had many opportunities to perform at a high level, but he has not taken advantage of them. His future seems far from Atlético, although Cholo does not give up. We will see if he can get the most out of him in these remaining games.There are other challenges at the individual level. Oblak struggles to be the goalless goalkeeper for another year from the league competition and take a new Zamora Trophy. And Atléti wants to continue making Wanda Metropolitano an almost impregnable stadium. Only Barcelona have won there And the idea is to keep making people enjoy the team in home games. Simeone knows that outside she has to improve a lot if she wants to secure that fourth place. Simeone has two major challenges once the competition resumes, both domestically and European. The great challenge of the season is for the team to finish LaLiga in the top four. On the other hand, once Liverpoool was eliminated, the rojiblanco team has conspired to try to storm the Champions League again. It seems almost an insult to talk about it with the serious crisis of COVID-19, but Simeone challenges when the ball begins to roll.The first great objective is for Atlético to finish the league tournament in the top four. Sevilla, with 47 points, is third, and Real Sociedad, with 46, is fourth. Getafe is also 46 and Atlético is sixth, with 45 points. Wiping out two points to Seville does not seem impossible with eleven days ahead, but Simeone’s team cannot relax. It is at stake that the club can maintain its current status and from an economic point of view it is vital that the team finish in the top four.last_img read more

‘Sharp’ Beermen get Grand Slam bid going with rout of Elite

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Blackwater import Trevis Simpson tried to play through a groin injury but could only do so much. He was pulled out after logging just less than 10 minutes and did not return.Simpson, who sustained the injury in a loss to Star on Friday, was scoreless after missing all of his three attempts from the field.JP Erram had another stellar performance with 14 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks as he and Mike DiGregorio carried the load for the Elite, who reeled to their third loss in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — There wasn’t a hint of championship hangover and not a stain of rust.San Miguel Beer wasted no time in getting its Grand Slam bid rolling after pounding Blackwater from the get-go en route to a 118-93 thumping Saturday inn the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Vicente sees good things from PH volleybelles despite recent tune-up loss Marcio Lassiter set the tone, unleashing eight of his 19 points in the opening period, where the Beermen started to pull away.Wendell McKines fired 16 of his 19 points in the middle quarters, where San Miguel’s lead swelled to 37, 94-57.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“This is our best start after winning the championship. I’m proud of the players that despite the long and extended break, they were still sharp,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria. “They are self-motivated. At the back of their minds, they are thinking about the Grand Slam.”The 28-year-old McKines, who is in his third PBA duty after suiting up for Alaska in 2013 and Rain or Shine in 2015, also collected 12 rebounds and five assists in just 20 minutes and 53 seconds while the hot-shooting Lassiter converted 5-of-7 triples. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

LIFRA Joins Ebola Fight

first_imgThe Liberian Football Referees Association (LIFRA) has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital worth about US$2,000.00 in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).The items included 200 pieces of head caps, 110 pieces of isolation gowns, 100 pieces of nose masks, 15 packs of gloves (100 pieces in each) and six packs of surgical masks (50 pieces in each).Others were 12 pieces of overhead isolation gowns, seven pieces of spectacles, three rolls of plastic sheets and a rain wear.The donation was made last Wednesday on the first day of the reopening of the Ebola-hit St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital after three months of closure.Chief of Referee Lamin Kamara said the anti-Ebola items “are to help the hospital in its continuous services to the Liberian public.”“As members of this organization, (LIFRA), we are making the donation as our effort to help fight and eradicate this killer disease from our country,” Kamara said.Receiving the items, the hospital’s acting administrator Dr. Bernard I. Benda thanked the referees for the donation and disclosed that the hospital has finally reopened to the public, with only eight beds for inpatients in the maternity ward.Dr. Benda said the remaining 16-bed capacity and the opening of the pediatric ward would come later to its full pre-Ebola capacity. The details of the reopening will be announced later.The Joseph’s Catholic Hospital shut its doors in July when nine staff members, including four missionaries and five Liberians, were killed by the Ebola Virus Disease.They included Rev. Fr. Miguel Pajares, Rev. Br. Patrick Nshamdze, Rev. Br. George Combey and Rev. Sr. Chantal Mutuameme.Others were Layson Wilson, Mrs. Tetee Dogba, Ms. Lanrene Togba, Mr. Dominic Wesseh and Mr. Richard Kellie.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Are we set for an El Clasico Champions League final?

first_imgJohn Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesperson told Alan Brazil and Dominic Cork why, despite Real Madrid’s defeat to Juventus in their first-leg tie, it’s set up for an all Spanish Champions League final.Barcelona have one set in the final, following their 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich, but Madrid are also expected to overturn their 2-1 reverse to the Serie A side next week.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

License-plate scanners OK’d

first_imgThe data base information is downloaded hourly via wireless communication, Escalante said. During an eight-hour shift, 8,000 license plate numbers can be scanned, compared to the 30 to 50 numbers a deputy would be able to input manually, Escalante said. He added that the system will increase safety for officers. Lancaster is among the first cities that contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to use the ALPR services. The program was started in February in Compton, where in the first 30 days with three camera-outfitted patrol cars, 90 stolen vehicles were recovered and nine people were arrested. On Tuesday night, Santa Clarita council members approved spending nearly $60,000 to buy the license plate recognition system from Knoxville, Tennessee-based PIPS Technology. Two Santa Clarita patrol cars should be fitted with the mobile cameras by the end of the year. “The sheer number of what it is reading is like going fishing with a lot of hooks,” said Sgt. John Bomben, part of the sheriff’s community interaction team in Santa Clarita. Auto theft is a growing problem in Santa Clarita where 243 vehicles were stolen in 2005; 425 in ’06; and 324 in just the first six months of this year. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 661-476-4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Officials in Lancaster announced Wednesday the launch of a new crime-fighting tool: high-tech cameras mounted on patrol cars that can automatically read 1,000 license plates an hour and check them against a database of stolen and wanted vehicles. A similar program was approved Tuesday night by the Santa Clarita City Council for that city. The Automatic License Plate Recognition, or ALPR, system alerts the deputy within two seconds if a match is found. “Criminals are running out of space to hide,” Lancaster Mayor Henry Hearns said. “They can no longer hide in cars because we can catch them.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Two patrol cars with three cameras each on the light bar will be on the road 24 hours a day, said Capt. Carl Deeley, Lancaster station commander. The cost per car is $20,000. “Deputies are fighting over the use of the car,” Deeley said. “The message to criminals and thugs in town is it’s another means to make sure they have a change of heart or a change of address.” Two of the cameras are mounted at the front of the light bar and the third on the bar’s right side to scan parked vehicles. Each camera has two smaller cameras within it, an infrared one that reads plate numbers and a second color camera that takes a photograph of the corresponding vehicle. A monitor inside the patrol car displays the information, which is compared against state Department of Justice data bases on stolen vehicles, stolen plates, and cars belonging to wanted felons, said Fabian Escalante, information technology project manager for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. last_img read more

CONCERNS GROWING FOR DONEGAL MAN MISSING IN FLORIDA

first_imgMISSING: There is growing concern over the wellbeing of Donegal man Ciaran O’Donnell who has been reported missing in Florida.O’Donnell a native of Milford was on holiday in Florida but was reported missing to police authorities in LA.His family and friends are naturally deeply concerned over his disappearance and are appealing to anyone that may have seen Ciaran to contact the police with any information. Ciaran had been living in Basildon, London prior to going on holiday with friends in Florida.Essex Police posted the following message on their website, “We’re concerned for the welfare of ‪‎Basildon‬ man Ciaran O’Donnell who has gone missing while on holiday in the Panama City Beach area and are appealing for anyone who may have been there recently and seen him to contact us.Ciaran, 29, is from Ferndale in ‪Laindon‬, was reported missing on the evening of Monday, May 25, 2015.He’s 6ft 2in tall and of slim build with ginger hair.He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, shorts and brown sandals and speaks with an Irish accent.Anyone who thinks they may have seen Ciaran is asked to contact Essex Police on 101. Advertisement Family and friends of Ciaran are hoping to spark a social media campaign which will help spread the word about Ciaran’s disappearance in the hope somebody somewhere has seen him.CONCERNS GROWING FOR DONEGAL MAN MISSING IN FLORIDA was last modified: May 28th, 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:newslast_img read more

APPEAL: ARENA 7 QUIZ TO HELP THE PHILIPPINE TYPHOON DISASTER VICTIMS

first_imgOUR TV screens in the past few days have been filled with the horrifying aftermath of the disaster.At least 10,000 people have died, 660,000 have lost their homes and several million more have been displaced.You can do your bit to help. A Table Quiz will be held at Arena 7 this Thursday night starting at 9.30pm.All proceeds are in aid of Philippine Typhoon Disaster victims.Organisers would appreciate any donations towards a raffle on the night- bottles of wine, chocolates, biscuits etc.All donations can be left at Ballaghderg Pre-School, Mountain Top, Letterkenny.  APPEAL: ARENA 7 QUIZ TO HELP THE PHILIPPINE TYPHOON DISASTER VICTIMS was last modified: November 12th, 2013 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:Arena 7Disaster appealPhilippinesTyphoonlast_img read more

UNI Outlasts Men’s Basketball, 71-63

first_imgStory Links Wichita State 2/1/2017 – 6 p.m. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines CSN Chicago Listen Live Watch Live Photo Gallery DES MOINES, Iowa – The UNI men’s basketball team used a late second-half run to build a double-figure lead that Drake could not erase in a 71-63 loss for the Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Center.UNI (10-11, 5-5 MVC) became the first team to win in the Knapp Center since Dec. 19 as the Panthers ended Drake’s (7-15, 5-5 MVC) five-game home winning streak. The win was also the Panthers’ fifth-straight victory.Drake was led by another strong game from junior Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with a trio of three-pointers. Arogundade has now averaged 13.1 points per game in the last 11 games for the Bulldogs. Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) was the only other Bulldog in double-figures with 10 points as the squad was held to 38.5 percent shooting and a 6-of-29 showing from the three-point arc by the Panthers’ defense. Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) also added seven points, three rebounds and three assists.”We played a very good team and battled hard,” said Drake head coach Jeff Rutter. “I thought we played well enough defensively to win this ballgame. Offensively, good looks were hard to get because of their defense, which is a credit to them. We did get some good looks, but we needed to make more of them. It’s a setback, but will not define our season.” Next Game:center_img Box Score (PDF) Box Score (HTML) Full Schedule Roster UNI was buoyed by 17 points from Klint Carlson and 16 points each from Bennett Koch and Jeremy Morgan. UNI converted on 47.9 percent of its shots and was 20-of-27 from the free-throw line with many of those attempts coming in the waning minutes of the contest.UNI opened the game with a 14-2 lead, but Drake scored 14 of the next 19 points to pull within three points, 19-16, on a Timmer three-point play. However, both teams’ offenses quieted for the final seven minutes of the game with Drake scoring the final six points of the period to trim the UNI advantage to three points, 25-22, at halftime.Drake opened the second half by scoring on five of its first six possessions to take a 33-31 lead on a layup from C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.). Rivers also added a team-high seven rebounds in the loss. Following that basket from Rivers, Drake surrendered the lead due to eight-straight empty possessions that helped the Panthers amass an 11-point, 58-47, lead with 3:42 left in the contest.The Bulldogs attempted to trim that margin, but were forced to foul and UNI converted on 10-of-12 free throws in the final two minutes to keep Drake at bay.The contest was played in front of a season-best crowd of 5,237 at the Knapp Center.”There was a lot of energy in the place and the fan support was off the charts,” Rivers said. “It definitely helped us come out with a lot of energy and sustain that energy.”The Bulldogs remain at home, where they are 4-1 against MVC competition this season, to host Wichita State Wednesday evening. Tipoff for the second meeting between the Shockers and Bulldogs this season is set for 6 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

DDTV: LUNG CANCER VICTIM GERRY ON WHY YOU SHOULD QUIT SMOKING IN 2014

first_imgThe HSE’s QUIT campaign has launched a new TV advert featuring this emotive message from Gerry Collins who has terminal lung cancer caused by smoking.Gerry and his family have generously volunteered to be part of this new phase of the HSE’s QUIT campaign, in the hope that their story will inspire and encourage smokers to quit.In 2011, Gerry Collins was one of three people featured in the QUIT campaign’s films and TV adverts, telling his story of recovery from tobacco-related throat cancer. In summer 2013, Gerry contacted the HSE to say he had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, and to ask if this new chapter in his story could form a new phase of the QUIT campaign, which is a partnership between the HSE and the Irish Cancer Society.Dr. Stephanie O’Keeffe, HSE National Director of Health and Wellbeing, said at a preview of the adverts: ‘Gerry and his family, having reflected on their previous experience with QUIT and the HSE, have allowed us a window into their family life, and into how they are coping with and reacting to Gerry’s diagnosis.“By working with us to create new, hard-hitting TV commercials; discussing his smoking, his illness, his expected death and the anticipated loss to his family; Gerry hopes to inspire other people to quit smoking and help them to avoid the pain of illness and premature separation from their loved ones.’Gerry’s new adverts will be used on TV, radio and online from this week onwards, and the first of these can be viewed here. TV Advert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mposl7PnHZw , Online Extended Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1pfiJr6kjcDr. Fenton Howell, National Tobacco Control Advisor, Dept of Health, said: ‘This new campaign was developed following a detailed review of evidence of similar campaigns undertaken around the world, and review of responses to first phase of the QUIT campaign.“This review shows that testimonials like Gerry’s have a track record of being hugely effective in smoking cessation campaigns. Gerry’s unique and profoundly generous offer to create these adverts has given the HSE an opportunity to tell a powerful and impactful story and to help a lot of smokers make a quit attempt.’Gerry Collins, attending the preview event with his family and friends from Greystones where he lives.He said: ‘There were three reasons I decided I wanted to do this – firstly it was for myself, a positive thing for me to invest my energy in while dealing with my cancer. Secondly, I thought it would be good for my family, creating something powerful and meaningful for my kids to look back on. And finally, if even one person stops smoking because of what we’ve done, then it will all be worth it for me.”John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said: ‘We are very grateful to Gerry Collins who has shown extreme bravery and generosity in allowing us the privilege of sharing this precious time in his life. I am certain that as a result of Gerry sharing his honest account of being a smoker and the impact smoking has had on his health, other smokers will be moved to take action and finally quit smoking for good and non-smokers will resist the temptation to start.’ You can QUIT – there is help:Thousands of people will make the decision to try to quit smoking this week – or later on this year. We provide a range of free services that have been proven to double their chances of succeeding.· Visit www.quit.ie and sign up for an online QUIT plan· Call the QUITline 1850 201 203 · Join our Facebook support group www.facebook.com/HSEquit (64,000 and growing)· Talk to your GP or pharmacist for help, and also supports and medicationsThings you should know:· Smoking places an enormous burden of illness and mortality on our society, affecting the 800,000 people who smoke in Ireland, their families, and to a costly and avoidable extent, our health service. Smoking is our leading cause of death, heart disease and chronic illness, and accounts for some 5,200 deaths in Ireland every year. Smoking related diseases cost the HSE €1 to €2 billion to care for annually.· The National Tobacco Control Office in the HSE monitors national adult smoking prevalence on a monthly basis, and the current smoking prevalence is 22%, down from 28% in 2007. The most recent Health Behaviour in School Children survey has also shown a reduction in children’s smoking prevalence, down from 15.3% in 2006, to 12% in 2010. While these declines in smoking prevalence represent progress, there is a need to accelerate that progress in order to achieve tobacco free status (smoking prevalence <5%) by 2025. The World Health Organisation recommends that nations undertake a range of regulatory, legislative and public information strategies in order to reduce smoking prevalence.· The QUIT campaign from the HSE and Irish Cancer Society has been in place since June 2011, and is based on local research, expert participation and best international evidence. Our campaign takes stories shared by real Irish people to illustrate the stark fact that ‘1 in every 2 smokers will die of a tobacco related disease’. QUIT has proven to be one of the HSE’s most comprehensive and effective social marketing campaigns, prompting over 480,000 quit attempts and providing support to many thousands of quitters.· Since 2011, Gerry has been one of three great people who allowed their personal stories to lead the HSE’s QUIT campaign. Gerry and two of his children featured in a 30 second TV ad and a longer online film which you can see here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lZrw2SKQq4 and on www.quit.ie .· The other stories featured Margaret O’Brien from Kilkenny, who was 17 when her mum Jackie died from tobacco related lung cancer (Watch Margaret’s story here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAUuxBTZ510 ) and Pauline Bell from Wexford, whose husband George died from a tobacco related heart attack at the age of 48. (Watch Pauline’s story here http://youtu.be/6mOVwh4Vyeg )· These adverts have had a huge impact on smokers in Ireland, forming one of the most effective behaviour change public education campaigns that the HSE has ever been involved in. Since the campaign started, we estimate that 480,000 quit attempts have been made in Ireland, more than double the level of quits before the campaign started – and these quits can be directly attributed to the stories told by Gerry, Margaret and Pauline.· Results from QUIT – since June 2011:Visits to QUIT.ie348,000QUITplan Signups24,000Facebook Members64,000QUITline Calls7,000The HSE monitors uptake of all the above support services on an ongoing basis, and since the QUIT campaign began in 2011, average uptake of online support services has more than doubled, with calls the QUIT line remaining steady.· Based on ongoing behavioural research, both in Ireland and internationally, we know that consistently only 5% of all quitters use a support service; most go ‘cold turkey’. Based on the 24,000 people who used our online interactive QUITplan, only one of the range of supports offered, an estimated 480,000 quit attempts have been made in Ireland since June 2011. This is a conservative estimate as a range of other supports, via the QUITline, GPs and Pharmacists are also provided. Most smokers make a number of attempts before finally succeeding, and the more attempts a smoker makes, the more likely they are to quit for good.DDTV: LUNG CANCER VICTIM GERRY ON WHY YOU SHOULD QUIT SMOKING IN 2014 was last modified: December 31st, 2013 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:Gerry Collinsquitquit smokingTV advertlast_img read more

World Cup ticket rush is on

first_img28 January 2010Over-the-counter sales, 15 new ticketing centres, two new call centres for queries, and a further 280 000 lower-cost category 4 tickets for locals – the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ ticket rush is about to kick in!South African football fans claimed the bulk of applications for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ third ticket sales phase, which closed on January 22.Since the Final Draw for the 2010 Fifa World Cup held in Cape Town on 4 December, nearly one-million applications from South Africans have been received – 79 percent of the total.“Clearly, since the Final Draw in Cape Town, until the close of this sales phase, we have seen a flurry of activity around ticket sales,” World Cup Organising Committee (OC) CEO Danny Jordaan said on Wednesday. “Indications are that in the last two weeks there has been increased activity around the national team, and I am sure that we will see the stadiums sold out for these matches.“We are in good shape. I am very excited to see how eager South Africans are to experience this tournament.”Due to high demand for tickets reserved specifically for South African residents (category 4), Jordaan announced that a further 280 000 category 4 tickets would be released to accommodate for the local rush.Speaking at a press conference held in Sandton in Johannesburg on Wednesday, the chairman of the Fifa World Cup ticketing sub-committee, Horst Schmidt, said that six World Cup matches were already oversubscribed, including the opening match and Final at Soccer City in Johannesburg, the group match between Portugal and Brazil in Durban, as well the Semi-Final matches in Durban and Cape Town.“Another 55 matches are oversubscribed in at least one category for the third phase,” Schmidt added.To date, two-thirds of the available tickets for the tournament have been sold, with more than one-million applications received during the third phase. The two-million tickets include those which will be allocated during the random draw, which will be held on 1 February.Schmidt revealed that two call centres, one international (00 41 44 583 2010) and the other in South Africa (083 123 2010) would be set up to deal with fan queries regarding ticket sales.There was more good news for South Africans. From April 15, ticketing centres in each of the nine host cities will be opened. Here, fans will be able to not only collect their confirmed tickets but also purchase any available tickets over the counter on a first-come, first-serve basis.Jordaan said the OC and Fifa would evaluate the feasibility of opening these ticketing centres even earlier than the planned April 15 date.Apart from South Africa, as the host country, the USA leads ticket applications for the third phase with 50 217, the UK comes in second with 41 529, followed by Australia (15 523), Mexico (14 804) Germany (14 647) and Brazil (10 767).South Africa’s neighbours have also starting showing an increased interest in making the trip across the border to see the worlds superstars in action, with Botswana (2 519) Mozambique (1 795) and Namibia (1 191) showing the greatest interest so far.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more