Half-time: Southampton 0 QPR 0

first_imgQPR made it to the break on level terms despite a difficult first half at St Mary’s.They were on the back foot from the start and were forced into an early change after Sandro suffered an apparent head injury after eight minutes.The Brazilian midfielder, back after a knee problem, was replaced by Karl Henry following lengthy treatment.Southampton, second in the table and enjoying their best start to a top-flight season since 1988, have looked dangerous so far.They almost went ahead when Dusan Tadic’s shot deflected off Steven Caulker and onto the outside of the post, before Saints forward Graziano Pelle fired into the side netting from near the edge of the six-yard box.Rangers, thrashed 4-0 in their two previous away league games this season, have been largely second best but their passing has been better and they have shown much more willingness to press the opposition.Eduardo Vargas had got through plenty of work for them on the left-hand side in an attempt to track Nathaniel Clyne.Even so, Southampton should be ahead and Morgan Schniederlin missed a great chance for them, steering his shot wide from close range after being set up by Sadio Mane.Rangers’ best opening came in first-half injury time when Charlie Austin shot wide. QPR (4-2-3-1): Green; Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Traore; Sandro (Henry 11), Fer; Phillips, Kranjcar; Vargas, Austin. Subs: Hill, McCarthy, Onouha, Dunne, Hoilett, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Steady growth in SA, BRICS trade

first_img30 August 2012Bilateral trade between South Africa and its BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India and China) partners grew substantially last year, powered by significant increases in trade and exports, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said in Cape Town on Wednesday.Davies said bilateral trade between South Africa and China last year grew by 32%, trade with India by 25%, and trade with Brazil by 20%.Bilateral trade between South Africa and Russia also recovered in 2011, after a decline of 44% in 2010, but is still below the R4.2-billion in bilateral trade recorded between the two countries in 2008.Bilateral trade with China last year totaled R188-billion, with India R55-billion, with Brazil R18-billion, and with Russia R3.8-billion.The recovery in bilateral trade between South Africa and its BRICS partners follows increases in trade in 2010, after declining during the global economic crisis in 2008 and 2009.South African exports to China grew the most – at 46% – while exports to India grew by 20%, to Brazil by 14%, and to Russia by 7%.Davies said SA exports to China have grown rapidly after increases of 20% in 2010 and 42% in 2009.In terms of balance of trade, South Africa has run a trade surplus with Russia in the last two years of R1.3-billion and R1-billion respectively, after running trade deficits in 2008 and 2009.While South Africa has continued to run a trade deficit with China over the last four years, that deficit has narrowed by over 50%, from R48-billion in 2008 to less than R18-billion in 2011.South Africa’s trade deficit with Brazil also narrowed last year, to R6.1-billion – almost R2.5-billion less than the deficit recorded in 2008.However, after running trade surpluses with India of R2.5-billion in 2009 and R1.5- billion in 2010, South Africa last year recorded a trade deficit of R4.9-billion.Commenting on foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into South Africa, Davies said these had recovered last year to US$5.8-billion, about the same level as 2007 and up from $1.2-billion in 2010.He said South Africa’s decline in FDI from $9-billion in 2008 was in line with aggregate figures for G20 countries that show that FDI flows have declined every year since 2007.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

South Africa’s mortality rate at its lowest in over a decade

first_imgTuberculosis remains the leading cause of death among South Africans, according to data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Tuesday.Stats SA and the Medical Research Council had helped to train doctors in cause-of-death-certification, which had resulted in more accurate reporting. (Image: Stats SA)Brand South Africa ReporterTuberculosis remains the leading cause of death among South Africans, according to data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Tuesday.The Mortality and Causes of Death Report shows that HIV has risen to become the third leading cause of death in the country. It was in sixth position in 2012.But Statistician General Pali Lehohla said the rise was because recording deaths from HIV had improved, not because it was actually an increasing cause of death.Lehohla said Stats SA and the Medical Research Council had helped to train doctors in cause-of-death-certifcation, which had resulted in more accurate reporting.Death certificatesThe report is based on data collected by the Department of Home Affairs through the death registration system. The data comes as South Africa commemorated World Aids Day on 1 December. About 6.4-million South Africans are living with HIV/AIDS, according to the Human Sciences Research Council.“The number of people that are dying in South Africa has declined . over time,” Lehohla said. The report found that 458&933 people died in 2013 – 6.5% down from 491 100 deaths recorded in 2012. It is the lowest number of deaths since 2002, when 502 797 deaths were registered.The report found that more males were affected by HIV than females in 2013.In 2013, the majority of deaths resulted from the main group of certain infectious and parasitic diseases (22,6%), followed by diseases of the circulatory system (16,7%).Tuberculosis (8.8%) remained the leading cause of death among South Africans, followed by influenza and pneumonia (5.2%), HIV (5.1%), cerebrovascular diseases (4.9%), and diabetes mellitus (4.8%).Of the total 458 933 deaths reported, 23% were due to infectious and parasitic diseases; 25% were other diseases; while 17% of deaths were due to circulatory system diseases.Death due to injuriesRob Dorrington, a professor of actuarial science at the University of Cape Town, told Business Report that the decline in deaths was probably largely attributable to the government’s HIV/AIDS treatment programme, which now reaches 2.7-million people.The percentage of deaths due to injuries for men was above 60% in the 20-24 age group, while the percentage of deaths due to injuries among women peaked at 28%.With deaths caused by accidents in the country, Limpopo province had the highest at 30.6% followed by the Northern Cape at 24.1%. Gauteng province had the lowest number at 3.6%. Transport accidents which led to death were shown to peak in June (10.4%) and December (10.1%).The Northern Cape recorded the highest number of assault-related deaths as a percentage of non-natural deaths at 23.1%. In fact, the Pixley ka Seme district in the Northern Cape has the country’s highest death rate at 19 per 1 000 people. eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal recorded the lowest death rate at 5 per 1 000.The report also found that 44.2% of South Africans die in hospitals while 23.2% die at home.The death registration of adults in South Africa was at 94%.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

2nd Test, Day 4: Bhajji slams his second 100, India get fitting reply from McCullum

first_imgHarbhajan Singh celebrates after scoring a century during the second cricket Test match against New Zealand in Hyderabad on Monday, November 15, 2010. Harbhajan Singh smashed his way into the record books by becoming the first number eight batsman in the history of Test cricket to hit back-to-back tons even as the second Test between India and New Zealand headed towards a tight finish in Hyderabad on Monday.SCORECARDAfter Harbhajan propelled the hosts to a challenging 472 with a blistering unbeaten 111 off 114 deliveries, Brendon McCullum led a strong New Zealand riposte by notching up his sixth Test century, which helped his side finish the day at 237 for the loss of four wickets.The New Zealanders gained a lead of 115 runs at stumps, on day four, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.After being at receiving end of McCullum’s onslaught, Indian bowlers, however, struck late in the day to give the hosts a slight edge going into the final day.At close, McCullum was going great guns having scored 124 off 177 deliveries, while giving him company was Kane Williamson, on 12. With Williamson for company, McCullum would ideally like to bat atleast an hour after lunch in order ensure that the Black Caps are in the safety zone.The crowd at the stadium went quiet as McCullum smashed the Indian bowlers for 11 boundaries and three sixes, but S Sreesanth brought some cheer back in the stands when he got one move in a bit after pitching breaching through Ross Taylor’s defence.McCullum, however, stood firm at the other end and a spanking off-drive off the bowler stood out.advertisementEarlier, openers McCullum and Tim McIntosh started on a positive note and shared an opening stand of 125 to help New Zealand clear the deficit and take a nine-run lead by tea, after Harbhajan’s exploits in the morning session saw Indians take a first innings lead of 122.Both the New Zealand openers batted with ease and displayed great character in dealing with the Indian spinners.After Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth failed to provide a breakthrough, Mahendra Singh Dhoni introduced the spinners but the New Zealand openers, especially McCullum, used their feet well to score some quick runs against Harbhajan and Pragyan Ojha.McCullum sashayed down the ground to loft Harbhajan over his head to signal his intentions. He then greeted Ojha with another massive six over long-off, which landed on the second tier of the pavilion end, and then swept the bowler to the deep midwicket boundary.Harbhajan was again at the receiving end of McCullum’s onslaught, when the batsman smashed him for the maximum over long-off.At tea the visitors, having overcome a deficit of 122 runs, were comfortably placed at 131 for the loss of first-innings centurion Tim McIntosh, who was trapped by Pragyan Ojha just one short of a half-century.McCullum was unbeaten on 73 off 101 balls while Martin Guptill was giving him company on four. Thanks to McCullum’s aggressive batting, the session between lunch and tea fetched New Zealand 94 runs in 27 overs.What affected India’s bowling in that period was pace spearhead Zaheer Khan’s absence — he sat out the entire session due to abdominal strain.The pacer came off the bench some time after tea, but did not bowl. Another cause for concern was Sressanth’s recurrent problem with no balls. The pacer overstepped thrice during his short five-over spell before lunch.Dhoni tried to play on McCullum’s patience by employing a 6-3 packed on-side field when Harbhajan Singh was operating from round the wicket, but the Kiwi was unruffled and, on a couple of occasions, used the reverse sweep to great effect against the off-spinner.He got to his century, his sixth in the longer version of the game, with a cracking square-cut off Harbhajan.Earlier in the day, Harbhajan slammed an unbeaten 111 off 116 balls and his 105-run partnership for the 10th wicket with Sreesanth helped the hosts take a first innings significant lead before Daniel Vettori castled Sreesanth to put the brakes on India’s first innings.Vettori, who bowled nearly 50 overs, finished with impressive figures of five for 135, while Tim Southee took three for 119.Resuming at an overnight score of 434 for nine, the duo of Harbhajan, who was unbeaten on 85 at stumps on the third day, and Sreesanth racked up 36 runs in quick time that saw the off-spinner getting to the coveted landmark.The landmark was touched when Harbhajan tucked off his hips a Tim Southee delivery, in the seventh over of the day.As he pumped his fists in joy, his teammates in the dressing room gave him a standing ovation as crowd clapped and whistled for the man Rahul Dravid described as the “new Gary Sobers.”advertisementThe spinner also thanked Sreesanth who defied the visitors for 115 minutes, which saw him take some blows on his body.Harbhajan started from where he had left off on the third day, slamming Vettori for a straight six over the long-on.After reaching his century, he smashed Southee over widish long-on for his seventh six of the innings and second of the day.The 100-run partnership was up in just 110 minutes and off 149 balls. Harbhajan’s hurricane knock contained seven sixes and an equal number of boundaries.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool striker Mane avoids FA action after Lichtsteiner clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Mane avoids FA action after Lichtsteiner clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Sadio Mane has avoided action after grabbing Stephan Lichsteiner around the throat during victory over Arsenal.Mane put his hands around Lichtsteiner’s neck during the first half of Saturday’s 5-1 home win at Anfield.However, The Sun reports referee Michael Oliver saw the incident at the time and duly awarded a free-kick which means there will be no further action.The clash summed up a feisty, frustrating evening for the Gunners as they fell five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.There was even a tunnel bust-up involving Arsenal defender Sokratis and Liverpool top scorer Mo Salah. last_img read more

a month agoSheffield Utd manager Wilder leaps to defence of McGoldrick

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sheffield Utd manager Wilder leaps to defence of McGoldrickby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United manager Chris Wilder has leapt to the defence of David McGoldrick.The 31-year-old was criticised for his wastefulness in front of goal during last weekend’s loss to Southampton.He missed Saturday’s win over Sheffield United with a groin strain, and Wilder stuck up for the 31-year-old when speaking after the game.He said: “So what does he do? He has a finishing session on his own and then goes back out to have another finishing session, because he’s trying to improve his skills and get that aspect of his game out of his system. It was then, he tweaked his groin. “But that tells you what kind of boy he is. An international player. Any sort of negativity or criticism towards him is ridiculous, because he gives everything for this football club and is brilliant for us.”I think we’ve got to be careful as a football club, because of the results and the way we’ve played, that we don’t put too much pressure on our players.”A couple of things got flagged up to me (after losing to Southampton). This team, where they’ve come from, they don’t deserve 70 per cent report. They deserve 100 per cent support.” last_img read more

Some retailers want to exercise lower rent rights at malls with Sears

first_imgTwo retail companies want an Ontario court to allow them to exercise their co-tenancy rights and change their rental agreements at malls where failed anchor tenant Sears Canada left a vacancy.Gap Inc., which owns Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, and the Children’s Place filed notices of motion earlier this month asking the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to lift a stay on their co-tenancy rights.The stay has cost Gap about $1.75 million, according to court documents, and the Children’s Place nearly $200,000 per month.A co-tenancy right in a lease can give a retailer the right to reduce or restructure its rent if certain specified anchor tenants vacate the mall or reduce their square footage below a specific threshold, according to the documents. In some cases, it can allow a company to terminate its lease without any penalties.The court ordered a stay on those rights in June 2017 for any property where Sears Canada owns or operates a store, office or warehouse.The court granted the stay after the applicants — the company’s creditors — argued the stay was necessary and appropriate to mitigate the effects on the landlords and maintain the status quo during restructuring.The stay is in effect until Dec. 18 this year, according to documents.The retailers want the court to declare the stay no longer in effect once Sears Canada no longer owns or operates space in a shopping centre, or to nullify it.Sears Canada closed its last remaining stores Jan. 14 of this year after spending much of 2017 attempting to reinvent itself and bring in traffic.Gap operated 256 stores in Canada as of this April with 22 currently affected by the stay, according to documents.Meanwhile the Children’s Place operates 126 retail locations in the country, according to documents, and 18 of those are impacted by the stay.The motions are scheduled to be heard in October.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Crew tie FC Dallas in rescheduled match after lightning strike injures fan

The Columbus Crew and FC Dallas were able to reconvene for their inter-conference match Sunday, after “extenuating circumstances” during a pregame severe weather alert saw a fan get struck by lightning in Crew Stadium’s parking lot Saturday.A downpour of rain and lightning striking visibly close to the stadium had led to the issuance of an emergency alert that urged fans to seek shelter just before the scheduled kickoff of 8 p.m.Stu Tudor, an off-duty lieutenant of the Columbus Fire Department, was one of thousands of fans waiting to see if the weather would let up. A bolt of lightning struck near a bank of portable restrooms by the southwest corner of the stadium and seriously injured him.“First responders were called to Crew Stadium to address an incident surrounding the inclement weather that delayed tonight’s contest,” the Crew said in an press release via email at 10:07 p.m. Saturday. “Due to these extenuating circumstances, the match was postponed. During tonight’s thunderstorm that caused the severe weather delay, an individual was injured during the inclement weather and was transported to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.”Bystanders said Tudor was unresponsive when emergency services arrived to provide care, according to multiple reports.He was later reported as being in critical condition.In a Sunday press release, MLS Executive Vice President Dan Courtemanche said the decisions to both postpone and subsequently reschedule the match for Sunday afternoon were made by the league, keeping fan safety in mind.“Due to the inclement weather in Ohio and the unfortunate incident that occurred in the parking lot outside Columbus Crew Stadium last night, Major League Soccer made the decision to postpone the game between FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew,” Courtemanche said. “The health and safety of our fans is always our top priority, and we believe it was the right decision to postpone the match.”Courtemanche also said it was “standard policy” to reschedule the game for the following day, if it is possible and feasible for both teams.“All of us—including Dallas as well—you prepare all day for a match, and then it gets delayed and you hear something like that. You don’t want to play,” midfielder Justin Meram said after the match of the team’s mindset after learning of Tudor’s injury Saturday evening. “I think it was the right thing to do (to postpone the match).”So on Sunday, the Crew (4-5-7) and FC Dallas (6-7-5) kicked off at 2 p.m. and played to a 0-0 tie in both teams’ first regular season action since June 7 and 11, respectively. MLS instituted a break in play for the FIFA World Cup, just as the NHL did while the 2014 Winter Olympics were taking place in Sochi, Russia.Columbus played efficiently in the first half and notched two shots on goal on five attempts.Midfielders Ben Speas and Tony Tchani stepped up early to direct traffic and set the pace of attacking sequences, often relying on fellow midfielders Wil Trapp and Hector Jimenez to cross balls in from the side to generate scoring opportunities.The Black and Gold possessed and skillfully passed the ball often, attaining a 61.5 percent control advantage and 90.6 percent in passing accuracy in the second half.In the 13th minute, Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark moved forward to confront a Dallas attack and went down with contact in the penalty area, but play continued with no foul call. Defender Michael Parkhurst manned the goal in Clark’s stead and was able to block an accurate shot from Dallas midfielder Michel to keep the game scoreless.“It’s very important, me as a goalkeeper. It’s a very tight line between success and failure when you come out of your net like that,” Clark said after the match. “Michael’s been there for me all year and we have each other’s backs. And he had me today. It’s a really big save for the team and for me as well.”Clark later came up big in the 83rd minute when he stopped the ball on the goal line after a header from Dallas forward David Texeira. Sunday’s clean sheet marked his second consecutive shutout after not surrendering any goals at D.C. United June 7.Defender Eric Gehrig used his head to deflect a bending cross kicked from the left side of Dallas’ attacking half by Michel in the 61st minute, and Gehrig was consistently in position to defend the barrage of three consecutive Dallas corner kicks that happened next.“Every game, I always experience a time where it’s about survival mode. No matter what game it is, there’s always been a five-, 10-minute stretch where it’s about digging in and fighting and getting out of it. I think that was one of those cases,” Gehrig said of the task of defending three straight corners. “The message to the guys is just hold on and hang in there and not let that decide the game. I thought we bent a little bit but didn’t break.”Showing their support for the hospitalized Tudor, numerous Crew players—including Gehrig, Trapp, and defender Bernardo Anor—walked over to the Nordecke fan section after the match to sign a fan-made banner that read, “Get Well Stu.”The coaches of both teams also wore red ribbons pinned to their shirts as a gesture of goodwill and solidarity for Tudor.“This is something you have to do, this is your job. You have to kind of put it behind you … as well as, you know, play for him (Tudor),” Meram said.Columbus is slated to travel west to take on the Colorado Rapids next on the July 4 holiday. Kickoff is scheduled for Friday at 9:30 p.m. read more

Football Urban Meyer names Parris Campbell Ohio States best playmaker and current

OSU then-redshirt sophomore wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) scores a touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State seems to already have someone in mind to replace Curtis Samuel at the H-back position. On Tuesday, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer announced redshirt junior Parris Campbell is the leading man for the potential role of hybrid-back.“We moved Parris inside a little bit, and he’s dynamic,” Meyer said. “He was a running back in high school. Big dude that can run and catch — he’s that guy right now.”Although Campbell received the nod as the current H-back favorite, Meyer said redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill has also been in the mix, although the team is still experimenting with moving players around at various positions. As arguably one of the most important positions on the field for the Buckeyes, there will be lofty expectations placed on the shoulders of whoever gets the starting H-back job.Samuel, a now potential second-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, was the epitome of dynamic. With 865 yards receiving and 771 yards on the ground, combined with 15 total touchdowns, it was easy to name the Brooklyn, New York, native as the best player on the Scarlet and Gray offense last season.Now, with Samuel gone, OSU has a tough choice to make — take a player who’s been at a different position previously and make him an H-back, or mold a newcomer into the role. Even with Campbell as the current frontrunner, Meyer also named him as one of the leading wide receivers currently.“Well Parris is … I’d put Parris No. 1,” Meyer said. “I’d put K.J. and Terry McLaurin either (No. 2) slash (No. 3). I’d push Ben Victor … he’s as talented as any I’ve ever coached. And then Austin Mack, and Johnnie Dixon’s having a good spring, so they all are. Brendon White’s actually making good plays for us. And Eric Glover-Williams, he’s just got to get everything in order.”Campbell had just 121 yards receiving, and a lowly 54 yards on the ground, although he did score a touchdown once. Mostly a kickoff return specialist and a gunner on punt coverage, there were plenty of moments he showed his speed and athleticism.However, running the ball out of the backfield and being quick enough on the inside is a whole new ballgame. Through he’s played the position in the past, trying to convert a wide receiver to running back bodes a similar challenge to making a catcher a shortstop in baseball.Still, Campbell is in Meyer’s good graces, and could be taking snaps from both the backfield and out wide this season.“He’s one of my favorite players just because he’s so unselfish and goes so hard,” Meyer said. “He deserves to have a great year, and he’s one of our best playmakers right now.” read more

Huesca wants to be the first La Liga team to play

first_imgThe team’s president has volunteered his club to play an official match in the United States this seasonSociedad Deportiva Huesca is a small team playing for the first time in La Liga, the top level of the Spanish football.With a stadium supporting only 5,500 supporters, the team is doing everything it can to grow its fan base.And president Jose Antonio Martin Otin might have found the answer.After La Liga reported to sign a 15-year deal taking at least one official La Liga match to the United States, Huesca says they want in.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Huesca has made an offer to the LFP to be one of the teams that play the game in the United States, as long as there’s an agreement with the players in Spain,” Martin Otin told ESPN as reported by Four Four Two.“If there’s an agreement with the players, Huesca have told the LFP president to keep us in mind when it comes to playing this game. We would love to be involved in it.”Huesca opened up their 2018-2019 campaign with a win at Eibar.They later tied 2-2 against Athletic Bilbao.And this Sunday they will visit the Camp Nou to play against Barcelona.last_img read more