Pune, Rajkot get nod NEW DELHI, India (AP): The western cities of Pune and Rajkot will provide the franchises to fill in for the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League over the next two years. The Board of Control for Cricket in India said the new teams will be temporary replacements after the Super Kings and Royals were suspended this year by a Supreme Court-appointed committee over corruption and spot-fixing. New Rising Consortium-owned Pune and mobile phone manufacturer Intex-owned Rajkot were selected in a reverse-bidding process in which bidders were asked to discount their annual revenue share of US$6 million. New Rising gave up that revenue entirely and also committed to pay US$2.4 million per year to the BCCI. Intex will pay US$1.5 million per year. McCullum stands by evidence DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP): New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum says he stands by the evidence he gave at the perjury trial of former teammate Chris Cairns, although Cairns’ acquittal has raised questions over whether he was believed by a jury in London. McCullum was the prosecution’s leading witness in the trial of Cairns, the former New Zealand allrounder who was alleged to have lied in a libel action against Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi, who accused him of involvement in match-fixing. In evidence, McCullum said he was approached by Cairns in 2008 and encouraged to become involved in match-fixing. Cairns’ legal team sought to discredit McCullum’s evidence by pointing out he took three years to report the alleged approach, then changed elements of his story on later occasions. On the eve New Zealand’s first Test against Sri Lanka in Dunedin, McCullum faced the media yesterday for the first time since Cairns’ acquittal. Few questions at the conference related to the Test match; instead, McCullum was quizzed on his evidence and the fallout from the Cairns trial. Swansea sack Monk SWANSEA, Wales (AP): Swansea has fired manager Garry Monk after nearly two years in charge, following a dip in form that has seen the team win just one of their last eleven Premier League games. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins says he made the decision because of “a drop of performance levels and run of results over the last three months.” Jenkins says “when you take into account the excellent campaign we had last season when we broke all club records in the Premier League, nobody foresaw the position we would be in at this moment in time.” Monk was with the club for more than 11 years, first as a defender and then manager since February 2014 when he replaced Michael Laudrup. Barcelona aiming for third Club World Cup title TOKYO, Japan (AP): Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez spearhead Barcelona’s attempt to win a third Club World Cup title when the European champions arrive in Japan next week. Luis Enrique’s squad will play their first game on December 17 in Yokohama, just five days after hosting Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league. The tournament begins on Thursday in Yokohama. Barcelona and Copa Libertadores winners River Plate are favourites to reach the December 20 final. Barcelona won the tournament in 2009 and 2011 and the Spanish league leaders are clear favourites to continue Europe’s domination. The tournament, which features the top clubs from FIFA’s six continental confederations plus the champion of the host country, returns to Japan for the first time since 2012. It was hosted in Morocco the previous two years.
Steve O’Meara continued his march towards a shot at the British or Commonwealth light-middleweight titles with a third-round stoppage of Tony Randell at Bethnal Green’s York Hall.O’Meara was not known as a big puncher before knocking out his previous two opponents – Nathan Weise and fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms – in the first round.This time the 28-year-old, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, took slightly longer to finish the job but was again in explosive form.Earlier, Harrow Weald’s 19-year-old super-featherweight prospect Mitchell Smith made it three wins out of three professional fights when he easily beat Pavels Senkovs on points.And Wembley welterweight Gary Corcoran, 21, extended his unbeaten record to 4-0 with a victory over Billy Smith, again on points.See also:Steve O’Meara v Tony Randell in picturesO’Meara to fight for Commonwealth titleO’Meara ready to seize title chanceDeGale backs O’Meara to win titleFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
A golf facility has opened at Soweto’s Kwadedangendlale High School – a first for South Africa’s world-famous township. The project is open to the entire community of the suburb of Zola, thanks to the help of some generous sponsors. TrustThe principal of the school, Thomas Mnisi, also gave a few words of gratitude and promised the sponsors that they had not bet on a losing horse.”This day, The Sports Trust has earned the trust of the school because trust is earned and the trust has earned it,” he said. His department intended on working with the trust to sharpen its interventions in developing sport around the country. “The lessons learned will also put us in the right position as we develop and finalise the case of sport.” “The Sports Trust has since its inception been a catalyst for meaningful change in sport and recreation,” he said. The handover at Kwadedangendlale was attended by Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula, who commended the sponsors for developing sports in townships. The school had never obtained anything less than an 80 percent matric pass rate, he added. Mosiane, who is also an administrator at the school, had countless meetings with The Sports Trust and other stakeholders in an effort to get them to consider developing golf in his community. “It is our intention and resolve to draw from The Sports Trust”s expertise and models as we shape and chart a developmental trajectory and transformation landscape for sport and recreation in South Africa and its people.” He says he has been teaching golf for over 10 years now, even though they did not have resources. In all, he teaches some 54 learners from five different schools including Kwadedangendlale High, neighbouring Sivuleleni Primary School and Pace Commercial School. It is the first facility of its kind in Soweto and will be available for the whole community of Zola to use. The project comes after tireless efforts were made by Tebogo Mosiane, a local golfing coach. LeagueNow that they have the right equipment, his next desire is to set up a golfing league where the students can compete against each other. To officially launch the project, Mbalula and three learners made an opening putt, and posed for photographs. The Kwadedangendlale High School Golf Project was handed over at the school on 2 August amid much celebration. The facility, which consists of a putting green and practice nets, was donated by The Sports Trust in partnership with Nedbank and Sun International. Mnisi gave a brief history of the school and explained the meaning of the word “dedangendlale”. It is a Zulu word that loosely translates as “a huge maize field”. For the school, the name was symbolic of teachers planting seeds or feeding the ground so that one day it would produce food to feed nations, he explained. 8 August 2011 Source: City of Johannesburg
Brand South Africa’s CEO Miller MatolaThe Global African Diaspora Summit is currently in session in Johannesburg, with top-level gatherings taking place ahead of the main event on Africa Day on 25 May.The event is an initiative of the Addis Ababa-based African Union (AU) and the South African government. It takes place under the theme Towards the Realisation of a United and Integrated Africa and its Diaspora.The summit’s main aim, according to the AU, is to discuss how best to harness skills and energies within the continent and abroad to boost socio-economic development in Africa, and to facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship through sustainable partnerships with the African Diaspora.At a pre-summit gathering held on 23 May to welcome delegates, South Africa’s international relations minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said that setting up partnerships with African citizens living off the continent would be a priority outcome for the summit.The strengthening of pan-African solidarity is another important goal that will result in a better life for the continent’s people, said Nkoana-Mashabane.“This is Africa’s effort to reach out to its sons and daughters out there in other parts of the world, to affirm our collective identity and marshal our forces for a better Africa and a better world.”Brand South Africa’s CEO Miller Matola too addressed the delegates and reflected on the significance of the event.This summit should be just one of the mechanisms adopted in efforts aimed at fostering a dialogue that will create lasting and more sustainable solutions for the continent, said Jerry Matjila, director-general of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in his closing speech.“For our part as South Africa, we recommit ourselves to working with all whose ideals and vision is part of what we espouse for the future of this continent, and its diaspora.”Harnessing the energy of AfricaAccording to official reports, 64 leaders from African countries, AU organs, and organisations working within the diaspora, will attend the Johannesburg summit. About 500 representatives of government, academia, business and civil society are expected.The date of the event was decided upon at the 18th ordinary session of the AU, held in January 2012, although the endorsement of South Africa as host happened back in 2006, at the organisation’s eighth ordinary session in 2006.AU leaders wish to mobilise African citizens within the continent and in the diaspora, to support the acceleration of the agenda of African integration and development.The decision marked the culmination of a long process of consultations and meetings between the African continent and its diaspora counterparts.In 2003, at the first extraordinary session of AU heads of state, a decision was taken to integrate the African diaspora into the policy framework of the AU.This was done by amending the Constitutive Act, to provide a new article that invites and provides full participation of the African Diaspora as an important part of the continent – although this amendment has not yet come into force.
18 February 2016Congratulaions to 16yr old Leroy Mokgatle, who the international Prix de Lausanne award in Switzerland. #ProudlySA pic.twitter.com/zBUOKUgZmc— Nickyz World (@SeithatiSegoatl) February 13, 2016Leroy Mokgatle, who is just 16, won fourth prize in the prestigious Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition in Switzerland on 6 February. He is the first South African in 28 years to be recognised by this elite competition.He also earned a full scholarship to any one of the 66 Lausanne facilities around the world. His performance in the competition also proved popular with the crowds, as he also won the audience choice award.Leroy Mokgatle with Seyward, his teacher, after winning 4th prize at #prixdelausanne2016 :))) pic.twitter.com/V0mAMwUR8M— BalletClassique (@BalletClasscgkh) February 6, 2016Leroy‚ who trains with Angelique and Sayward Harris at the non-profit dance and sports training centre Art of Motion in Johannesburg‚ gained the attention of the international dance community when he won the gold medal at the London Genee International ballet competition in September 2015. Leroy’s unique interpretation of dance combines Western styles of ballet and contemporary jazz, with distinctive African elements.Leroy Mokgatle wen gesogte prys by internasionale balletkompetisie in Switzerland. Foto #gregorybatardon @RapportSA pic.twitter.com/qoB2mDrS75— Julian Jansen (@JulianJansen) February 6, 2016On behalf of Leroy, Art of Motion thanked South Africans for their support during his rapid rise in international dance competition, adding thanks also to “the world audience for voting (a) SA candidate as their audience choice”. The recognition, the organisation said, was a reward for the continued commitment “to quest for excellence” by Leroy and the hundreds of other young aspiring South African dancers.Leroy Mokgatle had me fixed. So glad he won the #PrixDeLausanne Incredible dancer #ballet pic.twitter.com/aksx3SI75A— Perf.SportsTherapy (@Perf_STherapy) February 12, 2016Source: News24
Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh was heckled and his supporters were assaulted by a group of locals in the Darjeeling hills on Thursday.Mr. Ghosh, who is on a two-day visit to Darjeeling, was addressing a meeting in an auditorium when some locals started protesting and disrupting his speech. The State BJP chief came out of the auditorium with his supporters but the locals followed them.Cap knocked off Mr. Ghosh and his supporters were chased and those trying to protect him were pushed and shoved, and a few were severely beaten up. In one video footage of the attack, the Gorkha cap worn by Mr. Ghosh is seen being knocked off by a local with an umbrella.Mr. Ghosh alleged that supporters of rebel Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Binoy Tamang were behind the attack. He alleged that the police did not provide any protection and he along with his supporters had to walk all the way to the Darjeeling police station to take refuge and lodge a complaint. Stand on Gorkhaland Over the past two days, the State BJP chief has faced several rounds of protests by locals. Though GJM president Bimal Gurung has asked people to welcome the BJP delegation, Mr. Ghosh was repeatedly asked by locals to clear his party’s stand on the issue of Gorkhaland.A strike over the demand for a separate State of Gorkhaland, which continued for 100 days, was lifted on September 27. Mr. Ghosh is one of the first leaders from the plains to visit the hills after withdrawal of the strike.