West Brom make enquiry on signing Wanyama

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham have a very limited time left in the transfer window to sign a new midfielder if they need to. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 2 – According to the Daily Mail, Championship side West Bromwich Albion have submitted an enquiry for Tottenham Hotspur and Harambee Stars midfielder Victor Wanyama.The Baggies are pushing for promotion back to the Premier League, and Darren Moore may be keen on reinforcements during the January transfer window. Holding midfielder Gareth Barry is approaching the end of his career, and West Brom appear to have identified an ambitious target to come in.The Daily Mail report that West Brom have contacted Spurs about signing Wanyama, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men open to a January deal.However, Wanyama not only wants to stay at Spurs, but also has no intention of dropping down to the Championship any time soon.That’s no great surprise given that Liverpool and Manchester United were reportedly keen on Wanyama in 2018, and a £40million fee was mentioned by the Daily Mail.The Kenyan international has endured a miserable 12 months, slipping down the Spurs pecking order because of mounting injuries that have slowed him down since the beginning of last season.Pochettino and Wanyama are hugely close with the pair worked together at Southampton before reuniting with Spurs in 2016, and Wanyama enjoyed a superb first season as he became a star for Tottenham.Now though, injuries have taken their toll on Wanyama, and even if West Brom can’t land him, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the powerful anchor man move on this month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man jailed for holding up Letterkenny petrol station with pellet gun

first_imgA young man who was part of a three-man gang who held up a Letterkenny service station has been jailed for 18 months.Dean Kelly, aged 21, was sitting at his house in Glenwood Park in Letterkenny when two friends called to hatch a plan to rob the Glencar Filling Station – less than 500 yards from his home. Kelly was arrested after Gardai viewed CCTV footage as well as going through clothing including shoes lost by the gang as they ran through a muddy field making their getaway.Letterkenny Circuit Court was told the men rushed into the petrol station on Circular Road at around 9.40pm on November 2nd, 2014.The men had their faces covered, had a gun and shouted at shop assistant Niamh McLaughlin to open the cash register.She managed to press the panic alarm but the gang managed to snatch the cash till which contained €1,141 in cash.The men ran from the scene and Gardai were on the scene quickly.Detective Garda Tom Kilcoyne told how an investigation led them to Dean Kelly who admitted his part in the robbery but refused to name his two accomplices.Kelly said that he had been on all types of drugs including cannabis, cocaine and heroin or “nearly any drugs I could get my hands on.”Barrister Ms Fiona Crawford said Kelly was from a family of 12 and his mother had died when he was young.However, she said that he had tried to turn his life around since this incident, was off drink and drugs, and had put on two stone in recent months.“When I met him this morning, I genuinely did not recognise him,” said Ms Crawford.A victim impact statement was handed into court on behalf of shop assistant Ms McLaughlin in which it revealed she suffered nightmares and panic attacks as a result of being held up.Kelly said he was glad that he did not have to face Ms McLaughlin in court after what had happened.But he said “If she was here I would apologise to her and I am very remorseful and sorry for what that woman went through. I’m just very, very sorry.”Judge Terence O’Sullivan said robbery was a very serious matter and that’s why it carried a possible sentence of life imprisonment.He said Kelly had pleaded guilty at an early stage and also took into account his young age.He sentenced him to two years in prison but suspended the last six months.Man jailed for holding up Letterkenny petrol station with pellet gun was last modified: April 28th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtDean KellyGardaiGlencar Service Stationgunrobberylast_img read more

Chelsea Ladies boss challenges players

first_imgChelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes has challenged her players to prove they deserve a regular place when they face London Bees in this weekend’s Continental Cup clash.The Blues should have little trouble dispatching the Women’s Super League 2 side at Staines Town’s Wheatsheaf Park ground on Saturday.But two defeats against Arsenal this season, plus a loss against leaders Birmingham, have given Hayes food for thought ahead of her team’s upcoming return to WSL action.“We know we should beat London Bees although it will be tough and we will need to earn the win,” said Hayes, whose side are top of Group One in the Continental Cup.“But having lost last time out at Arsenal this is a chance for my players to show they deserve to be in the starting XI, not just this weekend but in the big games to come against Arsenal once again and Manchester City when we return to the FA WSL.”She added: “Of course we are expected to win, but I will be watching closely as I expect a reaction from my players following the 3-0 loss at Arsenal last time out.“We play Arsenal twice more before the end of the season, having lost in both cup games we’ve played, and my players need to show me they can find a way to win these big games as until now we haven’t shown we can.“We have underperformed in big games and the players need to remember they are only playing against another shirt – the name of the team is irrelevant. We have shown too much respect and it needs to change.“I have challenged the group to prove themselves and expect a positive reaction against London Bees.’Chelsea Ladies v London Bees kicks off at 2pm at Wheatsheaf Park, Staines. Tickets are available on the door priced £3 for children and £5 for adults, or via www.chelseafc.comFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Half-time: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1 – Blues well on top against 10-man Gunners

first_imgDiego Costa’s 22nd-minute goal put Chelsea ahead in the derby at the Emirates Stadium shortly after Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker was sent off for a foul on the Blues striker.The Gunners were reduced to 10 men following a Chelsea counter-attack led by Willian, who cleverly aimed a pass in behind Mertesacker for Costa, who would have been through on goal had the defender not brought him down.Mertesacker was duly shown the red card by referee Mark Clattenburg, and the home fans reacted angrily to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s reaction to the sending-off, which was to send defender Gabriel on in place of forward Olivier Giroud.Seconds later, Costa drifted away from Gabriel to nudge home Branislav Ivanovic’s right-wing cross – his sixth goal in as many games.Arsenal keeper Petr Cech, playing against his former club, had earlier denied Willian at point-blank range and pushed away a shot from Oscar.Having found themselves a goal and a man down, Arsenal struggled to create chances.Cech prevented them falling further behind three minutes before the interval when he kept out an effort from Costa at the near post, and Ivanovic’s header from the resulting corner was cleared off the line.Then, in the final seconds of the half, Mathieu Flamini missed a great chance to equalise when he hurriedly hooked the ball over after being found unmarked inside the box by Aaron Ramsey.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Cahill, Baba Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Hazard, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bill to promote a healthy lifestyle

first_img7 May 2008The Parliament’s portfolio committee on health is to hold hearings on amendments to the Tobacco Control Act, in an effort to further enhance the control of tobacco products and promote healthy lifestyles.Addressing a Social Cluster briefing on Monday, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said amending the Bill was part of the Department of Health’s “healthy lifestyles” campaign, which seeks to encourage South Africans to adopt and practice healthy lifestyles as part of decreasing the burden of disease facing the country.The hearings, which will take place this week, seek to amend the Act to be in line with the international standards set in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.Tshabalala-Msimang said the amendment Bill included “strengthening sections which prohibit advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and the regulation of smoking in public places”.She said the amended Bill would also introduce picture-based health warnings as well as the removal of misleading descriptions such as “mild” and “light”, which carries a fine of R1-million.“The Bill increases the penalties so that they become a real deterrent against contravention of the Act,” she said. “The fine for the owner of a public place or employer who fails to ensure that there is no smoking in a smoke free area has been increased from R10 000 to R50 000.”The penalty for selling tobacco products to a minor (persons aged under 18) has been increased from R10 000 to R50 000, while the penalty for advertising and promotion has been increased from R200 000 to R1-million.Also included are new offences such as failing to protect employees from tobacco smoke pollution, selling tobacco products in a health institution and retailer not complying with point of sale conditions.This was part of the department’s approach in dealing with comprehensive healthcare, which looks at health promotion, reduction of communicable and non-communicable diseases and the unnatural causes of death such as accidents and injuries.Besides the amendments to the Tobacco Control Act in its drive toward healthier lifestyles for all South Africans, the department was also increasing the number of health promoting schools from 3500 to at least 5000 schools.These schools have initiated the programmes to prevent tobacco use, development of food gardens and sports participation.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Eastern Cape’s 2010 festivals

first_img29 April 2010 A myriad of festivities awaits football fans visiting South Africa’s Eastern Cape – where the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is situated – for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. The province will be alight with a fever of festivals, from culture in Grahamstown to cultured oysters in Knysna, from surfer’s paradise in Jeffreys Bay to wonder on the “Wild Coast”. A major attraction for tourists looking for a dose of culture in the “province of festivals” will be the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, running over 15 days from 20 June through 4 July.National Arts Festival, Grahamstown The festival is South Africa’s premier annual arts and culture event, hosting both top-notch international acts and South Africa’s best known performers, writers, directors, musicians, dancers and choreographers – “a great mix”, says National Arts Festival chief executive Tony Lankester. “It is a melting point of ideas and creative energy that will invigorate and excite anyone … We look forward to welcoming the world,” said Lankester. With almost 500 productions and 2 500 performances, it will be a cultural welcome unlike any other. And this year’s event has been specially structured to attract football fans. “With the World Cup in mind, we want to showcase the best South Africa has to offer across every genre so our performers can put their work at the feet of the world,” Lankester said. “Because the World Cup is a global celebration, we wanted to ensure our programme featured some strong, exciting, vibrant, celebratory international work. We’ve got that mix right, and I think we’re poised for a great event.” With Grahamstown just over an hour’s drive from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro/Port Elizabeth, and about two hours’ drive from East London/Buffalo City, the festival is perfect for both “bite-sized” day trips and extended stays. “In between the games, we would encourage tourists to sample some of the local culture,” Lankester said. “Visiting another country is an exciting opportunity to do more than just sightsee – it is a chance to immerse yourself in the fabric of the nation and, in South Africa’s case, there is no better place to do that than the National Arts Festival.”Knysna Oyster Festival Lankester said visitors to the Eastern Cape would not be disappointed, as South Africa’s “hidden gem” had an incredible variety on offer. Just on the border of the Eastern and Western Cape is Knysna, which will host the Dutch and French football teams over the Fifa World Cup, and the week-long Knysna Oyster Festival from 2-11 July. About three hours’ drive from Port Elizabeth, Knysna marks the beginning of South Africa’s famous “Garden Route” – the beautiful stretch of coastline to Cape Town – renowned for its sweeping landscapes, coastal towns, cuisine and, closer to the Mother City, wine. Oyster Festival organisers say the presence of the Danish and French will add a World Cup flavour, but that the festival will also be an escape from the fever pitch. “We will incorporate Danish and French elements in our programme (including Danish and French villages),” said festival manager Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt. “Menus are being translated into French, restaurants will offer French and Danish dishes, so Knysna will be very cosmopolitan this year. “For local tourists, we market the festival as the best 10 days of 2010 – with a month holiday, what better place to be?” The Knysna Oyster Festival programme has over 100 scheduled events. “Other than the [World Cup] stadiums, the festival is the perfect place to meet and interact with some South Africans, and do what they do best – have fun in beautiful surroundings,” Rousseau-Schmidt said.J-Bay, Wild Coast For a more chilled experience – flush with waves and surfers – the Billabong Pro in Jeffreys Bay (known as J-Bay) takes place just after the World Cup, from 8-18 July, and is only a 45-minute drive from Port Elizabeth. Top surfers from around the world come and transform this coastal town into a chilled paradise. If you can bite off more than you can chew, the weekend-long Somerset East Biltong Festival, offers a meaty South African treat over the weekend of 16-17 July. Other festivals, complementing formal Fifa World Cup events, take place on the part of the “Wild Coast” nearest East London. The Wild Coast Wet ‘n Wild Festival is a sports and entertainment extravaganza taking place in Chintsa, 40 minutes from East London, from 28 June to 5 July. Also close by is the Wild Coast Jikeleza Country Fair, from 4 to 5 July. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Whale watching in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa is one of the best destinations worldwide for watching marine wildlife, including whales, whether from land or from boats, with spectacular annual visits from southern right and humpback whales and enormous pods of dolphins year-round.At least 37 species of whales and dolphins can be found in the waters off South Africa, and is most famous for rare encounters with southern right whales and humpback whales. (Image: Wikipedia)Brand South Africa reporterEvery year, southern right whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates, reaching South Africa in June. The country’s coastal waters teem with the giant animals, mating, calving and rearing their young – and giving whale-watchers spectacular displays of raw power and elegant water acrobatics.Watch out for:Blowing – the sound the whale makes when expelling air through its blowhole, which is accompanied by a spout of condensed water vapour; this is the normal breathing pattern of the mammal.Breaching – the whale leaps out of the water and falls back in with a large splash; whales can breach three to eight times in succession and the behavior is believed to be a means of communication, exercise or possibly to scratch the parasites off that live on them.Lobtailing – the whale slaps its fluke or tail on the water, causing a loud sound; again, it is believed to be a means of communication.Spy hopping – the whale lifts its head and body vertically, as far as the flippers, above the surface, which allows it to see what is happening around it above water.When is the best time?The best time for watching the southern right whale in South African waters is from June to November along the Cape south coast, although some will already be as far north as KwaZulu-Natal. Peak calving season is July and August, but whales can be seen through September and October.The curious humpback whale can be seen between May to December, moving up along the coast from Hermanus to St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal.The medium-sized Bryde’s whale can be spotted all year round, and while rare, orcas can also be seen.In terms of the Marine Living Resources Act of 1998, it is an offence to approach any whale closer than 300m without a permit, so if you book a whale- watching cruise, make sure the company has a permit before you get on board.Where are the best spots?South African whale-watching territory runs from Doringbaai, far up the Cape West Coast, around the Cape Peninsula and as far up the East Coast as St Lucia, near the Mozambique border. They can be viewed from cliffs and beaches, while boat operators offer trips out to sea for close encounters.The route includes several famous protected areas, such as Table Mountain National Park, Garden Route, Tsitsikamma National Park, Transkei National Park and iSimangaliso Wetland Park.At least 37 species of whales and dolphins are found in South Africa’s oceans, although they are most famous for encounters with southern right whales, humpback whales, and several coastal dolphin species. Keep an eye open for African penguins, Cape fur seals, black oystercatcher birds and a variety of other marine life.Western CapeThe southern right’s breeding ground is the sheltered bays of the Western Cape coast, with the majestic animals spending up to five months a year here. They pass their time playing, courting, and nursing their newborn calves, providing spectacular land-based viewing.On the Cape West Coast, excellent sightings of southern rights can be enjoyed all the way from Strandfontein to Lambert’s Bay, Elands Bay, St Helena, Saldanha and Ysterfontein, just north of Cape Town.Whales can also be seen all around the Cape Peninsula.In Cape Town itself, you can see them from the road along the False Bay coast, and they’re distinctly visible on the western seaboard if you get high enough on the scenic coastal Victoria Road.Further south, the town of Hermanus in Walker Bay on the Cape south coast offers possibly the best land-based whale-watching in the world. The animals can be clearly seen from a scenic cliff-top walk, and the town holds a whale-watching festival every September. The Whale Crier informs the townsfolk and visitors of whale sightings and where the whales have come into the old harbour to calve.For the more adventurous, there is also aerial whale watching.Follow the coast to Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa where two mighty oceans meet. It is particularly rewarding, with great views of southern right cows and calves at play – up to 50 pairs at a time.Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay and the Garden RouteThe whale-watching season in Mossel Bay runs from June to November, when four species are seen. The southern right is the most commonly sighted, coming into the bay to calve, but look for humpback, Bryde’s and orcas as well.Either drive along the coast, where there are informative whale interpretation boards at view points, or take a boat based whale-watching trip, or hike the St Blaize trail. Schools of up to 500 dolphins add to the spectacle. The most common dolphins found all year are heaviside’s, common, dusky and bottlenose.Southern rights visit Plettenberg Bay, further east, on the Western Cape Garden Route, from about June to November. Migratory humpback whales can also be briefly seen from May and June and then, on their return trip, from about November to January.Bryde’s whales or orcas are occasionally seen, and bottlenose and humpback dolphins are in residence all year. A breeding colony of Cape fur seals completes Plettenberg Bays’ impressive array of marine mammals.It is in Plett that the dolphin and whale-watching industry is most organised, with trips in boats, kayaks and aircraft on offer. Viewing, distances and time spent with each animal are strictly monitored so that there is minimal interference.The Garden Route generally, from Stilbaai through Mossel Bay and on to George, Wilderness, Knysna and Tsitsikamma, is a magnificent stretch of coastline hosting southern rights in their season, humpbacks between May and December, Bryde’s whales all year round – and, occasionally, killer whales.Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-NatalFrom Cape St Francis to the rugged Eastern Cape Wild Coast are numerous vantage points to see humpbacks, Bryde’s, minke and killer whales and quite often southern rights, especially in Algoa Bay, while sperm and beaked whales approach close to shore off Port St Johns.Humpback whales, and sometimes southern rights, can be spotted almost daily off the KwaZulu-Natal coast, occasionally being spotted as far north as Cape Vidal. From mid-May to mid-September, the whales are moving north on their way to their breeding grounds off the Mozambique coast, and from September to December they return, heading for the nutrient-rich waters of Antarctica.There are boat-based tours, but for land-based viewing there is a whale-watching tower at Cape Vidal and Mpenjati. Throughout the year pods of bottlenose dolphins of 30 to 50 strong routinely patrol up and down the coast just beyond the breakers.Article updated December 2015Sources: Centre for Dolphin Studies, Hermanus Tourism, South African TourismWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

10 Reasons Social Selling Is Failing

first_imgSocial Selling isn’t living up to its promise. Those promises have been exaggerated and oversold. Social selling is failing.Lack of Content: Your social selling program isn’t going to work without content. You may want to make noise on the social channels, and you may want attention. You can’t have attention without content. Salespeople without content are unarmed.Link Bait Content Isn’t Content: You see some social gurus and sales experts writing provocative content. If it’s not link bait, it’s comment bait designed to drive engagement simply by being provocative. If you want attention from your peer group, you’ll get it. You are not, however, gaining engaged prospects.Content Doesn’t Compel Change: Infographics are really neat. So are inspirational images. And quotes. But they do absolutely nothing to explain to your dream client what’s going on in their world, why they are plagued with dissonance, and why they should change.Too Great a Reliance on Content to Drive Leads: Content marketing is not going to generate enough leads for you to make your number unless you are the rare exception,  a thought leader with an earned following. Inbound marketing isn’t supposed to provide you with 100 percent of your leads, plus the amount you need to make your number.Too Much Faith That Connecting Is Enough: You need to open relationships. You can do that on the social web. The barrier for someone to accept your LinkedIn connection request might now be lower than a friend request on Facebook. Prospecting means asking for a meeting.Too Much Time Spent on Social Channels: It is a complete and utter Time suck. Perhaps the greatest time suck and distraction in the history of mankind, approaching levels that exceed television. It is critical that you use the tools. And then it is critical that you set the tools down and do the work you really need to do. If you believe social is urgent and important, you are making a mistake.Belief That Social Replaces Traditional Approaches: Social fails when it is used as a replacement for the traditional approaches. You InMail isn’t prospecting. It is approaching  spammy.Activities Are Not Strategic: Sharing other people’s content is great. Liking and commenting is great, too. Posting status updates can be a great way to share with people you are connected to on social. It just isn’t strategic. If what you are doing doesn’t create value for your prospects and clients, it’s not strategic.Lack of an Integrated Approach and Campaigns: What story are you telling with what you publish and share? What is the end goal? How is it aligned with a campaign that is a tailored message designed to move your dream clients to a place where they are willing and interested in engaging in a conversation around change?Shift in Platforms Away from B2B: Name all the great social platforms for B2B? If you named SnapChat, you’re just being funny. If you said Instagram, you’re teasing me. LinkedIn is the only platform for professionals, and it looks more like Facebook every day.If salespeople and sales organization are going to use the social tools to generate sales, we’re going to have to do a whole lot better.last_img read more

Aubameyang scores on Arsenal debut

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang Aubameyang combines with Mkhitaryan to score on Arsenal debut Goal 02:33 2/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Getty Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Arsenal v Everton Everton Premier League The 28-year-old became just the eighth Arsenal player to score on his debut for his new side, but he looked offside before burying his strike It did not take long for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to repay the excitement his Arsenal arrival has generated among fans, as the striker linked up with Henrikh Mkhitaryan to score on his debut against Everton.The Gabon international made a club record £55 million move to the Premier League side on the final day of the transfer window and slotted into the starting XI for Saturday’s clash at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal got off to an incredible start with three goals within 20 minutes against Sam Allardyce’s side, with Aaron Ramsey scoring either side of Laurent Koscielny’s strike. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Aubameyang ensured he did not miss out when he found the net in the 37th minute, although it did come with some controversy.The 28-year-old strayed offside as he peeled off the Everton defence, but the linesman’s flag stayed down and the ex-Borussia Dortmund star showed no hesitation as he ran onto Mkhitaryan’s soft through ball and chip it past Jordan Pickford.He becomes just the eighth Arsenal player to score on his debut and Arsenal fans will be hoping there are many more goals to come from the man who scored 21 in 24 games in all competitions for Dortmund this season. Arsenal sit sixth in the table, but must overcome a points deficit to catch up with Tottenham Hotspur in fifth and fourth-placed Chelsea.last_img read more