Fulham ‘to beat Newcastle and Everton to signing of duo’

first_imgFulham are poised to beat Newcastle and Everton to the signings of two highly-rated wingers from Dutch side Heerenveen, The Sun report.Luciano Narsingh, 21, is tipped to be included in Holland’s Euro 2012 squad, while Moroccan international Oussama Assaidi, 23, is also regarded as a top prospect.As well as Everton and Newcastle, PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and mega-rich Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala are said to have been interested in them.But they are believed to be on their way to Craven Cottage in a deal worth £10m after Heerenveen accepted an offer.The Sun also say Chelsea are set to make Didier Drogba a final offer to stay at Stamford Bridge.Drogba’s future is in doubt.The 34-year-old striker’s contract is up at the end of the season and he has been tipped to move to China after rejecting a one-year deal.But Chelsea are said to be planning to offer him the option of a further 12 months if he delivers next season.A club source is quoted as saying: “Everyone is keen to keep Didier but the owner won’t be held to ransom.“He has to be realistic with his demands if he wants to continue playing at the highest level.”It is claimed that even if Drogba agrees to stay Chelsea will try to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani or Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain.The Daily Mirror and Daily Express both suggest that Pep Guardiola has rejected a fresh approach from Chelsea.Guardiola, who is leaving Barcelona, is said to have been offered £12m-a-year to take over.It’s believed the Spaniard’s snub could open the door for Roberto Di Matteo to be given the job at the end of the season, while Germany boss Joachim Loew has also been touted as a contender.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA increases social spending

first_img21 February 2007South Africa is to increase its public spending on a variety of social programmes including teachers’ salaries, health, welfare and housing, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said in his 2007/08 Budget speech in Cape Town on Wednesday.South Africa will be spend an extra R8.1-billion on improved teacher salaries, teacher assistants and school support staff over the next three years, Manuel told Parliament.Health also gets a major boost this year, with an extra R1-billion for the state’s hospital revitalisation programme, and an extra R5.3-billion for better pay for health workers and for recruiting more staff. “Government is budgeting to increase the number of health workers by about 30 000 over the next five years,” Manuel said.In addition, the government has set aside a further R1.7-billion for its HIV/Aids programme, with treatment for about 250 000 HIV-positive patients being rolled out at 272 sites countrywide.For public transport, water and other municipal infrastructure, there is an additional R7.8-billion.For housing, an additional R2.7-billion brings the total allocation for the next three years to R32-billion. The housing budget will have risen from R4.6-billion in 2003/04 to R12.5-billion by 2009/10.A further R2.4-billion goes to spending on additional police officers and on new technology and forensic equipment to assist the police. From now on, Manuel said, “electronic fingerprints and dockets will become the norm.”At the same time, an additional R1.5-billion goes to the Department of Justice to improve the work of the country’s courts and reduce case backlogs.Over the medium term, the Budget allocation for the police will rise by 34%, from R33-billion in 2006/07 to R44-billion in 2009/10, while the Department of Justice will see a 52% rise in its budget over the next three years.Government spending on the 2010 Fifa World Cup goes up to R17.4-billion. While the cost of building the stadiums has been contained within the R8.4-billion originally budgeted, a further R2.3-billion will be spent on related transport infrastructure and upgrades to areas around the stadiums.This brings the total to be spent on transport infrastructure ahead of 2010 to R9-billion, and the total of direct national government expenditure on 2010 to R17.4-billion.Social grantsManuel’s 2007 Budget includes increases in social grants, thanks to successes over the past previous years in curbing corruption in the country’s social grants system.The old age pension, the disability grant and the care dependency grant will all be increased by R50, from R820 a month to R870 a month, from 1 April.This increase, Manuel said, sends “a strong signal that money released from the reduction of corruption will be given back to those who deserve it”.The child support grant is also being increased, from R190 to R200 a month, as is the foster care grant, from R590 to R620 a month.The Budget also makes R10-billion available over the next three years to improve the services provided by social welfare organisations in communities.Sin taxesIn terms of so-called “sin taxes” on consumables, a can of beer will cost 5 cents more, while a packet of cigarettes will cost 60 cents more. A 750ml bottle of spirits, such as whiskey or brandy, will cost R1.88 more, a 750ml bottle of wine will cost 10 cents more.The tax on a litre of petrol or diesel will rise by 10 cents from 4 April. These increases, Manuel said, would bring an extra R1.5-billion into the national coffers.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South African wine wins Fairtrade award

first_img19 September 2012South African winemaker Bosman Family Vineyards established itself as one of the world’s leading ethical wine producers by winning the Fairtrade Award at the 2012 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in the United Kingdom last week.The Fairtrade Award is for wine-producing regions which are officially recognised as being part of the Fairtrade Association.Wines are judged on their individual merits and the award is presented to the highest quality wine at the IWC with Fairtrade certification.Bosman Family Vineyards was also the only South African winery to win one of the trophies at this year’s show.The winning wine was the 2011 Wild Valley Chenin Blanc from the premium Fairtrade range of Sainsbury’s, Taste The Difference, and is made from the Bosman Fairtrade Chenin Blanc vineyards from the Wellington Wine region.The judges described the wine as “floral with white fruit aromas, fresh acidity, appealing grapefruit honey flowers and a rich creamy, bready texture”.The wine is available from Sainsbury’s in the United Kingdom at £7.99 (about R107).“South Africa is the leader in sustainable and ethical wine production in the world and we are excited that a South African wine is recognised in this way and that such outstanding quality can actually be produced in an ethical and environmentally responsible way,” chief executive officer of Wines of South Africa, Su Birch, said in a statement.Bosman Family Vineyards managing director Petrus Bosman said: “Our story at Bosman Family Vineyards is still being written and as a young team, we are very aware that the pages we are on today is the result of the hard work and dedication of those that have written our story before us.“Farming with sustainable principles is something that has been carried over from one generation to the next in our family and our experience has been that the quality of your product increases over time when you consistently invest in people and nature.”Three hundred and thirty-eight judges from 25 countries tasted 21 609 different wines from over 50 countries.The International Wine Challenge is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive blind wine-tasting competitions, and the organisation was founded in 1983.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Andy Birkett gets his green number, at 23

first_imgSbonelo Zondi and Andy Birkett receive their gold medals from the MEC for art, culture, sport and recreation, Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha, at the finish of the 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon at Blue Lagoon in Durban. (Image: Lucille Davie) 19 February 2014It was another wild ride down The Dusi this year, with Andy Birkett and Sbonelo Zondi winning the race. It was Birkett’s 10th marathon, earning him his green number. The rapids, the heat, the portages and the variable water levels combine to make the Dusi Canoe Marathon one of the toughest endurance races in the country.Read more on Media Club South Africa: Andy Birkett gets his green number, at 23last_img

Casting Stones Before the FCC: Google Voice and AT&T

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Ever since AT&T filed a letter with the FCC about Google Voice’s refusal to connect to certain areas, the two companies have been in a heated public battle. On the one side, AT&T takes the stance that as a carrier, Google is required to offer open access to all numbers. Nevertheless, in today’s blog rebuttal, Google asserts, “Google Voice is a free web application, one intended to supplement and enhance existing phone lines, not replace them.” In addition to outlining that it is not a primary telecommunications carrier, Google points out that AT&T has hypocritically lobbied the FCC for permission to block local phone carriers. The reason both organizations want to restrict these groups is because they charge high termination rates and partner with adult hotlines and free conference calling centers to further drive traffic. Google argues that it cannot continue to operate as a free service while paying these rates. Meanwhile, AT&T asserts that while it prefers existing internet principles and does not want radical expansions under the FCC, if the Commission does choose to further regulate, “It absolutely must ensure that any such rules apply evenly – not just to network operators but also to providers of Internet applications, content and services. Anything less would be ineffective, legally suspect and, in all events, a direct repudiation of President Obama’s call for a ‘level playing field’.”In your opinion should Google Voice be subject to the same rules that apply to AT&T or do you believe that web-based telephony groups like Skype, Google and Jajah should fall under a separate set of regulations? Photo Credit: Aislinn Ritchielast_img read more

Antetokounmpo brothers – from migrants to ambassadors

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I started out playing football as my father was a football player back in Nigeria. But basketball was my life and I worked hard. Now that I’ve made it in the NBA it is hard to stay on top so you have to work harder,” Giannis said.He continued: “You have to test your limits and I believe I want to be the best player of all time and I know I can get there.”The 22-year-old added he was determined to help other young people in both Greece and in Africa to get ahead.“I would like to do everything I can to help them have a better life. The Americans gave me a chance to fulfill my dream. If you work hard and believe in your dream you will succeed,” he said.The Antetokounmpo brothers are very popular in Greece and earlier this month drew a standing-room-only crowd of 5,000 spectators during an exhibition game they organized in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ “Greece loves us because we are good guys. We promote Greece wherever we go,” Giannis said.Another game by the brothers, who play for the Greek national team, is set for Sunday in Athens and a sell-out crowd of 18,000 is expected.“I know nothing else but Greece. I have never been to Nigeria. You are not born a Greek, you become a Greek,” Giannis said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Messi’s gritty hometown braces for a glam wedding Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Greek professional basketball players, brothers Giannis (L) and Thanasis Antetokounmpo attend an interview at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens on June 24, 2017. AFP PHOTORags to riches NBA All-Star player Giannis Antetokounmpo spoke openly on Saturday of his Nigerian origins and of eking out a living trading on the Athens streets long before his $100 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.Giannis appeared on stage at the Onassis Cultural Centre with his 24-year-old brother Thanasis, who plays for the Spanish club MoraBanc Andorra, and they talked about their painful struggle in their early days in Greece where their parents had arrived as immigrants.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “We are the products of two cultures, Greek and Nigerian, and we took the best of both worlds,” Giannis said.“There are many people who have gone through tough times, but you still have to look for the light. Our parents taught us not to be selfish, to be honest and sincere,” Thanasis added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe sons of Nigerian immigrant parents, who came to Greece for a better life, Giannis and Thanasis were born in Athens and grew up selling merchandise in the streets of the capital in order to help their poor family.But basketball changed their lives and last year Giannis signed a $100 million four-year contract with the Bucks. Thanasis also tried his luck in the NBA before joining his Spanish club. View commentslast_img read more

Hyundai looking to enter compact SUV market with ix25

first_imgHyundai ix25 Concept South Korean manufacturer Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) will be launching a compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) soon to take on the likes of Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport. The vehicle, called the ix25, has been spotted testing across India on numerous occasions. Through this article, we shall reveal specifications of the ix25, possibly to help you choose a new vehicle.PricingRs 7.50 – 11 lakhExteriorsDesign cues appear to have been taken from various Hyundai SUVs such as the ix35 and the new Santa Fe. Its production model will look quite different from the ix25 Concept showcased at the Auto China 201.Overall dimensionsIx25, Hyundai’s new  compact SUV will be just over 4-metres in length and will take on the Renault Duster and Nissan Terrano here.Length – 4270mmWidth – 1780mmHeight – 1630mmWheelbase – 2590mmEngines The new ix25 will be available in both petrol and diesel options. While the petrol version will be a 1.4-litre VTVT, the diesel will come with a 1.6-litre CRDi. Maximum power and peak torque are as follows:  Petrol – 106bhp, 135NmDiesel – 126bhp, 260NmExpect the Hyundai ix25 compact SUV to be launched sometime in 2015.last_img read more

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma rejects new contract

first_imgAC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has stunned the club by turning down a new contract, CEO Marco Fassone has said.Donnarumma signed for Milan’s youth team in 2013 before making his senior debut in 2015 at just 16-years-old. He went on to become first choice at the club, making 68 appearances over the last two seasons.The 18-year-old’s contract expires next year and his decision to reject a new deal was made on Thursday after talks between the player, his agent Mino Raiola and the club.”Raiola informed us that Donnarumma has made a definitive decision not to renew the contract with Milan,” Fassone said in a statement.”We were taken by surprise, as we had hoped Donnarumma would be the goalkeeper taking Milan into the future. Naturally, the decision leaves a bitter taste in the mouth, but now we have to go forward.”The Italy international made his under-21 debut in 2015 and was called up to the senior side in 2016.last_img read more

Video: Eric Berry Had His Triumphant Return To Kansas City After Beating Cancer

first_imgEric Berry picks off pass for the Chiefs.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 04: Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs returns an interception on a failed two-point converstion for two points against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 4, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Last December, Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who played his college ball at Tennessee, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 25 years old. Less than a year later, he made his triumphant return to the NFL.Thursday night, Berry played his first home game since returning. The team announced his name last, and he received an incredible ovation from the crowd. Check it out:Why We Love Sports Today: Eric Berry received standing ovation in return to Arrowhead Stadium after battling cancer. pic.twitter.com/T37I1lotwt— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 18, 2015Berry was a two-time All-American at Tennessee and has already been named to three Pro Bowl teams in his young professional career. It’s great to see him back on the field.last_img read more