Liverpool agree £10m Dempsey deal – report

first_imgFulham star Clint Dempsey is on the verge of completing a move to Liverpool after a £10m fee was agreed, according to the Daily Mail.It is claimed that Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers expects the deal to be completed within the next few days.Meanwhile, The Sun say Chelsea have had another bid for Victor Moses rejected by Wigan.Latics chairman Dave Whelan is said to have turned down a third offer from the Blues – believed to be £5m – for the former Crystal Palace forward.Whelan is quoted as saying: “They’ve made three bids and we’ve not accepted any. I don’t know if they’ll bid again but if they do we always listen.”The Guardian report that Chelsea are set to sign highly-rated Brazilian midfielder Oscar from Internacional for £25m.Related West London Sport story: Breakthrough for Chelsea in Oscar talksThe Daily Express suggest Chelsea will have further talks with Napoli striker Edinson Cavani’s agents over a £35m move, but the Uruguayan’s wage demands are apparently holding up the deal.The Mail say Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is hoping to beat his former club Chelsea to the signing of Porto striker Hulk.QPR are willing to subsidise a loan move for Joey Barton, according to the Daily Mirror.It is suggested that Blackburn want the midfielder but cannot afford his wages, so Rangers would be prepared to continue paying a large percentage of his salary.Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday have also been linked with Barton, who is suspended for the first 12 matches of the coming season.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Draymond Green on this Warriors roster: ‘There’s not really any idiots’

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — It was the last day of training camp before the preseason opener, but the first time the Warriors practiced on the new Chase Center court. It was the first time, also, that Draymond Green addressed the media since camp opened. After spending almost five days with his new teammates, Green had come to an important conclusion.“You can teach some things about basketball, but you can’t really teach IQ,” Green said. “This seems to be a pretty smart team. There’s not really any …last_img read more

SA joins solar clean water project

first_img4 December 2006The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is representing South Africa in an international, multi-partner project aiming to demonstrate that solar disinfection of drinking water is an effective intervention against waterborne diseases.The European Union (EU) recently awarded a €1.9-million research grant to the three-year programme, which will be carried out by nine research groups in Ireland, Kenya, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and Zimbabwe.According to the CSIR, the project could be of immeasurable benefit to “vulnerable communities in developing countries who normally do not have a reliable, safe water supply, as well as those communities who might find themselves exposed to natural or man-made disasters.”The project aims to help reduce the number of fatalities, especially among sub-Sahara African children under the age of five, caused by diarrhoeal diseases resulting from exposure to contaminated water.According to the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report 2006, diarrhoea is the second biggest killer of children worldwide, claiming the lives of around 1.8-million children a year, while 1.1-billion people in the world still have no regular access to clean water.Solar disinfection of drinking water is a low-tech, safe and affordable method to improve water quality. It involves placing contaminated water in transparent bottles which are then placed in direct sunshine for six hours.The method has been approved by the World Health Organisation, and is commended for its proven efficiency in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia in 2004.Over the next three years, the multidisciplinary research team will investigate the health benefits of using solar disinfected drinking water in developing countries, the factors that influence communities to adopt or reject the technique, whether the basic technique can be improved using simple technologies, and whether there are any major waterborne diseases that are not susceptible to it.“We want to confirm the considerable health benefits that can be derived, at no cost, from drinking solar disinfected water, and increase awareness of this method in our country and other countries where sunlight abounds,” said Martella du Preez, a senior CSIR researcher who coordinates the health impact studies in African countries.“After a series of laboratory and field trials, we are certain that it is an effective way of preventing many diseases such as cholera, dysentery or polio, and that it should be considered as an option alongside boiling, chlorination and other standard water treatment methods,” Du Preez said.As part of the agreement, CSIR researcher Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa has travelled to Ireland to take up a three-year PhD research position at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Ubomba-Jaswa will spend 18 months in Ireland and England before moving to Spain to complete her experiments under real sun conditions.Other institutions participating in the study include the Kenyan International Community for the Relief of Suffering and Starvation, the Institute of Water and Sanitation Development in Zimbabwe, the universities of Ulster and Leicester in the UK, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, and Spain’s University of Santiago de Compostela and Plataforma Solar de Almeria.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Limpopo generates 62 400 new jobs

first_imgThousands of teachers have recently been appointed in Limpopo. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Phuti Mosomane Spokesperson for the Premier Limpopo Provincial Government +27 15 287 6083 +27 82 729 2783 RELATED ARTICLES • Roadwork to create 400 000 jobs • Limpopo’s new standards of success • Zuma: 2011 the year of job creation • South Africa to create 5-million new jobsBongani NkosiThe Limpopo Provincial Government recently announced that it created 62 400 jobs over the first quarter of the current financial year – a move made in response to the New Growth Path (NGP).The province made a commitment earlier in 2011 to create over 166 100 jobs within its spheres of government. It has described its efforts so far as an achievement.“Job creation is one of the key priorities that we have set for ourselves as government,” the province’s Premier Cassel Mathale said.“We are working full throttle to translate our commitment to make 2011 a year of job creation through meaningful economic transformation and inclusive growth into reality,” he added.Through the NGP, South Africa has the challenge to create no less than 5-million jobs and slash the unemployment rate by 10% over the next 10 years. The government has vowed to do its best to achieve the targets, and has called on the private sector to help.The jobs in Limpopo were created in various government departments. With 19 978 jobs, the Department of Roads and Transport led the drive. It was followed by Department of Education with 17 890 vacancies filled.Positions for nurses and doctors were filled across the province, with the Department of Health generating 8 860 jobs.Up to 2 566 vacancies were filled in the Social Development Department, while the public agriculture sector produced 1 536 jobs.The Department of Public Works created 581 jobs, while 939 people found employment in the Local Government and Housing Department.Fifteen jobs were filled in the province’s Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, and two in Safety, Security and Liaison.Mathale’s office created 143 new jobs.“Our government is committed to fight against poverty and unemployment in a quest to improve the livelihoods of the people of our province,” he said.The Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) has resulted in 17 800 new jobs in different sectors across the province.Figures indicate gainsAnnouncing new employment figures within departments helps the government prove it’s making progress in the campaign to produce jobs.A clear indication of gains made would only surface once departments in all spheres of government, ranging from local to provincial and national, make their figures public.News of Limpopo’s progress came a day after Statistics South Africa announced that the national unemployment rate jumped to 25.7% in the second quarter of 2011. It stood at 25% in the first quarter, so that means thousands of formal-sector jobs have been lost since the start of the year.According to Statistics South Africa, the number of unemployed people rose by 174 000 to 4 538-million people between April and June. The organisation said major job losses were recorded in the provinces of Gauteng, North West and the Eastern Cape, with a combined total of 81 000.Gains were experienced in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape with 71 000 and 21 000 new jobs respectively.Most jobs were lost in manufacturing and mining – the sectors which suffered the most during the global recession.last_img read more

Railways not to give money to CWG OC, but to Sports Ministry

first_imgWith the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee being mired in corruption allegations, the Railways has decided against giving it sponsorship worth Rs 100 crore and instead allocate it to the Sports Ministry.”We will give it (sponsorship money) to the Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry and it is upto them to carry forward,” Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters in New Delhi.The Railways, lead partner of the Commonwealth Games, had committed Rs 100 crore as sponsorship money. However, after allegations of corruption were levelled against top officials of the Games Organising Committee, the Railways withheld the amount.”The issue has been resolved now and the MoU will be signed shortly,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.However, the official clarified that the sponsorship money of Rs 100 crore will not be entirely cash.While railways have already launched a Commonwealth Games train showcasing the Games, it is planning to run special trains to Agra and Jaipur and other places for visitors during the Games.Besides railways have also launched a special logo for the Games which is being used in all Games related events.”So launching of these trains will also be taken into account as part of the sponsorhsip amount,” said the official.last_img read more

T20 WC: Gayle’s women guests arrested from his hotel room

first_imgThree British women were arrested by Sri Lanka Police on Wednesday, after they were found to be socialising with West Indian star cricketer Chris Gayle in his hotel room.Sources at the Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo, where the West Indian players are staying for the ongoing T20 World Cup, said the women were guests of Gayle and his team-mates Andre Russell, Fidel Edwards and Dwayne Smith.Police bodyguards protecting players arrested the three Britons before handing them over to the nearby police station for further investigation.”Ministerial Security Division (MSD) guards assigned to protect the players carried out the arrest and the three women were handed over to the Kollupitiya police station for further investigations,” police said in a statement.”There was no wrongdoing on the part of the players or the women and we are surprised at the police action,” a hotel source told the agencies. “It is not against the law to be a guest of a player.”The International Cricket Council and the West Indies team have refrained from commenting on the matter. The Caribbean team take on Australia in the second semi-final on Friday.On September 24, a Sri Lankan broke into the rooms of two Australian cricketers at the same hotel and offered them sex. He was fined 1,000 rupees (around eight dollars) and handed a one-month suspended jail term.Hotel security has been a key issue at international cricket tournaments since then-Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his room during the World Cup in Jamaica in 2007.His death was initially treated as a murder case before police concluded he died of natural causes.advertisementlast_img read more