Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Aaron Jeruta and Art Aquino tried to keep the Scorpions in the game, cutting the deficit to as low as eight, 75-67, after a JK Casiño layup in the last 29 seconds, but the comeback was just too late. Harold Arboleda iced the game from the charity stripe to secure Cignal’s second straight championship.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’Oping Sumalinog paced the balanced attack for the Hawkeyes with 13 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, while Arboleda also contributed 13 markers, eight boards, and four dimes.Uyloan also went 3-of-8 from beyond the arc to wound up with 11 points, while Jason Perkins did all the dirty work with eight markers, seven rebounds, and two assists. LATEST STORIES CIGNAL HD 79 – Sumalinog 13, Arboleda 13, Uyloan 11, Perkins 8, Apinan 7, Bringas 6, Raymundo 6, Villarias 5, Sara 4, Batino 4, Cahilig 2.CEU 69 – Ebondo 20, Wamar 11, Guinitaran 9, Casiño 8, Aquino 7, Jeruta 7, Manlangit 4, Baconcon 3, Arim 0, Cruz 0, Intic 0, Saber 0, Uri 0.Quarters: 21-16, 45-30, 60-48, 79-69.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees What’s in store for your animal sign this year Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles 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 Jason Perkins. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCignal HD repulsed Centro Escolar University, 79-69, in Game 2 to complete a sweep in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Hawkeyes established control in the second quarter and took the 45-30 halftime lead, extending the advantage to 19, 69-50, after a Jonathan Uyloan trey with 7:20 to play.ADVERTISEMENT Cignal replicated its 78-56 Game 1 win last Tuesday despite missing the services of Conference MVP Raymar Jose, who is with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.“Nobody expected us to win a championship. Our lineup has been a consistent revolving door, some guys come in and they have to adjust to our system right away, but again, it’s really the effort of the players who want to win the championship. I will not be able to do this if not for the players so credit to them,” said coach Boyet Fernandez, who established his legend as the winningest mentor in PBA D-League history with eight titles under his belt.The Hawkeyes became only the third franchise to win back-to-back titles in a season, after the NLEX Road Warriors and Phoenix Accelerators.Congolese big man Rod Ebondo reigned for CEU with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Orlan Wamar had 11 markers, four boards, and three assists.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Huelgas willing to represent PH ‘in a heartbeat’ in 2019 SEA Games
The municipality of the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) is on the verge of creating a ‘greening’ initiative pilot project which involves financing under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) – an initiative which is being peddled by the Office of Climate Change within the Ministry of the Presidency.On Tuesday, Head of the Office of Climate Change, Janelle Christian, along withLinden Mayor Carwyn Holland (front centre) and Head of the Office of Climate Change, Janelle Christian (third from right) pose with municipal Councillorsother officials including consultants, met with Linden Outgoing Mayor Carwyn Holland and Councillors to discuss plans for the initiative. Christian said the Office of Climate Change have been working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to elaborate on a national project for financing. She noted that the visit was geared at better understanding the projection for the town and for engagement with consultants, who will work along with the Mayor and his team to shape the project.“An important component of that is to look at community-based pilots with respect to energy efficiency and renewable energy. And so, the municipality of Linden… Upper Demerara-Berbice region, we’re hoping to work with a community there…” she explained.She said there is a particular interest in working with youth to ensure climate change awareness and to work towards the mandate of Guyana becoming a ‘Green state’. Full medium-scale proposals for community-based pilots are expected to be approved by the end of March. Meanwhile, outgoing Mayor Holland in response said it is important for Linden to go green, as he pointed out that the community would have already commenced its Green Space Project. An area which needs to be examined, he noted, is that of energy efficiency, regardless of the fact that the community receives cheap electricity. The Mayor noted that the municipality would have already put together a proposal which was sent to the Office of Climate Change.
Charles Cole also contributed for Monroe (10-17), scoring 16points. Ryan Scarlett scored a game-high 26 points for Santee (14-12). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Monroe will visit North Hollywood on Thursday in the second round. Eagle Rock 68, Hollywood 49: Steven Phillips scored 23 points and Josh Jovanelly added 19 points as host Eagle Rock defeated Hollywood. The Eagles (10-11) will visit Los Angeles on Thursday. San Pedro 76, Reseda 56: Cory Davis scored a game-high 22 points, but the host Regents (16-7) fell to the defending Invitational Champion Pirates in first-round play. El Camino Real 73, Belmont 50: Tyler Kolodny had nine points, 12 rebounds, seven blocks, six steals and five assists and Nathan Pitts had 19 points for El Camino Real of Woodland Hills, which advanced to visit Venice on Thursday in the second round. Tony Suarez scored 20 points and Fernando Cordero added 15points and 10 steals to lead visiting Monroe to a 83-73 victory against Santee of Los Angeles on Tuesday in the first round of the City Section Invitational playoffs. The Vikings, who lost in the first round of the Invitational to Garfield of Los Angeles last season, outscored Santee 54-32 in the second half, including a 29-13 fourth quarter.
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)Real Madrid (ESP) to Juventus (ITA) (Sh11.7bn- 100 million euros)— The end of Ronaldo’s reign at Real Madrid took the football world by surprise, although it wasn’t met with total shock. The 33-year-old had hinted at a desire to leave after winning a third straight Champions League title with Real against Liverpool, but a move to Italy didn’t appear to be on the cards.Cristiano Ronaldo will begin a new chapter of his career in Turin after nine spectacular years at Real Madrid © AFP/File / Miguel MEDINAThe arrival of the Champions League’s all-time record goalscorer will surely boost the Turin giants’ hopes of finally winning Europe’s premier competition for the first time since 1996.Some will think that Ronaldo’s time at the top is coming to an end, but his recent form has suggested otherwise. The Portugal captain scored 44 goals for Real in all competitions last season before netting four times at the World Cup, including a hat-trick against Spain, and will undoubtedly bring a massive presence to Juventus both on the pitch and off it.Gianluigi Buffon (ITA)Buffon and PSG are both desperate to win a maiden Champions League title © AFP/File / Jure MakovecJuventus (ITA) to Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) (free)— As Ronaldo looks to win the Champions League in a third different country, Buffon will be hoping to finally lift the famous trophy for the first time in his first season playing outside of Italy.The 40-year-old was expected to retire at the end of last term, but instead decided to have another crack at European glory with big-spending PSG. Buffon will miss the first three Champions League games of the campaign, though, after his tirade against English referee Michael Oliver following a late Ronaldo penalty which saw Juve lose to Real in the quarter-finals in April.Buffon will likely start all of PSG’s big matches, but the lower quality of Ligue 1 may be perfect for the latter stages of his career, with French international Alphonse Areola more than capable of stepping in to give him a rest during more low-key encounters.Alisson (BRA)Roma (ITA) to Liverpool (ENG) (Sh 20.2 bn – 72.5 million euros)Alisson was Brazil’s first-choice goalkeeper at the World Cup in Russia © AFP/File / Luis Acosta— Despite the revelation that he had earlier suffered concussion, Loris Karius’ horror show in the Champions League final confirmed what many onlookers had known for years — that Liverpool needed a new goalkeeper.Manager Jurgen Klopp had long been linked with a move for Brazil number one Alisson, and the 25-year-old duly left Roma after the World Cup in a world-record deal for a ‘keeper.Liverpool fans will now be hoping that Alisson can help them clinch a first league title for 29 years.Riyad Mahrez (ALG)Leicester (ENG) to Manchester City (ENG) (Sh7.9bn – 67.5 million euros)Riyad Mahrez became Manchester City’s record signing upon his arrival from Leicester © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / DAVID BANKS— Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will be favourites for the Premier League title, though, after their total domination last season. The club’s Abu Dhabi owners haven’t stopped dipping into their pockets either and signed Mahrez from Leicester after failing to match the Foxes’ asking price back in January.Despite the hefty price tag, Mahrez won’t be an automatic starter at Eastlands with Leroy Sane, David Silva and Bernardo Silva for company. But he will add even more options for arguably the best current club squad in Europe.Thomas Lemar (FRA)Monaco (FRA) to Atletico Madrid (ESP) (Sh11.7bn – 100 million euros)Thomas Lemar will be reunited with France team-mates Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez in Madrid © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFE— In perhaps the least-hyped 100-million-euro transfer in history, Atletico Madrid agreed a deal to sign Lemar from Monaco just two days before the start of the World Cup.The 22-year-old from Guadeloupe played just one match in the victorious campaign in Russia — the dire draw with Denmark — and only managed three goals in 38 matches last season.But Lemar is very capable and showed excellent form in 2017 before suffering a series of injuries, and Atletico will be delighted to get his signature as they look to keep pace with Barcelona and Real in Spain.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fans in Turin can’t wait to see Ronaldo in action for Juve © AFP/File / Isabella BonottoPARIS, France, Jul 30 – With Europe’s top clubs preparing for the start of the new season, there have already been several headline-grabbing moves in the transfer market, including Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning switch to Juventus and the arrival of Gianluigi Buffon in France.Here, AFP Sport looks at five of the close-season movers who could make the biggest impact:
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Californians who stayed away from the polls for Tuesday’s primary will have plenty of reasons to vote in November’s general election, including a historic bond package to build roads, schools and levees supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. But after primary voters defeated measures for preschools and libraries – typically popular ballot topics – the uphill battle for support of a growing and diverse list of propositions came into focus Wednesday. Counting Tuesday’s primary, voters have defeated 10 straight initiatives since last fall’s special election. Experts say more measures that call for spending money or raising taxes in November risk being tossed in similar fashion as concerns about the economy grow. “The compounding factor here is that all of these initiatives revolve around money,” said David McCuan, a political science professor at California State University, Sonoma, who has written extensively about California’s initiative process. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“In tough economic times – and if all the oxygen on the airwaves is sucked up by (Phil)Angelides, Schwarzenegger and the infrastructure bonds – many of these measures don’t stand a chance. They’ll be drowned out.” McCuan, however, believes the four initiatives of the governor’s $37.3 billion bond package have a good chance of passing because Schwarzenegger has said he plans to campaign hard for them. Already, seven initiatives have qualified for the November ballot. Four are the bond package. Three others would stiffen penalties for sex offenders, alter state transportation funding and launch a multibillion-dollar high-speed rail project.
Hannon/Greene Insurances Fr O Gara Cup – http://www.inishowenfl.ie – Preliminary RoundCockhill Res 0-4 QPSThe home side set up in a defensive strategy allowing QPS to dominate possession but they restricted them superbly in the first half.The point had an early chance on 6 minutes after Fergal Buchanan crossed for Adam Harkin whose close range header crashed off the bar. Their next chance did not arrive until the 37th minute when Simon Wallace saw his effort brilliantly saved by fifteen year old keeper Lee McCarron who was outstanding throughout.The game followed a similar pattern on the restart but the visitors broke the deadlock on 62 minutes after good work between Paul Hegarty and Buchanan released Mark Wallace to fire low past McCarron from twelve yards. Cockhill hit back and were unlucky six minutes later after Adam Duffy fed Ricky Fullerton to advance on the right and his angled shot crashed back off the post. The visitors increased their lead then on 72 minutes when more good work in midfield ended with Harkin releasing Wallace and he fired home from inside the area.They sealed the tie ten minutes later when Buchanan converted from close range at the near post after Harkin’s had found him with his cross.They completed the scoring on 89 minutes when Buchanan turned provider and crossed for Harkin to head home. Clonmany Res 0-4 Rasheney FCThere was no upset in this local derby played in wet conditions at Shamrock Park.The home side were first to show on 8 minutes when Dean Kelly sidestepped a defender and unleashed a twenty yards effort which was well saved by Johnathan Noone. A while later Kelly controlled and advance before releasing Aiden Doherty but he miscued his shot when well placed.Rasheney responded before the half hour with Donal Kelly only denied by a superb Martin Kelly tackle before Christy Ivers saw his free sail just over the bar.On 34 minutes John McLaughlin saw his shot from the left hand side of the area superbly tipped round the post by Roger McGilloway. But Rasheney opened the scoring from the corner when Peter Doherty flicked the ball home at the near post.Clonmany had the last chance of the first half when Kelly again beat a defender and fed Aiden Doherty who fired wide from a good position.Rasheney got a dream start to the second half when on 47 minutes Ivers broke clear and advanced along the byeline before squaring for Anthony Doherty (IE) to fire home from ten yards.They made it three nil on the hour to kill the game as a contest when Ivers pounced on defence confusion to slam the ball to the roof of the net..The visitors completed the scoring when John Mclaughlin rounded two defenders before firing a superb effort to the top cornerCuldaff Res 1-3 Dunree UnitedPlayed in wet and windy conditions Dunree with the elements were on top for the opening period but found it hard to create any clear chances.Their first attempt arrived on 18 minutes when Philip McGuinness’s twenty yards effort was easily saved by Stephen Gray.Ten minutes later McGuinness’s cross was flicked on by Conor Mcbride to Thomas Mulhern but from a tight angle he fired high and well wide.They broke the deadlock on 37 minutes after a McGuinness free from the right was not cleared and James Doherty controlled before firing home from close range.Culdaff replied before the interval when Ryan Greene released Michael Mclaughlin on the right and he got his shot away under pressure but Paul McGettigan saved.On the resumption McBride headed wide at the near post following a corner while at the other end Paddy McColgan volleyed just past the left hand post from sixteen yards.A driven corner from McColgan in the 54th minute saw Martin McGrenaghan bundle the ball home at the back post to get the home side back on terms.But two minutes of madeness sealed the game when Gray failed to hold McGuinness free kicks twice allowing James Doherty and Neil J McCarron to bundle the ball home from close range.Culdaff to their credit kept battling and Michael McLaughlin had an effort saved before McGettigan made a brilliant save from a Barry Fitzpatrick free.In the closing stages McGrenaghan failed to direct his header on target from a corner as Dunree advanced. INISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: http://www.inishowenfl.ie INISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: FATHER O’GARA CUP REPORTS was last modified: February 10th, 2013 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:clonmanycockillculdaffDunreeINISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: FATHER O’GARA CUP REPORTSqpsRasheney
Sergio Ramos has pleaded innocence over his tangle with Raheem Sterling in Seville.During England’s 3-2 win against Spain – which saw Sterling score twice – the Real Madrid defender appeared to stamp on the forward when he had gone down under a challenge from another home player. BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED RANKED Ramos’ disciplinary record precedes him as he holds the record for being the most carded player in La Liga, the Champions League as well as the Spanish national team.During the recent international, the Real Madrid captain was the subject of a heavy – and fair – challenge from Eric Dier.It caused quite a reaction from fans, especially those on Merseyside where he has been enemy no.1 since the Champions League final.His challenges on Liverpool pair Mohamed Salah and Loris Karius, who suffered a concussion, came under scrutiny after Real defeated the Reds. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Dier earned a booking after putting Ramos in the stands REPLY REVEALED 🛑🤔🤐Nada más que decir.Nothing else to say. pic.twitter.com/BCuQI3n7hT— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) October 17, 2018Ramos later posted a video of the incident on Twitter in which footage seems to show he simply tripped over Sterling’s trailing leg he as the Manchester City ace was on the ground.Alongside the video, Ramos wrote: “Nothing else to say.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ no dice MONEY 1 Most popular football news Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Former England manager Sam Allardyce told talkSPORT how great it was, while Dier revealed Ramos actually congratulated him for it.
OAKLAND –With nearly each passing moment, it became clear the Warriors are entering a new season.They heightened their intensity. They sharpened their effort. They gave plenty of reason for their supportive hometown fans to scream, yell and cheer.The Warriors finished with a 116-102 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Oracle Arena by playing the way they normally do later this month. But with this game holding serious implications in playoff seedings, the Warriors showcased their …
Table Bay harbour. (Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.)In the early hours of Tuesday morning members of South Africa’s elite police Special Task Force boarded a Taiwanese fishing vessel outside Table Bay harbour in Cape Town and arrested mutinous crew members who were holding the captain and first officer hostage.The rescue drama began at 3pm on Monday when the South African Police Service (SAPS) learned that in a mutiny on board the fishing vessel Balena, 10 of the 29 crew members, all Vietnamese, had taken the captain and first officer hostage and commandeered the craft. With the ship still in international waters, the mutineers demanded to be allowed to enter Table Bay harbour.A task team was quickly assembled, made up of the SAPS Special Task Force, Western Cape Legal Services, the Organised Crime Unit, the Dog Unit, the Port of Entry Unit, the National Ports Authorities and the Department of Home Affairs, as well as hostage negotiators. The Balena crew were then authorised to enter South African waters.At 5:30am yesterday morning members of the Special Task Force boarded the hijacked vessel, freed the hostages and took the crew into custody. The team, made up of highly skilled and trained members from the Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban units, flew from Pretoria to Cape Town to deal with the hostage situation. The Special Task Force is specifically trained to deal with high-risk situations, including hostage taking, on land, sea or air.The vessel was boarded before it entered Table Bay harbour and, with the crew offering no resistance, arrested without the use of force.The 10 mutineers are being held in custody and face charges of kidnapping and, alternatively, piracy, which involves any act of illegal violence or detention at sea. The other 19 crew members on board played no part in the hijacking and have not been detained.The ship’s captain was unharmed, but the first officer was injured during the mutiny and needed to be treated by paramedics.Tim Williams, acting national commissioner of the SAPS, commended the special forces’ swift action. “This proves that the SAPS have the capacity and skills to deal with any security related situation effectively,” he said.“A special word of thanks to the Special Task Force, the Western Cape SAPS provincial team for the excellent coordination of this exercise and to the Marine and Coastal Management, National Ports Authority and immigration officials from the Department of Home Affairs whose cooperation was essential.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.orgRelated articlesSA passport made more secure Cracking down on 2010 crime 500 new police for South Africa Choppers to curb 2010 crime Useful linksSouth African Police Service
An artist’s impression of the 66-hectare Giant Flag, with colured desert plants, white gravel road and a field of solar panels. (Image: Giant Flag)Mary AlexanderIn the Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo region of the Eastern Cape, a global online crowdfunded project with huge ambitions is set to transform a community where four of every 10 people don’t have jobs. This is South Africa’s Giant Flag, a development project so big it will be visible from space.Infographic: South Africa’s world-first Giant FlagThe Camdeboo is part of South Africa’s dry and tough Karoo desert, where economic opportunities are limited to sheep and ostrich farming, and not much else. Its major town, Graaff-Reinet, has an unemployment rate of 40%.The Giant Flag aims to turn this around by combining tourism and sustainable green energy with job creation. The plan is to grow a 66-hectare field of desert plants, succulents and cactuses indigenous to the Karoo, in the colours of South Africa’s national flag – red, yellow, blue and green. The white part of the flag will be represented by gravel roads bisecting the cactus fields, and the black by 6.6 hectares of solar panels capable of delivering four megawatts of electricity to 4 000 homes.It is, indeed, a giant project. The flag will take up an area equivalent to 66 football fields, or 660 000 square metres. The full precinct will ultimately include a hotel, conference centre, food gardens and adventure tourism.The flag: excitement and national prideThe flag is the brainchild of Guy Lieberman, the green and social new business development manager at advertising firm FCB. The agency asked Lieberman to come up with a project that would both rekindle the national pride and excitement of South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup and stimulate growth in neglected rural regions. He came up with a Giant Flag of plants to bring colour and jobs to the barren Camdeboo.Read more: Fred Brownell and the creation of the South African flagIt is not a modest project. Over its two-year, three-phase development, is expected to cost something in the region of R180-million. But when its gates do open it will have brought 700 permanent “green-collar” jobs – mostly for women – into a deeply depressed region, and built enormous tourism infrastructure for the Eastern Cape.The first phase, which cost R4-million, is complete. The land has been secured, and the zoning, environmental impact study and business plan have all been approved. The second phase, launched in late October, will cost some R25-million.A visualisation of a satellite image of the town of Graaff-Reinet with the completed Giant Flag. (Image: Giant Flag)Rural tourism key to job creationThe project is supported by three government departments – including tourism – as well as provincial and local authorities, a range of corporate sponsors, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Development Bank of South Africa. The SABC has committed to broadcasting 52 weekly two-minute episodes about its progress. Google has given the flag a permanent monthly advertising grant worth R100 000, and powers its online platform.At the launch in Graaff-Reinet on 23 October, tourism minister Tokozile Xasa said her industry had enormous power to improve the lives of people in rural areas, far from urban centres of economic activity.The Giant Flag project, she said, “dovetails with our department’s National Rural Tourism Strategy that has community beneficiation as is its core. The strategy is aimed at developing rural tourism that can greatly contribute to the alleviation of pressure in areas that are often characterised by poverty and underdevelopment. The strategy illustrates the National Department of Tourism’s commitment to the development of rural economies in general and rural tourism in particular.”Offsetting thousands of tons of carbonThe second phase will see the flag take form. The 2.5-million plants – fire barrel cactus for the red, golden barrel cactus for yellow, blue dan succulent for blue and spekboom for green – will be planted on the 66-hectare site, and the white road laid down.The plants will not only create a stunning display of South Africa’s national flag and help draw tourists to the area. They will also scrub 87 300 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year – equivalent to the energy used by 7 276 typical American households. They will also bring rich and diverse plant life to this barren desert area.The full site will take up a full 100 hectares, one square kilometre, surrounded by security fencing. In the 34 hectares between the flag and the fence, gardens growing food and medicinal plants will be established.The key to getting the Giant Flag in place is global crowdfunding through the project’s Google-powered website. People anywhere in the world are invited to set up profiles on the site, and purchase units of plants, road or solar panels. The prices range from US$10 for the plants (about R110), $100 for the road (R1 110), and $250 (R2 700) for a unit of the solar field. Registered users are then given the GPS coordinates for the sections of the flag they have bought, and can monitor progress online, in real time.Helping people and the environmentThe third phase of the Giant Flag is where the green development really begins. Starting early next year, construction will begin on the 6.6-hectare solar field, set to cost R100-million. A further R45-million will be spent on a 22 000 square metre canopy structure, a biogas facility, algae plant, civil works and a water reservoir with an 11-million-litre capacity.The solar plant will be the first large, commercial scale solar field in the world to harvest water. The energy it produces will be sold into South Africa’s national grid, and the money – with other profits from the Giant Flag project – will go into endowment and education funds. These will finance micro-loans and skills development for the local community, as well as school upgrades and tertiary education bursaries.The final phase of development will include building a tourism precinct with a conference centre and hotel, which will offer adventure tourism activities such as microlighting and hot air ballooning.“The sky’s the limit,” Lieberman, the mastermind of the Giant Flag, said at the launch. “I see opportunity upon opportunity upon opportunity when I visualise the flag and the communities that live around it.”