Leeds boss Garry Monk reassured fans they will have a team to be proud of despite the opening-day defeat by QPR.Monk’s first game in charge got off to the worst possible start when they conceded in the opening minutes, defender Sol Bamba seemingly getting the last touch into his own net after a goalmouth scramble.A second-half penalty conceded by Ronaldo Vieira allowed Tjaronn Chery to score Rangers’ second, before Sebastian Polter took advantage of hesitant Lewie Coyle defending to score the third.Leeds fans barracked the players after the game, and again chanted for club owner Massimo Cellino to step down.Monk said: “We had great travelling support and had the intention of getting the right result and the right start to the season.“We feel for them, feel frustrated for them, but it’s a process and there will be ups and downs.“We will make sure we get a reaction. They will have a team to be proud of.”Monk felt individual errors were to blame for the defeat, and said a poor first half left the with too much to do.He added: “We gave them too much respect early on, which allowed them to get on the front foot.“I thought we started the second half much better. We looked the team more likely to score the next goal, and then we concede a penalty, which is a really big blow.“It’s not how we wanted to start the season but it’s one game. I’m confident in the group, they have that ability and I’m sure they’ll show that in the coming weeks.”See also:QPR v Leeds – as it happenedQPR can still improve – HasselbainkQPR make perfect start by crushing LeedsQPR v Leeds player ratingsFans on Twitter praise Caulker after QPR winVideo: Watch highlights of QPR’s win against Leeds UnitedFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
24 November 2010The United States Mission to South Africa has organised a number of activities in support of this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, including free performances of the one-act play We Are Here by American actor Antonio David Lyons.The play, comprising 16 sketches expressing the diversity of male voices within the issue of woman and child abuse, is supported by the US Consulate in Johannesburg, and runs at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein from 25 to 30 November.All performances are free, although donations will be accepted. The doors open at 7.30pm, with the show beginning at 8pm from Thursday to Saturday. Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday performances are at 3pm.From 28 November to 7 December, US Minister in the United Church of Christ and founder of the FaithTrust Institute, Rev Marie Fortune, will be taking part in discussions on the role of faith and community leaders in ending gender violence. The events will be held in Johannesburg and Cape Town.The US Embassy Pretoria’s Political Working Group will host a meeting focused on gender-based violence on 2 December. The embassy is inviting panelists from civil society and government to address questions concerning the causes of gender violence in South Africa and strategies for eliminating it.USAid also funds a number of projects aiming to root out gender-based violence, including Brothers for Life, which aims to reduce violence by encouraging changes in gender norms and personal behaviour.Another project is the Greater Rape Intervention Project, which operates 26 facilities in Mpumalanga province and offers services to survivors of rape and abuse, many of them children from communities with minimal infrastructure and police protection.The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention South Africa and the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief are also collaborating with the South African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union and the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union to raise awareness of the connection between gender violence and HIV transmission through a workplace campaign.This year marks the 11th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign for No Violence against Women and Children in South Africa.Source: BuaNews
Rooibos is indigenous to the Cedarberg region, north-west of Cape Town. This is the only place in the world where Rooibos grows naturally. (Image: SA Rooibos Council) The rooibos industry is a major employer in the Cederberg and surrounding areas. The industry is labour-intensive and provides about 4 500 jobs. (Image: SA Rooibos Council) MEDIA CONTACTS • Soekie Snyman SA Rooibos Council +27 21 552 8845RELATED ARTICLES • South Africa develops rooibos flavour wheel • Cookies with a cause in SA • South African olive oil is the best, study shows • Online ad help for small business • Amarula cream a global market leaderWilma den HartighThe South African Rooibos Council is participating in an international project to improve the export competitiveness of rooibos, one of the country’s most well-known products.The project is a combined effort between the SA Rooibos Council and the International Trade Centre – a joint agency of the World Trade Organisation and the UN. Funding for the project is provided by the government of The Netherlands.“We are delighted that international funders see the potential to take the rooibos product further,” says Soekie Snyman from the Rooibos Council.South Africa is the world’s only producer of rooibos, which is a unique selling point of the product. Classified as a herb, rooibos is part of the fynbos family of plants found in the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six recognised floral kingdoms of the world.Used mainly as tea but available in a wide variety of other products, rooibos is indigenous to the Cederberg region north-west of Cape Town and will only grow in this area. The region’s hot and dry summers, winter rainfall and coarse sandy soil provide ideal growing conditions for the hardy rooibos plant.According to the SA Rooibos Council, 72% of South African households buy rooibos tea and sales are increasing at about 5% a year. While the value of exported tea has increased by an average 26% year-on-year between 2005 and 2009, more than 90% of rooibos is exported in bulk, with little value added.In 2007 the world’s largest flavour company Givaudan named rooibos as one of the flavours to watch in its annual FlavourVision forecast. Since then, rooibos has gone from being a flavour to watch to a local and international beverage of choice.Thinking creatively about rooibosThe research initiative will help the industry to think more creatively about marketing the sought-after herb.“To sustain the growth we’ve achieved over the past 12 years we have to continue developing the domestic market as well as assess new opportunities to expand exports,” says Martin Bergh, chairman of the SA Rooibos Council.The research project will help the industry to better understand rooibos’s export potential, explore ways to increase current production, sustain jobs and boost the value of exported tea.Currently about half of the 12 000 tons of rooibos produced annually is exported, mostly to Germany. According to Snyman, Germany buys and sells the largest quantities of herbs such as rooibos. “It is the international herb trading capital of the world,” she says.Rooibos is exported to more than 30 countries. Germany, The Netherlands, Japan, the UK and US are the biggest importers.In addition to the opportunities for value adding, the rooibos industry is a major employer in the Cederberg and surrounding areas. The industry is labour-intensive and provides about 4 500 jobs.The South African government has recognised this as one of the focus areas in its Industrial Policy Action Plan – by promoting the exports of added-value rooibos products, jobs in the sector will be better protected.Taking these factors into account, the goal of the initial six-month project is to conduct an in-depth analysis of the structure and pricing of the German rooibos market. The findings will help the industry to identify new opportunities and market segments.In a statement Lilia Naas, programme manager at the International Trade Centre, explained that the research forms part of the inception phase of the project. Should the results prove encouraging, a second phase of the project would implement activities to improve the positioning of rooibos in international markets.Value adding potentialSnyman says that rooibos is a versatile product that is used extensively in the manufacture of products such as pet skincare ranges, alcoholic liqueurs, rooibos-smoked butter, salad dressings, yoghurt, jams, jellies and biscuits.Rooibos is also a favourite ingredient in experimental cuisine. At the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Cape Town, which recently made it onto the Condé Nast Traveler Magazine listing of the 80 best new hotels in the world, you can enjoy rooibos ice-cream as part of their fynbos-inspired menu.Although value adding is important, Snyman says that the main focus of the industry is still tea. “There is a growing market trend for speciality teas. In South Africa, the speciality tea market is still small, but it’s growing fast,” she says.South Africa’s unofficial national drinkBesides its sweet flavour, another reason for the increasing popularity of rooibos is the proven health benefits.The SA Rooibos Council has invested more than R2-million (US$252 000) in independent scientific research to determine the benefits of rooibos. It is funding six projects at several local universities and science councils, focusing on how rooibos can counter cancer and stress as well as the link between rooibos and exercise. A project on rooibos and obesity is also underway.A recent collaborative study by scientists at four international research facilities found the first clinical evidence that drinking rooibos tea significantly increases the antioxidant capacity in human blood, boosting the body’s natural defences.
14 May 2015Ruth Segomotsi Mompati, another much loved South African struggle veteran, has died.The 89-year-old politician died in the early hours of Tuesday morning following a long illness, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.The party said it would would miss Mompati’s “unwavering determination in serving the nation”.“The African National Congress sends its deepest condolences to Mama Ruth Mompati’s family and friends. We thank them for having lent us this icon of the struggle of liberation of the South African people,” said Kodwa.“The ANC and South Africa as a whole has lost a towering giant and a mother to countless generations of activists. May her soul rest in everlasting peace knowing that her role in building our country’s future will never be forgotten.“As a people we owe it to her and generations before that our vision of a united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society comes to pass.”President Jacob Zuma sent his condolences to Mompati’s family. “The whole nation is mourning, in particular those who worked with Mme Ruth from exile to Parliament and various structures of both the ANC and government,” he said. “We feel an immense void.”Mompati joined the struggle as a young woman and continued to serve her country until her last days.Mama Ruth, as she was known, worked as a typist for the late former president Nelson Mandela and ANC stalwart Oliver Tambo in their law practice between 1953 and 1961, during which time she joined the ANC and was elected to the National Executive Committee of the Women’s League.Mompati was involved in the Defiance Campaign and was a founding member of the Federation of SA Women. She was one of the leaders of the historic women’s march on the 9 August 1956, which is commemorated every year on Women’s Day.ExileIn 1962, Mompati went into exile where she underwent military training and held office as secretary and head of the women’s section of the ANC in Tanzania.From 1966 to 1973, Mompati remained a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee. During this time, she also formed part of the president’s office of the ANC, also later heading ANC’s Board of Religious Affairs.In the early 1980s, Mompati served as the chief representative of the ANC in the United Kingdom. She became part of the delegation that opened talks with the South African government at Groote Schuur in 1990.One of her many career highlights included addressing the United Nations Special Committee against apartheid in New York in 1992, where she addressed the subject of women’s rights. The day was then declared an International Day of Solidarity with Women in South Africa.After South Africa’s first democratic elections, Mompati served as a Member of Parliament in 1994. Between 1996 and 2000, she was the country’s ambassador to Switzerland.On her return she became the mayor of Vryburg in the North West province and later served as an executive member of Umkontho WeSizwe Veteran’s Association.“She leaves behind a proud legacy of steadfastness, resilience and selfness for her exceptional and outstanding contribution and sacrifice to the liberation struggle,” said Kodwa.The South African Local Government Association (Salga) said it would remember Mompati as part of the leadership that established local government.“The Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality [formerly Bophirima District Municipality] in the North West, where she was born and later served as mayor, is named after her. This is also where a statue symbolising her contribution was recently unveiled.“We pledge our solidarity and convey our heartfelt condolences to the Mompati family and loved ones. We lower our banner to honour her life which she dedicated in the service of our people, and pledge to pick up the spear and redouble our efforts in advancing the quest to deepen local democracy, development and provision of quality services to our people,” said Salga, which marks its 15th anniversary this year.Read more: Statue of Ruth Mompati pays tribute to the past‘Selflessness’Mosiuoa Lekota, leader of the Congress of the People, described Mompati as “a paragon of selflessness and virtue”, likening her to Mandela.“Ruth was a mother, wife, friend, teacher, activist, warrior, negotiator, MP, diplomat, scholar, mayor and a bastion of morality. She was the complete human being,” said Lekota.“A year after the death of the great Nelson Mandela she asked publicly what she, Ruth Mompati, had done, what we had done, to move the struggle forward to achieve a better life for our people. This says all we need to say about her.”Source: SAinfo reporter, SAnews.gov and News24
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has rejected a plea for protection to brick kiln owners who had failed to switch to the newly mandated emissions technology across the State.The Punjab government had issued orders directing that all brick kiln owners convert their polluting units to new norms by September 30, beyond which no conventional brick kilns would be allowed to operate.Several brick kiln owners had approached the court against the State government’s orders, but in their resumed hearing on Thursday, a Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Rajeev Sharma and Justice H.S. Sidhu refused to grant any relief to them.CPCB guidelinesIn the previous hearing on October 1, Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda had placed before the court details of the State government’s orders and directives, arguing that these were in compliance with the guidelines of the Central Pollution Control Board, various circulars of the Punjab Pollution Control Board as well as orders passed by the National Green Tribunal dated January 22, 2019.According to the State government’s orders, brick kilns found continuing to operate without converting to the new technology will be required to pay compensation on the ‘polluter pays’ principle, amounting to ₹25,000 per month for a kiln with a capacity of more than 30,000 bricks per day and ₹20,000 per month for kilns with a capacity of less than 30,000 bricks per day.In their petition, brick kiln owners stated that they were in the process of converting to the new technology but it was taking time due to lack of trained persons..
LeBron says he’d want Magic, Jordan as his 3-on-3 teammates WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide He became just the fifth American to score at Azteca, joining Michael Orozco (2012), Charlie Davies (2009), Eddie Lewis (2005), Ricky Davis (1980), Willy Roy (1972).Bobby Wood failed in to knock in an open shot from close range that could have made it 2-0, and Vela scored on a counterattack. Ochoa made a long outlet throw to Hernandez, who passed to Vela on the right flank. He dribbled around DaMarcus Beasley and across the top of the penalty area, and from the arc beat Guzan.Fans booed and whistled “The Star-Spangled Banner,” as usual when the Americans play in Mexico, and there was an occasional T-shirt disparaging U.S. President Donald Trump.A downpour began during second-half injury time.Guzan took over in goal from Tim Howard, and Beasley, Tim Ream and Omar Gonzalez joined the back line in a 5-4-1 formation. Kellyn Acosta and Paul Arriola were in midfield and Wood at forward. In addition to Bradley, 18-year-old midfielder Christian Pulisic remained in the lineup along with right back DeAndre Yedlin and center back Geoff Cameron.Beasley at 35 became the first American to appear in qualifiers of five World Cup cycles. He had not started for the U.S. since the October 2015 loss to Mexico in a playoff for a Confederations Cup berth..Mexico was trying to sweep the Americans in a qualifying cycle for the first time 1972.Bradley is encouraged by the Americans’ progress under Arena.“Look, we were pretty honest with ourselves and we had let a lot of little things drop,” he said. 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(AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY — Michael Bradley scored a stunning early goal from about 40 yards and the U.S. hung on for a 1-1 tie against Mexico in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday night, gaining only its third point at Azteca Stadium as coach Bruce Arena changed seven starters and used a five-man defense to overcome the thin air and short recovery time.Bradley put the U.S. ahead in the sixth minute when he deflected a poor backpass by Mexican star Javier Hernandez and created his own breakaway.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Carlos Vela tied the score in the 23rd minute with a 23-yard shot that beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan to the near post, and Hector Herrera nearly put El Tri ahead in the 71st with a 30-yard free kick that rebounded off the crossbar.With its second draw in three road qualifiers, the U.S. continued to recover from its awful 0-2 start last fall and prompted chants of “U-S-A!” from the American Outlaws section in the upper deck.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a shame to give away the goal that we did,” Bradley said. “Any time you can get a point here it’s great. … Now we can move ourselves forward.”Mexico leads the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region with 14 points, followed by Costa Rica (eight), the U.S. (seven), Panama (six), Honduras (four) and Trinidad and Tobago three. The top three advance to next year’s World Cup in Russia, and the fourth-place team faces Asia’s No. 5 nation in a playoff. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Panama hosts Honduras on Tuesday, when Costa Rica is home against T&T.Mexico was trying to sweep the Americans in a qualifying cycle for the first time 1972. The U.S. was 0-19-1 in Mexico City — getting outscored 81-14 — before a 1-0 exhibition win in 2012. The U.S. held Mexico to 0-0 in qualifiers at Azteca in 1997 and 2013,With Estadio Azteca at 7,820 feet above sea level and just two off days between games, Arena paid close attention to recovery time and tested his roster’s depth.Bradley, one of just four holdovers in the U.S. starting lineup from Thursday night’s 2-0 home win over Trinidad, stunned the boisterous crowd of about 81,000. Hector Moreno passed to Hernandez, who passed back for Herrera in the center circle.Reading the play, Bradley quickly stepped up and knocked the ball toward Mexico’s goal. Bradley sprinted to catch up with the ball, and when he reached it lofted a right-footed shot from about 40 yards over goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa’s outstretched left arm and under the crossbar. An exuberant Bradley ran to the endline and raised the badge on his jersey to the several thousand red-white-and-blue-clad fans.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Virat Kohli or Steve Smith? Who is the greatest batsman of the modern generation? The cricket community has been split into two in their views on the best batsman today but men like Michael Vaughan and Shane Warne have been able to put this debate into perspective.Last week, after Smith’s double-century against England in the third Test of the Ashes, Vaughan said the Australian captain had joined his Indian counterpart in the freak category but rated the former as the best batsman in Tests and Kohli the best across all three formats.Warne, the greatest spinner to have played the game, echoed Vaughan’s views and said Kohli would be under pressure to repeat his Test heroics when India tour overseas, starting with South Africa. India, later, are also scheduled to tour England and Australia.Kohli, the only man to average over 50 in Tests, ODIs and T20Is, enjoyed a surreal year, smashing 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds. He also finished 2017 with three double hundreds including two on the trot against Sri Lanka in November.(Virat Kohli-Steve Smith: The torchbearers of their generation)Kohli hammered 1460 runs and six hundreds in ODIs this year and finished as the top-scorer in the format. Smith who is second in the list of top scorers in Tests with 1127 runs behind Cheteshwar Pujara, will most likely go top of the table by the end of the Boxing Day Test next week.Warne said the onus would now be on Kohli to score those big hundreds away from home and pointed out the greatness of a batsman was determined by his abilities to perform in challenging conditions and not stats.advertisementSmith scores over Kohli in that aspect. The Australian run-machine racked up runs at home down under, in England and was the top-scorer in the four-Test series in India earlier this year. Kohli, on the other hand, had a miserable time in England back in 2014 and flopped against the Aussies in his own backyard.”To me a great batsman has to have made a hundred in three key countries: in England, against the Duke ball on seaming and swinging pitches; in Australia, on our fast-paced, bouncy tracks; and of course, in the dust bowls of India, on pitches that spin and spit,” Warne wrote in his column for News Corp. “To me Steve Smith is the best Test batsman in the world,” he wrote. “Virat Kohli is the best across all three formats of the game, but across five days, Steve Smith is the man””The hole in Kohli’s CV on the Test match stage is in England and the pressure is on the fiery but very likeable Indian to carry over some double-ton magic from home soil to that country when his team tours next year.”Warne even went as far to draw parallels between Smith and Bradman and said if the former kept up his hundred-scoring spree till his 100th Test mark, Smith would finish as an absoulute legend. “Look at him on pure numbers and since Bradman, he’s the best,” he added. “If Smith keeps this form up over 100 Test matches, he will leave the game as an absolute legend and one of the all-time greats.”Warne also picked his most favourite batsmen of all-time. The man 1001 international wickets listed West Indian greates Viv Richards and Brian Lara on top with Sachin Tendulkar at No.3.Smith and Kohli are right at the bottom in Warne’s list of elite batsmen.Warne’s top-11 batsmen:1. Viv Richards2. Brian Lara3. Sachin Tendulkar4. Greg Chappell5. Ricky Ponting6. Allan Border7. Jacques Kallis8. Graham Gooch9. AB de Villiers10. Steve Smith11. Virat Kohli