0Shares0000Kenya Lionesses head coach Kevin Wambua.PHOTO/KRUNAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – The Kenya Lionesses head coach Kevin Wambua has handed four players their debut ahead of the Africa Sevens Cup to be hosted in Botswana this weekend.Prisca Nyerere, Diana Awino, Sophia Ayieta and Sarah Oluche are the four players who haved earned a place to prove themselves when the national Sevens Women’s team will be seeking to win the continental title for the first time ever. The quartet replace seasonal players; Rachel Mbogo, Stacy Owuor, Doreen Remour and Celestine Masinde who are all out with injuries.Influential Philadelphia Olando and Sheila Chajira are in the squad and so is Michelle Omondi, Grace Adhiambo, Linet Moraa, Camilla Cynthia, speedster Janet Okello and Judith Auma,“There are new players coming up well and their inclusion of the new players was based purely on performance. They are tried and tested and fit in well to the team setup. We are looking to the future which informs us as we look at team set up,” Wambua told Raga House“The team has shown strides in recent times and we are not just looking at absence of South Africa at the tournament but looking out to improving our performance which is qualifying for the HSBC core status in the near future,” the tactician added.Kenya will play Madagascar and Senegal in pool A while Pool B comprises of Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe as Morocco, Botswana, Mauritius and Zambia battle it out in pool C.Defending champions South Africa withdrew from the tournament as they are preparing for the Sevens World Cup to be held in USA in July.Kenya has lost to South Africa in the last three edition of the Africa 7s including last year that saw the Lady Blitzbokke secure the only slot to the World Cup.PoolsPool A: Kenya, Madagascar, SenegalPool B: Tunisia, Uganda, ZimbabwePool C: Morocco, Botswana, Mauritius, Zambia.Squad:Philadelphia Olando, Sheila Chajira, Michelle Omondi, Grace Adhiambo, Linet Moraa,Camilla Cynthia, Janet Okello, Judith Auma, Diana Awino, Sarah Oluche, Sophia Ayieta, Prisca Nyerere-Additional reporting from Raga House-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The speeding driver then swept from one side of the freeway to the other, lost control and crashed into the center divider, he said. The vehicle immediately caught fire, trapping the driver, who was wearing a seat belt and whose door was crushed, Tepich said. Sgt. Chris Gomez ran out of the patrol car and tried to rescue the driver but couldn’t get him out through the driver door, Tepich said. Gomez then went around the car and broke the passenger side window, reached in, and got the man out of the burning vehicle as the blaze was intensifying, he said, adding that no one was seriously injured. The victim was conscious, able to talk and showed no obvious signs of intoxication, Tepich said. He said the vehicle was not stolen. An LAPD sergeant today pulled a man out of a burning vehicle that crashed and burst into flames on the southbound Harbor (110) Freeway as he tried to evade arrest, authorities said. Police noticed around 2:40 a.m. that the driver of a four-door car was traveling at least 80 miles per hour on Vernon Avenue, said Sgt. Jeff Tepich of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Newton Station. As a patrol car was catching up to the speeding cart, the driver entered the southbound 110 Freeway and accelerated to at least 100 miles per hour, he said. The officers did not attempt to pull the driver but tried to keep up with the car, Tepich said. The No. 1 and carpool lanes of the southbound 110 were closed at 3:01 a.m., and it was not immediately known when they would reopen, according to the California Highway Patrol. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“It’s been about 15, 16 years we’ve been using it, and we haven’t seen a downside yet,” she said. Nevertheless, it’s unclear how much better the rubberized asphalt is, said Updyke, because no one has done a scientific comparison. In the field, however, “it’s been demonstrated to have a longer life than pavement without rubber,” he said. “Probably in the range of 25 to 33 percent longer.” And because it takes a lot of rubber, it’s keeping stacks of tires out of landfills, Updyke said. “If you paved one lane 12 feet wide, 2 inches thick, 1 mile long, you would consume approximately 2,000 scrap tires,” he said. Some of the county’s recycled road material comes from Irwindale, where a mobile plant in Vulcan Materials Co.’s Reliance Rock and Sand Quarry mixes crumb rubber with crushed rock. Last year, the mobile plant – which travels between Irwindale, Sun Valley and Ventura County – turned about 250,000 worn-out tires into fresh paving material, said plant manager Mitchell Clark. “Not only does this help our customers,” he said, “but it helps the environment.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A state grant will help the county continue repaving local roads with materials that make them more resistant to cracking, last longer without maintenance, and even quieter to drive on. What is this miracle material? Old tires. The same tires that cars, trucks and even airplanes use to roll all over Southern California’s wide expanses of highways and runways are the secret ingredient in the county’s pavement. Used-up wheels are recycled and shredded into a sandy-textured granulate, then mixed into asphalt, county public works officials said. But even though rubberized asphalt relies on recycled materials for its extra oomph, it costs more than regular pavement. “Rubberized asphalt concrete is more expensive than concrete without the rubber in it, but the benefits of recycling, the additional pavement life and the reduced maintenance makes it worth it,” said Erik Updyke, a senior civil engineer with the construction division of the county’s Public Works Department. The county accepted a $250,000 grant Tuesday from the California Integrated Waste Management Board to bulk up a $19.6 million repaving program. Roads in Azusa, Industry, Altadena and La Habra Heights are among those getting resurfaced this year under the program, said Robin Phillips, a senior civil engineer in the road program section of Public Works. “If you drive down a street and see a road crew putting down new road, it’s most likely rubberized,” Phillips said. The county, like many cities, uses the modified concrete for almost all of its paving, Phillips said. Using the recycled “crumb rubber” in asphalt began in the ’90s.
We all have an under-par game every now and then. But for Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid forward has set extremely high standards and any mistake comes under scrutiny. The 31-year-old is yet to open his account at Euro 2016 – and if he does, he will be the first to score at four European Championship finals, as could Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Portugal vs Austria clash was not his day though. As Fernando Santos’ side tried to get their first victory of the tournament – after drawing with Iceland last time out – Ronaldo had a number of chances to net the winner, as Portugal had 23 shots on goal.Ronaldo missed a second-half penalty, sending a low shot crashing against the post, before having a header ruled out for offside. As per, the internet marvelled at his failures – see some of the best reaction below: 2 Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post with a second-half penalty v Austria Ronaldo was classy, though, agreeing to a selfie with a pitch invader: 2
Crystal Palace are ready to reignite their interest in Genoa midfielder Tomas Rincon during the January transfer window.The Eagles tried to sign the 28-year-old this summer but they were £2.5m short of reaching the Venezuelan’s valuation.That led a potential deal to collapse and it had been thought that Palace would move onto other targets this January.However, according to Calcio Mercato, the Premier League club are ready to return for Rincon when the transfer window reopens.Palace manager Alan Pardew is a big fan of the former Hamburg man and believes he would suit English football.Genoa are still holding out for £8.5m – the same price tag they set in the summer – and will not settle for less. 1 Tomas Rincon in action for his national team, Venezuela
1 Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring Liverpool’s opening goal Liverpool secured an impressive 4-1 win over Premier League champions Leicester at a new-look Anfield on Saturday evening.Roberto Firmino – with two – Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana scored for the hosts, with the Foxes only getting on the scoresheet after Lucas Leiva presented Jamie Vardy with an open goal.The Reds started on the front foot, Wes Morgan clearing the ball when Daniel Sturridge was presented with a good goal scoring chance, but the Foxes couldn’t hold out for long.It was after just 12 minutes that Firmino opened the scoring, sending a lovely composed finish past Kasper Schmeichel after a wonderful pass from James Milner found the Brazilian in acres of space on the edge of the area.The Reds continued to dominate most of the ball, and they should have doubled the lead 25 minutes in.Sadio Mane broke down the inside right position, exchanging passes with Sturridge which sent him behind the backline, before cutting the ball back to the striker.Sturridge curled the ball towards goal, but Schmeichel somehow pushed the ball out to keep the deficit at just one.Leicester were managing a few chances of their own, without ever truly threatening Simon Mignolet’s goal; Riyad Mahrez providing a threat down the right wing.But the hosts managed to turn their dominance into a second goal, Mane doubling the lead in majestic fashion.Sturridge was sent free on the right side of the area, and after drawing Danny Simpson with him, the forward back-heeled the ball into acres of space left in the box – and straight into Mane’s path.The Senegalese forward ran onto the ball, and neatly chipped the onrushing Schmeichel to cap a wonderful move.Liverpool were cruising – Georginio Wijnaldum sent a long-range curler just over the bar – but a mistake from Lucas Leiva allowed Leicester back into the game.Mignolet played the ball to Lucas, and the Brazilian went to return to his keeper – but slashed at the ball to send it flying back into the area.It ended up falling to Vardy in the middle of the box, and he had no trouble thrashing the ball into the empty net.The Foxes almost restored parity moments later, but Robert Huth’s header from Luis Hernandez’s long throw only dropped onto the top of the crossbar with Mignolet in no man’s land.Leicester were close to getting back into the game, but it was Liverpool who scored the all-important third goal 10 minutes into the second period, Adam Lallana rifling the ball from the edge of the area into the right hand corner of Schmeichel’s goal.Vardy then missed a glorious opportunity to reduce the deficit, only able to force a save from Mignolet after being sent through on goal.Liverpool, continuing to put together some majestic moves, came close again – Firmino ending a team move by laying the ball off to Jordan Henderson, who proceeded to fire wildly over the bar.But the miss didn’t matter, as Leicester failed to trouble Mignolet again, and Firmino netted late on to send Liverpool into the top half of the Premier League table.
18 18 18 18 17. Ruud Gullit joins Chelsea, who were mediocre at best – In 1995 the Blues picked up the bargain of the summer as they landed Dutch hero Gullit, a two-time European Cup winner and recipient of the European Footballer of the Year award. Chelsea were nowhere near the glamourous side of today and after Gullit struggled to get going in a sweeper role, Glenn Hoddle moved him into midfield and he was soon flying, ending the campaign as the second best player in the Premier League behind Eric Cantona. 7. Edgar Davids joins Barnet – It was surprising enough when Davids, a former Inter, Ajax and Juventus midfielder, came out of retirement after two years to play for Crystal Palace in 2010. That lasted for seven games. Then it emerged he was managing Sunday League club Brixton United before, at the age of 37, he became joint head coach of League Two club Barnet in 2012, taking sole charge later that year. He also played for Barnet but resigned in 2014. 18 18 11. Bebe arrives at Manchester United – Who? Is what most people said when the Red Devils announced a deal for unknown Portugal winger Bebe in 2010. Hed never even played for his previous club when Sir Alex Ferguson swooped, persuaded by Carlos Queiroz, and in the end he made just four Premier League appearances before leaving Old Trafford in 2014. 9. Ron Saunders leaves Aston Villa before Euro glory for Birmingham – During his time at the helm, Saunders won two League Cups and is also the man who guided Villa to their first league title in 71 years when the club claimed the First Division crown in 1981. It was a glorious period for the club, but disagreements with the board saw him resign in February 1982 and take over at city rivals Birmingham. The move was particularly strange considering Villa were on course to win the European Cup, which they did in May under Tony Barton. Birmingham, meanwhile, were relegated two years later. 14. Roberto Mancini at Leicester City – Thirteen years before Leicester pulled off their Esteban Cambiasso coup, the club shocked everyone when they managed to sign Roberto Mancini from Lazio on a months loan in January. Before that he spent 15 years at Sampdoria and won the title, four Italian Cups and the Cup Winners Cup. When he won the competition again, this time with Lazio, in 1999 he counted Alessandro Nesta, Pavel Nedved and Christian Vieri as team-mates. Colleagues at Filbert Street, meanwhile, included Andy Impey, Steve Guppy and Ade Akinbiyi. Mancini left in February to become boss at Fiorentina. 18 18 18 18 12. Ballon d’Or winner Kevin Keegan moves to Southampton – Kevin Keegan rejected Juventus and Barcelona to join Southampton 18. Liverpool snap up Steven Caulker – scroll through the gallery to see other surprising career moves and shocking transfers – Even Caulker, who was on loan at Southampton from QPR, was surprised by the move. It came as a bit of a shock as Id had a bit of a frustrating time at Southampton and not had any game time, he told the Liverpool Echo, explaining he couldnt turn the move down. The defender joined in the 2016 January transfer window as cover, but is now back at QPR. 16. Diego Maradona moves to lowly Napoli – In the 1980s there were not many better players than Diego Maradona, so it was quite a surprise when Napoli, a team who avoided relegation from Serie A by a point, signed him in 1984. His time in Barcelona had been short, but memorable as it was littered with genius, controversy and injury. He scored 45 goals in 73 games, won the 1983 Spanish Cup and his brilliance was acknowledged by Real Madrid fans at the Bernabeu during one game. However, his stay ended on a sour note when he was involved in a mass brawl with Athletic Bilbao players in the 1984 Spanish Cup final. In Italy, though, he helped win two titles, the UEFA Cup and Italian Cup. 18 18 18 13. Attilio Lombardo flies into south London – Lombardo played in a very good Sampdoria team, winning the title in 1991 and finishing runners-up to Barcelona in the 1992 European Cup final. However, after struggling to find his feet at Juventus, Lombardo flew the nest to join Palace in 1997. Soon, his talents saw him crowned the Bald Eagle as he lit up Selhurst Park before becoming player-manager. 18 8. Claudio Caniggia at Dundee’s Dens Park – A number of jaws dropped when Dundee manager Ivano Bonetti brought international Caniggia to the club in 2000. After all, here was a man who had shared the pitch with Diego Maradona at the 1990 World Cup and the 33-year-old had his eyes on winning a place at the 2002 edition in Japan and Korea. In his debut against Aberdeen, Caniggia came off the bench to score in a 2-0 win at Pittodrie and later moved to Rangers. 18 10. Brian Clough takes over at the club he hates – Clough didnt hide his contempt for Leeds style under Don Revie, so it was a shock when he took the managers job at Elland Road in 1974 after his spell at Brighton and Derby. Despite his criticism of Leeds, the move was a no-brainer for Clough given they were league champions, but his stint only lasted 44 days before he was sacked. 18 15. Champions League winner Fabrizio Ravanelli swaps Juve for Boro – The White Feather, as he was known in Italy, won the Champions League in May 1996, scoring in the final as Juventus beat Ajax on penalties. By July he was a Middlesbrough player. During his one full Premier League season, Ravanelli scored 31 goals in all competitions and helped Bryan Robsons side to the finals of the FA Cup and League Cup. Sadly though, Boro were relegated from the top-flight and lost both finals and he moved on to Marseille. PICTURES: Ravanelli as you’ve never see him. 2. Juventus swoop for Boro reject Ronnie O’Brien – Forget Bendtner at Juve. Having played alongside the likes of Damien Duff and Robbie Keane for Republic of Irelands youth teams, OBrien seemed set for a decent future, but eventually, aged 20 he was released by Middlesbrough in 1999. No bother for the Irishman, though, as Serie A giants Juventus swooped for his signature. Sadly, despite being on their books for three years, he rarely played with the exception of three Intertoto Cup matches. O’Brien was sent out on four loan spells before being released in 2002. Oscar joining the Chinese Super League at the age of 25? What about Paul Clement leaving his coaching role at Bayern Munich to take over at Swansea City, a team that are relegation contenders?These are two recent moves in football which have left confused looks on the faces of many fans.So here, talkSPORT looks at other bizarre transfers and career moves of players and managers throughout history. Scroll through the gallery to see other surprising career moves and transfers. 18 4. Thomas Gravesen the Galactico? – Gravesen was a tough midfielder who found favour at Everton under the management of David Moyes. Has there ever been a sentence less likely to be followed by ‘so naturally Real Madrid wanted to sign him’? That is exactly what happened in 2005 when Madrid, perhaps mindful of the mistake they made in selling unsung defensive midfielder Claude Makelele to Chelsea while stockpiling ‘Galacticos’, swooped for Gravesen. The Bernabeu crowd, used to watching Zidane, Figo and Ronaldo, weren’t particularly impressed with the Danish hard nut’s style of play, and he was nearly sold before Christmas. After getting stuck in to team-mate Robinho during a training session, the writing was on the wall. Gravesen was sold to Celtic in 2006 and wasnt much better. For bizarre Real deals, see also Julien Faubert. 5. When Allan Simonsen swapped Barca for Charlton! – Simonsen was the European Player of the Year in 1977, a year he played and scored for Borussia Monchengladbach in the European Cup final defeat to Liverpool. He won the UEFA Cup with the German club in 1975 and 1979, and then sealed a move to the glamorous Barcelona. After winning the Cup Winners Cup there he swapped the Camp Nou for the Valley to play for Second Division Charlton in a £300,000 deal in 1982. It was a disaster for the Londoners, who struggled to pay their star player, and after nine goals in 17 games he headed back to his native Denmark while Charlton teetered on the brink of financial collapse. 3. Dale Jennings: Tranmere to Munich – Having lit up League One when he broke into the Tranmere first-team in 2010/11, tricky winger Jennings could be forgiven for believing a move to the Championship was in the offing, or even a step up to a smaller Premier League club. But incredibly in 2011 he signed for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. Jennings knew hed find it tough to break into the first-team, and was placed with Bayern’s second string, but injuries saw his progress stutter, although he would play a friendly and score alongside the likes of David Alaba. After a disappointing two-year spell with Barnsley, he joined MK Dons in 2015 but is now without a club. 6. Tommy Lawton at Notts County – County have been involved in their share of bizarre deals in recent years Eriksson and Campbell etc. but this takes some beating. Lawton was a goal king, who had scored 22 times in 23 England appearances along with 34 goals in 38 games for Everton, as they won the First Division title in 1939 before he moved to Chelsea in 1945 following the end of the War. There he scored 35 goals in 53 games, but strangely Notts County in the Third Division South was his next move, with the club shelling out £20,000 in November 1947. Lawton was only 28 when he dropped down two divisions and linked up with his friend and the clubs manager, Arthur Stollery. Getty 18 1. Johnston pitches up in the ‘wrong’ part of Glasgow – Johnstons arrival at Rangers in 1989 managed to anger fans on both sides of the Glasgow divide. Having scored 52 goals in three seasons at Celtic, Johnston spent two years at Nantes in France and was expected to don the green and white shirt on his return to the Scottish league. He was even pictured in the summer of 1989 wearing the Celtic shirt alongside Hoops boss Billy McNeill, and said: “There is no other British club I could play for apart from Celtic. But nothing had been officially signed and Rangers manager Graeme Souness no stranger to controversy pounced and took Johnston to Ibrox, making him the club’s first major Catholic signing. Johnston slowly won over Gers fans, thanks to 31 goals in 76 games, plus wildly celebrating his goal in the Old Firm derby.
Re “Ludlow getting a hand tonight” (July 21): Whatever is being served at the $500 – $4,000-a-plate bash for Martin Ludlow in Holmby Hills should smell as much as this whole tacky tribute to a crook. Ludlow did not “make a mistake,” he knowingly conspired to commit a crime. He did not come forward until caught. That the political hacks, including the former and current heads of the police commission, are not only rewarding him for his actions, but defending him and calling him a “role model” is truly pathetic. – Jan Brown AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesPanorama City Of course he pleaded Re “Ludlow getting a hand tonight” (July 21): What a bunch of crock. What is this coming out of Police Commissioner David Cunningham’s mouth that Ludlow is “among young people somewhat of a role model.” This guy won a rigged election and with the pay, perks, etc., etc. – this is nothing but grand theft. Big deal that he plead guilty; notice that he didn’t do that until he knew law enforcement had him cornered. Reminds me of what someone once said: “What’s the difference between a catfish and an L.A. politician?” One is a bottom feeder and the other one is a fish. – George Timko West Hills Direction of doom Re “Ludlow getting a hand tonight” (July 21): Martin Ludlow “admitted to a federal judge in March that he knew he was breaking the law when he conspired with a labor leader to funnel union resources … “to his campaign.” Do our most respected civic leaders want him punished? Of course not; instead they reward him by hosting a fundraiser for him. Any organization that rewards those that violate our laws and punishes (with higher taxes, fees and assessments) those that respect our laws is headed for failure. – Pat Dasse Chatsworth And just fire them Re “Council wants four more years” (July 18): Like so many other people who have written in, I am disgusted at the thought of this idea. We should vote in a policy to get rid of the council members who do not do their job, who do not uphold what the public is begging for, and who pass frivolous spending for asinine projects. Like any other job, a person who is not doing their work gets fired. Why wait to remove them when their term is over? Let’s see them put my idea on the ballot. – Erin Ziliak Sylmar Native trees Re “When the boughs break” (July 22): In reference to Valley residents who are losing trees to the heat, I hope this is a motivation to plant native species. The city seems to finally be getting the message, as I have seen native hybrids planted in recent years on tree belts. Not only will natives thrive in the Valley, they will also encourage native bugs and native birds. The California Native Plant Society has been telling us this for years. Contact it on the Web or contact the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley. Work with the environment, not against it, and insist the city do the same. – Mary Montes West Hills Could have saved it Re “Hot: Power outages” (July 24): The picture of the woman in North Hills staring into her 20-cubic-foot, double-door fridge after loosing her power and watching her food spoil is a classic. Food will last as much as three to four days if you open the door sparingly. The thing I found curious is why does anyone need four refrigerators for one-family dwelling? – Bob Mauch North Hills Enough trouble Re “Safe at home, but forever changed” (July 23): It seems like people who travel to foreign countries expect the United States to immediately rescue them when conflict arises, such as the article by Lisa Van Proyen, who complained that the United States didn’t move fast enough. They were aware that there was unrest in the area but they chose to go anyway. I fail to see that this is the fault of the United States and I take exception to the fact that it seems as though we are blamed for whatever happens. We have enough trouble on our plate without people like this making more. – Luella Noonan Burbank Cowboy up, America I am sick to death of hearing the U.S. citizens who ignored travel advisories, and did not register with the U.S. Embassy, complain about accommodations for their rescue. You put yourself in harm’s way, are warned not to go, go anyway and then blame the U.S. for your stupidity. Should you be charged for your rescue? Of course. I sure shouldn’t have to pay my tax dollars to rescue you. What happened to the U.S. citizens who tamed the West, made huge sacrifices for World War II, and defeated many other foes with courage and honor? I say to those who go to the Middle East on vacation, you deserve what you get. Cowboy up, America, and start acting like the great nation we are. Take personal responsibility for your idiotic actions. – Craig Hawley Reseda If it were Ireland? Re “Fortunes of war” (Your Opinions, July 24): Lebanon did not “give” Hezbollah parliament seats, they were elected by an area – southern Lebanon – that was not under government control. If the Israelis could not wipe out the terrorists when they controlled the area how could they expect the much-weaker Lebanese army to do it? Of course civilians will be killed in almost any military action but for Jason Levi to state that “the Israel army is attacking with surgical precision Hezbollah’s area” is ridiculous. Beirut International, Tyre, Tripoli, blocks of Christian Beirut have all been attacked by missiles and bombs. For many years the IRA bombed British civilians and a lot of its support came from the Irish Republic (also Boston and New York). Imagine the outcry if the Brits had bombed Dublin. – Fred Thomas Simi Valley Heat wave I don’t think it can be said enough that since we are all victims, including pets, of this unrelenting heat wave, it is important for people who have pets to make sure that their pets have ample ventilation and fresh water. Animals carry a higher body temperature than humans and, like humans, can also suffer heat stroke, too. Also, if people have relatives, friends, or neighbors who are elderly, please check on them to make sure they have ample ventilation as well. Lastly, no one should ever leave an animal or a child in a car, as even with the windows rolled down, the temperature can still be dangerously hot for the child or animal. – Sophia Sherman Sherman Oaks Worth dying for Re “Good and Evil” (July 6): Philip Wilt states that since the Iraq war with its casualties cannot be called good, “then it must be evil.” If our past leaders had relied solely on the potential for casualties to determine our foreign policies, we wouldn’t have gained our independence, freed Europe or stopped a Japanese invasion. Since hundreds of thousands died, I assume these causes were all evil in the mind of Wilt. I correspond with a few soldiers overseas and all express tremendous bravery and determination to ensure America’s safety – at all costs. One soldier wrote that freedom is something “so sacred that we would easily lay down our lives to defend.” Many people (myself included) feel that there are some things in life so cherished they are worth dying for. – Sharon Howard Encino A higher power Re “Big Top blessing” (July 21): Forget the million-dollar elephant enclosure and sanctuary. It seems all that is needed is a cardinal’s blessing. What a photo op for Ringling Bros. – Joan Kelley Van Nuys160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 4 Paredes has two international caps for Paraguay. no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF Football Manager 2019 is set to thrill fans from November 2. Top attributes – Passing, Technique, Composure, Vision, and Teamwork.10. Anders Trondsen (Rosenborg) – Age 23 – Value = £450,000Top attributes – Corners, Crossing, Long Shots, Passing, Tackling, Vision, Work Rate, Stamina, and Strength.9. Bruno Cosendey (Vasco da Gama) – Age 21 – Value = £525,000Top attributes – Technique, Bravery, Decisions, Flair, Off The Ball, Teamwork, Vision, Work Rate, Acceleration, Natural Fitness, Pace, and Stamina.8. Cristhian Paredes (Portland Timbers) – Age 20 – Value = £14,750 Thorne hasn’t featured under Frank Lampard this season. REPLY 4 ADVICE Thankfully the folks over at the excellent FMScout.com have figured out the best bargain buys in this position, and they should all be available for fairly low fees.So which central midfielders should you be getting? Find out below.*Some players may not be available on every game to due to differing database sizes Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Gnoukouri was once on the books at Inter Milan. RANKED Latest Football Stories A strong midfield is vital for any team on Football Manager but sometimes the cash at your club won’t let you sign the best in the business.A central star is an absolute must, whether as a playmaker or a ball-winner, so what can you do? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 13. David Ivan (Vis Pesaro) – Age 23 – Value = £350,000Top attributes – First Touch, Passing, Technique, Determination, Teamwork, Acceleration, Agility, Natural Fitness, and Stamina.12. Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United) – Age 21 – Value = £300,000Top attributes – Passing, Tackling, Technique, Positioning, Work Rate, Acceleration, Agility, Natural Fitness, and Pace.11. George Thorne (Derby County/Luton) – Age 25 – Value = £725,000 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top attributes – Long Shots, Technique, Anticipation, Composure, Determination, Off The Ball, and Agility.7. Manu Morianes (Villarreal) – Age 19 – Value = £475,000Top attributes – Passing, Tackling, Technique, Decisions, Determination, Work Rate, and Acceleration.6. Benjamin Hvidt (AGF) – Age 18 – Value = £38,000Top attributes – Passing, Aggression, Bravery, Work Rate, Jumping Reach, and Stamina.5. Fabio Castellano (Juve Stabia) – Age 20 – Value = £200,000Top attributes – First Touch, Passing, Technique, Determination, Flair, Teamwork, Vision, and Natural Fitness.4. Lasse Vigen (Brondby) – Age 23 – Value = £925,000Top attributes – First Touch, Passing, Technique, Aggression, Anticipation, Composure, Decisions, Determination, Leadership, Teamwork, Work Rate, and Stamina.3. Igor Kogut (Dnipro) – Age 22 – Value = £325,000Top attributes – Finishing, Aggression, Bravery, Determination, Work Rate, and Natural Fitness.2. Assane Gnoukouri (Free Agent) – Age 21 – Value = £0 4 REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining 4 Top attributes – First Touch, Passing, Technique, Work Rate, Acceleration, Natural Fitness, Pace, and Stamina.1. Alex Blesa (Levante) – Age 16 – Value = £170,000Top attributes – First Touch, Passing, Technique, Flair, Teamwork, and Natural Fitness.
14 June 2005South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) plans to invest “just over R5-billion” in job-creation projects over the next financial year, the Sunday Times reports. The newspaper says corporation chief executive Geoff Qhena wants to boost investment in small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), backing projects that will create jobs. The target is to create26 000 jobs in the new financial year.“When we emphasise development, what is over-arching is jobs,” Qhena said. “We will have a bias towards projects that create jobs. We will still do major projects as we need the balance; they feed the SMEs and the SMEs feed into them.”A key element of the corporation’s promotion of SMEs is backing franchisees, including those in fast-food chains such as Nando’s and McDonald’s, the Sunday Times reports. It has also discussed franchise deals with Sasol.“Franchising is an opportunity for us,” Qhena said. “We are talking to the franchisors, where we can enter into an agreement with them or we can make facilities available. When we do that, we insist that they have an adequate black economic empowerment component.“Franchising is one of the growing SME areas. The failure rate is minimal, as the franchisors want to make the business work.”At an IDC-backed black economic empowerment conference in Mafikeng last week, Qhena said the organisation wanted to back more businesses in rural provinces such as the North West, Free State and Limpopo.“We need to interact with provinces and local government,” Qhena told the Sunday Times. “We have realised that is where the resources are.”Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape benefit the most from IDC backing.“We will be talking to all the provinces,” Qhena said. “We could stay at home and we would surely find propositions from the three richest provinces. But now we want to develop other provinces.”The IDC is likely to play a leading role in the restructuring of the diamond industry, according to the Sunday Times, prompted by the government’s desire to see more diamonds beneficiated in the country and as a result of the planned amendment of the Diamond Act.De Beers has offered the government a partnership in the SA division of its diamond trading company Diamdel. And in her recent budget speech, Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said the government may look at forming one major diamond trading company for SA diamonds.“We are very excited about what is happening in diamonds,” said Qhena.He stressed that each company in the IDC’s portfolio – whether it was one in which the IDS held a stake, or one to which it provided financial backing – was making a real effort to transform, and not just at an equity level.“We want to see the transfer of skills,” said Qhena.The Sunday Times also reports that the IDC might still sell stakes in listed companies such as Sasol and BHP Billiton, but only when the time is right.SouthAfrica.info reporter