Injury-hit Liverpool look to avoid FA Cup upset

first_img Arsenal are bidding to become the first team since Blackburn in 1884-86 to win the FA Cup in three straight years, and to extend its record-setting haul of FA Cup titles to 13. With his team having its best chance in years to win the Premier League, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must decide whether to rotate his squad. Wenger said Thursday that Alexis Sanchez is not yet ready to return from a hamstring injury, but midfielder Mikel Arteta is available. Liverpool are in the middle of a gruelling schedule – it will be the team’s sixth game in 19 days – that is taking its toll on the squad. Manager Jurgen Klopp is without a senior centre back for the match, as Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure are all hurt, while attackers Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho are also injured. The match comes three days after a League Cup semi-final match at Stoke, and five days before a Premier League game against first-place Arsenal. Klopp could even make 11 changes to the team. “It will be a team that hasn’t played too often together,” Klopp said. “If this is a chance for Exeter, then they have to take it.” This will all be music to the ears of Exeter’s players, whose team is 16th in the 24-team League Two – a gap of 76 places to Liverpool in the English ladder. The last time Exeter reached this stage was in 2005, when they took Manchester United to a replay after a goalless draw at Old Trafford. MANCHESTER, England (AP): It’s a match that has all the ingredients of a classic FA Cup upset. An injury-hit, inconsistent and potentially jaded Premier League heavyweight making a 500-mile round trip to a team in the lower reaches of the fourth tier with a small ground, poor field, and a recent history of shocking a top side. Exeter’s home game against Liverpool today is the pick of the games in the third round of the FA Cup, when the giants of the Premier League join the teams from the lower leagues and non-league in the world’s oldest club knockout competition. As always, the search is on for a huge shock on one of the most exciting weekends in the English calendar and it could come at the 8,500-capacity St James’ Park, which – located in the south-west corner of England – is one of the most remote grounds in the country. THREE-PEAT GRUELLING SCHEDULElast_img read more

President to meet GECOM Chair, Commissioners today

first_imgWith only 11 days to go before the constitutional March 19 deadline for the holding of general and regional elections, President David Granger is set to meet with the Chairman and Commissioners of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) today to discuss the readiness of the elections body to conduct polls.President David GrangerIn a letter dispatched on Wednesday, GECOM Chairman Justice James Patterson and the six commissioners – both Government and Opposition – were invited to a consultation with the Head of State at 11:00h at the Ministry of the Presidency.That correspondence was sent by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, on behalf of the President. It read, “I trust that in the National Interest you give this matter the urgent attention it deserves.”Opposition-nominated Commissioner at GECOM, Sase Gunraj, told Guyana Times that, going into today’s meeting, they are hoping the Head of State fulfills his constitutional obligation and set a date for elections.PPP GECOM Commissioners Robeson Benn, Bibi Shadick and Sase Gunraj“We are expecting everyone to act within the confines of the law. We are expecting GECOM to exercise and execute its constitutional mandate to hold elections within the timeframe, as is required by law, which in this case is by the March deadline. We are also expecting the President to do what he is expected to do; that is to say, name a date for elections, as he is mandated by law to do,” Gunraj stated.The Opposition Commissioner further told this newspaper that there was no meeting at the level of the Elections Commission to prepare for today’s consultation with the President.This engagement comes some two weeks after GECOM had informed President Granger that it was unable to deliver General and Regional Elections before the constitutional March 19 deadline.The Head of State had subsequently committed to supporting the elections body in its preparation for polls by providing the necessary funding needed.Government Commissioners Desmond Trotman, Vincent Alexander and Charles CorbinOn Wednesday, President Granger met with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, following which, the Head of State further committed to having credible elections at the earliest time possible, while insisting, however, that only GECOM can determine when elections are held.He noted that, “GECOM is an independent agency, and there is no part of the Constitution which gives the President or the Executive in general authority to interfere, intervene or intrude in the work of the Elections Commission.“So this is a very respectful engagement, and…we will arrange this as quickly as possible, so that the Guyanese people could be satisfied that we are moving towards elections. Of course, based on what will take place in the courts, the National Assembly, we are moving towards elections; but GECOM is in charge of elections, not the Executive. I cannot decide when elections will be held; GECOM has to advise,” the Head of State asserted.However, Jagdeo told reporters after Thursday’s meeting that he had reminded the President of his duty to uphold the Constitution and call elections.GECOM Chairman Justice James Patterson“The President indicated that he is prepared to discuss a date, but GECOM will have to be ready. So I clearly (said) to him that ‘You’re the President of Guyana; you have a duty to uphold the Constitution of Guyana. GECOM is a creature of the Constitution and GECOM cannot override the Constitution…’ The President said, “Why not meet GECOM jointly,” I said to him, ‘No, we have absolutely no interest in meeting GECOM jointly,’ and that he should meet GECOM himself, because he has the duty as President to call elections,” Jagdeo told reports after meeting with the President.Prior to Wednesday’s meeting, Jagdeo had proposed that elections be held by April 30, which is when the current voters’ list will expire. However, the parties were unable to arrive at an agreement regarding a date for polls during the hour long meeting.last_img read more

Ronaldo explains how Ferguson helped him survive in the Premier League

first_img IN DEMAND 5 REVEALED 5 Ronaldo is known for his incredible work ethic and his Old Trafford team-mates have been full of praise for him. Writing in his autobiography, The Second Half, Roy Keane explained his attitude was brilliant from the moment he met him.“After the first few days, watching him train, my reaction was, ‘This lad is going to be one of the world’s greatest players.’ I didn’t say it publicly, because I’d always be wary of building a player up too early – or knocking him down,” he said, adding: “He was amazing. He was immediately one of the hardest working players at United. Most of the players I knew worked hard, but Ronaldo had the talent on top of the work rate.” Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder “So he taught me how to do it. In the Premier League they don’t fall over so easy, they are tough.“As I’ve said many times, he taught me everything. He was like a father to me. He helped me a lot at Manchester United.” Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January boost REVEALED 5 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Gary Neville, in an interview with talkSPORT in 2016 revealed by the time he left the club, Ronaldo was setting the standards.“He didn’t arrive at Manchester United as someone who was setting the tone for everybody else. It wasn’t a case of he came in and all of a sudden everyone else upped their game, that’s not how it was,” he said.“He became that out of what was in that dressing room. Cristiano was butchered and battered for two or three years at Manchester United and he has said it made him a man.” gameday cracker Ferguson was a father figure to Ronaldo at Old Trafford 5 Man United news smart causal Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland deals Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade In six years at the club the 33-year-old won three Premier League titles, the FA Cup, two League Cups, the Champions League and the first of his five Ballon d’Or awards.He was eventually sold to Real Madrid for £80m in 2009 and scored 451 goals in 438 games before sealing a £99m transfer to Juve in 2018. possible standings Man United paid £12m for Ronaldo in 2003 Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed the impact Sir Alex Ferguson had on him as a player in the early stages of his career.The Juventus forward arrived at Manchester United from Sporting in 2003 when he was just 18 and admitted he faced a steep learning carve. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “Of course, in the beginning of my career he was so important to me because I moved from Sporting to Manchester and had that Portuguese mentality – too many stepovers, decision making was not the best,” Ronaldo told DAZN. Ronaldo celebrates the first of his five Champions League winners medals Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Keane and Ronaldo played together at Manchester United England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won On the training pitch is where he began to develop into the world’s best player under Fergie’s watchful eye RANKED 5last_img read more

R13m boost for HIV clinic in SA

first_imgThe French government has donatedR13-million to upgrade the Grabouw Community Health Centre. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Faiza Steyn Western Cape Department of Health +27 21 483 3235 +27 082 801 6960fsteyn@pgwc.gov.za RELATED ARTICLES • Bold new HIV/Aids plan for SA • Loving life, fighting Aids • Garden of Hope for HIV/Aids • Hunger strike against HIVNosimilo RamelaThe French government has made a multimillion-rand donation to the Grabouw Community Health Centre in the Western Cape to upgrade its HIV/Aids clinic over the next two years.The Western Cape health department said the R13-million (US$1.8-million) grant will be used to expand and improve the clinic’s facilities.The centre, located in the agriculturally rich Overberg district, provides services for an estimated 50 000 residents annually, most of whom are farmers and farmworkers.An increasing number of people have moved into the area over the years to seek work on farms and this has put pressure on the clinic’s capacity. As a result staff often have to take on extra duties they have not received training in, such as administering antiretroviral (ARV) and tuberculosis (TB) treatment.The grant will help uplift ARV services at the clinic and enable a greater number of people to enrol for the treatment programme. Additional procedure rooms, four consulting rooms, four counselling rooms, a new waiting area, data-capturing room and more toilets will be built to accommodate extra patients.The funds will also be used to improve the hospital’s pharmacy and drug-dispensing area.Focus on high-risk communitiesFaiza Steyn, the department’s spokesperson, said French President Nicholas Sarkozy made a pledge to boost ARV infrastructure in the Western Cape after visiting it in September 2008.“The two major constraints for the inclusion of more patients in the antiretroviral therapy programme are the shortage of human resources and the lack of health infrastructure,” she said.Steyn added that the funds will also help achieve the National Strategic Plan goals, which include reducing new HIV infections by 50% and improving access to treatment services by 80%, by 2011.“Health services dedicated to HIV/Aids and TB patients need to be increased, and implemented closer to the communities, especially in the most affected high-risk areas,” she said.Provincial minister of health Theuns Botha welcomed the grant, saying the Western Cape government did not have the necessary financial resources to meet all the needs of public healthcare.“We cannot do this alone. We are so grateful to the French government for their continued support to this province.”Botha said the department is currently working on extending and renovating all community health centres in the province so they all offer services to treat and manage HIV/Aids, TB and other chronic conditions.French ambassador to South Africa Jacques Lapouge said the Grabouw clinic was one of the many projects his government was funding in Africa through the French Development Agency.The organisation falls under France’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Finance and Industry, and is tasked with implementing social and economic upliftment projects in developing countries.African states are the agency’s main focus, receiving about half of the funding. Other countries it assists are in the Mediterranean Basin, Middle East and Asia.last_img read more

Iron Lady of manganese takes on mining’s big boys

first_imgDaphne Mashile-Nkosi is the owner of a multimillion-rand manganese mine in the arid Northern Cape town of Hotazel and one of a handful of women in South Africa’s mining industry. Battle-hardened by her experiences in the struggle against apartheid, she’s not afraid to tackle those who stand in her way.Daphne Mashile-Nkosi is not only a successful businessperson but is also an activist for women’s rights. (Image: Kalagadi Manganese) Shamin ChibbaHotazel, as its name suggests, lies on an arid savannah in the Kalahari region of the Northern Cape, the scorching sun beating the dusty plains. Dominating the town’s landscape is a massive, nondescript plant: the Kalagadi Manganese Mine, said to be the largest in the world, but also one of the most eco-friendly.Standing on the top floor of the site’s seven-story sintering plants, which processes the manganese ore, the mine’s owner Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, known as the iron lady, looks out over the arid landscape. She recalls the time she and her now late husband, Stanley Nqobizizwe Nkosi, got the land.“Before we built the mine, this was a game farm,” she said. “When my husband and I approached it, there was a locked gate. The farmers wanted to put the dogs on us.”The Nkosi’s eventually received their licence to prospect for manganese in the Kalahari Basin in 2005 and started what is now a R7-billion venture. Mashile-Nkosi is the chief executive and founder of Kalahari Resources, the holding company for the Kalagadi Manganese Mine in Hotazel.For well over a century South African mining has been dominated by white men, so it is rare to find a black woman among the major players in the industry. “The mining industry has not been an easy road, especially for a black woman,” Mashile-Nkosi said at the 2014 African CEO Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was named CEO of the Year.“I have persevered and succeeded in surmounting the many obstacles that have been placed in my path. Where there is no pain, there is no gain.”But Mashile-Nkosi is not all business. She is also involved in women’s rights and upliftment, and environmental sustainability. She is a trustee and the chairperson of the Women’s Development Bank Trust and chairs the Women’s Development Bank Investments Holdings.At her speech in Geneva, she counted these as her successes, part of the work that earned her the award. That award, she said, “also acknowledges that an African woman can make her mark in the historically male-dominated mining industry.”The Stanley Nqobizizwe Nkosi Sinter Plant at the Kalagadi mine that processes the manganese mined in the area. (Image: Kalagadi Manganese)The making of a woman minerIn 2001, Mashile-Nkosi and her husband established Kalahari Resources with the intention of mining manganese on the game farm. The opportunity arose from new mining legislation designed to bring historically disadvantaged individuals, especially women, into the industry.The mine has brought some relief to an impoverished part of South Africa, creating up to 3 000 jobs in the Northern Cape. And it looks after the people in those jobs: Kalagadi has on-site accommodation and state-of-the-art ablution facilities. According to Mashile-Nkosi, the mine first completed a prefeasibility study through JSE-listed construction firm Group Five to determine the housing needs of its workers.In an interview with Leadership magazine, Mashile-Nkosi said women employees at Kalagadi are treated as equals to men, and often have high-level responsibilities. “We have ensured that women are given meaningful and critical roles at Kalagadi Manganese – especially in the fields of finance, geology and engineering.”Kalagadi has an estimated 960-million metric tons of manganese as deep as 340 metres underground. The plant’s advanced mining and processing machinery allows it to produce as much as 2.4-million tons of manganese per year. Mashile-Nkosi said the life of the mine could be more than 300 years.The mine unearths some 3-million tons of ungraded ore a year, 38% of which is made up of manganese. The sintering plant then processes ore and dust into a high-grade agglomeration known as sinter, 47% of which is manganese, which is then ready for the smelter.Resilience born from the struggleBorn in Pilgrim’s Rest in Mpumalanga, Mashile-Nkosi grew up in a poor household that included two brothers and a sister. After completing her schooling in 1976, she became a committed anti-apartheid activist. Her experience of the struggle cemented her determination to develop black communities and women to this day.She was a founding member of the Detainees Parents’ Support Committee, which in the 1970s and 1980s gave moral and material support to families of detainees and political prisoners. She was also involved in the formation of the United Democratic Front in 1983, chaired the Soweto sub-region of the ANC Women’s League, and was later the general-secretary of the Soweto branch of the South African Communist Party.In 2008 Mashile-Nkosi’s battle-hardened attitude served her well, when her husband died. He went to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg to treat a pinched nerve in the neck. But according to reports, poor nursing and a botched throat operation left him choking to death. She worked through the trauma well enough to take on the mining business on her own and turn it into a multibillion-rand venture.Her steely personality came to the fore again during a dispute with Kalagadi’s major shareholder ArcelorMittal. The steelmaker had not fulfilled its funding obligations. Kalahari Resources took them to the South Gauteng High Court and won the case, forcing the steel giants to pay R285-million within five days.In that time, Mashile-Nkosi did not succumb to the pressure of the court battle, and thanks her resilience. This trait, she told DestinyConnect.com, are the qualities of a leader. “She rates resilience, self-motivation, tenacity, courageousness, vision and patience as her strengths,” said the writer.Source: Kalagadi Manganese.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more