Exclusive – Stick with Soldado! Former Spurs striker backs misfiring star

first_imgTottenham Hotspur must stick with Roberto Soldado despite his lack of goals, believes Clive Allen.The Spaniard was signed for £26million back in 2013 but managed has managed just one Premier League goal this season and netted only six last season.Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane have picked up the slack with seven goals between them but former White Hart Lane star Allen, who once scored 49 goals across all competitions during one season in north London, believes Soldado can get back on track at Spurs.He told the Weekend Sports Breakfast: “[Roberto Soldado] probably hasn’t had as much service as he needs but all of a sudden you can sense the pressure is on.“He had a gilt edged chance the other night which was nodded down by Younes Kaboul and it was one of those as a striker, when you’re in form and full of confidence, you sweep it into the back of the net and he actually heeled it and it trickled through to the goalkeeper.“A man in form, with the ability he has, he should be taking those chances, so you can see his confidence is suffering but I think Spurs have to stick by him.“They’ve been fortunate in the respect that Harry Kane has been scoring consistently and he seems to have made himself the number one pick as a striker for Spurs.”last_img read more

South African consumers’ rights in spotlight

first_imgMore consumer courts will be openedwhere South African consumers can taketheir complaints, when the ConsumerProtection Act comes into effect on 1 April.(Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library MEDIA CONTACTS• Sidwell MedupeDepartment of Trade and Industry+27 12 394 1650+27 79 492 1774RELATED ARTICLES• Launchpad to a billion consumers• SA consumers help rebuild fish stock• South Africa upbeat on economy• Cheaper phone rates for SANosimilo RamelaThe Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has kicked off a month-long campaign to educate South Africans about their rights under the new Consumer Protection Act.The campaign will run throughout February 2011, with a special focus on rural areas where, the department said, people at times lack knowledge about their rights as consumers.“We have noticed that many people who are vulnerable are consumers who live in rural areas, where service providers take them for granted and render poor services or sell them harmful products,” said DTI spokesperson Bongani Lukhele.Through the campaign, the public will be educated on what their rights and options are when cancelling or renewing fixed-term agreements, such as property lease contracts.They will be advised on what processes to follow when cancelling bus or plane ticket reservations that have been made in advance. In addition, consumers will be given tips on how to assess the quality of goods before and after purchase, or on delivery.The campaign will also advise people on the correct procedures to follow when returning merchandise.The DTI’s Sidwell Medupi said they hope by the end of the campaign consumers in rural areas will be more aware of their rights and responsibilities, and be able to make informed buying decisions. He said they will also ensure that customers have access to information and resources to bring unscrupulous businesses to book.“I think this is a great campaign – we could all use some education on our rights as customers,” said Greg Carr from Bedfordveiw, east of Johannesburg. “I think businesses get away with way too much these days, and we need to know how to protect ourselves. People in rural areas are hardest hit because access to information and resources is sometimes limited.”Selina Zuma, from Emphuluzi in Mpumalanga, lives far from town. Her nearest supermarket often sells food that is past its sell-by date, and this has had an impact on her family’s health. “With little resources and information, we don’t know how to hold these supermarket owners accountable, and stop them from selling us outdated stuff.”Zuma said she thinks businesses operating in rural areas often take advantage of consumers. “Even though we do complain, they know we don’t have the means to take action so they show no urgency in changing the situation.”She said she hopes that through the DTI’s drive, she will be made more aware of her rights as a consumer and get information about who she can complain to if they are violated. “We’d like the department to set up places where we can go with complaints, where the companies can answer for their wrongdoing.”Lukhele said once the new Consumer Protection Act comes into effect on 1 April, consumer courts would be set up to deal with such cases.“Currently we have consumer courts in some of the provinces, but after the Act comes into effect, more will be made available,” he said.The Act will be implemented by the National Consumer Commission, which will investigate and, if need be, prosecute companies that are found to contravene the terms of the legislation.The commission is aiming to heighten consumer protection across business sectors within all municipalities, and improve consumer awareness and access to information.“During the campaign we will be putting emphasis on the right to choose, and the right to fair value and good quality,” said Lukhele.He said the implications of the Act will go beyond shops and service providers, and that “suppliers will also be held responsible for unsatisfactory products”.If retailers or suppliers are found to be non-compliant, they could ultimately be banned from operating in the country, Lukhele added.last_img read more

Dump site transformed into Cape nature reserve

first_img5 January 2015A 36-hectare area in Cape Town that was once used largely as a landfill has been transformed into one of the city’s most important nature reserves, home to more than 300 plant species, 10 of which are endemic to Cape Town and threatened with extinction.After a decade of hard work – and a R2-million investment – the once deteriorated and deserted Bracken Nature Reserve has been rehabilitated and restored into a environmental space that can be enjoyed by all the city’s residents, the City of Cape Town said in a statement last week.Bracken Nature Reserve was named as the reserve of 2014 by the city’s Environmental Resource Management Department.The rehabilitation project started with the planting of 60 indigenous trees including, karee, real yellowwood, wild peach, Cape ash, wild camphor and milkwood, which are still growing well.Councillor Johan van der Merwe, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, singled out Tshepo Mamabalo for her will and vision in transforming the space.Mamabolo’s involvement began when she was doing a city internship at the reserve. “With the support of the reserve team, she dedicated her passion and energy to transforming the site into what it is today,” Van der Merwe said.Mamabolo is now the area co-ordinator.ConservationThe 36-hectare reserve is home to Swartland granite renosterveld and Cape sand fynbos, both of which “suffer a dearth of conservation consideration”, the city said.“More than 300 plant species have been identified here, of which 10 are endemic to Cape Town and threatened with extinction,” the city said.Important species include cowslip (Lachenalia aloides) and the canary yellow vygie (Lampranthus glaucus).The reserve also supports a great diversity of wildlife. Regularly sighted birds are the red-capped lark, black-shouldered kite, peregrine falcon and southern double-collared sunbird. Other mammal species found in the reserve include the small grey mongoose and a myriad of rodents and reptiles.Critically endagered“Currently there is only one known plant of the critically endangered Kraaifontein spiderhead (Serruria furcellata) remaining naturally in the wild in Northpine,” Van der Merwe said.“The reserve has been surveyed and found to have great potential as a receptor site for this critically endangered species. Cuttings from the original plant were planted and, to date, 20 healthy plants are conserved at the reserve.”The City manages 16 nature reserves across Cape Town. During the 2013/2014 financial year, visitor numbers to City reserves increased by 32% to 351 594 visitors (2012/2013: 266 195 visitors).“The tremendous turnaround of the Bracken Nature Reserve is a good example of how, when the city sows the seeds of collaborative partnerships, the community and the surrounding environment will reap the benefits,” Van Der Merwe said.“It is of paramount importance that we place a higher financial and environmental value on our nature reserves so that, together, we can make progress possible in building a sustainable future,” he said.Bracken Nature Reserve detailsAddress: 2 Reservoir Road, Brackenfell Map directionsOpening hours: 07:30-16:00 (daily)Size: 36 hectaresEntrance fee: NonePublic transport: TaxiActivities: Picnic areas, walking trails, birdwatching, wheelchair-friendly trail. Please note: This reserve has a “no-bin policy” and all visitors must take their rubbish home with them.Environmental education: Brackenfell Environmental Education Centre (booking essential)Contact: Tel +27 21 444 0380The Friends of Bracken and CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wild Flowers) arrange walks, birdwatching, plant surveys and alien clearing. www.brackenfell.org/SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

International call centre opens in Durban

first_imgThe launch of the R200-million CCI Call Centres building in Umhlanga took place on 30 January 2015. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies was one of the speakers at the launch.More than 200 people will be housed in the CCI Call Centres building in Umhlanga, Durban. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe expansion of skills remains vital to the support offered by the South African government to investors, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.Davies, who was joined by King Goodwill Zwelithini, was speaking at the launch of the R200-million CCI Call Centres building in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, on 30 January.His ministry’s partnership with private sector companies like CCI illustrated the government’s commitment to work closely with all companies to create an enabling environment to attract investors.The R200-million investment in the building, which will house more than 200 employees, demonstrated a commitment by CCI Call Centres to the South African business process services (BPS) sector. The company benefited from the department’s BPS incentive, which aimed to attract investment and create employment in South Africa through offshoring activities.CCI Call Centres set up its operations in the country in 2005 and has grown from 50 seats to over 3 000 seats operating from Umhlanga. The group has also participated in the Monyetla Work Readiness Programme, which prepares people who are under 35 and previously unemployed for the workplace through training and development.Mark Chana, CCI managing director, said support from the South African government through the BPS incentive had made the South African value proposition cost competitive when bidding for international contracts against other offshore destinations such as the Philippines.Davies said the business process outsourcing/business process services (BPO/BPS) incentive had been hugely successful in terms of meeting the department’s objectives. Over 9 000 jobs had been created and the sector was key for attracting investment and creating new jobs, especially in the 18- to 35-year-old age groups, where job creation was most needed.King Zwelithini encouraged CCI Call Centres management to also consider setting up offices in rural areas, other provinces and other Southern African Development Community countries. He called on those who would be employed at the call centre to take their work seriously as it was not a right but an opportunity and privilege.CCI Call Centres is an international call centre group that provides outsourced customer contact services. It specialises in the operation of outbound, inbound and blended multi-channel contact centres. Some of the UK’s leading brands, primarily in the mobile, technology, telecommunications and financial industry sectors, are supported by CCI from the 2 000-seat purpose-built contact centre and head office in La Lucia, Durban.The company has over 4 000 permanent employees and has three fully functional sites in South Africa, with the capacity to grow to 5 000 seats.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

10 months agoTottenham attacker Son: We’re now ready to sustain title tilt

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham attacker Son: We’re now ready to sustain title tiltby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham attacker Son Heung-min says they’re better equipped to mount a title challenge this season.Son believes Spurs learned ­valuable lessons from previous title challenges when they fell short, ­particularly in 2016 when Leicester won the Premier League.The 26-year-old said: “Every season we learn something because we’ve been so close, so, so close and we’re still young.“I want to just believe and that’s my main concept. I want to believe we can do it, we deserve to do it and we are looking forward to doing it every week.“It’s a long, long season and we have to go a long way and that’s why we have to be focused on the next match.” last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool teenager Hoever will become ‘top, top player’ – Milner

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool teenager Hoever will become ‘top, top player’ – Milnerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Milner believes Liverpool teammate Ki-Jana Hoever will become a ‘top,top player’ in the future.The 16-year-old made his senior debut in Monday night’s loss to Wolves in the FA CupAsked about Hoever, Milner said: “I think it’s good for the young boys to come in and get that experience. It’s not good to taste defeat but you normally learn more in a defeat than you do in a win.”I think you’ve got to look at those boys today and say how well they’ve done. Ki coming on after a minute and playing like he did [was] absolutely outstanding.”He’s going to be a top, top player you can see that straight away [with] his temperament [and] he’s comfortable on the ball.” last_img read more

Unprecedented Year for Jamaica on World Stage – Minister Johnson Smith

first_img Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says that Jamaica is having a landmark year in terms of its regional and international engagements.She cited, among other things, the country’s participation in the Outreach Session of the Group of Seven (G7) Summit held from June 8 to 9 in Quebec, Canada, and the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held earlier in the year.She noted that Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, was “heavily reported” in the media for his presentation to the global leaders at the Summit.“This level of participation on the world stage is unprecedented, and, together with the Prime Minister’s undisputed positive engagement and reception, is testimony to the very hard work of the team here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade,” she said.Minister Johnson Smith was addressing journalists at a press briefing held on Tuesday (June 19) at the offices of the Ministry, 21 Dominica Drive, Kingston 5.She further reported that she recently represented the Caribbean community at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Ministry is engaged in preparatory meetings leading up to a G20 Summit in the South American country later this year, which will be attended by the Prime Minister.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness will chair the 39th meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), scheduled to take place in Montego Bay from July 4 to 6.Jamaica will assume a six-month chairmanship of CARICOM from July 1 to December 31, 2018.In delivering the Throne Speech at the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament in Gordon House earlier this year, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen said the chairmanship “will provide Jamaica with an opportunity to influence the Community’s policy direction, development agenda and the regional integration process as well as engage CARICOM member states on the recommendations of the Report of the CARICOM Review Commission”.Minister Johnson Smith informed, further, that Jamaica will be participating in the Quartet of Foreign Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), including the EU (European Union) CELAC Ministerial Meeting to be held in Brussels in mid-July.Additionally, she said that Jamaica is presiding over the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States.“I, myself, am president of the Council of Ministers and our Ambassador Sheila Monteith is Chair of the Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels.” she said. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says that Jamaica is having a landmark year in terms of its regional and international engagements. She cited, among other things, the country’s participation in the Outreach Session of the Group of Seven (G7) Summit held from June 8 to 9 in Quebec, Canada, and the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held earlier in the year. Story Highlights She noted that Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, was “heavily reported” in the media for his presentation to the global leaders at the Summit.last_img read more

Everyone in Kashechewan community ordered to evacuate

first_imgAPTN National NewsOfficials in Kashechewan announced that everyone must leave the community Monday.The northern Ontario First Nation sits on the shores of James Bay and is, once again, threatened by rising spring waters.APTN’s Annette Francis and cameraman Jason Leroux just returned from the community has this first a two stories.last_img

Clippers catcher Santana named league player of the week

Catcher Carlos Santana earned the International League Player of the Week award in his first week with the Columbus Clippers.  Santana came to the Clippers from Class AA Akron to start the year and is considered a top prospect in the Cleveland Indians farm system.  In four games for the Columbus Clippers last week, Santana compiled a batting average of .438, a league-leading four home runs and eight RBIs.  “Santana is our guy. He had a great year last year with me in Akron,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “He’s a real exciting player, a switch-hitter who is really good from both sides of the plate. He has a great arm and is outstanding defensively behind the plate.” The awards keep rolling in for Santana, who was named Most Valuable Player of the Class A California League in 2008 and Most Valuable Player in Class AA Eastern League in 2009. read more

Ohio States Kelsey Mitchell named 1st team USBWA AllAmerican 2nd team AP

OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) dribbles past James Madison junior guard Angela Mickens (32) during a NCAA Tournament first-round game on March 21 in Chapel Hill, N.C.. OSU won, 90-80.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsOhio State women’s basketball guard Kelsey Mitchell become just the fourth freshman to be named a first team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers of America on Tuesday after leading the nation with 24.9 points per game.Mitchell, the Big Ten co-Player of the Year, was also named an Associated Press second team All-American.Her 873 total points this season set a new program and conference record, helping her become one of just five Buckeyes to make the AP first or second team. Mitchell’s debut collegiate campaign also saw her set an NCAA record with 127 3-pointers.The Cincinnati native led OSU in both points and assists this season.According to an OSU release, the USBWA All-American team consists of 10 players regardless of position. Being named among those 10 players makes you a finalist for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, given by the USBWA to the nation’s best player. That award is set to be handed out on Sunday.Mitchell led the Buckeyes to a 24-11 record and a 13-5 mark in conference play. OSU won its first two Big Ten Tournament games before earning a five-seed in the NCAA Tournament.The Buckeyes knocked James Madison out of the tournament in the first round with a 90-80 victory before losing to North Carolina on a last-second shot on March 23. Mitchell scored 25 points in the season-ending loss and tied the game at the free throw line with five seconds to play, completing a 21-point OSU comeback. The Tar Heels went on to score with less than a second on the clock to win the game.Along with leading the team in points and helpers, Mitchell averaged 4.2 rebounds per game and shot 83.5 percent from the free throw line.Mitchell’s honor comes a day after Ohio State men’s basketball freshman guard D’Angelo Russell was named a first team AP All-American after leading the Buckeyes in scoring in his first collegiate season as well. read more