Chelsea v Barcelona: Player ratings

first_imgWe made Frank Lampard Chelsea’s man of the match against Barcelona, with Ashley Cole a close second. But several players produced outstanding displays in a brilliant victory for the Blues. Here’s how we rated them…Petr Cech: 8Produced several fine saves – including a brilliant late stop to keep out Puyol’s header and deny Barca what could have been a decisive away goal.Branislav Ivanovic: 8A real unsung hero on a great night for Chelsea, who depended massively on Ivanovic tucking in from right-back at the right times to offer cover through the middle. He did the job brillliantly.John Terry: 8A commanding presence – and voice – at the back as Chelsea soaked up wave after wave of pressure.Gary Cahill: 8After a shaky start it was arguably his best performance for Chelsea so far. Brilliant in a 15-minute spell in the second half when Barca were relentless.Ashley Cole: 9This was vintage Cole at his world-class best, with pace and ability in abundance. Great goal-line clearance from Fabregas, not to mention a last-ditch challenge to deny Sanchez.Jon Obi Mikel: 7Nothing spectacular, but that’s exactly what was required. Did his job with minimum fuss.Raul Meireles: 8Tremendously hardworking display to help prevent Chelsea being overrun in midfield and used the ball sensibly to give them some breathing space when possible.Frank Lampard: 9Incredible to think there was talk of Lampard being past it just a couple of months ago. A wonderful performance from the midfielder, who not only played his part in chasing down Barca’s stars but produced with the ball too. Great pass to Ramires in the build-up to Chelsea’s goal.Ramires: 8Just the man for a game like this. Unstoppable drive and energy – and great work to set up Drogba for the goal.Juan Mata: 5Definitely not the man for a game like this. Not his night. Struggled to get into the match before being substituted.Didier Drogba: 8Led the line really well. And on a night when Chelsea knew they had to convert a chance if it came their way, he delivered. Again.See also: Di Matteo: Chelsea’s old guard have proved doubters wrongDrogba strikes to give Chelsea first-leg victory over BarcaDrogba: We learnt the lessons of 2009Terry bullish about Chelsea’s second-leg chancesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

East London: Eastern Cape’s jewel

first_imgThe coastal town of East London might not be one of the nine 2010 Fifa World Cup™ host cities, but it is making strides to attract football fans looking for places to travel in June and July. “Our accommodation, tourism and hospitality establishments have lined themselves up to receive those that will be staying and passing by East London during this period,” the spokesperson for what is also known as Buffalo City, Samkelo Ngwenya, told Fifa.com. “On the outskirts of our city, our communities are ready to showcase to tourists the unique cultures and ‘ubuntu’ that South Africans are renowned for. This article was first published on Fifa.com “One of our biggest advantages to travellers is our centrality in South Africa,” Ngwenya said. “We are less than two hours away by air from all major cities (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban), and a three-hour road trip from Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth, where eight World Cup games will be taking place.” Football has always competed with rugby and cricket in this part of the country. East London is home to cricket great Makhaya Ntini, who was also one of the draw assistants at the World Cup Final Draw in Cape Town in December. Probably the most famous footballer to emerge from East London is former Bafana Bafana player Brendon Augustine, who was part of the team that went to South Africa’s first Fifa World Cup in 1998. Less than 20 kilometres from East London is the Mdantsane township, the second biggest township in South Africa. The township has produced the majority of the country’s boxing world champions, including Welcome Ncita, Vuyani Bungu, Masibulele Makhepula. Fifa.com takes a look at some key attractions in the area. Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve Situated 30km outside East London, Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve is one of the area’s prime tourists attractions. The game reserve includes game drives and luxury accommodation. You can also enjoy mountain biking, hiking and other activities. Since it’s only five kilometres from the beaches and a river, it also offers canoeing, surfing and most other watersports. Chill at Chintsa One of the most impressive places in East London is Chintsa – the vast area that lies along the shores of the Indian Ocean. It is a perfect holiday destination, with lots of places to go to. One such place is the Buccaneers backpackers, located between Chintsa East and Chintsa West and regarded as one of the best backpackers in South Africa. You will also find a number of restaurants and other holiday destinations in the area, including Dwa-dwa Park, Crawfords Beach Lodge and Mangaliso Guest House. Enjoy the beaches Among the favourite activities for the locals is to take a walk along one of the city’s many beaches. When in East London, you have plenty of choices. Your first stop might be the Orient and Eastern Beach, situated next to the majority of the city’s hotels on the beachfront. However, you can also explore a number of other options, including Nahoon Beach, Gonubie and Beacon Bay. Kaiser’s Beach and Cove Rock, a few kilometres from the city en route to Port Elizabeth, offer excellent swimming and surfing. Steve Biko Garden of Remembrance Steve Biko, the brains behind the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa, was killed in police custody in 1978. The film Cry Freedom, which tells his story, helped awaken the world to the suffering and injustice of the fomer apartheid regime in South Africa. Biko was born in King William’s Town, about 25 minutes drive from East London, and his statue stands tall next to East London’s City Hall. Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

SA govt, media to improve relations

first_img Source: BuaNews 18 October 2010 The government and senior editors of South Africa’s major newspapers have agreed to take steps to improve relations between the authorities and the press in the country, with both parties agreeing on the need for a “vibrant, diverse and critical” media sector to safeguard South Africa’s democracy. A government delegation led by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) held a robust two-day meeting in Magaliesburg, North West on the weekend to discuss issues affecting the two parties – including the proposal for a media appeals tribunal. The last time the government met with Sanef was in 2001, when relations between the two hit an all-time low.Controvery over media tribunal proposal Tensions re-emerged in recent months following proposals by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to establish a media tribunal in addition to the media’s self-regulation system. Many in the media have expressed concerns over the proposal, citing threats to freedom of the press. Government spokesperson Themba Maseko, speaking after the weekend’s meeting, said the parties had agreed on the need for a “vibrant, diverse and critical” media sector to safeguard South Africa’s constitutional democracy. “Sanef expressed concerns about the developments it views as threatening media freedom in the country … Government raised its concerns that it was at times vilified and treated unfairly by the media,” Maseko said. The government also raised issues around the diversity of media ownership, the quality and integrity of reporting, as well as the need for dissemination of information in a way that would help the country move forward. The ministers argued that the media’s self-regulatory mechanism failed to address issues such as reckless and inaccurate reporting. Sanef is currently reviewing the press ombudsman system in an attempt to make it more effective.Communication versus ‘gatekeeping’ Motlanthe said the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) would be tasked with organising regular training sessions for communicators to enable them to deal with journalists better. This was after Sanef chairperson Mondli Makhanya expressed concerns that government communicators often acted like “gatekeepers” instead of releasing information to the public. “To us this is really serious, because we cannot allow a situation where people become gatekeepers whereas they are supposed to disseminate information,” Makhanya said. Speaking before the meeting, Makhanya said that the media would continue to fulfill its role as “watchdogs” while engaging in robust debate about what was best for South Africa. “We must accept that there will be differences, we will have tensions now and then, but that does not [have to] lead to hostility,” he said.Constitution the reference point It was agreed that similar meetings should to be held on an annual basis to deal with such challenges, which should be addressed with the understanding that South Africa’s fledgling democracy was in its formative stages. “The meeting agreed that the Constitution remains the central reference point and guiding principle of both the mandate of government and the role of the media, and that the legitimacy of both institutions remains firmly entrenched,” Maseko said. The government and the media shared interdependency within the Constitutional framework, and mutually acceptable norms would serve to strengthen the delivery of information to the public. Motlanthe said the government remained “fully committed” to the Constitution, and that it had no intention of doing anything that might undermine freedom of expression or the freedom of the media to function effectively. Motlanthe said discussions over the proposed media tribunal would continue until a “consensus” was reached by all role players. “We have undertaken to implement all that has been agreed on, and we will continue to engage on some issues with the hope that we may be able to find each other,” he said.last_img read more

Aus firm pushes ahead with South African offshore gas project

first_img11 July 2014Australian-listed company Sunbird Energy is pushing ahead with the development of the Ibhubesi gas project off South Africa’s west coast, which could pave the way for a multi-billion rand investment that would significantly boost the country’s gas-to-electricity generation capacity.Last month, Sunbird announced that it had received all the necessary South African government approvals for its acquisition, from US company Forest Oil Corporation, of a 76% stake in Production Right Block 2A, which covers a 5 000 square kilometre area within the Orange Basin and contains the Ibhubesi gas project, South Africa’s largest undeveloped gas discovery.This established Sunbird as the operator of the gas field, with South African state oil and gas company PetroSA holding the remaining 24% of the licence.Block 2A is located 380 kilometres north-west of Cape Town and 70 kilometres off the coast of the Northern Cape province.According to Sunbird, over US$125-million has been invested in exploring and appraising the block since 2000, with seven of 11 wells drilled to date discovering commercial volumes of gas. And in March, the company announced that an independent assessment had determined that the block contained estimated prospective gas resources of 7.8-trillion cubic feet.In December, Sunbird signed a memorandum of understanding with South African state power company Eskom to jointly investigate supplying gas from Ibhubesi to Eskom’s 1 300 megawatt Ankerlig power station, to replace the plant’s current high-cost diesel feed stock.Eskom is also currently developing plans to convert Ankerlig from an open cycle gas turbine to a closed cycle gas turbine plant, so that it can run on gas.Sunbird managing director Will Barker said last month that South Africa’s energy market was both highly constrained and high value, “creating a unique opportunity for Sunbird as the most advanced project for the supply of energy for the domestic market.“We look forward to progressing our gas sales negotiations with Eskom for the supply of gas to the existing Ankerlig Power station that is currently run on expensive diesel, and further exploring Block 2A’s upside potential.”Barker said Sunbird was working to advance the project both technically and commercially, with upcoming milestones including completion of the preliminary field development plan, commencement of the front-end engineering and design studies, and progress on securing the necessary environmental approvals.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

OSU students named national scholarship recipients

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Samantha Wander from Bellville and Leah Schwinn of New London, were scholarship winners at Commodity Classic.The National Corn Growers Association and the National Association of Wheat Growers, in conjunction with cosponsor BASF, honored college students from around the country with scholarships at Commodity Classic 2016 in New Orleans.This year, the William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture scholarships, created to foster promising agricultural leaders for the future, again provided five winners with $1,000 for use in pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field.Scholarship recipients included Leah Schwinn of New London, Ohio, a junior studying agricultural communications and human animal interactions at The Ohio State University. She wants to get her doctorate in occupational therapy.“We got to see a little bit of New Orleans and to network with all of the different agricultural companies that are here at Commodity Classic. It has been a pretty great experience,” Schwinn said.  “Last summer I interned with the AgrAbility program at Ohio State and I got to see how they worked with people in the ag industry who have been injured or have some sort of medical setback. I got to work with them on the communications end of things and in the future I’d like to work more on the medical side of things.”In addition, Samantha Wander from Bellville, an Ohio State University freshman in agriscience education, received one of the national scholarships from NAWG and BASF.“I’d like to be a high school teacher, possibly in an urban area where I can help kids get a grip on what agriculture is and help to change some of the misperceptions they may have about agriculture,” Wander said.“NCGA is pleased to partner with BASF to offer this scholarship opportunity to another crop of outstanding students,” said Chip Bowling, NCGA President. “Our legacy depends on encouraging the next generation to embark on careers in agriculture.”For more information on the scholarship program, click here.“Fostering a successful, sustainable future for agriculture is the catalyst behind BASF’s Crop Protection business,” said Paul Rea, Senior Vice President, Crop Protection, North America, BASF. “The future starts with bright minds, and helping young individuals venture toward a career in agriculture is important to BASF.”last_img read more