Newcastle on verge of sealing £8.75million deal for Valencia midfielder

first_img Enzo Perez in action for Valencia in a friendly game against Bournemouth 1 Newcastle have made an £8.75m offer for Valencia midfielder Enzo Perez.According to Sport, the newly-promoted Premier League club have lodged a bid which is likely to be accepted by the Spanish club.Perez played 26 times in La Liga last term but has been heavily linked with a move away this summer.A return to his native Argentina has been mooted with River Plate seemingly very keen on landing the 31-year-old too.But it has now been suggested that Newcastle have made a serious offer to bring the experienced campaigner to the Premier League.last_img read more

Remembering ‘Uncle Kathy’: Ahmed Kathrada 1929-2017

first_imgFormer Rivonia trialist and anti-apartheid struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada died today, following a long illness. He was 87. After 1994, Kathrada served as a parliamentary counsellor in the Office of President Nelson Mandela.Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada was a South African anti-apartheid activist, former political prisoner and later a respected politician. A long and illustrious life in public service and for the greater good was highlighted by his friendships with some of South Africa’s greatest leaders, such as Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. Kathrada died after a long illness on 28 March 2017. (Image: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation)CD AndersonAffectionately known as Kathy to friends and family, Ahmed Kathrada was born in the small North West town of Schweizer-Reneke on 21 August 1929.His political awakening came early, when he was at the Johannesburg Indian High School. He joined the Young Communist League of South Africa, here he first distributed pamphlets on street corners.Before Kathrada was 18, he was jailed for participating in the South African Indian Congress’s Passive Resistance Campaign. Soon after this, he met ANC leaders Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela for the first time.After briefly studying at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Kathrada was selected to lead a South African youth delegation to the World Federation of Democratic Youth, held in Berlin in 1951. The event broadened his worldview and escalated his political awakening.He took the opportunity to spend time with various communist youth organisations in Hungary and Poland before returning to South Africa to continue his activism.During the late 1950s, Kathrada played an increasingly active role in civil disobedience against the apartheid government, and was a prime mover in the alliance between the ANC and South African Indian Congress. He was arrested, banned and placed under house arrest several times during the decade.In 1962-63, Kathrada escaped house arrest and, with members of the ANC, continued as a covert dissident until his arrest in July 1963 at the ANC refuge, Liliesleaf Farm, in northern Johannesburg. Kathrada was tried alongside Mandela, Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and others, in what infamously became known as the Rivonia Trial. All the accused, including Kathrada, were sentenced to life imprisonment for acts of sabotage against the state. Kathrada spent 26 years in prison – 18 years on Robben Island before he was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison, Cape Town.While in prison, he completed his university studies, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in criminology and history, and Honours in history and African politics. During his lifetime, Kathrada was also awarded four honorary degrees, including from Wits and the University of Missouri in the United States.Sisulu wrote of Kathrada with great affection and respect about their shared time on Robben Island: “Kathy was a tower of strength and a source of inspiration to many prisoners, both young and old.”Kathrada was released in October 1989, less than six months before the ANC was unbanned. He was elected to the organisation’s national executive committee at its first official national conference in 1991. He headed the ANC communications and public relations department until 1994, when he was elected a member of parliament in South Africa’s first democratic government under the country’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. Kathrada was also a parliamentary counsellor in the Office of the President.He had a close, advisory relationship with Mandela, both during and after his presidency. Forged when the two spent their days in the midst of the anti-apartheid struggle, and strengthened in the quarries of Robben Island, Mandela and Kathrada shared a moral obligation to combat institutionalised racism and inspire the South African people. But the two friends also shared a love of literature, music and nature.Between 1995 and 2006, Kathrada was the chairperson of the Robben Island Museum Council. As someone who had been imprisoned on the island, he fervently campaigned to preserve and share the important and often painful history of the island prison.He officially retired from political life in 1999. Kathrada wrote and compiled several books on his life and the history of the struggle against apartheid. His most profound work was a collection of writings from his time in prison, titled A Simple Freedom, published in 2013.In his lifetime, Kathrada was honoured with numerous awards, both at home and abroad, including the ANC’s Merit Award for dedicated life service to the organisation and country, the Freedom of Johannesburg, a Presidential Order for Meritorious Service (Gold) and India’s Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award.Photographer Adrian Steirn, who profiled Kathrada for the popular 21 Icons photo series in 2013, spoke admiringly of the struggle stalwart’s humbleness and his love of language. “You’d never think that such a gentle man with so much humility and humour had spent his lifetime in jail. One of the things that struck me was that words and phrases were his companions.”Ahmed Kathrada, in his own wordsHis hope for South Africa“When one can be satisfied that every child goes to bed with a full stomach, gets up smiling, goes to school properly clothed, not to have to walk a great distance to school. When that happens, then only can we be satisfied.”His life in prison“When you have been deprived of freedom of speech for so many years, you never get fed up of talking.”“That’s what one misses most in prison. It’s an artificial society without children and you want to even just hear a child crying. That’s how bad it is and that deprivation was the very worst. Not the food, nothing else. Just the deprivation of engaging with children.”Reconciliation“We have to work together and towards improving the future of our country, but while realising our weaknesses and making use of our strengths.”Forgiveness“We can’t live a life of bitterness, revenge and hatred. As difficult as it may be, we have to forgive.”In 2013, Kathrada delivered a touching eulogy following the death of his friend, Mandela.“Today, mingled with our grief is the enormous pride that one of our own has during your life, and now in your death, united the people of South Africa and the entire world on a scale never experienced before in history. Remarkably, in these last few days, the masses of our people, from whatever walk of life, have demonstrated how very connected they feel to you; how the story of your life is their story and how their story is your story.”The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, established in 2008, is dedicated to deepening non-racialism in South Africa and the world, and also focuses on developing youth leadership. Former president Kgalema Motlanthe is currently the foundation’s chairperson.Thousands of South Africans pay tribute to the life and work of Ahmed Kathrada on Twitter:#AhmedKathrada Tweets #Kathrada Tweets Kathrada is survived by his wife, former minister of health and public enterprises Barbara Hogan.Source: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Wikipedia, South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

And the Winner of the Global GIFF Audience Award Is….

first_imgWatch the film here Watch all the finalists here: GIFF 2014 Playlist SharePrint RelatedYou Decide Who Wins the Global GIFF Audience AwardFebruary 16, 2015In “Community”And the GIFF 2018 Award winners are…November 20, 2018In “Community”5 Film Genres GIFF Audiences LoveJune 5, 2018In “News” Our winner will receive a special badge for their profile page, a gift package from Geocaching HQ, and a huge high-five from the international geocaching community. Congratulations on creating something spectacular.Interested in being a part of GIFF 2015, whether it’s as a participant or a filmmaker? Find out when GIFF is, how to enter your film, and more info here.Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img Last week the 16 films that made it to the 2014 Geocaching International Film Festival in Seattle made their online debut.The stories and moments captured in these videos run the gamut of the geocaching experience. We saw First-to-Find races with unexpected victors, chance meetings that led to love and friendship, tributes paid to those loved and lost, and inside jokes that only you geocachers would understand.Although all 16 films are winners, one film was to be recognized as above the rest and would receive the Global GIFF Audience Award, a special honor presented to one lucky filmmaker or filmmaking team for the first time.You voted, we listened. And the winner of the Global GIFF Audience Award Is…Cacheheartby MudMen_Gerlast_img read more

Priyanka Chopra fought real boxers in Mary Kom

first_imgActress Priyanka Chopra fought with real boxers in “Mary Kom”, a biopic on the five time World Champion boxer. She says it was not easy to take a full-on punch from professional boxers during the shoot.”All my opponents in the film were real boxers,” Priyanka said here in an interview.The film will hit the screens September 5.”It was very difficult to shoot with them because they are real boxers and they don’t know how to fake a punch, they had to really hit you. So I had to get hit a lot and that was really hard,” she added.Co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, “Mary Kom” shows Kom’s journey from an athlete to a boxer, opposition faced by her father to take up the sport as a profession, training with men, her fearless nature, marriage and so-called end of her boxing career.Directed by Omung Kumar, it is slated for a Sep 5 release.last_img read more

Old timer Rafi Reavis has no plans of slowing down: ‘I have a lot left’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Rafi Reavis, one of the oldest active players in the PBA, may have a lot of mileage under his belt but he still has a lot of gas left in the tank.The 41-year-old Reavis out-hustled and outwitted his much younger Rain or Shine counterparts in the grandiose Game 7 of the semifinals to lead Magnolia back to the Philippine Cup finals.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Beermen disposed of the Hotshots in last year’s finals, needing only five games to win their fourth consecutive Philippine Cup crown.This time, however, Reavis believes Magnolia will be coming in more prepared.“Anytime you reach this stage, you feel like you’re equipped. You don’t make it this far without the right pieces. For sure we feel more equipped to win this series,” he said.Game 1 tips off Wednesday night but Reavis’ work isn’t done yet even after a grueling seven-game semifinals series.When asked what his secret to staying healthy is, Reavis said he’s heading right to the gym to do “extra work.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “You guys know that, I have a lot left in the tank. I’m just trying to keep up with the young guys, I’m still having fun,” he said.“I really enjoy playing with this group of guys and I’m fortunate to have a management that really stands behind me and believes in me. I have a lot left.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Reavis had his fingerprints all over Game 7 with eight points, 20 rebounds and three blocks.“It’s just about effort. It’s gonna boil down to who wanted it more, so those are all effort plays the rebounds, the hustle points,” he told reporters after the Hotshots’ 63-60 win in overtime Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena.“There’s nothing glorious about it. It’s all about who’s gonna do the dirty work better, that’s what this series was about and that’s what it came down to. It’s just the dirty work and that’s what I’m known for doing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsReavis’ performance wasn’t the first time he’s had a crucial impact in the series after also coming up big in the pivotal Game 5 four nights ago where he wound up with nine points, 12 rebounds and a block in an 82-74 victory.The 6-foot-8 beanpole, who is in his 18th PBA season, has no plans of slowing down just yet especially with the Hotshots heading into an All-Filipino title showdown with defending champion San Miguel Beer for the second straight year. View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Magnolia rallies to beat Rain or Shine in Game 7, books finals rematch with SMBlast_img read more

Rohit more talented but Kohli has left everyone behind with hard work: Harbhajan

first_imgHarbhajan Singh heaped praise on the top two batsmen of the world after their sensational display in the first ODI against the Windies on Sunday in Guwahati.Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who are No.1 and No.2 in the ODI rankings for batsmen currently, slammed centuries to help India cruise home in their chase of 323 in the first ODI.While Kohli made an aggressive 140, Rohit saw his team home with an unbeaten 152. The pair stitched together a 246-run stand for the second wicket and batted Windies out of the game completely. The stand was their fifth 200-plus run stand in ODI cricket — the most by any pair in the history of the game.And their one-time teammate was just bowled over after seeing their dominance on the field.”Rohit Sharma is a player of a different level. When Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma play, it is difficult to judge who is better. The No.1 and No.2 ranking is justified for them and for me…both of them are No.1. The pair is No.1 and whenever they bat together, they dominate.Also read – Stats: Rohit breaks Tendulkar and Warner’s joint record for most 150-plus ODI scoresWhen India were playing a home series against Australia, they won’t allow anybody below No.3 to bat. These two showed again that they dominate whenever they bat together and not that they give chances while batting. They are exceptional players,” Harbhajan said.He also praised Kohli for his outstanding show on Sunday. Kohli scored his 36th ton in ODIs and 60th overall and became the fastest to reach the landmark. And, Harbhajan feels that Kohli’s game is so strong that it is difficult to get him out if he doesn’t make a mistake.Also read – Always a pleasure to bat with Rohit Sharma: Virat Kohli after record partnershipadvertisement”It looked like Virat Kohli was batting on a different wicket altogether. It looked like he came to dominate and won’t stop. The amount of hard work Virat has put in on his game, he doesn’t’ give chances. He plays down the ground mostly, doesn’t play much lofted shots. So, his game is so strong that to get him out, you need to bowl a really good delivery,” an awestruck Harbhajan said.”Virat Kohli is getting better day-by-day and nobody knows how to get him out really and I feel, when he stops playing, nobody can break them that easily,” he added.Also Read – Rohit Sharma becomes 4th Indian batsman to smash 20 ODI hundredsHowever, he went on to add that if there’s one player in the Indian team, who is as good as Kohli, it has to be Rohit.”Virat’s numbers have grown over the last couple of years and if I say there is anybody near him, I’ll have to say Rohit. If I say Rohit isn’t as good a player as Virat, it’ll be unfair on him. Both are No.1 players,” Harbhajan said.When asked about how these two guys were when they made their international debut for India, Harbhajan said: “Virat’s hunger has grown over the years compared to when he came in. The hunger for runs was there from the U-19 days and there was no deficiency in terms of talent. But, his hard work has taken him where he is now. There was a time during the Test series versus West Indies long back when he was getting out constantly while trying to hook and it seemed like he will never get selected again. But, he showed through hard work that someone can achieve anything through hard work,” Harbhajan said.Also Read – Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, fastest to 60 international hundreds”If I speak of Rohit, he hit three-four sixes off Morne Morkel in the T20 World Cup in South Africa on a bouncy Durban track. I understood then only that he has a special talent. And, if I just speak of talent, he will be above Kohli but with hard work, Kohli left everyone behind.But, if Rohit works a tad harder, he can leave Kohli behind with the amount of capability he has. But, it is great to see two of the world’s best batsmen are from India and they are dominating the game,” Harbhajan added in his assessment of Rohit.The 38-year-old is not wrong actually. While Kohli has been raking in the numbers with his consistent show over the years, Rohit has also been scoring runs for fun. On Sunday, he registered his sixth 150-plus score to overtake Sachin Tendulkar and David Warner, who have five each.advertisementThe 30-year-old also went past Ganguly’s tally of sixes in ODIs. Ganguly has hit 189 sixes while Rohit now has slammed 194 maximums which puts him third in the list amongst Indians. Only Tendulkar (195) and MS Dhoni (210) are ahead of him.Rohit hit eight sixes in the match and this was the sixth time he has achieved the feat of hitting 6 or more maximums in a game.last_img read more

5pm deadline for Sydney 2009 World Masters Games registrations

first_imgToday is your last chance to sign up for the Sydney 2009 World Masters Games, with registrations for the world’s largest multi-sport event closing at 5.00pm tonight.“We’re ringing the bell for the final lap of the Games registration marathon,” Games Chair Margy Osmond said. “You may have left your run late but there’s still time to grasp the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity the Games provide all sport-crazy adults.“The Games represent an unprecedented chance for everyday people, regardless of their ability in their selected sport, to have the extraordinary experience of taking part in an Olympic-style event in the city responsible for the best-ever Olympics.“To enter the Games people only need to meet the minimum age requirement for their chosen sport, which is as low as 25 years for swimming and diving and no higher than 35 for any of the 28 popular sports on the competition program.“It doesn’t matter how good you are. All that matters is your desire to celebrate being fit, fun and forever young this October with the many thousands of local, national and international sportspeople who’ve signed up for the Games already.”The standard Games competitor registration fee is $220 and includes entry into a sports competition, public transport for two weeks and the opportunity to take part in the largest athletes’ parade ever during the Opening Ceremony at ANZ Stadium.“Not everyone gets to go to the Olympics but everyone aged 25 plus can put up their hands for the next best thing, this year’s Games in Sydney,” Ms Osmond said.“Don’t let the Games begin without you! Register before it’s too late and be part of what’ll be the next unforgettable international sports event in Sydney.”Games registrations are open at Filesdeadline-pdflast_img read more

Photo: USC Interim Coach Clay Helton Wrote A Letter To “Trojan Family”

first_imgInterim USC Coach Clay Helton's letter to the Trojan family.Helton LetterClay Helton has taken over as interim coach at USC for the second time in his tenure, and he should provide the program with some much-needed stability. After assuming the head coaching duties, Helton produced a letter for the entire USC family, which USC shared on its official athletics Twitter account last night. Upon taking over as interim head coach, Clay Helton wrote a letter to YOU, the #TrojanFamily. #FightOn— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 14, 2015Classy move. Helton and his players will get their first chance to “Fight On” this Saturday when they take on their nationally ranked arch-rival Notre Dame at 7:30 PM EST in South Bend. The game will be televised on NBC.last_img read more

Burnaby appeal to Supreme Court over pipeline showboating Alberta premier

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says a decision by the City of Burnaby, B.C., to take its fight over the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion to the Supreme Court is showboating.Notley said the city doesn’t have any hope of stopping the pipeline expansion in the courts.“If I were a taxpayer in Burnaby, regardless of my position on the pipeline, I would be very irritated to see my mayor throwing good money after bad in terms of a legal fight which I’m sure every single lawyer who has given him advice has told him they don’t have any hope of succeeding in,” she said in Calgary Wednesday.“He’s going to showboat all he wants and people will judge them accordingly.”Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan said Tuesday the city will ask the country’s highest court for leave to appeal a lower court ruling last week.The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed a bid by Burnaby and the B.C. government to challenge a National Energy Board decision that cleared the way for Kinder Morgan Canada to bypass local bylaws during pipeline construction.The expansion project would triple the amount of diluted bitumen from Alberta to Burnaby’s port for shipment overseas.The federal government approved the pipeline expansion in 2016, but the project faces significant opposition in B.C. Thousands of people have rallied in protest and the provincial government has raised concerns about the pipeline’s possible environmental and economic impact.There are still a number of other legal decisions pending on the pipeline, including a review by the Federal Court of Appeal of the decision by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet to approve the project and a review by B.C.’s highest court of the decision by the former provincial government to approve the pipeline.Premier John Horgan is also seeking a legal ruling on whether his province can restrict increased amounts of oil from coming into B.C. while his government reviews oil-spill safety measures.Notley said “willy-nilly” legal challenges — like Burnaby’s leave to appeal to the Supreme Court — will not deter investors.“I think the idea is that you hope to make investors uncertain but, at a certain point, investors have good lawyers too and they understand when they’re real legal challenges and when they are showpieces.”(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

Retail chain Cato to settle federal discrimination probe

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Federal officials say a nationwide investigation found that a North Carolina women’s clothing retail chain discriminated against pregnant workers and workers with disabilities.The Charlotte Observer reports The Cato Corporation has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s investigation. The agency announced Monday that the Charlotte-based company denied reasonable accommodations for those workers and made some workers take unpaid leave or terminated them because of their disabilities.The agency says Cato’s practices violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. An EEOC release says Cato has agreed to update its policies to prevent discrimination against those workers.It says a claims process will allow the settlement to be distributed to workers terminated because of their pregnancy or disability.Cato’s website says it has more than 1,000 stores in 32 states.___Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more