Banyana win, in hunt for semi-final spot

first_img1 November 2012Banyana Banyana bossed their African Women’s Championship clash against Senegal at the Malabo Stadium in Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday, but had to settle for a 1-0 victory, which kept them in the running for a place in the semi-finals of the competition.Chance after chance was spurned as Senegalese goalkeeper Mariane Fall struggled to deal with a steady stream of crosses from out wide, but South Africa were eventually rewarded for their dominance when striker Andiswe Mgcoyi netted in the 70th minute.The defeat effectively rules Senegal out of the semi-finals. They were beaten 1-0 by the Democratic Republic of Congo in their first outing.Hosts’ big victoryEquatorial Guinea, meanwhile, booked their semi-final place by overwhelming DR Congo 6-0 in their second outing. They beat Banyana Banyana 1-0 in the opening game of the finals.Given the Congolese struggles against the hosts, South Africa should have enough firepower to beat them in their last group game and clinch a semi-final place, but coach Joseph Mkhonza’s charges will need to be far more effective in front of goal.“It’s a well-deserved win. We should have won the match with an avalanche of goals,” Mkhonza told Times Live. “Congrats to the girls for a job well done.“We just need to win our last group match against Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday,” Mkhonza said.‘We will go all the way’“I still maintain we will go all the way to the final and win the tournament, though I have to confess [that] there are no easy games.”Fielding an attack-minded formation, the South Africans had too much pace on the flanks for Senegal, with Nothando Vilakazi, who moved from left back to left wing for the match, giving the Senegalese defenders fits.Banyana Banyana’s midfield dominated possession and the South Africans could have had a healthy, match-winning advantage by half-time.In the seventh minute, the livewire Mgcoyi latched on to a superb through-ball to beat the Senegalese offside, but saw her attempted lob going narrowly wide with the advancing goalkeeper Mariane Fall well beaten.100th internationalPortia Modise, playing in her 100th international game, was in an attacking mood, but goalkeeper Fall kept her at bay.In the second half, Mkhonza continued his offensive approach with Bloemfontein Celtics Ladies’ striker Sanah Mollo and Durban Ladies goal-hungry Silindile Ngubane – on for Noko Matlou and Nocawe Skiti respectively – playing key roles in forcing the Senegalese side back into their own half for long periods of play.Spurs WFC speedster Jermaine Seoposenwe – on for Mgcoyi in the final minutes of the match – also looked dangerous on the attack and was unlucky to have a goal disallowed for being offside after South Africa had strung together a flowing passing movement.The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana play their final Group A fixture against the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Bata on Saturday, 3 November.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa to showcase its success at Davos

first_img15 January 2015The high-level South African delegation of cabinet ministers and business leaders attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, from 20 to 25 January will be headed up by the President Jacob Zuma, the Presidency said in a statement on Wednesday.The flagship event of the Swiss non-profit takes place every year at the end of January, and is attended by global leaders from across business, government, international organisations, academia and civil society – brought together to discuss the global economy.The theme of this year’s conference, which runs from 21 to 24 January, is “The New Global Context”. WEF says on its website that this reflects the “profound” political, economic, social and technological transformations that confront the world today – changes that affect global decision-making and ones that are bringing “the era of economic integration and international partnership that began in 1989” to an end.Watch an introduction to this year’s Davos programme:The Presidency said South Africa planned to use the opportunity to market South Africa as an attractive and reliable investment destination as well as a development partner.The gathering gives South Africa the opportunity to tell the country’s story of economic competitiveness, represented by the National Development Plan (NDP), the country’s policy framework for reducing unemployment, inequality and poverty by 2030.The South African delegation will also share the story of its “achievements scored since the dawn of freedom in 1994, which brought about a better life for millions more citizens who had been excluded during the period of apartheid colonialism”, the Presidency said.The areas of investment that South Africa plans to market include:Mining and beneficiation;Agro-processing;Industrial infrastructure, including telecommunications, energy, water, sanitation and transport;Tourism (primarily hotel and resort development);Health care;Manufacturing;Information and communication technology; andForestry and related products.Zuma will be accompanied by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene; Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies; Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Jeff Radebe; Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi; Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane; Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel; and the South African Brand Ambassador, Dr Zweli Mkhize.Support Team SA at Davos on social media by using the hashtag #SAinDavos.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.govlast_img read more

NBA: Coach Lue defends LeBron’s heavy minutes

first_imgRead Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES LeBron’s ‘superhuman’ powers will eventually go away, Draymond Green says With “The King” set to turn 33 next month, both fans and pundits alike have expressed concern over LeBron’s heavy usage rate.But Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue remains unfazed, claiming that James’ hefty workload is at par with some of the NBA’s all-time greats.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I hear about that all the time,” Lue described the comments regarding LeBron’s minutes to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.“I played with Michael Jordan when he was 39, he played 37 minutes a night. Karl Malone was 37, played 38 minutes a night, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe (Bryant). Everybody’s built different. If you’re one of the greats, sometimes you’ve got to play, sometimes you get rest like tonight,” he explained. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Playing above 30 minutes per game isn’t unusual for most NBA stars, but the distinction is usually given to players in their 20s.The stakes are even higher for the extremely durable LeBron, who has already logged on 1,078 regular season games and 217 playoff appearances through his career.James, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to mind the extended playing time at all, as long as his team wins.“You make so much a big thing about my minutes,” James said after the team’s blowout win against the Detroit Pistons. “It’s not a huge issue. But at the end of the day, when we can get a win like this, everybody benefits from it. Not just me. Everybody.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort In this Feb. 6, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) talks with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, in Washington.  AP/Nick WassAfter struggling in the early part of the 2017-2018 NBA season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are finally getting their groove back, winning its last five straight games.The sudden surge in victories can be attributed to a total team effort, but still  in large part due to the herculean efforts of LeBron James, who is currently leading the league in minutes per game, at 37.9 per contest.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ More comfort, more control, more traction Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

Valencia is best right back in the Premier League

first_imgManchester United Valencia wonder goal proves he’s best right back in Premier League Tom Maston Reporting from Old Trafford Last updated 2 years ago 01:05 18/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Antonio Valencia Phil Jones Man Utd 2017 Getty Images Manchester United Manchester United v Everton Everton Premier League The Ecuador international set Manchester United on their way to a third 4-0 win of the season as they eventually got the better of a spirited Everton In a squad containing the likes of Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic among many other world stars, it is easy to overlook someone like Antonio Valencia. But as his goal and performance against Everton again highlighted, he remains the very best in his position the Premier League has to offer.The languid way in which he lashed a 20-yard half-volley into the top corner of Jordan Pickford’s goal sums up his contributions since joining United from Wigan Athletic in 2009. Rarely flashy but able to produce when his side need him the most, he epitomises exactly the way Jose Mourinho’s title-winning sides of years gone by have gone about their business.Eyebrows were raised when United’s local rivals Manchester City forked out in excess of £50 million for Kyle Walker over the summer. But if that is the going rate, and despite the fact Walker has five years on his opposite number at Old Trafford, it would not be outside the realms of possibility for United to request a similar fee should any club show an interest in purchasing the one-time flying winger. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Manchester United celebrateValencia’s evolution from an attacking wideman to a dependable defensive presence on the right-hand side is one of the few success stories of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. Though Michael Carrick is officially the club captain, the midfielder’s lack of first-team opportunities means Valencia has become Mourinho’s de facto leader on the pitch. The way in which almost all of the United side interrupted his low-key celebration tells observers exactly how highly regarded he is inside the dressing room.By full time Valencia’s importance was only highlighted further by United slipping into the old habits that dogged them last season as they spurned opportunity after opportunity. Everton old boy Lukaku proved particularly wasteful, and though he, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial added gloss to the scoreline late on in what is becoming a familiar late salvo from this United side, such poor finishing will likely cost them at some point this campaign.Romelu Lukaku Manchester UnitedIn fact, were it not for the wastefulness of Wayne Rooney – who received a standing ovation from the Theatre of Dreams as he was withdrawn in the closing stages – then the pressure that has slowly begun to surround manager Ronald Koeman may have been lifted somewhat.Man Utd 17/20 to beat SaintsAs it was, the former Southampton boss was likely left cursing his luck, praying for a player who can provide the same consistently high-quality performances Valencia is capable of. Having that same player slam in long-range stunners every so often would probably help too.last_img read more

Dortmund top Bayern to claim DFL-Supercup

first_imgJadon Sancho grabbed a goal and an assist to inspire Borussia Dortmund to a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup, ending Die Roten’s recent dominance of the German season’s curtain-raiser.Lucien Favre’s men looked the brighter and more imaginative of the two sides for much of the contest and their display – led by the excellent Sancho and Paco Alcacer – suggests the Bundesliga is set for another tight tussle at the top of the table.Although Bayern survived Dortmund’s lightning start, Alcacer finally opened the scoring in the 48th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Niko Kovac’s side piled forward in search of an equaliser and Sancho – who set up the first goal after a solo run – finished things off on the break, preventing Bayern from winning the title for a fourth year in succession.81. Min: Weils so schön war…— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) August 3, 2019Dortmund showed no sign any of pre-season rustiness and almost produced a devastating start, as Raphael Guerreiro’s cutback found Marco Reus and he forced a vital save from Manuel Neuer inside the first minute.Bayern’s goalkeeper was nearly the villain soon after, wildly rushing 40 yards out of his goal – but, luckily for him, Alcacer’s effort trickled just wide of the empty net.Kovac’s men finally clicked into gear in the 24th minute and Kingsley Coman drew a reflex save from Marwin Hitz.Dortmund resumed control after the break and deservedly took the lead – Thiago Alcantara gifting possession to Sancho, who dazzled the Bayern defence and teed up Alcacer on the edge of the box for a sweeping finish into the bottom-right corner.An equaliser almost arrived 10 minutes later, but Hitz palmed away Coman’s header and Omer Toprak desperately cleared just in time before Robert Lewandowski could pounce.Dortmund took advantage with 21 minutes to go, as Guerreiro released Sancho behind the flagging David Alaba and he coolly slotted through Neuer’s legs. What does it mean? Dortmund make a statementWhile you can rarely garner a huge amount from these traditional openers, this was certainly no casual kickabout. Bayern cannot be accused of not taking things seriously when you look at their starting XI.However, they were outthought and outmanoeuvred on Saturday, with Dortmund looking in great shape ahead of the new Bundesliga season.Sancho dazzles when it mattersNot even Sancho will claim he was everywhere throughout this match. He picked his moments to make an impact, and he certainly succeeded. His run for Alcacer’s goal was exceptional, while he showed stamina, pace and composure to double the advantage.Thiago well off the paceSpain international Thiago was culpable for Alcacer’s goal, cheaply giving possession away. It was not the first such instance either, as he was also responsible for Dortmund’s opening opportunity.What’s next?Both sides return to DFB-Pokal action in their next outings, with Dortmund travelling to Uerdingen on Friday, before Bayern face Energie Cottbus the following Monday. read morelast_img read more

Gov’t Committed to Implementing Robust Diaspora Policy

first_img The Government remains committed to implementing a robust diaspora policy that provides the framework for effective partnerships with Jamaicans living abroad.In this regard, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says beginning next week, she will be leading focus group meetings “to take forward the consultative process in some cities where our largest populations of the diaspora reside”.The Minister also encourages members of the diaspora to read the draft policy on the Ministry’s website and offer feedback.“We are particularly looking forward to the active participation of those who are overseas [and] Jamaicans at home as well. Your feedback will enrich the final outcome,” Mrs. Johnson Smith said.She indicated that feedback can be sent in writing to by May 17 to ensure these are substantively considered for discussion at the conference.Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith (centre), listens to a discussion between Government Senator and GraceKennedy Limited Chief Executive Officer, Don Wehby (left), and Jamaica National Group Assistant General Manager, Leon Mitchell, during the official launch of the eighth biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on April 2. Story Highlights In this regard, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says beginning next week, she will be leading focus group meetings “to take forward the consultative process in some cities where our largest populations of the diaspora reside”. “It is our intention that one of the principal tangible outcomes of this conference will be the finalisation of the diaspora policy [so] that it may be presented to the Cabinet and the Parliament for its acceptance and implementation,” Senator Johnson Smith advised.She was speaking at the launch of the Ministry’s eighth biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on April 2.Senator Johnson Smith said the Ministry continues to strengthen the diaspora engagement strategy, which includes boosting the communication channels between the island and the various areas where Jamaicans reside.“Among work under way is the maximisation of the existing social and traditional media platforms to further connect with our people at different levels. It [also] includes improving coordination among departments and agencies to ensure greater efficiency in providing services to the diaspora,” she said.Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith (left), converses with Government Senator and GraceKennedy Limited Chief Executive Officer, Don Wehby, during the official launch of the eighth biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on April 2. The Minister also encourages members of the diaspora to read the draft policy on the Ministry’s website and offer feedback. The Government remains committed to implementing a robust diaspora policy that provides the framework for effective partnerships with Jamaicans living abroad. Mrs. Johnson Smith further noted that actions taken in relation to the diaspora are guided by the country’s Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan, which is also aligned with the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.In his remarks, Government Senator and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GraceKennedy Limited, Don Wehby, said the diaspora is of significant importance to Jamaica as it represents “a significant reservoir of social and financial capital, which must be optimised for national development”.“As of 2017, it has been estimated that the diaspora is three million strong. It invests in three main areas, namely stocks and bonds, savings, and investments in businesses. The latest value we have is US$1.2 billion. Jamaica receives remittance flows of US$2.2 billion, which accounts for 16 per cent of the gross domestic product,” he said.Mr. Wehby, who is Conference Chairman, informed that the diaspora continues to make significant direct contributions to agriculture, education, health, and community development initiatives.He said the biennial conference is an example of tangible public-private partnership that galvanises Jamaicans’ support at home and abroad around issues of national importance.Senator Wehby further stated that the 2019 conference’s programme, content and format builds on the feedback that has been received from similar previous engagements and will seek to re-energise Jamaican Diaspora partnerships to support the country’s priorities “with respect to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”.For his part, Diaspora Advisory Board member, Wayne Golding, said the connections with the diaspora remain strong, as its members are keen on being involved in key developments in Jamaica.The conference, which will be held under theme ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’, is scheduled for the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, from June 16 to 20.The focus areas for dialogue and expected outcomes will take into consideration important global trends and their impact on the future marketplace and workplace as well as critical partnerships.Legacy partners for the conference include the Jamaica National Group, GraceKennedy, Victoria Mutual Building Society and J. Wray and Nephew.Official partners include the Jamaica Promotions Corporations (JAMPRO), the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), and Caribbean Airlines.last_img read more

GSL Secures Time Charter for Tianjin with CMA CGM

first_imgContainership charter owner Global Ship Lease (GSL) has agreed to a new time charter with French carrier CMA CGM for the 2005-built OOCL Tianjin, which will be renamed GSL Tianjin. The 8,063 TEU containership will be chartered for a period of three to eight months at the charterer’s option at a fixed rate of USD 13,000 per day, commencing immediately upon re-delivery from its current charter on or around October 25, 2017.“We are pleased to have secured continued employment for the Tianjin on an EBITDA positive basis with one of the most active charterers in the market, CMA CGM,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said.“Coming off of its initial sale-and-leaseback charter with OOCL, the vessel will now be fixed at a profitable rate, which is reflective of market conditions, throughout the weaker winter months without compromising our ability to re-enter the strengthening market during a more seasonally advantageous period,” Webber added.He further said that, by continuing to focus on maintaining full fleet employment with top-tier counterparties, Global Ship Lease is well positioned “to benefit from the ongoing improvements in the market for mid-sized and smaller containerships.”GSL owns 18 vessels with a total capacity of 82,312 TEU and an average age, weighted by TEU capacity, at August 31, 2017 of 12.7 years. All 18 vessels are currently fixed on time charters, 15 of which are with CMA CGM.last_img read more

Toronto mayor meets members of hiphop community to talk gun violence solutions

first_imgTORONTO – Mayor John Tory met with three prominent members of Toronto’s hip-hop community on Friday to discuss possible solutions for the recent spate of gun violence in the city.Filmmaker Director X posted a message on Instagram saying he joined rapper Kardinal Offishall and producer Taj Critchlow to start talks they hope will lead to “solutions both long and short term.”The music video and movie maker said it’s part of Tory’s outreach to a number of members of the local hip-hop community following a string of shootings that left three people dead and at least eight injured over the past week.“I want the youth to know that there are people who truly care about their well-being and their future,” the director wrote in his post.The meeting followed recent efforts by members of the hip-hop community to crowdsource feedback on social media from their Toronto fans about recent events.Kardinal has previously addressed the gun violence in his own social media posts, saying that a “lack of community funding and programming” has led to “desensitized youth with a lack of resources,” but he firmly denied it has anything to do with music.“This is about a need for leadership to increase, this is about many things — but this is not about a correlation between rap and violence. Not today. No thanks,” he wrote in a July 1 post on Instagram.A day earlier, two men associated with the local rap scene — 21-year-old Jahvante Smart, also known as Smoke Dawg, and 28-year-old Ernest Modekwe — had been killed in a shooting in the downtown area.Those men were among the 11 people that were shot over a week’s span beginning on June 29. In one of the shootings, four people were injured in Toronto’s Kensington Market neighbourhood with one of them dying in hospital.Kardinal expressed optimism about the initial meeting with Tory, noting that the mayor “read over every last comment.“Sometimes we look at our officials and politicians as being out of touch with marginalized communities, but I will say that he is very much aware of the large task that is at hand and was very receptive to a lot of our ideas that were put forth,” he posted.“Having lived in various neighbourhoods across the city, we were able to speak to him from the perspective of being residents but also as people of influence who wish to use our platforms to elevate the city and subsequently the country.”The rapper said he believes there is “no one solution” to the issue, but he explained to the mayor the “importance of an empathetic outlook” towards the community that brings people together, rather that isolates them.The meeting came as Tory also sat down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Friday morning to discuss various issues, including gun violence. Tory has said all three levels of government must work together to address local gun crime.“While we know this is a complex problem and there is no single, quick fix, I know that the prime minister is as committed to finding solutions and keeping people safe as I am and as are the women and men of the Toronto Police Service,” the mayor said in a statement.“The Prime Minister pledged in our meeting to doing everything possible to get federal funding to our city as quickly as possible to help us increase our efforts to stop gun and gang violence.”Kardinal said he hopes his meeting was the first of several with Tory.“I am no social worker, professional educator or any of these amazing people that spend countless hours, days and years elevating our neighbourhoods — but I’m somebody ‘from the area’ who has deep roots in the community and who cares,” he added, encouraging others to continue to make suggestions and share their own experiences.Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

Alberta loses new TV series to Vancouver

first_imgAdvertisement Ghost Wars, starring Vincent D’Onofrio (Jurassic World, Daredevil) and Kim Coates, is being helmed by veteran show runner Simon Barry (Continuum). It follows outcast Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia) who must overcome the town’s prejudices to harness his psychic powers and save everyone from a mass haunting. It will appear on SyFy and Netflix later this year. “Unfortunately, Alberta is the only province or state that puts a cap on film rebates,” Oakes explained. “At one time Alberta had the best film rebates in North America, and now it does not. Hot on the success of Fargo, Hell on Wheels and Van Helsing, Calgary’s Nomadic Pictures is hitting the ground running with a new sci-fi series called Ghost Wars. Advertisement He added the 2017 budget provided $34 million for the Alberta Media Fund (though it was slashed by about $3 million), and that they support cultural industries through other grants like script development and mentorship. Oakes stressed Alberta still has incredible crews and talent, and it was a very tough decision. Nomadic annually does between $75 million and $100 million in production, but this year they’re projecting between $175 million and $200 million. “In the meantime, our company has an incredible slate of projects to do, and we need to take it to a jurisdiction that best fits the show location-wise and financially,” he added. The company has had a consistent and constant dialogue with government officials, including Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda. Oakes acknowledged the province is facing a challenging time with their budget and oil revenue. Advertisementcenter_img In a statement, Minister Miranda said the government recognizes the value of the screen-based industry. But unlike their previous efforts, Ghost Wars won’t be filmed in Alberta. Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We continue to explore ongoing support for the sector within the current fiscal environment,” he said. Chad Oakes, co-chairman of Nomadic Pictures, said the decision was made to film in Vancouver because the Alberta Media Fund has a cap of $5 million per project. Twitterlast_img read more