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Women’s football league kicks off

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first_imgThe new Absa Women’s League is expectedto breathe new life into the sport.(Image: Safa) South Africa’s under-19 team, includingsome Banyana players, at a clinic held atthe Pretoria University High PerformanceCentre in 2006. The sport has come a longway in the few years since.(Image: Official America website) Deidre Mitchell, in red, referees theOlympic showdown between Japan andNew Zealand. (Image: Fifa)Janine ErasmusThe growing popularity of women’s football in South Africa has led to the launch of the Absa Women’s League, an initiative for the growth and development of the women’s side of the sport. The country joins England, Spain, the US, and others that hold major tournaments for women footballers.The Union of European Football Associations also has a women’s championship, and there is a Fifa Women’s World Cup, held, like the men’s tournament, on a four-yearly basis. The next such event is scheduled for 2011 in Germany.The local league, which will be run by national banking group Absa in partnership with the South African Football Association (Safa), kicked off at the Development Centre in Klipspruit, Soweto, earlier in February. Absa’s contribution to the scheme is a massive R20-million ($2-million) and will run concurrently with its sponsorship of the men’s game.Making their markInterest in women’s football has been growing steadily, especially since the international success of the national team Banyana Banyana, but sponsorship opportunities have been scarce and have hindered development. Absa’s involvement is expected to breathe new life into the game.A national women’s league was launched in 2001, with Safa and insurance company Sanlam the driving forces. Sanlam’s sponsorship ended in 2003 but mobile provider Vodacom stepped into the gap. Vodacom withdrew its backing at the start of the 2007/2008 season, leaving women’s football adrift.Despite the uncertainties, women footballers have still managed to make their mark on the continent and abroad, with a number of South Africans currently playing for top clubs overseas.In an October 2008 interview with online magazine gsport … for Girls!, former Banyana captain Desiree Ellis lamented the lack of sponsorship for women’s football in South Africa.“Players are looking for jobs,” she said, “and most players stop playing, as football doesn’t put food on the table. Sponsorship is non-existent and it is strange that corporates like 1st for Women and Foschini, who sell women’s products, have not come on board.”It is not surprising that there are high hopes for the brand new Absa Women’s League. The banking group is thrilled to be able to assist with the development of women’s soccer, said Group Executive of Marketing Mohale Ralebitso.“The Absa Women’s League promises to bring a whole new dimension and lots of excitement to the Beautiful Game,” said Ralebitso. “We sincerely hope that individual and team talent will be exposed both locally and abroad. Such partnerships can only elevate the game to greater levels and afford the players and fans a chance to revel in the beauty and wonder that each game offers.”The newly crowned Confederation of African Football (CAF) Woman Footballer of the Year, Banyana striker Noko Alice Matlou, was the guest of honour at the launch. “It is encouraging that the corporate world is serious about football at this level,” she remarked.Fierce competitionThe tournament will take place in two phases. Phase one will extend across the country throughout all 52 Safa regions. An average of 12 teams per region – 624 players in all – will ensure fierce competition and lively play. Regional winners will go forward to a provincial play-off in phase two, and two teams per province will be promoted to the provincial women’s league.Safa CEO Raymond Hack expects the new initiative to take women’s football development to another level and unleash the untapped potential of South Africa’s female footballers.“This new tournament is an important grooming ground for future stars of the nation,” said Hack. “It is from these development structures where Noko Matlou was spotted two years ago; and this week she was named the CAF African woman player of 2008. We are confident that the Absa Women’s League will unearth more diamonds.”International starsSouth Africa’s women footballers excelled at the international level in 2008. For the first time ever the national team Banyana Banyana made it to the finals of the African Women’s Championship in November 2008.The tournament, under the auspices of CAF, was played in Equatorial Guinea. The hosts were ultimately victorious but South Africa’s Matlou was the joint top scorer of the event and shared the Golden Boot prize with Genevova Anonma of the host team.Earlier in the year the national under-20 team, Basetsana, won the Women’s Championship of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations, the only regional tournament of its kind. Basetsana’s 2008 win marked South Africa’s third consecutive victory and gave the national women’s team the right to retain the trophy permanently.Once again Matlou was the star of the show, scoring a hat-trick in the final and finishing as the most prolific scorer. The striker’s heroics did not go unrewarded, as she walked off with the top honour for a woman footballer at CAF’s glittering annual awards ceremony held in Lagos, Nigeria, earlier in February.At home, the sport has been graced with the feminine touch behind the whistle as well. In 2007 former player Deidre Mitchell became the first woman to referee a Premier Soccer League (PSL) game, when she took to the field for a Santos and Kaizer Chiefs clash. Mitchell handled the game with superb confidence, according to reports, booking no fewer than four players in the first half.“I was very happy with her performance,” said Ari Soldatos, the PSL referees appointment officer, afterwards. “She did the refereeing fraternity proud.”Mitchell has since been appointed to the Fifa panel of international referees and officiated at a summer Olympic Games match between the Japanese and New Zealand women’s teams in Beijing in August 2008. Mitchell was the only woman referee to represent the African continent, although she was accompanied by two assistant referees, Tempa Ndah Francois from Benin, and South Africa’s Nomvula Masilela.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesFootball in South AfricaSA women take the leadUseful linksSouth Africa Football AssociationCosafaCAFFifagsport for girlsPremier Soccer LeagueWomen’s Football World CupSoweto Football AssociationAbsaKick Offlast_img read more

South Africa targets 4.5m new jobs

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first_img28 October 2009 The South African government aims to create 4.5-million short-term jobs through its Expanded Public Works Programme over the next five years, while rationalising its incentives for businesses to create more jobs, and supporting labour-intensive infrastructure projects, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Support for labour-intensive projects Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Gordhan said that a wage-based incentive mechanism was being implemented to encourage government departments and municipalities to use funds for labour-intensive projects. The incentive is aimed at the infrastructure sector, and at non-governmental organisations and community organisations that provide services on behalf of the government. A R50 reimbursement of the daily wage of each person hired will be given, provided that a specified job target threshold is exceeded. The subsidy will be extended to projects in the environment, cultural and social sectors.Public works, community works The Expanded Public Works Programme provided 1.6-million jobs during its first phase, which ran from 2004 to 2009. As part of the second phase, a community works programme, which is being rolled out largely in rural areas, aims to provide work to at least 1 000 people per week on each site in the current financial year. The programme aims to create the equivalent of 180 000 full-time jobs by 2014, and a total of R114.5-million has been set aside for the programme in the adjusted budget.Training layoff scheme Gordhan also announced that a total of 3 438 employees from 24 companies had applied for the government’s training layoff scheme by 2 October. R2.4-billion has been set aside to fund the scheme, under which workers whose companies plan to retrench are placed on training programmes administered by the National Skills Fund and the Unemployment Insurance Fund. The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration oversees the scheme, while the country’s Sector Education and Training Authorities provide training.Incentives for companies The government is also considering setting up an umbrella fund pulling together the various incentives offered for businesses to create more jobs. Briefing journalists before his medium term budget speech, Gordhan said the fund would largely be made up of existing programmes and tax incentives, with clear targets aimed at job creation. “We’ve reached a point in time where, if we are going to focus on job creation, we need to take stock of what all of that money is,” Gordhan said. “And secondly, we need to ask ourselves where we prioritise the expenditure of that money, in order that we spend where it’s best needed, and not spend it because it’s been there for the last five or 10 years.” He said a key objective would be to make more transparent the amount of jobs created by the rebates, incentives and support programmes already offered by the government. “I think the country is demanding some answers in terms of where is the trade-off in investments in these programmes and the actual jobs that are created,” he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Goa beach safety tightened, ‘no selfie’ zones identified

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first_imgIn an effort to reduce the number of accidents and falls, Drishti Marine, a State government appointed lifeguard agency, have identified ‘no selfie’ zones at 24 unsafe points along 106 km coastline of the tourist State. Areas identified in North Goa include Baga River, Dona Paula Jetty, Sinquerim Fort, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Ashwem, Arambol, Kerim and between Bambolim and Siridao; and in South Goa, the signs will be placed at Agonda, Bogmalo, Hollant, Baina, Japanese Garden, Betul, Canaguinim, Palolem, Khola, Cabo De Rama, Polem, Galgibagh, Talpona and Rajbagh. These points will have ‘no-selfie’ signages.“Further, signage boards are being upgraded with pictorial instructions on flags, an emergency toll free number and dos and don’ts while visiting the beaches of Goa,” Ravi Shankar, CEO, Drishti Marine said.The move came following continued reports of drowning. Recently a couple from Tamil Nadu reportedly drowned while taking selfies in North Goa. Earlier the agency had issued an advisory cautioning tourists and visitors not to venture into the sea during the monsoon season, June to September, as the sea and wind conditions are not favourable for swimming or water-based recreational activities. Red flags have been put up on all beaches marking them as no-swim zones. Drishti lifeguards are closely monitoring the weather conditions and are on duty throughout the monsoon period from 7.30 a.m. till 6.00 p.m. daily. Additionally, two Drishti lifeguards are available at every lifeguard tower to handle any emergency arising post 8.00 pm. Post sunset till midnight, the beaches are monitored and patrolled by the Beach Safety Patrol.last_img read more

Australian Youth and Masters Head Coach Expressions of Interest

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first_imgOver the next four years from 2016-2020 Touch Football Australia (TFA) will have numerous representative teams competing in various international events. The cycle will culminate in the 2019 Federation of International (FIT) Touch World Cup being hosted in Malaysia. Leading up to 2019 Australia will compete on the international stage annually. The full list of international events appears below: 2016 Auckland, NZ Open Trans Tasman2017 Australia Open, Youth & Masters Trans Tasman2018 New Zealand Open Trans Tasman2019 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia FIT Touch World Cup & Youth Trans Tasman Expression of Interest To support the High Performance Program TFA is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active elite level coaches to fill the following Youth & Masters coaching positions. Youth ProgramBoys 17’s Head CoachGirls 17’s Head CoachBoys 19’s Head CoachGirls 19’s Head CoachMixed 17’s Head CoachMixed 19’s Head Coach Masters ProgramMen’s 30’s Head CoachMen’s 35’s Head CoachMen’s 40’s Head CoachMen’s 50’s Head CoachWomen’s 30’s Head CoachSenior Mixed Head Coach For more information on the application process, please click on the attached memo below. Related Filestfa_youth___masters_coach_eoi_promotion-pdfRelated LinksHead Coach EOIlast_img read more

a month agoSteve Chettle Exclusive: Collymore like Ronaldo & better than Keane at Nottingham Forest

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first_imgSteve Chettle Exclusive: Collymore like Ronaldo & better than Keane at Nottingham Forestby Andrew Macleana month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNottingham Forest legend Steve Chettle says Stan Collymore was the most talented footballer he played alongside at the City Ground.An enigmatic and talented centre-forward, Collymore joined Forest from Southend United in 1993 and became a star in his two seasons at the club.His breakthrough culminated in an unbelievable 1994/95 season, in which Collymore’s 22 goals helped Forest finish third in the Premier League.Those performances motivated Liverpool to pay £8.4m for the then 24-year-old, breaking the British record transfer fee at the time.The sale wasn’t a surprise given Forest had sold Neil Webb and Roy Keane to Manchester United, and Nigel Clough to Liverpool, in the years prior to Collymore’s move.Chettle played alongside all four, and when asked who was the most talented of the bunch, the club’s third-highest games holder selected Collymore, who he compared to former Real Madrid and Inter Milan striker Ronaldo Nazario.”Stan Collymore. The best player I’ve played alongside is Stan Collymore,” Chettle told Tribalfootball.com.”He had everything. I’ve compared him, maybe rightly or wrongly, to the old fashioned number nine Ronaldo.”He could do everything, especially the year when we finished third in the Premier League. “He scored some unbelievable goals and he was the best player I played with in a Forest team.”After watching the club as a boy and coming through the academy ranks, Chettle was introduced to the first-team by legendary manager Brian Clough in the late 1980’s.He would go on to play 527 games in 13 years for his boyhood club, winning the League Cup in 1989 and 1990 and playing alongside some legendary players such as Stuart Pearce, Des Walker, Keane and Clough.Quizzed on which was the best team he played in, Chettle split the answer in two.”There were a couple of generations of teams,” he continued. “There was one that I first came into playing alongside Stuart Pearce, Des Walker, Steve Hodge, Neil Webb, Nigel Clough. I used to go away and travel with the England U21s and all those boys in the senior group.”It was a great time to be around that football club and in that team because I was only 19 years old so it was a great learning curve for me. “Then the next phase when I was playing alongside Roy Keane, Steve Stone. We had two kind of generations of fantastic teams so it was kind of a different experience for my career and I like them both as equal.”Video Courtesy of NFFCTube TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

PM Lauds Heather Little-White as a Professional Woman of Courage

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first_imgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says she is deeply saddened by the death of renowned nutritionist, Dr. Heather Little-White, OD last night (Tuesday, Jan. 22) . “We have lost a dear friend and Jamaica has lost a professional woman of courage whose life exemplified the true spirit of perseverance against the odds,” the Prime Minister said. In a condolence message, the Prime Minister said that through her work in nutrition education, Dr. Little-White’s life touched many lives whether it was by way of the very popular ‘Creative Cooking’ television series, her countless interviews on radio, numerous articles in the newspapers, scores of lectures or direct sampling of her delightful home grown recipes and catering services.The Prime Minister said that despite being challenged by a regrettable and most unfortunate incident in 1999, Heather Little-White demonstrated remarkable courage and strength of character which was admired by all Jamaicans who knew her.“She will be greatly missed and her work as an outstanding nutritionist, writer and advocate for the disabled community will be remembered and treasured for many years to come,”“On behalf of the government and people of Jamaica, I express my deepest sympathy to husband Peter, brother Lennie and other members of Little-White’s family and pray God’s strength and comfort to you all during this period of grief,” the Prime Minister said.Contact:Communications Unit – OPMTel:926-0244Fax:920-4684 Email:opm.news@opm.gov.jmlast_img read more

More rallies held to support pipelines speaker says convoy coming to Ottawa

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first_imgNumerous rallies and truck convoys have been held across Alberta and Saskatchewan in recent weeks to protest against federal actions that critics say will make building pipelines more difficult. Those include Bill C-69 to revamp the National Energy Board and Bill C-48, which would ban oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s northern coast.A convoy in Medicine Hat, Alta., last weekend attracted 650 vehicles, according to police, and groups are planning one in February that will travel from Western Canada to Ottawa.“Today, I say to Ottawa, can you hear us yet?” Miller asked the crowd during Saturday’s rally.“Don’t worry, you’ll see us in February when we convoy to Ottawa!”A truck convoy was also held Saturday in Lloydminster, which straddles the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.Earlier this month the federal government announced it would spend $1.6 billion to help energy companies struggling due to plunging oil prices. The page stresses that the event is not connected to the so-called yellow vest campaign, which also advocates for pipelines but is associated with opposition to Canada signing the United Nations migration pact.“To be clear, we take issue with bad policies put forward by Justin Trudeau’s government, but we do not favour any political party. This movement is about supporting our families,” the Facebook post states. But Jason Nixon, who represents Rocky Mountain House in the provincial legislature, said what Alberta really wants is pipelines.“Trudeau, we don’t want your money. We want you to get out of the way,” Nixon said to the crowd in Rocky Mountain House.The groups Rally 4 Resources and Canada Action say in a Facebook event post that the convoy to Ottawa is intended to end Feb. 20 on Parliament Hill. The post says letters voicing support for the industry, as well as individual and family photos, will be delivered to the Senate.center_img ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, A.B. – Speakers at another pro-pipeline rally in Alberta continued their attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday, saying if leaders in Ottawa don’t hear their message now, they will when a planned convoy arrives there in 2019.Chad Miller with the group Oilfield Dads told the crowd gathered in Rocky Mountain House that the province is suffering its “worst recession turned depression” in a generation due to weakened oil prices, exacerbated by a lack of pipeline capacity.“Even those that put away for the rainy days and then some have had to use their savings, and more, to try to weather this never-ending hard times scenario,” Miller said.last_img read more

Say no to cheese omelettes for healthier heart

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first_imgDo you savour cheese omelettes? If so, think again as consuming more eggs and dietary cholesterol may up the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death from any cause, researchers have warned. The study suggests that egg yolks are one of the richest sources of dietary cholesterol among all commonly consumed foods. One large egg has 186 milligrams of dietary cholesterol in the yolk. “The take-home message is really about cholesterol, which happens to be high in eggs and specifically yolks,” said co-author Norrina Allen, Associate Professor at the Northwestern University. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”As part of a healthy diet, people need to consume lower amounts of cholesterol. People who consume less cholesterol have a lower risk of heart disease,” Allen added. For the study, which will be published in the journal JAMA, the team involved 29,615 adults from six prospective cohort studies for up to 31 years of follow up. They found eating 300 mg of dietary cholesterol per day was associated with 17 per cent higher risk of incident cardiovascular disease and 18 per cent higher risk of all-cause deaths. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe cholesterol was the driving factor independent of saturated fat consumption and other dietary fat, the team said. Eating three to four eggs per week was associated with 6 per cent higher risk of CVD and 8 per cent higher risk of any cause of death, they added. The researchers say that eating less than 300 milligrams of dietary cholesterol per day was the guideline recommendation before 2015. However, the most recent dietary guidelines omitted a daily limit for dietary cholesterol. The guidelines also include weekly egg consumption as part of a healthy diet. An adult in the US gets an average of 300 milligrams per day of cholesterol and eats about three or four eggs per week. Other animal products such as red meat, processed meat and high-fat dairy products (butter or whipped cream) also have high cholesterol content, said lead author Wenze Zhong from the varsity.last_img read more

Delhi BJP shortlists 21 names for 7 seats

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first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi BJP’s election committee on Friday shortlisted three names each for the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital, amid protests by party members over celebrities joining the organisation for tickets ahead of polls, party leaders said. The list, which was finalised at a meeting of the state unit’s election committee, does not include the name of former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, whose name was making rounds as a possible candidate from the New Delhi seat after he joined the BJP, said a leader who attended the meeting. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”All the seven sitting party MPs’ names have been included in the list which will be sent to the Central Election Committee for final selection of candidates,” he said. Some other Delhi BJP leaders who attended the meeting claimed “objections were raised over celebrities joining the BJP for Lok Sabha tickets and demanded priority for dedicated leaders and workers during ticket distribution”. The meeting chaired by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari was also attended by Union minister and Lok Sabha incharge of the unit Nirmala Sitharaman and co-incharge Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFrom the New Delhi seat, besides sitting MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Delhi BJP incharge and national vice president Shyam Jaju, and Delhi BJP general secretary Rajesh Bhatia have been shortlisted, they said. For the Chandni Chowk seat, names of sitting MP and Union minister Harsh Vardhan, Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta and Sudhanshu Mittal have been selected. MP Mahesih Girri, Aman Sinha and Delhi BJP MLA OP Sharma have been shortlisted from East Delhi, they said. The name of Tiwari, who is a sitting MP, is in the list of probables from North East Delhi seat. From West Delhi, sitting MP Parvesh Verma, Kamaljeet Sehrawat and Pawan Sharma’s names have been shortlisted. For South Delhi, names of sitting MP Ramesh Bidhuri, Ram Veer Bidhuri and Brham Singh Tanwar have been selected, while Udit Raj (MP), Ashok Pradhan and Anita Arya have been shortlisted from the North West reserved seat, they said.last_img read more

Russian President Putin challenges Washington in Venezuela power play

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first_imgMoscow: Russia emerged as a crucial power broker in the crisis in far-away Venezuela this week when Washington accused Moscow of convincing President Nicolas Maduro not to flee to Cuba. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Maduro had a plane on the tarmac ready to fly to Havana when “the Russians indicated that he should stay”. Moscow hit back, dismissing the claim as fake and accusing Washington of supporting a coup “that has nothing to do with democracy” by backing opposition leader Juan Guaido. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportMoscow has its reasons for standing behind Maduro — he’s a rare ally in Latin America and Russia has poured billions into the Venezuelan economy. But analysts say Russian President Vladimir Putin is also playing the long game, hoping to use Venezuela as leverage in his global tug-of-war with Washington. “Russia is seeking to translate its influence over Maduro — which is in fact not absolute — into an opportunity to have dialogue with the United States,” Tatyana Stanovaya, head of R.Politik, a Paris-based analysis firm, told AFP. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”Maduro is a bargaining chip.” Tensions in Venezuela have soared since Guaido declared himself acting president in January, claiming Maduro’s re-election last year was illegitimate. More than 50 countries led by the United States lined up behind the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly, but Russia and China have backed Maduro. Reeling from Western sanctions, Moscow has quickly sensed an opportunity, even if it meant locking horns with the United States in Latin America, Washington’s traditional sphere of influence. In a highly publicised move in March, Moscow sent two planes with around 100 soldiers and equipment to Caracas, where Russian mercenaries are also believed to be operating. Ties between Russia and the West plummeted over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, its backing for separatists in eastern Ukraine and military support for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. But the audacity with which the Kremlin inserted itself into the Venezuela crisis has drawn gasps in Washington. “Russia is making the next play in our hemisphere,” Frederick Kempe, president of the Atlantic Council, wrote last month. “Vladimir Putin may be laying the ground for making Venezuela the defining foreign policy debacle for President Trump in the same way Syria became that for the Obama administration.” Russia and Venezuela enjoy a long history of ties and Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez, known for his passionate tirades against the United States, was a welcome guest at the Kremlin. After Chavez’s death in 2013 the relationship with a country that boasts the world’s largest proven oil reserves has continued to thrive. Russia is the second largest lender to Caracas after China, with Moscow heavily investing in Venezuela’s oil resources and Caracas acquiring Russian arms worth billions of dollars. However that also means, analysts say, that Russia has a lot to lose from a change in leadership. But what it stands to gain from a possible deal with Washington may be more important for the Kremlin.last_img read more