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January 6, 2020
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Pogba can’t be happy at United – Deschamps

first_img0Shares0000France midfielder Paul Pogba has struggled to keep his starting spot at United in recent weeks © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Mar 19 – France coach Didier Deschamps on Monday said that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba “can’t be happy” with his current situation at Old Trafford.Pogba was an unused substitute in United’s FA Cup win over Brighton on Saturday, after being left out of the starting line-up when Jose Mourinho’s side were dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla. The 25-year-old is with Deschamps’ France squad ahead of their World Cup warm-up friendlies against Colombia and Russia.“I haven’t discussed it will Paul, I’m sure I’ll know more about it,” said Deschamps.“But obviously this isn’t a situation he’s appreciating in relation to everything that he’s done. He can’t be happy with what he’s going through at the moment with his club.“I have a lot of talks with players to interact with them and understand their feelings.”Pogba has started just 24 matches for United this season, with manager Mourinho preferring Marouane Fellaini and youngster Scott McTominay to the former world’s most expensive player in recent weeks.Deschamps’ France, one of the favourites for the World Cup in Russia, face Colombia in Paris on Friday before travelling for a match in St Petersburg on March 27.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

December 18, 2019
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Township kids play the dream

first_img24 May 2011“We love Dreamfields,” reads a banner hoisted by 12 jubilant boys from George Mbilase Primary School in Etwatwa – a township some 45km east of Johannesburg.The dozen are part of a team of 15 who had just won a one-day football competition played at the Kgolagano Primary School on 14 May.The hand-crafted banner forms part of George Mbilase youngsters’ celebrations, after winning a highly contested match on penalties against a neighbouring primary school.A champion’s cup and gold medals added to their pride.But a more profound explanation for their love for Dreamsfields lies in the new kit they wear – everything a footballer needs, from matching shirts and shorts to boots, ankle guards and socks.The goalkeeper, who is also the team’s captain, completes his look with a pair of new gloves. He looks like a young Itumeleng Khune, the national team goalkeeper, I think to myself.These are children who’d usually have to play their beloved sport without any of these basic necessities. Across South Africa’s townships and rural areas one is almost guaranteed to find some future football stars playing barefoot on gravel fields.Playing with prideThe Dreamfields Project, for which the pupils eagerly show their appreciation, is an NGO founded by radio personality John Perlman in 2007. The victorious boys from George Mbilase Primary School are so grateful to Dreamfields because it enables them to play in the kit of champions.The Gauteng Department of Sports and Recreation has partnered with the NGO to make the kit available to the players. As part of the Etwatwa tournament, seven other primary schools from the township received bags of 15 sets football kit worth R7 000 (US$1 000). The much sought-after packs, known as DreamBags, also contain three balls, a kit for the coach and whistles.“This initiative will encourage children to continue playing football,” said Thulani Zwane, a budding football coach who helps with sports organisation at Thopodi Primary School – one of the beneficiaries. His team won the girls’ final at the Kgologano Primary School event.Dreamfields encourages pupils to share the kit “so that every child can have an opportunity to play”, said Thabang Ramaboya, a coordination specialist at the NGO.Reviving school sportsThe contest at Kgolagano was the “start of bigger things to come” in terms of the revival of competitive sports among schools in Gauteng, Ramaboya said.It marked the launch of a series of inter-school leagues to be played in regions of the province. Ramaboya said the competitions will culminate in provincial finals to be held in August.An investment of R500 000 ($72 000) from the Gauteng Department of Sports and Recreation is bankrolling the league venture, which will see all participating schools receiving DreamBags.“Schools near each other will play one another each and every week,” Ramaboya said. “We want to revive sports in schools.”Former Bafana Bafana midfield sensation Clement Mazibuko, who went to Kgolagano School to watch young footballers from his home town doing their thing, applauded the initiative. “Future football stars used to be identified in schools. That doesn’t happen anymore. This is a way of reviving that,” said Mazibuko.Dreamfields’ dreamSince its founding, the Dreamfields Project has criss-crossed the country’s disadvantaged communities to distribute kit and organise competitions. It has given DreamBags to thousands of schools so far.It has also built about 13 football facilities across the country. The latest field was opened in Tjakastad, Mpumalanga, on the same day Etwatwa’s boys and girls were slugging it out on the field Kgologano Primary School.But the job is far from done, as Dreamfields’ ultimate goal is to equip each primary school in South Africa with a kit. “There are still many schools looking for bags,” Ramaboya pointed out.The NGO partners with various other public and private organisations to buy kits and fund other projects.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

December 18, 2019
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South Africa sets off on Transport Month

first_img30 September 2015Under the theme “Together we move South Africa forward”, the Department of Transport will launch its annual October Transport Month (OTM) campaign on 1 October.OTM focuses on infrastructure projects that have major socio-economic spin-offs, for all modes of transport such as road, aviation, maritime, rail and public transport.Focus areasThis year, emphasis will be placed on four pillars:Jobs created through infrastructure and other service delivery programmes;Major infrastructure developments and improvements and links to local economic developments;Special programmes aimed at youth and women; and,Rallying all sectors of society to improve road safety with an opportunity to market programmes to be implemented by the Road Safety Advisory Council.Ongoing transport projectsKey projects will include the official opening of road infrastructure projects, such as the R71 Moria Project (interchange safety improvement), Umgeni Interchange and Denneysville Sasolburg Road in Free State.Minister Jeff Radebe, the minister in the Presidency responsible for planning, monitoring and evaluation, said OTM was also an opportunity to increase road safety awareness. In addition, traffic officers will rotate work shifts for a 24-hour day to help decrease the number of road accidents.“(The) government has also developed a qualification for traffic officers from National Qualifications Framework (NQF) 4 to NQF 6 in order to further professionalise the traffic fraternity,” he said.EcomobilityGauteng’s business hub, Sandton, will take part in the Ecomobility World Festival during OTM. The aim is for a car-free CBD for the duration of the festival.“We want to close off certain streets in Sandton, our second largest CBD, to car traffic and instead use these lanes for public transport, walking, cycling and other forms of ecomobility during the entire Transport Month,” said Johannesburg Executive Mayor Parks Tau.“We want to show residents and visitors that an ecomobile future is possible and that public transport, walking and cycling can be accessible, safe, attractive and cool!”The city is providing alternative modes of transport to Sandton.@Sandton_News@CityofJoburgZA I think #joburgecomobility is a fantastic initiative; it’s definately the direction we need to move in.— David Klompas (@dave_klompas)September 29, 2015Looking forward to #JoburgEcoMobility month, ready to cycle to work off the Gautrain bus. Sandton should be interesting.— mzo ntuli (@mzolisto_n) September 28, 2015For more information, visit the Ecomobility World Festival website.Cape Town suburb goes car-freeIn Cape Town, Open Streets Bellville takes place on 4 October, when Kruskal Avenue and part of the very busy Voortrekker Road become a car-free corridor for residents to explore, use and play on their streets.“October is Transport Month,” explains Marcela Guerrero Casas, Open Streets Cape Town co-founder and director, “and everyone is encouraged to use public transport. In addition to trains and minibus taxis, there are already 140 cyclists confirmed to be riding from the centre of Cape Town to the Bellville CBD along Voortrekker Road.Watch Open Streets Cape Town take over the city’s Bree Street:In addition to promoting alternative modes of transport, the programme – which is supported by the city of Cape Town – aims to help connect different communities, support local businesses and expose people to healthy and creative ways of using streets as public space for recreation.Activities on the day will include local performers and artists, a reading corner, street soccer, skateboarding and children’s games. The Cape Cobras cricket team will also be launching their season with an appearance on the day, to play street cricket with children as part of their community development activities.Open Streets Cape Town is a citizen-driven initiative, working to change how streets are used, perceived and experienced. It was founded in 2012. Open Streets is a 40-year-old global movement inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia.Watch what happens when Open Streets Cape Town gets going:Source: SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

November 28, 2019
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Ind vs Eng: Harbhajan, Zaheer may be rested for ODIs

first_imgOff-colour Harbhajan Singh may not be considered for selection while pace spearhead Zaheer Khan may be rested when the national selectors meet here on Satruday to pick India’s squad for next month’s ODI series against England.Harbhajan who sustained a Grade-I abdominal tear has been advised four weeks’ rest and is unlikely to get fit in time for the shorter formats beginning with a lone Twenty20 game on August 31 and followed by the five one-dayers from September 3.According to Board sources, senior pacer Zaheer Khan may be rested for the ODI series keeping in mind the tight schedule of the national team that includes Test series against the West Indies and Australia.Yuvraj Singh who fractured his left index finger is another doubtful case as it is still not clear as to how much time it would take for him to regain full fitness.While veteran Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag are likely to be available, Parthiv Patel is likely to replace Wriddhiman Saha as the second keeper as he is considered a better batsman.Mumbai youngster Rohit Sharma who was awarded the man-of-the-series in West Indies is another certainty along with Tamil Nadu off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Munaf Patel have also sealed their places in the squad. Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra who had recently bowled at the India nets before Lord’s Test will certainly be an option for the selectors as he has submitted his fitness certificate to the Board.Paceman Ranganath Vinay Kumar was also in the reckning for a place in the squad considering that conditions in England will favour the quick bowlers.advertisementHowever there is certainly going to be some debate as to who will be the reserve batsman in the squad. Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary and Ajinkya Rahane are fighting for that particular slot.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

November 22, 2019
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One has to perform before reaping rewards here: Dipas coach

first_imgBhubaneswar, Sep 17 (PTI) Star gymnast Dipa Karmakars coach Bisweshwar Nandi has dismissed the notion that it would have been better had she and other top performers at last months Rio Games been given the sort of financial backing they got post the mega event before their sojourn to Brazil. “This is India. You have to first perform (before reaping rewards). You people also write about them only after they do something special,” said Dronacharya awardee, Bisweshwar, after he and his ward were felicitated at the 39th National Convention of the Sports Journalists Federation of India here last night. Nandis answer was in reply to the opinion expressed by many top yesteryear sportspersons, including former hockey captain Dilip Tirkey who was honoured here a day earlier, that it would be very helpful for the athletes to get as much backing when they prepare for mega events such as the Olympics. Dipa, who became the toast of the nation by finishing fourth after narrowly missing the bronze in the vault, and Rio medal winners ? shuttler P V Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik ? have been flooded with cash prizes as well as swanky cars after the conclusion of the Games. Nandi also spoke about the hot temper Dipa possessed when she came under his wings and how he channelised the temper of his ward into excelling in the sport. “I was warned by her father that she was a stubborn person with a hot temper. I experienced it first-hand too during her training regimen when I wanted her to stop after an extended session as I feared injury. I then channelised it into her gymnastics,” said Nandi. The coach also explained how she was rejected by another coach who termed her flat-footed and how he (Nandi) recommended 7-8 exercises for Dipa who did them diligently before returning to become his ward after nine months. Thanking SJFI, Dipa recalled her journey from her younger days till her narrow miss in Rio. “I was not interested in gymnastics and did not understand it,” she recalled her days when she was introduced to the sport by her father. “I am deeply indebted to sir (Nandi). Hes like a God to me. I got two silver medals and the team gold in the 2007 junior nationals and in 2009 joined the India camp where I was asked whether I was from Bangladesh,” said the gymnast from Tripura who became the first from the country to qualify for the Olympic Games after half a century. “My first international championship was in London. I beat all the seniors in the second selection trial for the 2010 Commonwealth Games (in Delhi). But sir told me to look ahead only,” said the 23-year-old Dipa. More PTI SSR AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

October 17, 2019
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Sentencing arguments for Alberta man guilty of vicious sexual assault

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A man who beat a woman so viciously during a sexual assault that she had to learn how to walk and talk again is scheduled to face a sentencing hearing today.Denzel Dre Colton Bird, 21, was charged after the 25-year-old woman was struck from behind with a metal pipe, dragged into an alley and sexually attacked while she was walking to work in Lethbridge, Alta., in September 2016.The blows caused multiple skull fractures and fractured her facial bones as well.A passerby discovered the woman, partially naked and stuffed into a garbage can, and she was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The victim was in a medically induced coma for weeks in a Calgary hospital. She was released a year ago and her family says she continues to recover, although she has no memory of the attack.Police have said there was no apparent connection between Bird and his victim.Bird pleaded guilty last September to aggravated sexual assault and break and enter.His sentencing was delayed because of a long wait for a forensic psychiatric assessment and a Gladue report, which considers an accused’s Indigenous background.The maximum sentence for aggravated sexual assault is life in prison.Bird’s lawyer, Tonii Roulston, has said she will be asking Judge Jerry LeGrandeur for a sentence in the six- to eight-year range.When her client entered guilty pleas last year, she said he just wanted the case to be over.“Just like the family of the victim, it’s been hanging over his head as well, and he is anxious to take responsibility for his actions,” Roulston said.The case has been marked by delays. Bird fired his original lawyer, then rehired him before firing him again and retaining Roulston.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

September 30, 2019
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March Madness Crib Notes Duke And Wisconsin Flip A Coin For The

So it looks like Kentucky is the odds-on favorite … oh, wait. Time to rework that lead!Instead of being 71 percent likely to beat Duke and win the NCAA tournament (as our model would have predicted had Wisconsin not short-circuited Kentucky’s offense down the stretch Saturday night), the formerly undefeated Wildcats are nowhere to be found. And after a season largely spent pondering just how heavily Kentucky should be favored, it will instead be either Wisconsin or Duke hoisting the John Wooden trophy on Monday night. It shouldn’t come as a complete shock, but it’s still strange to be talking about the championship of the 2014-15 college basketball season without Kentucky being involved.Then again, in terms of generating an evenly matched championship game, Wisconsin’s upset of Kentucky might have been for the best. Out of all the potential title-game combinations to which our pre-tournament model run assigned a 0.5 percent or greater probability of occurring, Wisconsin versus Duke ranked fourth-closest to a true toss-up:Meanwhile, each of the 10 least competitive title-game combinations involved Kentucky. So if you were looking for a high-quality championship matchup with no clear favorite, it’s hard to do better than Monday’s Duke-Wisconsin showdown.West No. 1 Wisconsin (53 percent win probability) vs. South No. 1 DukeWhen to watch: At 9:18 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Wisconsin 95.3, Duke 95.0FiveThirtyEight model point spread: Wisconsin by 1.0Upset probability: 47 percentPlayers to watch: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin; Jahlil Okafor, DukeBoth title-game combatants have elite tempo-free offenses, to say the least.Wisconsin led all Division I teams in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted offensive efficiency metric (paywall), while Duke ranked third. Although both attacks are outstanding, there are a few stylistic differences between the two: Wisconsin operates at a much slower pace and is slightly more reliant on post-ups and 3-point shooting, while Duke looks to push the ball more in transition. But both teams saw about 28 percent of their offensive possessions end in the hands of their respective centers, Kaminsky and Okafor, a pair of low-post scoring machines that may well have been the two best players (paywall) in all of college basketball this season.When it comes to offensive execution, though, the Badgers are simply on a different plane than the rest of the NCAA. The difference between Wisconsin’s top-ranked offensive rating and that of No. 3 Duke was the same as the difference between Duke and 13th-ranked Murray State. And the particulars of this matchup may tilt things even further in Wisconsin’s favor. Between Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Sam Dekker, the Badgers had the nation’s third-most-efficient post-up offense and its top isolation attack (by far), according to Synergy Sports. Meanwhile, Okafor’s defensive stats in the post were below average, and Duke’s biggest defensive weakness is against — you guessed it — isolation plays.All is not lost for the Blue Devils, however. The Badgers are more experienced and possess the bigger front line, but Duke was better defensively during the season. While both teams excel at keeping opponents off of the free-throw line, the Blue Devils are much better at forcing turnovers and defending against 3-pointers. In the battle of stars, Kaminsky has better individual defensive numbers1According to Synergy (paywall) and defensive box plus-minus. than Okafor, but Duke owns the edge in perimeter defense, particularly against pick-and-rolls.Statistically, Duke’s defensive advantage isn’t quite enough to cancel out the Badgers’ superior offense, but this is still an extremely close matchup.We have Wisconsin favored by about 1.0 point. Similarly, Pomeroy’s system predicts a narrow 70-69 Wisconsin win, and the consensus betting line also has the Badgers as 1-point favorites. Such a tight predicted margin doesn’t always lead to a close, exciting game — but a barnburner is probably more likely in this matchup than it would have been had either Kentucky or Michigan State prevailed Saturday instead.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

September 17, 2019
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New Youth Ambassadors announced

first_img Related Items:akierra missick, arean louis, CARICOM, mary fulford, youth ambassadors Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Nov 2015 – The new Caricom Youth Ambassadors for the Turks and Caicos are both students of the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College; their new responsibilities to represent youth issues regionally was announced during the last meeting of the House of Assembly by Minister of Youth, Deputy Premier Hon Akierra Missick.“I am proud to announce the appointment of our new CARICOM Youth Ambassadors from the Turks and Caicos Islands, Miss Mary Fulford and Mr. Arean Louis.”Mary Fulford is a member of the TCICC Student Guild and a Humanities and Law student, while Arean Louis is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree in Primary Education and is a former Junior Tourism Minister. The pair is also being congratulated by outgoing Youth Ambassador, Donte Franis, who in a press release encouraged residents to support the duo. “As productive citizens of this country, let us share as widely as possible the banner to get the general public aware of who’s representing the youth.” Francis provided a colorful graphic which features the faces of Mary Fulford and Arean Louis. CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high note Recommended for you UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

September 17, 2019
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Little Mr Miss Pageant for new high school

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Long Bay High to Open this Week Salt Cay being ignored, Member & Native demand better Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img Providenciales, 10 Feb 2016 – Long Bay High School students are bracing for its first Mr. & Miss pageant which is set for tomorrow, February 11 at the new high school. Principal, Dr Carlton Mills shared that six boys and six girls will contend for the title. The 12 contestants have been making media rounds to promote the event which will begins at 7pm; again Little Mr. and Miss Long Bay High will be held at the school. Impressive opening for Long Bay High; PNP Administration breaks ground on Phase II Related Items:dr. carlton mills, LONG BAY HIGH SCHOOL, mr. & ms. Pageantlast_img read more