Bruce ready for ‘must win’ tie

first_img The last time the sides met at the KC Stadium was the final day of Championship season – a dramatic 2-2 draw capped by a tense period of injury-time that saw Hull miss a penalty and Cardiff score one. That result was still enough to send the Tigers up in second behind their title-winning opponents, though, and both sides now share the goal of preserving their top-flight status. Hull manager Steve Bruce believes Saturday’s match with Cardiff is one both clubs will have highlighted as a must win at the start of the Barclays Premier League campaign. Cardiff have already beaten Manchester City, while Hull impressed in patches against the same opponents just before the international break, but Bruce insists it is fixtures such as this that will define each side’s season. “It’s a big game for us, but I’m sure they’ll say the same. Cardiff came up with us and they’ll have put it down as one of their fixtures to get something from,” said Bruce. “Cardiff are a good side and they proved to be the best side in the Championship last year. Since then they’ve added to their squad well, spent a lot of money to improve and they’re going to make a big fist of it. “Talk about must-win games…it’s against opposition who you think will be around you at the end of the season. If you can turn those teams over it’s a big feather in your cap and can help you enormously. “We identified the first four or five home games. For any side in the bottom half it’s about ‘can you pick up the points at home?’ “But Cardiff won the Championship at a canter in the finish and they’ve added well. They’ll be difficult to beat but the way we have played so far has encouraged us.” Bruce is without summer signing Yannick Sagbo, who serves the last of a three-game suspension following his sending off against Norwich, meaning Danny Graham should get another chance to impress up front. As a centre-forward with Premier League experience Graham will be an important player in the coming weeks, with Hull having failed to secure a deadline-day deal for West Brom’s Shane Long. The club did manage to bring last year’s loan signing Gedo back on a season-long deal from Egyptian outfit Al Ahly, but he is still battling visa issues. Civil unrest in his home country means that process is far from straightforward. “The British Embassy is shut apparently, it is in a place where a lot of the trouble is so they have to send passports to Dubai then get them sent back somewhere,” said Bruce. “He’s trying desperately bless him, he’s trying to get his visa and you’re not allowed in without it. “The last I heard he was trying to get to Dubai himself to rush things up.” Asked if he had a clear idea of when to expect the striker, a rueful Bruce joked: “If we’ll see him by Christmas, I’m not so sure.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Begovic: War Traumas affected my Personality

first_imgAsmir Begovic told English journalists his life story at least a hundred times, but it is always interesting again, so he repeated it yesterday in an exclusive conversation with The Guardian. He started from his first arrival in the country after persecution of the beginning of the aggression in BiH. The reason for his arrival was the death of his grandfather.“I saw a ruin where we lived during the war. These are difficult things for us and something that has affected my personality today,” he said.He also referred to his era in Chelsea, which, unlike others, is not considered unsuccessful.“There were good and bad moments there, as in every club. I have positive experiences with Chelsea, I went to compete and try to fight for my place. I enjoyed it, but I went because I wanted to be a goalkeeper in the best years of my career,” he said.(Source: Fokus.ba)last_img read more

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Count Basie Theatre Series Raises More Than $400,000 for Charities

first_imgRED BANK – In the months that followed Super Storm Sandy, the Count Basie Theatre quickly became the hub for fundraising concerts and events.Charities, local and national musicians, and television celebrities reached out to the Basie and creative endeavors began. Count Basie Theatre CEO Adam Philipson spearheaded the plan to fill the calendar with not only Count Basie Theatre presented shows or rentals, but also with outside organizations needing a space that could accommodate the public. The results have yielded substantial donations for the relief efforts in the Monmouth County area.The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties was among the organizations assisted with fundraising efforts by the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank following Super Storm Sandy. Accepting a representational check, from left, are: Charles Woolston, a board member for the theater and foodbank; Peter Ardolino, a theater foundation board member; Linda Keenan, the foodbank’s director of development; Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich and Michael Parent, theater board members.“Our vision was to become an active agent of change and support during one of the worst national disasters” Philipson said. “We opened our doors and hearts to the families that were suffering and were grateful to have had so many artists willing to participate with us.”Of the many concerts that took place over the past three months, Count Basie Theatre presented or co-presented events generated funding toward Sandy relief from combined donations through Count Basie Theatre Raffle ticket sales, the Grace Potter & The Nocturnals performance, a private donation from the Feaster Family and Swing’ and Singin’ for Sandy Relief featuring The Manhattan Transfer.Other events that took place at Count Basie Theatre included An Evening with Brian Williams and Jon Stewart (both Williams and Stewart matched the funds raised from ticket sales); Hope for the Highlands and Santa for Seabright (Brian Kirk and the Jirks).A total of $415,782 was raised and allocated to: Lunch Break; Foodbank of Mon­mouth and Ocean Counties; VNA; Salvation Army New Jersey Division; St. Rose High School Music Department; and Count Basie Theatre Performing Arts Academy for bussing displaced students to the theater to see special performances as part of the Basie’s Outreach Program.Response from the recipients has been overwhelming and the staff at the Count Basie Theatre are happy to have helped facilitate the process.“The Board is very honored with this kind gift in recognition of the efforts of the staff and volunteers in the days following the storm to continue the vital services to our community that defines our mission,” said Bonnie Featherstone-Johnson, Lunch Break board of trustees. “We are indeed humbled.”Organizations like the Salvation Army provided 214,488 meals and 7,381 blankets. Rosemary Calderalo of the Salvation Army New Jersey Division said, “Thank you so much. We are very moved by the Count Basie Theatre’s support. You are a great community partner.”last_img read more

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3 new passport offices to be up and running by the end of 2019…

first_imgCitizenship Minister Winston Felix on Thursday disclosed that his department is working to establish passport offices in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) by the end of the 2019 fiscal year. This is in keeping with the Administration’s vision of decentralising vital public services in capital towns.The Minister on Thursday visited the Essequibo Coast to get a first-hand look at the plot of land that has been identified by the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) in the town of Anna Regina where that region’s passport office will be located.“Last year, at an outreach conducted by the Minister of State, the issue of passports and the challenge to travel to Georgetown was raised by many residents and I made a commitment that all efforts will be made to remedy this situation in keeping with President’s wish to have Government services easily accessible inMinister of Citizenship Winston Felix discusses the construction of the building and parking facility for the passport office, with engineers and technical officerscapital towns,” Minister Felix stated.The identified plot is centrally located; with the Anna Regina Police Station, the GLSC Office and the Guyana Revenue Authority Office within close proximity.“Since Anna Regina is a capital town, we will bring the service to Anna Regina. This will cut out the unnecessary travelling to Georgetown; it will bring the service to Essequibians, thereby reducing the time they have to wait, as well as the cost involved in travelling,” Minister Felix stated.Meanwhile, the new passport offices at Linden and New Amsterdam are serving residents well and have significantly reduced the hassle and crowds at the Georgetown office. The Minister recalled that only a few years ago, the lines at the central location would extend all the way to Barrack Street, Kingston.He said that upon entering Office, President David Granger created the Department of Citizenship and directed that one of its first tasks must be to eliminate this unnecessary everyday struggle.Since then, more equipment was procured for the Immigration Office to improve efficiency and the decentralisation programme commenced.last_img read more

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Donegal Rose to bloom in Tralee

first_imgUpdated: 26/08/2019Chloe Kennedy from Donegal Town is about to have her big moment representing Donegal in the Dome as she takes part in the 60th Rose of Tralee International Festival.The 20-year-old is one of 32 Roses who will be joining host Daithi O Sé for live televised interviews over two selection nights. Chloe will be appearing on the stage on Tuesday night for the final round of interviews. She will have a large crowd of friends and family supporting her in the Dome, while many more people will be cheering her on from home.Chloe will reign as the Donegal Rose for the next two years, due to new competition changes.And she is already relishing the ambassadorial role, having taken part in photoshoots, a parade and many events at home during the summer and this weekend in Kerry.Donegal Rose Chloe KennedyChloe has been sharing an important message of health and positivity during her Rose journey, having overcome cancer this year. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma near the end of 2018 and underwent 12 sessions of chemotherapy.Chloe deferred her psychology studies at Maynooth University to undergo treatment and received the all-clear shortly before being crowned as the Donegal Rose.“It was tough but I consider myself very lucky. Cancer touches so many people, but if I can raise awareness of it I’d tell people to be aware of your body, if you notice something’s up then go with your gut feeling and go to your doctor,” Chloe told DonegalWoman.ieChloe is the eldest of three girls and the Rose competition was always a popular event in their home. She is the daughter of Jenni Timoney and Pauric Kennedy, the Mayor of Donegal Town.She is a firm believer in using positivity to overcome life’s hurdles. “A good mental attitude will get you through anything. We all have bad days. But you tell yourself it will be okay and you will pick yourself up,” she said.Chloe is also keen to encourage other young women to enter competitions such as the Rose of Tralee.“You are learning valuable skills and making friends and your whole family comes together to support you. What more could you want, it’s fantastic!”Another contestant with close Donegal connections this year is the Boston and New England Rose Tanya Stanley, whose mother Theresa Stanley (née O Rourke) is from Ardara. South Carolina Rose Cat McWhirter also traces her father’s roots back to Donegal.Letterkenny man Ciaran Cannon is also enjoying the festival as a Rose Escort.The Rose of Tralee Selection shows air on RTE One this Monday and Tuesday at 8pm on both nights.Donegal Rose to bloom in Tralee was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:chloe kennedyDonegal Roserose of tralee international festivallast_img read more

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Economic growth tops SONA

first_imgSONA 2017: “The Year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Unity in Action Together Moving South Africa Forward”. Economic growth and transformation as well as education were priorities in President Zuma’s speech.Corrupt South African president Jacob Zuma participates in The New Age SABC Business briefing held in Cape Town on 10 February 2017, unpacking some of the key messages and actions from the previous evening’s State of the Nation Address. (Photo: GCIS)CD AndersonEconomic growth reaching 1.7%, the government using its buying power to grow SMMEs, expanding tertiary access to the “forgotten middle” and a renewed emphasis on maths and science teaching were the core of President Jacob Zuma’s 2017 State of the Nation Address.At the heart of true reconciliation was the reform of ownership of land and control of the economy, he said. The lag in appropriation of land for landless black African rural populations had resulted in a decline in the number of households involved in agriculture – there had been a 19% drop from 2.9-million in 2011 to 2.6-million in 2016. The Expropriation Act has been referred back to parliament because the president believes it will not pass constitutional muster.The government would encourage land claimants to hold on to their land instead of accepting payments. This, President Zuma said, perpetuated landlessness among black Africans especially. “Over 90% of claims are currently settled through financial compensation which does not help the process at all. It perpetuates dispossession. It also undermines economic empowerment.“Government has committed itself to support black smallholder farmers. I received a memorandum from the African Farmers Association of South Africa who say the year 2017 must be the year of the commercialisation of the black smallholder farmers. Indeed, government will implement a commercialisation support programme for 450 black smallholder farmers.”Radical socio-economic transformationThe State of the Nation Address marked the beginning of a new chapter of radical socio-economic transformation, said the president, who highlighted the gap between the earnings of white households and black – a differential of five. It mirrored ownership of the nation’s economy.“The skewed nature of ownership and leadership patterns needs to be corrected. There can be no sustainability in any economy if the majority is excluded in this manner. In my discussions with the business community, they accepted these transformation imperatives.”Beyond legislation, the government would be using its purchasing power to drive transformation and economic growth. “The state spends R500-billion a year buying goods and services. Added to this is the R900-billion infrastructure budget. Those budgets must be used to achieve economic transformation.”New regulations have been gazetted compelling big contractors to share at least 30% of work with black-owned businesses. The aim is to grow small enterprises, build township and rural economies and promote local industrial development.EducationThe coming year had been dedicated to OR Tambo, the late ANC president and maths and science teacher. Inspired by his example, South Africans should work together to build the united, democratic, non-sexist, non-racial and prosperous South Africa of which he had dreamed. The cornerstone of that dream was education.“This gives our children dignity. A total of 173 inappropriate structures have been eradicated since 2011. In total, 895 new schools now provide a conducive learning environment for our children.”The most disruption over the last two years had occurred at tertiary institutions as students demanded access to affordable education. The government had heard their demands and had listened to the multitude of solutions offered.It had covered the increases in 2016 tuition fees, settled outstanding debts of students in the NSFAS programme and would now expand the threshold for funding students, raising it from household incomes of R122,000. This new funding threshold would cover the “missing middle” of students – those whose parents earned too much to qualify for government aid, but not enough to afford tertiary study.“Honourable members and fellow South Africans, students and their parents should understand that the needs for services like water, sanitation, early childhood development and good public transport have to also be addressed, alongside access to quality higher education and training. But our commitment to finding sustainable solutions to the funding of the social wage in general, and education, in particular, is unwavering.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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South Africa names Pravin Gordhan finance minister

first_imgThe Presidency has announced that Pravin Gordhan, the previous minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, is to take up the position of minister of finance. He held the same position from 2009 to 2014, and now replaces David van Rooyen.Pravin Gordhan returns as the South African minister of finance on 13 December 2015. (Image: South African government, Flickr)Pravin Gordhan was named the new minister of finance on 13 December, replacing David van Rooyen who was appointed to the role last week.“On 9 December 2015, I announced the appointment of a new minister of finance, David van Rooyen,” President Jacob Zuma said. “I have received many representations to reconsider my decision. As a democratic government, we emphasise the importance of listening to the people and to respond to their views.“In this regard, I have, after serious consideration and reflection, taken the following decision; I have appointed Pravin Gordhan, the current minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs as the new minister of finance.”Gordhan held the post previously from 2009 to 2014.“I have also decided to appoint Van Rooyen as the new minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs.”Source: The PresidencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN COACHES ANNOUNCED

first_imgThe Australian Touch Association have announced the coaching appointments for Australia’s Open teams, who will defend their World Number 1 ranking at the 2007 World Cup in South Africa. The calibre of candidates was extremely high and following an extensive process never before undertaken in the appointment of Touch coaches, the successful individuals were: Mens Open – Tony Trad Womens Open – Kerry Norman Mixed Open – Gary Madders The extended process included detailed analysis of applications, an interview, a practical presentation and performance appraisal of all candidates. The Panel included the National Coaching Director, a member of the Board of Directors, the National Technical Manager and an external representative from the Australian Sports Commission Coaching and Officiating division. The make-up of the Panel ensured that extensive analysis of the candidates was undertaken. Tony Trad led the Australian Mixed team to reclaim the Number 1 Mixed crown at the 2003 World Cup in Japan, having closed the gap on New Zealand mixed teams in the last two Trans Tasman campaigns. Kerry Norman was assistant coach of the Open Womens team that also successfully defended its world title in Japan and has also held the position of Australian womens 20s coach at the Youth World Cup in 2001. Gary Madders has been a successful Australian Youth coach in recent years and coach of the highly successful Womens Brisbane City Cobras team at the last national titles. The quality of candidates made the decision extremely difficult and the limited number of positions saw highly credentialed and qualified candidates miss out on an appointment. The national coaches will now work with Cathy Gray, ATA Elite Programs Director, in the selection of the National Training Squads at the 2004 National Touch League in March. The Squads will go into camp in June to start a program building to the World Cup in South Africa in January 2007. Assistant Coach positions have been opened, it is anticipated these will also be highly competitive. Australia and New Zealand are yet to agree on timing and location of the next major internationals, it is anticipated these will be negotiated before the 2004 National Touch League.last_img read more

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