Chillin’: LeBron, Cavs trying to thaw from mid-season freeze

first_imgFILE – In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers players, from left, LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love, JR Smith and Jae Crowder take a break during a review in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. James and the Cavaliers are going through their annual January freeze. It’s taking them longer to thaw this year, raising questions about whether they’re still the best team in the Eastern Conference or good enough to make their fourth straight NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — With sweat streaking down his face and into his bushy beard, LeBron James was not in a playful mood following practice.The cold stare. The pursed lips. The focus.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The three-time champion conceded that this season has been difficult.“It’s been very challenging just from the simple fact of how many guys have been in and out,” he said. “This is a difficult year for our team. Seems like I say that every year, but this one has been even more challenging. It’s been very challenging on our team. But we have to figure it out. At the end of the day, we have a game every other day or every two days just like everybody else in the NBA. We have to go out and play.”These are fascinating and frustrating days for the Cavaliers, who opened the season 5-7, ripped off 18 wins in 19 games and have gone just 3-9 since Dec. 19, losing twice in that span to the Warriors, their rivals in each of the past three Finals.Following Monday’s fourth straight loss, James said he was pleased with the team’s effort.However, the same night, some unnamed Cleveland players told several media outlets privately that there was growing concern that the Cavs’ problems might not be fixable.Coach Tyronn Lue was aware of the reports, and joked that the comments didn’t come from any players he knows.“I’ve seen where people said sources say and I look down the roster and I don’t see no guy named sources,” Lue said. “We’re going to be fine. The guys are putting in the work. The last couple of games have been very positive even though we lost, so things are going to be fine.”Things are looking better.Thomas showed flashes of his All-Star form against the Warriors, playing his most minutes (32) since his return, and his role will expand. Derrick Rose could be back as early as Thursday against Orlando after being sidelined since Nov. 7 with a severe ankle injury. And the Cavaliers are in a stretch of playing seven of nine games at home.The record should improve. Will the roster? With the Feb. 8 trading deadline approaching, the Cavs might be able to land a top-tier player to help James if owner Dan Gilbert is willing to part with the first-round pick the team acquired from Boston in the summer trade involving Kyrie Irving. Of course, with James potentially becoming a free agent after this season, there’s major risk involved.The Cavaliers must weigh whether it’s better to make a major move now and take another championship run this season or hang onto the pick to build for the future in case James leaves.Whatever happens, Lue is confident his team will thrive.“I believe,” he said.James doesn’t seem as certain.As the speculation builds about his future, he gave an interesting response when asked if the current team has enough to win a second NBA championship.“That’s our goal and that’s what we got to work towards,” James said. “That’s what we’re here for.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “You don’t win championships … losing a game is not encouraging at all,” he said. “I liked the way we played in the first half. I liked the way we competed. But you get encouraged when you come out here and work when there ain’t nobody watching. I’m more encouraged on what we did today than I am in the game the other day.”The Cavs remain a work in progress, an incomplete picture.Maybe even a damaged one.Their aging roster, defensive deficiencies, injuries, Isaiah Thomas’ slow-and-still-uncertain comeback from a hip injury and an inability to beat the league’s elite teams have conjoined to raise doubts about whether the Cavs are still the best team in the Eastern Conference or one good enough to reach their fourth straight NBA Finals.James, who is having another MVP-caliber season, didn’t offer any excuses for the team’s recent struggles, a stretch he called a “rough patch.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments This is no time for frivolity.With Cleveland in the midst of its annual January deep freeze, a troubling stretch where losing multiplies quickly into rumors, drama and even more distractions for the NBA’s most scrutinized superstar and his teammates, the Cavaliers are being questioned again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd for good reason.While they played well for more than three quarters in a loss — their ninth in 12 games — on Monday night to the defending champion Golden State Warriors, James found little to be encouraged about. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defensecenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Anthony, Adams lead Thunder past Lakers OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Victory worth dwindling bank account, says Palami

first_imgPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETTeary-eyed Philippine Azkals manager Dan Palami thanked every player and member of his staff after the squad pulled off its biggest milestone yet on Tuesday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The journey to the Asian Cup has been arduous for the Azkals and for their biggest backer, it was a fitting reward for his belief and doggedness in keeping the squad together even when help outside the Philippine Football Federation didn’t come.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “It’s the story of every Filipino. We are able to achieve a lot of things because of our perseverance.”At the Asian Cup, Palami vowed that the team won’t just be in the competition to make up the numbers.“Hopefully, we will be the Iceland in the Asian Cup,” said Palami, referring to the small Nordic country, which nailed a first World Cup berth last year, becoming the smallest nation to pull off the feat.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PSC names 10 priority sports View comments Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “We were just trying,” said Palami. “I think that says it all. We’ve been through a lot, especially for me. We have not always been successful, but to make it to the bigger stage, after all those heartaches, it’s fulfilling. It’s a feeling that can’t be described.”Palami started bankrolling the national team in 2010 and months later, the Azkals rose to prominence with a first semifinal appearance in the AFF Suzuki Cup in Hanoi, Vietnam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut maintaining the team is a financially daunting task.“Sometimes you look at your bank account, you just think if it’s all worth it,” said Palami. “These are the kinds of moments that make everything worth it. MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:56Boris Johnson ‘humbled’ after majority win, says Parliament ‘must change’02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

ExxonMobil, El Dorado Offshore recruit 12 Guyanese

first_imgThe new trainees who will be introduced to the oil industry as rig clerksEl Dorado Offshore and Ramps Logistics has partnered once again with US oil giant ExxonMobil to recruit 12 rig clerk trainees for the emergent oil and gas industry.Recruitment Director Natasha Jairam-Abai explained that this was the third batch of individuals to benefit from this type of training, but this year, the number of women increased.“El Dorado Offshore and Ramps Logistics is collaborating with Exxon and we’re launching our third batch of rig clerk trainees within our programme. This batch consists of 12 candidates, six of those are females and we don’t have much rig clerks that are female within the oil and gas industry, so we’re proud of that at this moment,” she explained.The candidates will undergo 10 weeks of training, both theoretical and practical, at four different locations. From Guyana, they will move to Trinidad and Tobago and one of the drill ships as part of the exercise to forge their skills in all areas.Jairam-Abai reiterated that local content development was essential in the industry and their agencies have pledged to do what was necessary to fill that gap.“We’re committed to local content development for Guyana. As such, this programme has been rolled out with Exxon’s support. Over the progression of the next 10 weeks, these candidates will go from four different locations, which is the Guyana office; GYSBI (Guyana Shore Base Incorporated), our Trinidad office, and the Noble Bob Douglas drillship,” she expressed.Guyana Times spoke to a few recruits who were eager to take a leap into this new sector. Anna Lane explained that she had applied for a different position, but opted for this role since it provided more opportunity.“This is something completely new for me, something that I was not expecting and it wasn’t what I came in the office for, but it was a better opportunity and so I decided to take it … I don’t think we were expecting for it to be such a big deal,” she explained.El Dorado Offshore sent its first batch of recruits back in 2017, in an effort to meet the human resources demands of the oil industry. Presently, it has deployed many persons to serve the industry. Some are stationed right here in Guyana while others have been placed on supply vessels as well as in countries as far as Singapore.“We have persons at the onshore which is at GYSBI, the supply vessels, the drill ships, and we have persons on the FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel) right now in Singapore that will be coming back with the vessel,” the Director informed.Guyana is expected to extract first oil in late 2019 or early 2020. In April, principal explorer ExxonMobil made its 13th discovery offshore Guyana at the Yellowtail-1 well.It was only two months ago that the US supermajor made double oil discoveries at the Tilapia-1 and Haimara-1 wells in the South-west section of the Stabroek Block.Approximately 292 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoir was found at Yellowtail-1, which is located some six miles North-west of the Tilapia discovery.According to ExxonMobil, it was drilled to a depth of 18,445 feet (5622 metres) in 6046 feet (1843 meters) of water.The Noble Tom Madden began drilling the Yellowtail well on March 27 and it will next drill the Hammerhead-2 well.This latest discovery adds to the previously announced estimated recoverable resource of approximately 5.5 billion oil-equivalent barrels on the Stabroek Block. Yellowtail-1 is the fifth discovery in the Turbot area, which ExxonMobil expects to become a major development hub.last_img read more

Inter Milan join Arsenal and Liverpool in race for Marseille striker

first_img Andre-Pierre Gignac 1 Inter Milan have joined Arsenal and Liverpool in the race for Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, according to reports in Italy.The France international’s current contract expires at the end of the season, meaning he is available on a free in the summer.That has sparked interest from clubs all over Europe, with Arsenal and Liverpool both monitoring the 29-year-old’s situation.However, according to Tuttosport, Inter Milan have now joined the Premier League pair in the race to sign Gignac in the summer.The Serie A club have been impressed by the striker’s form this season, which has seen him hit 15 goals in 22 appearances.Marseille are still hoping to persuade the former Toulouse man to sign a new deal but they are aware they cannot compete with the wages on offer from other clubs.last_img read more

BEST WISHES TO JIM McGUINNESS AND THE DONEGAL TEAM – FROM EVERYONE AT FOY’S

first_imgLiam & Ann Foy, Foy’s Letterkenny, Herdsmans Retail Park & Main Street Ballybofey  would like to wish Jim and the Donegal Team every success for All Ireland Final.Liam and Ann have paid €100 for this advertisement with all of that money going to the Players Fund of the county team.All monies from adverts supporting the Donegal squad go directly to the team.  BEST WISHES TO JIM McGUINNESS AND THE DONEGAL TEAM – FROM EVERYONE AT FOY’S was last modified: September 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:BEST WISHES TO JIM McGUINNESS AND THE DONEGAL TEAM – FROM EVERYONE AT FOY’Slast_img read more

ATHLETICS NEWS: SEAN MCFADDEN PERFORMS SUPERBLY AT DERRY TRIATHLON

first_imgLetterkenny 24/7 Club News:Firmus Energy City of Derry Triathlon was held on Sunday morning past. 26 Letterkenny Triathlon club members joined nearly 500 other triathletes on the banks of The Foyle for this increasingly popular race. The race was a National Series Sprint race comprising of a 750m swim in The Foyle, 20k bike around the city taking in the two road bridges and finally a 5k run along The Foyle and across the iconic Peace Bridge.Siobhan Gallagher ,who was using the race as a test for an upcoming international race, was first woman across the line in 1.11.22. Sean McFadden was first club male to finish in a time of 1.08.06. There was some very impressive results with four members picking up firsts in their respective age groups. Well done to all those who raced, results below. On the 11th July ’15 Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club are holding a Sprint & Olympic distance triathlon at Gartan Lough, Churchill in County Donegal.Our race comprises of a lake swim, bike routes with both flat and challenging climb sections and an amended flat and faster run course. More details of this race to follow.Sean McFadden  1.08.06 2nd Age GroupHugh Gallagher 1.11.12 1st Age Group Siobhan Gallagher 1.11.22Paul Dillon 1.14.34Triona McMenamin 1.15.40 1st Age GroupJack Brennan 1.15.40Martin Donnelly 1.18.35 Paul Lynch 1.18.51Donagh O’Sullivan 1.20.13Clara Quigley 1.20.44 1st Age GroupJohn McCarron 1.21.15 Brian Sweeney 1.22.05Karl Sweeney 1.23.34Niall Mulrine 1.23.35Killian Nulty 1.25.20Jarlath Duffy 1.25.22Barry McLaughlin 1.25.49Fin Begley 1.25.50Stephen Sweeney 1.31.11Johnny Duffy 1.37.24Patrick Nulty 1.46.53Sean McAuliffe 1.52.36Paul Kelly 1.54.44Stephen McFarland 2.08.10Please see clubs Facebook or the website, www.letterkenny247.com for club training sessions.ATHLETICS NEWS: SEAN MCFADDEN PERFORMS SUPERBLY AT DERRY TRIATHLON was last modified: June 16th, 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:athleticsletterkenny 24/7Noticessean mcfaddenlast_img read more

Fabinho, Keita and unwanted players report for Liverpool training

first_img RANKED REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Premier League clubs are already beginning their preparations for the 2018/19 season.With the World Cup continuing, many players won’t return for club duty until later in July, but those not in Russia are going to be hard at work this week.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp welcomed back the majority of his squad to Melwood on Monday as he looks to get the Reds gunning for glory domestically and in Europe. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Daniel Sturridge is back at Liverpool – but for how long? Liverpool’s first match of pre-season will come against Chester at Swansway Chester Stadium on July 7 before they take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park four days later.They will play another two friendlies in England, against Bury and Blackburn Rovers, before heading to the US to take part in the International Champions Cup. smart causal Jurgen Klopp has got the majority of his Liverpool squad back for pre-season training predicted England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won possible standings Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware The Merseysiders were an exciting side to watch last season and reached the Champions League final, where they lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.And Klopp will be determined to bring silverware success to the club as he approaches his third year in the hotseat.A total of 26 players reported back for the start of pre-season training with Liverpool on Monday, among them new signings Naby Keita and Fabinho.Keita’s long-awaited move to Anfield was finally made official on Sunday [July 1], the Guinean central midfielder having agreed to join from RB Leipzig in a £52million deal last summer. How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence First day for Naby Keïta. 👋#LFCPreSeason pic.twitter.com/btjDUAbTCB— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 2, 2018Fabinho joined in a £40m deal from Monaco in May and the Brazilian will form part of a new-look midfield alongside Keita, with Emre Can having departed for Juventus.They were joined at Liverpool training by a number of players whose futures are uncertain.Daniel Sturridge, who spent last season on loan at West Brom, was among the players present, as was Divock Origi, who was at Wolfsburg last season.Lazar Markovic, another who doesn’t appear to have a future at the club under Klopp after spending last season on loan at Anderlecht, also returned, while Loris Karius was back at Melwood as he looks to rebuild his reputation following his disastrous performance in the Champions League final. 2 Latest Liverpool News REVEALED 2 huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury A number of Liverpool stars won’t return for a while yet.Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino, Marko Grujic, Jordan Henderson, Dejan Lovren and Simon Mignolet are all still involved in the World Cup with their respective countries, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have been given a break following their exploits in Russia.Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum have also been given extra time off having played in post-season friendly matches for the Netherlands, who failed to qualify for the World Cup.Here’s the full list of players who returned to Liverpool training on Monday:Goalkeepers: Grabara, Karius, Kelleher, Ward. Defenders: Clyne, Gomez, Klavan, Moreno, Phillips, Robertson. Midfielders: Chirivella, Keita, Fabinho, Milner, Lallana, Woodburn. Forwards: Camacho, Ings, Kent, Markovic, Ojo, Origi, Solanke, Sturridge, Wilson.last_img read more

EIGHTY AND CLIMBING FOR ACTIVE DONEGAL MONTH!

first_imgAs we head for a summer of sport, Donegal will also have their very own ‘festival of sport.’Active Donegal – ‘Just Try It’ which runs during the month of June will provide loads of opportunities for people to get out and take part in some sort of physical activity or sport.Donegal Sports Partnership who are coordinating the programme had targeted fifty events for year one of the campaign however the response for the sporting community has been that the campaign already has eighty events registered with some still due to be registered. Donegal Sports Partnership Coordinator Myles Sweeney explains “Active Donegal Just Try It was established to provide opportunities for people to get involved in some sort of activity and also to showcase the levels and the wide range of activities taking place across the county.“It is a simple concept of using June as a month to highlight this activity and the response from the Donegal community has been excellent,” he said.The events schedule has been wide ranging with a clear focus on events of a recreational nature using the ‘Just Try It’ theme. The programme will include walking, running, cycle and rowing events, sports days, bowling, general fitness classes and basketball.The response from the clubs and communities for the campaign has been excellent with a wide variety of events due to take place; the challenge now is to get as many people of all abilities taking part as possible. Myles admits that they have been delighted with the response so far in what year is one of the campaigns, he hopes that Donegal Sports Partnership can build on the programme for future years and that it can also be used as an added attraction to showcase Co Donegal as a real Active County.For more details check the Active Donegal Month Facebook page www.facebook.com/ActiveDonegalJustTryIt or www.activedonegal.com calendar of events  EIGHTY AND CLIMBING FOR ACTIVE DONEGAL MONTH! was last modified: May 30th, 2012 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:Active Donegal Monthlast_img read more

HSU AD search narrowed to four

first_imgHumboldt State University announced four finalists in its search for an Athletic Director.In a release issued Tuesday morning, the university named four individuals — Cliff Dochterman, Ronald Prettyman, Melissa Ringhausen and Bill Macriss — as still being in consideration for the role which has been filled by interim administrators (most notably Duncan Robins for past two years) since former AD Dan Collen retired in May of 2016.HSU will have four separate open forums to allot the candidates …last_img read more

Social participation key to efficient cities

first_imgJohannesburg’s population grew by 1.2-million people in the decade between 2001 and 2011. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free images, visit the image gallery) Former finance minister and now minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, says that Johannesburg is South Africa’s fastest growing metropolis in terms of population growth.(Image: Shamin Chibba) Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau is also looking abroad for inspiration on how to make the city more liveable.(Image: Romaana Naidoo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jean Robertson  Vuma Reputation Management  +27 87 941 3497 or +27 82 994 7744 RELATED ARTICLES • Revamping Gauteng’s freeways • Making democracy work for all • Joburg – from mining camp to big city • Nelson Mandela Bay is smartShamin ChibbaCaring cities take responsibility, and social participation is needed in order for cities to function efficiently. This was the message Johannesburg’s mayor, Parks Tau, punted at the 2013 Metropolis Annual Meeting in Sandton on Wednesday, 17 July. The event, which takes place between 16 and 18 July, brought together more than 80 mayors from around the world to discuss ways of overcoming challenges such as poverty, informal housing, transit and communications infrastructure, and public services. Keeping in line with the conference’s theme of Caring Cities, Tau said a city with the ability to care is also able to act and take responsibility. “This theme is underpinned by the profound philosophy of ubuntu. We are bound by accountability.”According to Metropolis secretary-general Alain Le Saux, the organisation was established in 1984 as an international forum for major cities to gather and discuss common issues and goals. Usually, such topics involve water supply, transport and sanitation. But, according to Le Saux, Tau wanted this year’s discussion to be about putting citizens first. “We are not looking at the transport company but at the people inside the bus.”More active citizen participationFor cities to become more resourceful, Tau said their citizens would have to actively participate in the way they are run. He urged citizens to look at public participation beyond the transactional framework and bring their expertise to provide local solutions to problems. “If you go to Soweto on a Wednesday, to an area where waste is collected; after the trucks have moved there are a group of young people who sanitise the bins and send them back to the houses. The households then give them some money. Now that is community involvement. They have found a solution to a problem.”Tau looked abroad for innovative ways of making Johannesburg more liveable. He spoke of how Brazilian cities came to regularise informal settlements in its major cities, which subsequently gave inhabitants a degree of security. “It gave people the ability to [interact] with the city because they are not living in temporary environments.”He spoke of the Lula Movement in Brazil, which involved citizens in the development of communities. Former president Luiz Inácio “Lula” Da Silva put in place measures which would make citizens more responsible. For instance, one of the objectives was the provision of education to children. Citizens would be given free basic services if they continued sending their children to school. However, if their children were not at school, the government would stop the free services. “This is building a different relationship as opposed to people just being passive recipients of municipal services,” said Tau.Nádia Campeão, the vice-mayor of São Paulo in Brazil, said public participation requires access to information to ensure social control. “To us, social participation is about taking care of the city. It is only through this that we can reach our goals.”Johannesburg to be centre of urban innovationAccording to Trevor Manuel, minister in the Presidency, Johannesburg is South Africa’s fastest growing metropolis in terms of population growth. In his address, Manuel said between 2001 and 2011, the city grew by 1.2-million people. As a reaction to this growth, he announced the establishment of the Centre for Urban Innovation, which will be used by the Johannesburg City Council to track innovative practices of cities from around the world. The centre will also bring stakeholders together to deal with urban issues, said Manuel. “Part of what it will do is to convene and stream ideas.”In Manuel’s opinion, stakeholders do not use enough of the ideas urban planners are publishing. “I am staggered by the amount of information and how little we are using to implement and drive change.”Manuel believed Johannesburg and other major South African cities are still dealing with the vestiges of the Group Areas Act, an apartheid law which assigned racial groups to specific residential and business zones in urban areas. He suggested an efficient land use management initiative that would maximise the value of land and improve the efficiency of a city’s function. “Unless we do this early, people will settle where they move to and it will become harder to [relocate] them. The idea that the poor settle on the most marginal land because it is cheaper actually disadvantages them.”International cooperation and challengesTau suggested that cities around the world should co-operate to learn from each other. He said as the world comes closer together, new forms of communication between metropolitan areas will take place. “We as large cities need to embrace closer collaboration with each other.”Campeão agreed that international cooperation is one of the best ways to capture good practices and solutions for cities. And with this in mind, São Paulo is already making an effort to increase its global relations. The city will be one of the major venues of the 2014 Fifa World Cup and it is hosting the World Expo in 2020.Current challengesAntonio Balmón, the executive vice-president of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area in Spain, said cities are facing three challenges, namely demographic growth and urban concentration, climate change and the transformation of economic dynamics. He said new policies need to be drawn up to deal with rising temperatures and sea levels, food security, globalisation and the liberalisation of financial markets. Cities, he added, should also accept their new roles as economic promoters, cultural transformers of economic policies, and co-operative centres for national and supranational economic policies.MegacitiesLe Saux spoke about the transformation to megacities and the challenges this poses. One of the major problems, he said, is access to land. He recommended that land be prepared in a way that would provide people with the ability to help themselves. “We have to believe in the capacity of the people to organise their lives. But for that to occur, the local authorities need to give them what they need; land, public water, energy and other basic services.”Le Saux said cities should stop building outward. “When the city is 100 kilometres long then the water supply has to be 100 kilometres long.”He proposed that development be refocused on the city centre, which would force urban planners to build upward. “In the past the network was very big. But today, we have to see if it is possible to create small networks and to make a conjunction between these networks. That could probably be less expensive and easier to organise.”He said current building technology allows us to recycle water, generate electricity and develop an internal heating system, which could save cities a lot of money. “If we can do this to all parts of the city, then we would have found our solution.”last_img read more