Last chance for World Cup tickets

first_img Of the total tickets still available, 34 000 are in category 4 (the most affordable, reserved for South African residents only), 28 000 in category 3, 23 000 in category 2, and 75 000 in category 1. Fans can check up on Fifa.com’s constantly updating ticket availability chart “For the final there are only about 800 tickets left, but for other matches it’s up to a few thousands”, Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said in a statement on Thursday. So far, 96% of the total of 2.88-million purchasable tickets for the World Cup have been sold. “The target is to reach about 97% or 98%, which would correspond with the figures from the past Fifa World Cups, and this would make us very happy,” Valcke said. According to Fifa, the additional 90 000 tickets become available for public sale following the finalisation of seating arrangements at the 10 match venues, and after adjustments to the various ticket allocations. “One thing is clear,” said Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa: “This is the last big inventory [of tickets] available for the public.” SAinfo reporter 27 May 2010 Football fans hoping to watch a 2010 Fifa World Cup™ match live have been given a “last chance for glory”. From 9am South African time on 28 May, around 90 000 additional tickets across all 64 matches – including the final, the opening game and the two semi-finals – will become available for public sale. In total, there are still about 160 000 tickets still available for the public via:The official tournament website www.fifa.com.The World Cup call centre hotline, open seven days a week from 8am to 10pm: 083 123 2010 (from within South Africa) or 0041445832010 (international).11 ticketing centres across South Africa’s nine host cities, open seven days a week from 9am to 6pm. Fans will have to show an ID document. Check the ticketing centre locations.18 Shoprite/Checkers sales points, open seven days a week. Fans will have to show an ID document. Check the sales point locations.About 600 FNB branches across South Africa, open five days a week. Here, fans can order tickets, make payment and get ticket confirmation immediately. However, the actual tickets will need to be collected either from one of the 11 Fifa ticketing centres or from one of the 18 Shoprite/Checkers sales points. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio Soybean Association names Pat Tiberi Legislator Of The Year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) has announced that Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) has been named one of two Legislators of the Year in recognition of his tireless work on Trade Promotion Authority.“TPA is a priority for OSA and Ohio soybean farmers,” said Adam Graham, OSA president and soybean farmer from Logan County. “We thank Congressman Tiberi for his dedication to seeing TPA through, as well as his continued support for farmers and Ohio’s number one industry, agriculture.”Congressman Tiberi has represented Ohio’s 12th congressional district since 2001 and serves on the House Ways and Means Committee.“Ohio soybean farmers rely on free trade to expand exports and reach customers in new markets,” said Congressman Tiberi. “It is vitally important that our trade agreements work for them. That is why TPA was so important to pass — to ensure we get the best trade agreements possible so Ohioans can keep their farms open and running. I’m honored to receive this award, and I thank the Ohio Soybean Association for their work on behalf of our entire state.”Legislative passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement remains a high priority for the American Soybean Association and OSA. As the former chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, Congressman Tiberi continues to provide the leadership needed to ensure this agreement works for Ohio farmers to promote free trade, protect workers and create jobs.last_img read more

Yogendra, Patkar stopped from holding farmers’ rally in MP

first_imgA farmers’ rally to Champaran, led by social activists Yogendra Yadav and Medha Patkar, was stopped on its way to Pipalia Mandi, where five peasants were killed in police firing last month.The activists and farmers had planned a meeting at the Bahi-Phanta area of Madhya Pradesh to condole the death of the five people and a subsequent rally from Pipalia Mandi.They were stopped on their way to Pipalia Mandi, around 17 km from the district headquarters, and taken in buses to the Dalauda area, district Collector O.P. Shrivastava told PTI.“We have not arrested them. We have just taken them to Dalauda where they had planned to spend the night,” he said.The collector said the district administration had not given permission to farmers’ bodies to hold a condolence meeting at Bahi-Phanta or to take out a rally from Pipalia Mandi, where the situation is still tense.The farmers’ leaders were told that they were free to hold a meeting at any place in the district, barring Pipalia Mandi and Bahi-Phanta, Mr. Shrivastava said.Madhya Pradesh Kisan Sabha chief Jaswinder Singh, who was also taken to the Dalauda area, told PTI, “Now we are planning a vehicle rally from Dalauda to demand remunerative prices for agriculture produce and farm loan waiver, among other things”.Mr. Singh said the rally would pass through Maharashtra, Gujarat and reach New Delhi on July 18, where farmers will hold a demonstration in front of Parliament.The vehicle rally will continue from the national capital and culminate at Champaran in Bihar on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, he added. Gandhi had led a peasants’ movement in Champaran a hundred years ago.Earlier, the farmers’ leaders held a public meeting close to Krishi Mandi, before moving towards Pipalia Mandi.In their addresses, they demanded the immediate implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission report on the welfare of farmers.Among other things, the commission had recommended fixing a minimum support price for crops at 50 per cent more than the cost of production.Meanwhile, Congress leaders, led by party general secretary Mohan Prakash and state unit president Arun Yadav, also staged a protest on the crisis in the agriculture sector at Malhargarh in the district.last_img read more

UPSC exam to be held as per schedule on Aug 24: Govt

first_imgCivil services aspirants are agitating against more weightage given to English in the exam.The civil services examination will be held as per schedule on August 24, the Indian government declared on Thursday in Parliament, while saying that consultations will be held with various parties and stakeholders on the matter after the current session.”As for this year, there is no scope for postponement of (UPSC preliminary) examination,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said as opposition created uproar in Rajya Sabha demanding an all-party meeting immediately.Civil services aspirants are agitating against more weightage given to English in the exam.Naidu said the UPSC issue requires “deep” study and discussion with political parties and other stakeholders as there are both sides of the argument about the CSAT in UPSC.”…after the session, government is ready to discuss it with all” to reach a consensus, he said, adding the government has taken a correct decision in this regard and minds of students should not be disturbed.As members insisted for all-party meeting before August 24, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar said there is already a view among many members that it will not be possible to find a solution to the issue immediately.”An all-party meeting has to take place to discuss wider reforms. We will inform about the date later on,” he said.Earlier, government had announced marks of English will not be included for gradation or merit in UPSC exam.As soon as the House met for the day, opposition parties including SP and BSP raised the issue and demanded that government should immediately call an all-party meeting to resolve the matter as it affects lakhs of students.advertisementIn the Lok Sabha, AIADMK leader M Thambidurai made a strong plea that the UPSC exam should be conducted in all regional languages to provide level-playing field to students from all over the country.last_img read more