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2009-12-06 07:55:00

A new study done by Adidas shows that altitude at the World Cup will have an impact of up to 5 percent on a ball's speed. According to the study, that means that a free kick from 20 meters during the final at the Soccer City stadium in high-altitude Johannesburg will reach the goal line 5 percent faster than it would at the Moses Mabhida stadium in sea-level Durban. That translates into a free kick traveling at an average of 78 mph at high altitude and 74 mph at sea level. But playing at...

2009-08-06 14:29:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Upon learning of the White House decision to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mary Robinson, the World Jewish Congress issued the following statement: We are deeply troubled that the White House has chosen to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. During her tenure, she presided over the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa in 2001, which...

2009-03-31 17:37:00

NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress and Alan Solow, Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, today announced that "Delegations representing the World Jewish Congress and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations have been meeting together with ambassadors to the United Nations from Europe and elsewhere over the past weeks, in a concerted effort to jointly...

2009-03-05 12:16:00

NEW YORK, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC lauded Italy's announcement that it has withdrawn from preparations for the Durban Review Conference. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said today in Brussels that his country would no longer participate due to "aggressive and anti-Semitic statements" in the conference's draft final document. David A. Harris, AJC Executive Director, made the following statement: "We applaud Italy for its principled decision not to participate in a...

2009-02-21 13:35:56

Tickets for the 2010 FIFA World Cup have gone on sale in South Africa, where excitement over the soccer event is mounting, observers say. The first phase of ticket sales began Saturday, when applications for tickets were accepted in anticipation of a random drawing in April, the BBC reported. Officials told the broadcaster 450,000 lower-priced tickets are being reserved for South Africans, 120,000 of which will be issued free to stadium construction workers. Although still 475 days away,...

2006-07-28 10:01:29

By Paul Simao DURBAN (Reuters) - South African trade unionists and communists rallied on Friday to demand authorities drop corruption charges against former Deputy President Jacob Zuma. Zuma is set to stand trial on Monday in a case that could wreck or resurrect his presidential hopes. More than 1,000 members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) chanted "Our president in waiting" and "Drop the charges" as they marched...

2006-07-27 02:57:00

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - At least 85 people sustained minor injuries on Thursday when a commuter train jumped the tracks near the South African port of Durban, emergency services said. "One coach jumped off the rails, but it didn't fall over, but people obviously were panicking and jumping off the coach. At least 85 people were hurt, but all with minor injuries like twisted ankles," said one rescue official.

2006-05-05 07:59:27

By Spokes Mashiyane DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) - Dubbed "Africa's Van Gogh" for his vibrant landscapes and unfettered style, Anthony Wakaba Mutheki once hawked his works for as little as $1 apiece and flogged empty Coca-Cola cans to pay for paint. But unlike the Dutch master, who died a relatively unknown pauper, the Kenyan-born artist has become one of Africa's hottest young talents, fetching up to $12,000 for his paintings and wowing collectors at home and abroad. "You can see...

2006-01-27 11:09:19

By Spokes Mashiyane DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) - Six-month-old Matthew Coetzer bounces on his mother's knee. The bubbly blond and blue-eyed child is ready for his next meal of breast milk. But Matthew's mother is not just feeding her own son. In the family refrigerator are bottles of frozen milk, donations for a "bank" designed to bring the benefits of mothers' milk to orphans and sick children caught up in South Africa's devastating HIV/AIDS epidemic. "It's a really important...

2005-12-11 05:39:34

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The home of the 31-year-old woman who has accused South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma of rape was broken into a few days after he was charged with the crime in court, police said on Sunday. Captain Gugu Sabela declined to confirm a newspaper report that the woman's home was vandalised -- which is not common -- or give details of the break-in, which happened early Friday morning at the township of KwaMashu just north of Durban. "I can confirm we...


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