RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother Rio Ferdinand has admitted Odion Ighalo has proved him wrong and urged Manchester United to make his loan stay permanent in the summer transfer window. After United failed to land Erling Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg in January, they moved for Ighalo on deadline day, securing his signature on a six-month loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua. Since the switch, Ighalo has impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with his performances and has become a cult hero among the Old Trafford faithful. Ferdinand has admitted he was sceptical of the deal at the time but with Ighalo netting four goals and registering one assist in just eight appearances for the Reds, the ex-United defender admitted the Nigerian international has proved him wrong. “Wow, eight games, three starts in that, four goals and one assist. Ighalo, do you sign him for Manchester United now?” he said during a live chat on his Instagram page. “All the people out there were saying: ‘What are we doing signing Ighalo? What’s going on? What’s Ole thinking?’ – I was one of them, I have to admit it. “Ighalo’s been in China, the league’s nowhere near what the Premier League is so how’s he gonna get up to speed? Is he gonna be ready straight away? We need somebody to come and make an impact immediately. Coming from China, impossible. “Well he’s proved us all wrong. This guy has proved us all wrong. It’s refreshing to see someone who is like a supporter, who is thankful. He looks like he’s absolutely delighted to be at Manchester United. He’s been a Manchester United supporter his whole life. He looks like he’s saying ‘thank you’ every day he walks up to Ole for giving him this opportunity. “He’s not someone who says ‘Manchester United are lucky to have me here’ – that’s the vibe I’ve got for a little while and that’s not just United, that’s other clubs as well. “This boy looks like he’s happy to be here: ‘Whatever you tell me to do I’m gonna go out there and do it to the best of my ability. I’m gonna give you 100 per cent every day in training and in matches because I love this club and I want to do right by this club’. I love it. “It’s shocked me to see what he’s done. Listen, we’re not talking like he’s turned Man United into world-beaters but United needed something and he’s brought it in and given it and that’s all you can ask for. “And I think he’s warranted the opportunity to come in as a full-time player and what he’s given Manchester United which they didn’t have is someone they can pass the ball into and can hold it up, he’s got a physical presence, he can hold off a defender or two and lay the ball in for someone else to score.” Ferdinand believes Ighalo can have an impact on Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Daniel James in training. The former defender thinks the 30-year-old can follow in the footsteps of Henrik Larsson. He added: “Rashford, when he’s fit, will appreciate playing with someone like this. “He can have the impact of the Rashfords, on the Martials, on Daniel James etc. that someone like Henrik Larsson can have on the likes of [Wayne] Rooney and [Louis] Saha when he was there. “That little bit of experience. He’s got something that’s different to all the other guys in the team and you need that sometimes.”Tags: Erling HalaandOdion IghaloOld TraffordOle Gunnar Solskjaerrio ferdinand
The Premier County went down 2-13 to 1-5 against Kildare in Division 3 of the Allianz National League – a loss that puts their promotion prospects in serious peril.Poor shooting was probably Tipp’s biggest failing and was exemplified by the fact that they only managed one point in the opening 35 minutes.Liam was pleased that his side didn’t throw in the towel, though.
Still, plenty of the focus centers on the Lakers’ young core. Although he contended “it’s too early to tell” on which player has emerged from that group, Kupchak sounded most impressed with Randle. Kupchak cited Randle’s career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds against Utah this week in what marked his ninth double-double of the season. “He was a man amongst boys. He had several games like that. He has the competitive energy that I’d love to see in young players,” Kupchak said of Randle. “That will get you a long way. He has to continue to grow skillwise on the court, when to bring it up, when not to bring it up and when to get to the hoop and when to shoot. But with that kind of energy and effort, he’ll be in this league for a long time.”As for the Lakers’ other young players?“We’re always prodding them to raise the energy level and play a little bit harder,” Kupchak said. “At this level, everybody’s talented. If you don’t bring it, you’ll fall into a group of ‘somebody that doesn’t bring it but they deserve to be in the league because of their talent level.’ You want to rise above that and you want to raise the bar with energy and effort.”Nance usually offered those qualities. But he has missed the past five games with a bone bruise in his left knee. The Lakers expect him sidelined for the next four weeks.Hence, Kupchak expressed uncertainty on whether he will pursue a free-agent frontcourt player to accommodate Nance’s absence. Since the Lakers have a full 15-man roster, they would have to waive either 25-year-old forward Thomas Robinson or veteran forward Metta World Peace before their one-year deals become fully guaranteed on Jan 10, 2017. “There’s a lot to consider,” Kupchak said. “A big part is Larry’s condition going forward. At first, we thought it was an ACL and he could be out for the season. But knock on wood, it’s a bone bruise and he seems to be getting better quickly.”Can the Lakers improve quickly? Kupchak sounded optimistic partly because of Walton’s presence and efforts to revamp the team’s culture after finishing the previous two years with their worst records in franchise history. “We got better players. Our younger players are a year older,” Kupchak said. “I don’t want to get into comparing last year and this year. But Luke has come in with a strong feel for what culture he wants to develop. I think he’s done a wonderful job.”Kupchak sounded encouraged several players have publicly praised Walton. Yet, Kupchak sensed some potential pitfalls. “There’s going to be rough spots where there are players that don’t agree with him,” Kupchak said of Walton. “But he’s going to learn game to game, season to season how to become a better coach.”Kupchak expects the same from his young players.“We have a better feel for who they are, but I want them all to continue to improve,” Kupchak said. “We need to win some games and continue to have a strong locker room and culture.” LOS ANGELES >> The question has hovered over the Lakers’ front office all season. It also remains a question Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak does not want to entertain.Lakers president Jeanie Buss has maintained she will hold executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss to his self-imposed timeline said in 2014 about stepping down if the Lakers did not become a Western Conference contender within three years. Still, Jim Buss recently told Southern California News Group “it would be a mistake on the Lakers’ part to make any switches,” citing the recently injury plagued seasons, the team’s intriguing young core and an up-and-coming coach (Luke Walton). That uncertain dynamic between the Buss siblings could also affect Kupchak, who is in his 30th season as Lakers’ executive and 17th in his current position. “I’m not going to comment on any of that stuff,” Kupchak said respectfully. Instead, Kupchak commented plenty on the various components that determine the Lakers’ long-term future. After seeing the Lakers “maybe exceed expectations a little bit” by flirting with a .500 record through the first 20 games, the Lakers have since lost 14 of their last 16 games en route to a 12-24 mark. Still, Kupchak sounded mindful of a few things. The Lakers’ starting backcourt in D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young missed a combined 20 games with overlapping injuries. The Lakers then took their longest trip of the season that ended with a 1-6 record through 12 days. “It’s just a matter of finding our mojo again and taking advantage of a more friendly schedule going forward,” Kupchak said. “I wish our record was a little bit better. But I love our young group. It’s going to be fun to watch them grow and develop.” Kupchak then raved about the steady growth Russell, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson have shown. Kupchak argued Young should be considered for “Comeback Player of the Year” after becoming more productive under Walton (14.2 points per game on 47.1 percent shooting) than under former Lakers coach Byron Scott through two seasons (a combined average of 10.35 points on a 35.3 percent clip). Kupchak called Lakers guard Lou Williams the favorite for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award after leading the league in bench scoring (18.6 points per game).After signing center Timofey Mozgov to a four-year, $64 million deal last summer, Kupchak argued the Lakers’ center has provided “everything we’ve asked for” with defense, a post-up presence and a mid-range jumper. After securing veteran forward Luol Deal to a four-year, $72 million contract, Kupchak observed Deng “is finding his stride right now” after initial hiccups with his shooting accuracy. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
A plan to create a Regional Heritage Service Function in the Peace River Regional District may have to be put on hold after Fort St. John voted against being part of the function, until residents give their consent.On Monday, rather than giving its outright consent to the Regional District, City Council voted in favour of suggesting the Regional District hold a referendum, so that residents have a say in whether they would want to fund this type of service.- Advertisement -The Regional District had been proposing a regional heritage bylaw that would allow it to move forward in the process of having sites like the Alaska Highway and the Kiskatinaw Bridge obtain heritage status. It would create a committee to develop proposals for heritage sites, which would be funded by the jurisdictions within the Regional District.The Regional District would collect taxes from the various municipalities, based on assessed property values, to fund the service. In the first year, for example, a residential property owner in Fort St. John with a 2011 assessed value of $350,000 would pay approximately $5.25.In its proposal, the Regional District states that amount could fluctuate year over year based on how much funding is allocated to the service function and someone’s assessed value. Although the first year would be the most expensive to get the initiative started, the City pointed out that the current rates do not take into account the cost of any possible future projects.The City says, in general, when residents have to pay for a new service, they are given the opportunity to vote on it, such as in a referendum.Advertisement However, City Manager Dianne Hunter says there is not enough time to add a question regarding the heritage service function on the municipal ballot for the November election and indicated that it should be up to the Regional District to hold its own referendum.To move forward with the bylaw, the Regional District would require the support of all seven municipalities and four electoral areas across the Peace. Back in June, the Chief Administrative Officer for the Regional District, Fred Banham told Fort St. John City Council that if even one jurisdiction refused to participate, the Regional District would not be able to proceed with the proposed bylaw, which would have to be revised.
Former Chelsea hitman Salomon Kalou Lille are hoping to offload West Ham and Arsenal target Salomon Kalou in order to pursue a move for Jordan Ayew.The French club are desperate to land the Marseille striker this summer but will only be able to afford the deal if they can flog Kalou, who is one of their highest earners.The Hammers and Arsenal have both been heavily linked with the Ivorian forward, who has scored 30 goals in 66 Ligue 1 games since joining from Chelsea back in 2012.And both London clubs could be encouraged to move for Kalou now Lille have opened the door to his departure, according to sources in France. 1
August 30, 2004Kulula.com, one of three budget airlines operating in South Africa, is now amongst the country’s top online retailers – and may be the biggest.According to BA-Comair’s no-frills carrier, 65% of its passengers use the Internet to book their tickets – with a R25 reduction in ticket price for doing so.“We have available 1.2-million seats a year and we will sell over a million of them,” says Gidon Novick, executive director of the airline.Kulula.com started three years ago with one plane servicing one route and has grown to a five plane company servicing five routes and offering taxis, car hire and hotel bookings. 40% of its customers travel on business.Besides the cost savings, transacting online is more convenient. Even in the first three months of operation, more than half of kulula.com’s bookings were made directly over the net.“People love booking on line”, says Novick. “The airline does offer other ways to buy tickets, but then it expects its passengers to pick up the fee for the higher transaction costs involved.”Low-cost carriers in demandLow-cost carriers have flourished in developed markets where population densities are high, and there are several examples of successful ventures in Africa.The most recent player to taxi onto South Africa’s runways is Civair, which intends to offer low-budget flights direct from the UK to Cape Town and Durban later in 2004. A return ticket from Durban to the UK is expected to cost about R3 000.Locally, kulula.com is already being challenged by another new entry in the market, 1Time. 1Time aims to offer three domestic flights a day between Johannesburg and Cape Town.The increased competition has been great for the consumer, sparking something of a price war between the new market entrants.Kulula.com recently announced that it had slashed fares to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, George and Durban by up to 30%, with one-way tickets going for as little as R199 (previously the tickets ranged from R400 to R900). 1Time countered by offering a guaranteed maximum fare of R581 or less on one-way journeys between Johannesburg and Cape Town.Optimum solutionsKulula.com was the first successful e-business take-off in South Africa since the hi-tech meltdown in late 2000.The innovative airline was intent on turning more people into air passengers. However, in the process, it was turning more South Africans into online customers.BA-Comair executives insisted on simplicity. The no-frills marketing promise had to be echoed in system design and the user interface.The system behind the savings was built locally – with the help of Microsoft South Africa. There were several global distribution systems in place, but those systems can be huge, complex and unwieldy.Mark Berman, principal technology specialist at Microsoft SA, calls it “a highly customized solution,” which has allowed the airline to drive its transaction costs down to near zero.He says the success of a solution like kulula.com proves the value of partnering teams with appropriate competencies. In technology terms, he says, “familiarity does not breed contempt, it breeds optimum solutions.”Source: Adapted from Proudly South African.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Image copyright Chris KirchhoffJanine ErasmusSongs of Good Hope is an innovative musical project that aims to break new technological ground by bringing musicians from around the world to compose songs about South Africa, all through the internet. Driven by IBM Germany, the project forms part of the run-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.Through the use of Web 2.0 collaboration tools, Songs of Good Hope brings together aspects of the modern world such as social responsibility, IT technology and globalisation. It was launched at CeBIT 2008, the world’s largest trade fair for IT and telecommunications.Thus musicians can be on opposite sides of the world and still be able to work together. Through the technology on offer musicians can upload and download audio samples, add to them or mix them with new samples, and overlay them with other rhythms.Web 2.0 refers to a second generation of internet-based services, such as social networking sites and wikis (websites that allow people to contribute and edit content), that base much of their content on online collaboration, user input and sharing of information.Musicians will find these collaborative tools on the internet at www.sawubona2010.de. Songs of Good Hope is also linked to the 3D online community known as Second Life. This is a virtual world that is built and maintained entirely by its residents, and which features homes, vehicles, nightclubs, stores, landscapes, clothing, and games. Over 12.8-million people from more than 100 countries currently participate in this shared 3D experience.The virtual island of Sawubona (“hello”, literally “I see you” in Zulu) in Second Life is where musicians will be able to interact with others through their online personae, discussing the project, listening to songs, and evaluating and modifying them.Different venues on the island offer different experiences. At the Lodge of Good Hope and the Chill ’n’ Jam, visitors can socialise with others, and live concerts will take place on the centre stage of Sawubona. There is an information centre where visitors can learn more about the background of Songs of Good Hope, and at the expo center they can find out more about the project’s partner companies.Innovative technologyThe 3D world and the 2D internet site are linked and will share the load as virtual recording studios. IBM is using a special System z mainframe computer as the technical platform for musical interaction and evaluation. The entire project is supported by the Web 2.0 & Virtual Worlds Competence Centre at the IBM Germany Development Centre in Boeblingen near Stuttgart, and by web agency T4 Media, based in Stuttgart.The project has been divided into five phases. Phase one, “Unplugged”, is currently underway and will end in August 2008. During this time the bulk of the music will be composed. Phase two, “Plug-in”, will run from August to December 2008, and during this time songs will be fine-tuned and enhanced with vocals and additional instrumentation.The third phase is “Vote”. This will take place over December 2008 and January 2009, giving participants on all levels, from musicians to the public, the chance to vote for the best songs. The fourth phase, “Session”, involves the recording of the album in a studio in South Africa or Germany between February and April 2009. Finally, the “Global Band” phase will see the songs performed live by a band that will tour from mid-2009 until the World Cup begins in June 2010.Any profits from album sales, as well as the band’s tour earnings, will be distributed to IBM South Africa’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. Among these are Ithuba Lethu, an educational project launched in June 2007. Here qualified IBM employees, on a voluntary basis, teach students at disadvantaged schools in subjects such as mathematics or technology on Saturday mornings.Partners in the initiative include Volkswagen, Deutsche Telekom, Universal Music, T4 Media, State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, City of Stuttgart, Mannheim Pop Academy, internet music platform Justaloud.com, Bauer Studios, and the South African Consulate.Erwin Staudt, president of German Bundesliga football club VfB Stuttgart, and Martin Jetter, MD of IBM Germany, are patrons of the initiative.Songs for South AfricaSongs of Good Hope began in 1994 after South Africa’s first democratic elections. Hans-Dieter Huober of IBM Germany, a staff writer for the company’s Think magazine, visited Johannesburg and Cape Town to report on IBM South Africa’s social responsibility projects. IBM had disinvested from South Africa in 1987; in its absence, its operations had been run by trust Company ISG (Information Service Group). The company returned to South Africa in 1994.Huober composed 17 songs based on his travel experiences in South Africa in 1994, 1995 and 1998, telling of his visit to the Kruger Park, of his encounters with people from Guguletu near Cape Town and Soweto, and of the legacy of apartheid. The lyrics of these 17 songs now form the basis of Songs for Good Hope. Huober later formed a band called Sawubona which began to tour, mostly in Germany, around 1998.World music in the truest senseIn initiating this project, IBM intends to demonstrate its faith in the Web 2.0 technology which, it believes, holds the future of the internet. The company wishes to promote the advantages of a connected world where geographic and cultural borders play no role.Said Martin Jetter, “Through this project, IBM demonstrates the immense possibilities that modern collaboration technology presents – reaching beyond the work and business world: We create a bridge between globalisation and global responsibility, in that we bring together people from around the world for this exciting, entertaining and in particular socially responsible initiative.”Useful linksSawubona 2010IBM South AfricaCeBITSecond Life
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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is facing a race in time to recover for Manchester City’s top of the table’s clash against Liverpool.The Argentina international grabbed his seventh goal of the season in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton before leaving for Gabriel Jesus.However, Guardiola disclosed Aguero has been nursing the injury he initially suffered against Newcastle at the start of the month.“Sergio is struggling a bit with some problems in his foot,” says Guardiola to Evening Standard. Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He is not 100 percent. He has not recovered from what happened against Newcastle, and we spoke about playing 60 minutes, and we were lucky he scored at the right moment.”The Spanish manager further explained that Aguero is a major doubt for City’s upcoming fixtures including next Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Liverpool.“It is a problem, but he needs time. Now we have two games left before the international break, and hopefully, he can do those two and then make a final recovery.“But he is not in his best condition right now physically because of the problem in his foot.”