Archive for February, 2012

Word From the Streets w/c 13th February 2012 -AND FINALLY…

At a time where all things social, human and sport for development and peace, the host city and nation of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games faces ongoing social and cultural challenges that betray the pledges made by the local organising bid team in 2005. The pledge of a diverse, multi cultural city and the social and human benefits to young people and communities is in danger of being both betrayed and lost as an opportunity for young people and communities locally, nationally and internationally. Is it a question of leadership, a lack of will, understanding and above all, ability More >

Word From the Streets w/c 13th February 2012 – QUOTES

“In the game he does everything to win but sometimes he does stupid things.”

-               Ajax coach Frank de Boer, discussing Luis Suarez.

 

“Outsiders like me must adapt to the English way.”

-       Gus Poyet, who believes more should be done to educate foreign players about how they are expected to behave in English society.

 

“They will be treated just like any other athlete. We will give them 100% support.”

-       BOA chief executive, Andy Hunt, saying that if his organisation loses in the case to keep a lifetime ban on athletes who have failed drug tests, they will provide both David Millar and Dwaine More >

Word From the Streets w/c 13th February 2012 – INTERNATIONALLY

Save the Children has launched a new report titled A Life Free From Hunger: Tackling Child Malnutrition. The research interviewed 6,000 parents in some of the poorest countries around the world, with one third saying their children complained they did not have enough to eat. One in six said their children skipped school to work for food. Myleen Klass, a classical musician, visited Bangladesh with the charity and said: “It’s not breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s one meal of the day and that’s it, they just stop the hunger pangs. It’s a small bowl of rice cooked in dirty water.”

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Word From the Streets w/c 13th February 2012 – NATIONALLY

An end to the public racism rows has been called by the Prime Minister ahead of the discrimination summit at 10 Downing Street. The FA and the Premier League have been called into the summit along with officials from the PFA and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, said: “As a society, one of the main reasons we have made huge strides in changing attitudes to racial discrimination is because of the changes to in football. The Prime Minister is very, very concerned to make sure we don’t go back to the bad old days More >

Word From the Streets w/c 13th February 2012 – REGIONALLY

The North West has seen the biggest rise in unemployment figures. The region has 319,000, or 9.4%, of the working population looking for jobs. This is 1% higher than the 8.4% national rate. Dr Brian Sloan, chief economist at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “Unemployment is picking up pace in the north west and this will reinforce the region’s domestic slowdown. We have made strong arguments that the region’s economy needed more support from both the government and the Bank of England, and this demonstrates that the time for words is long gone. We must see targeted support and More >

Word From the Streets w/c 13th February 2012 – LOCALLY

Churches, schools, community centres and possibly even police stations will be wrapped in ‘peace tape’ as part of a festival celebrating communities coming together. The tape is a mock style of police tape but has the message ‘work, hope, pray, long for peace. It is part of seven-day Peace Week event, which will highlight the reduction in gun and gang crime across Manchester since the annual event began 10 years ago. Event organiser, Paule Keeble, said: “We came up with this tape as a way of creating a bit of a buzz around Peace Week. Incident tape is usually associated More >

Word From the Streets w/c 13th February 2012

WFTS apologises for a particularly negative round up! The accusations of racism, particularly in football continue and for those who ask, no there is no freedom of speech in this green and pleasant land! Sport, arts and cultural activity are positive ways of engaging, motivating and inspiring – we need to get back to basics and change the negative into positive – easy to say, could be easy to do…however, if sport continues to mirror society, how can we the influence it positively?

Word From the Streets w/c 6th February 2012 – AND FINALLY…

A video has been circulated on YouTube showing a father forcing his four-year-old son to jog and do press-ups in freezing conditions during a family visit to New York. The Chinese child, He Yide, can be heard asking his father to “hug me” and shivering in the cold. The father said that the child’s mother wanted the child to be good at what he did. The father said he wanted him to excel!

Word From the Streets w/c 6th February 2012 – QUOTES

“I want to look after my family. I didn’t envisage buying a house quite so young but it’s good that I had the opportunity. My mum lives up here and although my brother’s at university in Leicester he tends to come up at weekends and travels to the games.”

-       New Manchester United first teamer, Chris Smalling, who making sure he looks after those important to him.

 

“None of us needs it. None of us is starving.”

-       RBS chief executive Stephen Hester being dead honest about city bonuses.

 

“Is your glass bullet proof?”

-       Prince Charles, joking with people as visits a reopened Post More >

Word From the Streets w/c 6th February 2012 – INTERNATIONALLY

The African Cup of Nation’s was won by Zambia in penalty shoot out in which 14 kicks were converted before Ivory Coast’s Kolo Toure and Gervinho missed their attempts. The victory makes amends for the 1993 final defeat for Zambia. It was the first time since 1994 that a southern African team made the final.

 

Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are the richest soccer clubs in the world. The two super clubs moved further away from Manchester United in the money league with respective turnover’s of €479m (£438m), €451m (£398m) and €367m (£349m). The combined turnover of the top 20 More >