Exclusive – Cech worth ’15 points’ to Arsenal, claims Chelsea captain Terry

first_imgChelsea captain John Terry claims Petr Cech would be worth between 12 and 15 points a season to Arsenal.The Blues goalkeeper has been linked with a £10million move to the Gunners after losing his No.1 spot to Thibaut Courtois last campaign.Arsene Wenger’s side finished 12 points behind the Blues in the Premier League table and, while desperate for the Czech shot-stopper to stay at Stamford Bridge, Terry admits he would be an excellent signing for the north London club.“There’s talk of Arsenal signing Petr Cech and, if they do get him, he will strengthen them for sure. He will save them 12 or 15 points a season,” the former England skipper told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“Petr was an unbelievable professional last year. When you get left out of the team it can be hard to accept but, when he came in [to the side], he was exceptional.“He deserves a lot of credit for that. We understand he wants to play first-team football but nobody wants to see him leave the club.“He’s going to be sorely missed and will improve any side he goes to.”last_img read more

Durant burns Fox Sports reporter on Twitter for second time this week

first_img … Kevin Durant is *extremely* online this week.For the second time in three days, Durant is going after Fox Sports 1’s Chris Broussard on Twitter.Broussard said on FS1’s Undisputed that he and KD had “texted for 2, 3 hours straight about life, about basketball, about media, about faith.” He said that he and Durant have pushed each other on their shared Christian faith.But Durant put Broussard on blast in a tweet of his own, saying the reporter does not even have his phone number.last_img read more

Walking across Africa to help children

first_imgYoung Chaeli Mycroft (centre) meets theChaeli Campaign’s first Zimbabweanwheelchair recipient and her family.(Image: Chaeli Campaign)Craig Sieben with Chaeli Mycroft (front),her mother Zelda (right), Sonja Kruse, theUbuntu Girl (left) and Tithiya Sharma ofthe 100 Heroes Project.(Image: Walk4Wheels)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tracy GreenChaeli Campaign+ 27 86 124 2354RELATED ARTICLES• SA off to wheelchair tennis champs• Hiking across SA to find ubuntu• SA comics team up for charity• Bikers gear up for Toy Run 2010Mark ReidIn September 2011, local hockey coach Craig Sieben will embark on an epic journey of goodwill and discovery across Africa. He’ll pass through 15 countries on his way to Port Said, Egypt, relying solely on people’s generosity to get there.Sieben plans to walk some 15 000km along the continent’s eastern side – starting in Cape Town and progressing through Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan, before arriving in Egypt.During his 222-day Walk4Wheels adventure, Sieben will be on a mission to significantly change the lives of one disabled child for every day of travel, by promoting the needs of the differently-abled in each country. He’ll achieve this with workshops, by distributing educational material and through coverage in the local media.Walk4Wheels will also seek to raise funds to provide the 222 children with the aids and devices they need, and their families and communities with knowledge.Originally planned as a solo trip, Walk4Wheels has now hooked up with the Chaeli Campaign, a Cape Town-based non-profit organisation. The Chaeli Campaign was started in 2004 by five girls between the ages of six and 12 to raise money for a motorised wheelchair for Chaeli Mycroft, who was born with cerebral palsy.The big-hearted group – young Chaeli, her sister, and three close friends – raised the R20 000 (US$2 950) needed in just a few weeks. Inspired by their success, they decided to take their campaign further, because there were others who needed help.Since then, they’ve changed the lives of hundreds of children, and got the beneficiaries’ families, friends, classmates and communities involved too. The organisation also provides occupational and speech therapy, and physiotherapy.The girls now comprise the junior committee of the Chaeli Campaign.Among other accolades, Chaeli was named the youngest-ever finalist in the Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year 2005 programme – she was just 10 at the time. In 2007 the Chaeli Campaign won the title of Nation-builder of the Year at the annual Proudly South African Homegrown awards.Paying it forwardThe 27-year-old Sieben describes himself as a “hockey coach, entrepreneur, educator, someone searching for more, and a way to pay it forward.”He adds that as a child, his parents encouraged him to make things happen, rather than rely on others. They also instilled in him a sense of appreciation and gratitude, although the family was not wealthy.“I love South Africa, and am proud be African. Although I have travelled throughout South Africa and abroad, I have never had the opportunity to experience the wonder of travelling through the rest of Africa.”This motivated him to start planning an expedition across the continent, but it wasn’t long before he realised that it would be more meaningful if his adventure could help others.After hearing from Chaeli Campaign CEO Zelda Mycroft that the average life expectancy of a disabled person in Africa is 18 years old, it became clear that partnering with the Chaeli Campaign would add value and meaning to the initiative, and Walk4Wheels was born.Walk4Wheels aims to eradicate the stigma associated with disability that still prevails in much of Africa, and educate communities about the needs and capabilities of disabled children. It will also help to spread the work of the Chaeli Campaign’s network further into Africa.Those interested can get involved in various ways, from individuals sponsoring a day’s activities for R222 ($33), corporate sponsors helping to buy assistive devices, or families willing to give a weary traveller a bed for the night.Details can be found on Walk4Wheels’ blog or on the Walk4Wheels Givengain site.Follow Sieben’s progress on Twitter and on Facebook.last_img read more

Springboks hit form ahead of NZ clash

first_img9 September 2013The Springboks take on the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday with a clean bill of health and a one-point lead in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship after a stunning 38-12 victory over Australia at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.The Queensland city had been a bogey venue for the Boks, but they broke their seven-match winless streak in style, outscoring the Wallabies by four tries to nil to edge ahead of the All Blacks, who beat Argentina 28-13 Hamilton, in the standings.Coach Heyneke Meyer said the victory was built on the team’s belief in itself. “We really, as a team, believe we can win,” he said at the post-match press conference. “Our whole message this week was that we need to believe we can win.‘Nothing is impossible’“The game is going to be won in the mind and I’m a proud South African and we wanted to show the country that if we work together, nothing is impossible.”Focusing on the big picture, he added: “I’m very, very proud of the guys, but it’s just a win and next week against the All Blacks is a bigger challenge.”Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett, working as an analyst for SuperSport, was positively giddy in his assessment of the men in green and gold, terming their performance “complete”.Tight scrumsOne thing the match clearly showed is that the new engagement rules at scrum time reward the stronger pack. No longer is it a contest to see which team can get the hit on the other. It now comes down to scrumming and it was in this tight phase that the platform was laid for South Africa’s victory.South Africa’s props are looking very good, with the Sharks’ pair of Tendai Mtawarira and Jannie du Plessis starting and then being backed up by the experienced Gurthro Steenkamp and the exciting, young Coenie Oosthuizen.Between them, coach Meyer is spoilt with arguably the two best hookers in the world, Bismarck du Plessis and Adriaan Strauss.“You need to lay the platform and the foundation with the forwards and certainly our forwards did that,” Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said.‘Our scrummaging is immense’“Our scrummaging is immense at the moment and not only the starting three, but the three coming on as well. I think out scrum is really strong as the moment, and the new laws definitely suit us.”In Hamilton, the All Blacks struggled in the scrums at times against the Pumas and this will, no doubt, serve as motivation for the Springboks that they can dictate matters up front against the world’s number one ranked team.De Villiers also paid tribute to the loose trio of Francois Louw, Willem Alberts and Duane Vermeulen. “From a defensive point of view, a lot has been said about our loose forwards. They might lack pace,” he jibed at critics, “but what they bring to the party is just fantastic. I love having them in my team.”The Springboks were also sharp on the counter-attack, with De Villiers rounding off a fantastic sweeping move with a try, Ruan Pienaar and Willie le Roux setting up Zane Kirchner for a fine five-pointer down the right flank, and Le Roux going over after Duane Vermeulen had picked Quade Cooper’s pocket and set the winger free.MaturedDe Villiers suggested the Springboks have matured since their first season under Meyer in 2012. “For a team to go forward and for a team to evolve, you need to learn from your mistakes and certainly we showed that we have learnt,” he said.“First of all in Mendoza, with the way we reacted when we were in a similar situation to the 16-16 draw in 2012, and the same tonight. Last year, in Perth, we were up by 10 points at one stage in the second half and then the Wallabies came back and beat us by seven.“We were in the same situation today and we were able to capitalise on our opportunities. The composure was there. The guys did what was needed.”DepthOne of South Africa’s greatest strengths at present is the depth of the entire squad.Even in 2007, during the Springboks’ run to the World Cup title, there was a significant difference between the first-choice starting 15 and the bench players. That was most noticeable when coach Jake White needed to call his his front-line players from the bench to help deliver a 30-25 win over lightly-regarded Tonga in a Group A clash.This season, though, Meyer has been able to use his bench as an attacking weapon. He acknowledged the huge role they had played in the win over the Wallabies. “I thought those guys coming on were awesome. That’s where the game changed. We’ve got a really strong squad and that makes a difference and we rotate them,” he said.Looking ahead, South Africa take on New Zealand in Auckland three years since they last won in the Land of the Long White Cloud. To win, it will take contributions from the entire Springbok squad.Encouragingly, they have shown that they are functioning as far more than 15 players this season.last_img read more

Will contest 2020 election alone: Manjhi

first_imgHindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) president and former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday said his party would contest the 2020 Assembly election alone as allies RJD and Congress were taking decisions in mahagathbandhan (the grand alliance) on their own. Earlier, Mr. Manjhi had declared that his party would contest the Jharkhand Assembly election independently. “Both the Congress and the RJD do not pay heed to our demand and taking decisions unilaterally. During the Lok Sabha election, we told them to form a coordination committee so that decisions could be taken with the consent of all allies, but it was not done and they take decisions and impose them on us… So we have decided to leave the alliance,” he said. However, Congress State leader Akhilesh Prasad Singh and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party president Upendra Kushwaha said Mr. Manjhi was still in the mahagathbandhan.last_img read more

Consecutive losses put concern on Meralco’s playoff push

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco head coach Norman Black said their back-to-back losses in the latter stages of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination stages are a cause for concern especially since the Bolts have been pushed off the top tier in the standings.The Bolts lost 94-86 against Globalport on May 10 and they lost once more to Star, 108-90, Wednesday which saw their record slip to 7-3 with a game to go in their schedule.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “I am concerned about the performance in general, the fact that we played poorly and the fact that my import is non-existent tonight, that really concerns me moving forward,” said Black after the match at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Alexander Stepheson has been an indomitable inside presence for the Bolts as he averaged 18.88 points, 24 rebounds, and 15 shot attempts per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingStar, however, managed to limit the 6-foot-10 bruiser to just nine points, on 4-of-7 shooting, and nine rebounds.Compounding Black’s problems is Stepheson’s lingering hydration problem with the import suffering from diarrhea for several days heading into their matchup against the Hotshots. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teng, Ravena aim for bigger prize in 3×3 World Cup BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments “He’s been really sick for the last couple of days, he’s been pretty weak, and he’s really been out physically,” said Black of Stepheson. “But I never expected him to play like the way he played today. For about four or five minutes he looked tired already.”“He’s a big part of what we do offensively and defensively, so if he’s going to have that type of performance [going forward], we’re going to have a hard time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athleteslast_img read more

Bangalore is young and liberal

first_imgI was born in the city and so was my daughter. This is also the city where I co-founded both my companies. So Bangalore to me is home in more ways than one. I grew up in traditional Bangalore (Jayanagar). Over the years I have also lived in the colonial,I was born in the city and so was my daughter. This is also the city where I co-founded both my companies. So Bangalore to me is home in more ways than one. I grew up in traditional Bangalore (Jayanagar). Over the years I have also lived in the colonial bastion, in the cantonment area (Cooke Town), and am now settled in the exuberant bustle of new Bangalore (Bannerghatta Road). Bangalore is a young, liberal, cosmopolitan and fun-loving city. Its quintessential weather is just a welcome bonus.I am proud to be a part of its artistic, technological, social and cultural journey. Having taken to running as a sport more recently, the lovely trails in and around Bangalore make it worth the traffic congestions that one has to often endure. The verdant environs of Cubbon Park, Lalbagh, and trails such as near the Decathlon on Sarjapur Road (many of these trails are fast disappearing though), Bylekere Peacock Reserve, and the rolling hills of Kanakapura, allow runners the space to practice. I am looking forward to running the full Bangalore marathon later on this year. Bangalore is also close to nearby trails such as the Kaveri Trail, which is along the River Kaveri and cuts through the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary. My entire team at Theramyt have also registered for many running events this year and completed events like the recent 10K run in the city.Today, Bangalore is also home to many start-ups, and the entrepreneurial spirit is pervasive in the city. The culture of creativity, self-expression and enterprise has been fostered by the larger framework established by the city’s excellent institutions and think tanks. The setting up of Inbiopro was a huge learning experience. I prepared for that role by taking up the Executive MBA programme at IIM Bangalore. When we sold Inbiopro to Strides Arcolabs five years later, my business partner, Sohang Chatterjee, and I were ready to get out there again and do something new. That is why we set up Theramyt Novobiologics, to address a different domain in biologics of Biobetters and NBE’s. I believe that as a community, we need to strive towards a stable ecosystem of transparency, ecological balance, sustainability and social relevance in the start-ups we create.advertisementThe writer is director and COO at Theramyt Novobiologics.last_img read more

Nautilus Calls for Halt to Abuse of REG Ship Registries

first_imgzoom Maritime trade union Nautilus has urged the UK government to clamp down on the operation of so-called Red Ensign Group (REG) ship registries from the same locations.In letters to foreign secretary Boris Johnson and shipping minister John Hayes, the union informed that the evidence of tax avoidance in UK overseas territories, revealed in the ‘Paradise Papers’, showed widespread use of UK territories and dependencies such as Bermuda, Gibraltar, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands to create mechanisms for companies and individuals to avoid tax liabilities.“The papers contain extensive references to members of the Red Ensign Group (REG) which offer shipowners considerable incentives as well as the opportunity to use low-cost labour. Essentially, we believe they also serve as another form of tax haven subsidised by the British taxpayer,” Mark Dickinson, General secretary of Nautilus International, said, adding that the UK’s relationship with the REG is inherently damaging for its domestic maritime policy objectives.The 2016 Shipping Fleet Statistics showed that the UK Ship Register (UKSR) now accounts for just 26% of the total REG deadweight tonnage, and the most recent UNCTAD Maritime Report showed that more than 80% of UK deadweight tonnage is registered with foreign flags.Additionally, Dickinson said that there is evidence that some of the REG registers fail to discharge their IMO/ILO convention responsibilities to the same level as the UKSR, and some are classed as Flags of Convenience (FoC) by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).“FoC registries, including those in the REG, make it more difficult for unions, industry stakeholders and the public to hold shipowners to account,” he said, adding that the publication of the Paradise Papers raises further questions about their long-term political sustainability.“The OECD in particular has been working towards increasing transparency and exchange of information among countries, and these moves will inevitably increase the pressure on the FoC system. Nautilus supports the ITF position that there should be a genuine link between the real owner of a vessel and the flag the vessel flies, in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),” according to Dickinson.The General secretary called for ministers to make the findings of the Department for Transport’s study of the commercialisation of UKSR publicly available and ensure there is open debate on its recommendations.“There is, according to UNCTAD, 41 million dwt of tonnage beneficially owned in the UK but registered in these exotic locations. It’s time to bring those ships to the UKSR. Otherwise the suspicion will persist, as the Panama and now the Paradise Papers show, that the shipping industry is an integral part of a global and dirty business of tax and regulatory avoidance,” Dickinson concluded.last_img read more

North to Middle Caicos Causeway behind schedule residents concerned over Joaquin flooding

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Dec 2015 – The one mile link between North and Middle Caicos is closer to completion as just before the Christmas season the paving with bituminous asphalt started by winning contractor, JACA TCI. JACA TCI won the bid at $2 million 645 thousand 107 dollars and 91 cents for the six month job. Photographs were this weekend shared with Magnetic Media revealing the progress of the work on the stretch which was battered in 2008’s Hurricane Hanna and which connects the country’s two largest islands. This second phase on the causeway also required concrete culverts to be put in; these were touted to be better engineering and better for the environment but residents say ‘not so.’ In fact, October’s Hurricane Joaquin exposed that this feature did nothing to circumvent rising flood waters. Flooding at the causeway made the roadway impassable and was several feet high despite the new features. Residents of Middle Caicos told Magnetic Media that the causeway is not higher and they remain very concerned that despite millions of dollars invested, they can still be cut off from the rest of the country during a dangerous storm; they are also concerned that the bituminous roadway is not durable enough. Online it is explained that bituminous surfaces are ideal for low impact roadways. The causeway which suffered delays due to the recent floods is about 20% done with the paving, we understand.The work on this phase two began in June and was due to be completed by December according to Minister Amanda Misick, so the project is behind schedule. Related Items:amanda missick, causeway, hurricane joaquin, jaca tci, middle caicos, North caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you PNP Party takes credit for Beaches pier resolution PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beacheslast_img read more