Sunderland accept bid from Middlesbrough to sign Premier League target

first_imgSunderland have accepted a bid from north east rivals Middlesbrough for Paddy McNair, according to reports.The 23-year-old midfielder has been linked to Premier League Brighton but is now set to stay in the Championship as the Black Cats struggle to hold onto their key players after being relegated to League One. RANKED McNair played 16 league games in 2017/18 as Sunderland were relegated for the second successive season Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer TOP WORK IN DEMAND three-way race targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST moving on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets The Teesside Gazette report that the former Manchester United man, who had professed a desire to return to the Premier League, is now likely to join Boro in a deal set to be worth almost £7million.Sunderland fell out of the top two divisions for the first time in 30 years last season, finishing bottom of the Championship just a year after propping up the Premier League table.Despite Middlesbrough’s interest, McNair had told reporters on international duty that he wanted a move to the Premier League, with Brighton having two bids rejected.He said: “If I can get back to the Premier League, that would be great, but I just want to concentrate on these Northern Ireland games and look at that afterwards.” Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED LATEST TRANSFER NEWS ON TALKSPORT.COM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM 1 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Watch UFC sensation Conor McGregor declare that if his fight with Jose Aldo was to fall through then he would fight the newly signed UFC fighter Joseph Duffy from Burtonport.Skip to 33.00 minutes into the video to hear McGregor’s views on Duffy being signed by the UFC. McGregor told the crowd of media assembled, “Let’s say if Jose pulls out, then lets bring in the last man to defeat Conor McGregor, because that sells as well.McGregor added, “To be honest I signed Joseph, I actually looked and thought if someone pulls out Joseph can slot in.“Joseph is a good guy, we fought many years ago, it was a different era, but if that fight presents itself you best believe I want that fight.Duffy was signed by the UFC a fortnight ago and debuts in Dallas in March against veteran fighter Vagner Rocher. Duffy’s notoriety has risen over the last six months because he was the last man to inflict defeat on McGregor and the UFC’s other Irish star Norman Parke.Two devastating KO’s from Duffy on his return to Cage Warriors seen the UFC move swiftly to secure the Burtonport man to the division.DDTV: MCGREGOR TO FACE DUFFY IF JOSE ALDO FIGHT FALLS THROUGH was last modified: January 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Conor McGregorDDTVHome-page SportJoseph DuffyMMAnewsUFClast_img read more

Warning issued over scam targeting Irish gay community

first_imgThe Irish gay community have been urged to watch out for a scam on the gay dating app Grindr.The scam uses the dating app and a fraudulent website that takes money from victims’ accounts, according to the Irish Examiner. It begins when a Grindr user receives a message from a new contact, looking to get in touch. The scammer then asks the victim whether they have an ‘LGID’ from a named anti-offender screening site. If the victim asks what this is about, the scammer explains they were assaulted and punched, and may even attach a picture of their injured face, and say they want to be sure the new contact (the victim of the fraud) is not an offender.If the victim follows a link to the apparent ‘anti-offender screening site’, they are asked to sign up for €2, but some are being charged €50 with even more payments being taken later.Urban Schrott from anti-virus company ESET Ireland explained: “They’re told it’s an anti-offender screening system and they’re given a website to go and get it.“The person they’re trying to contact claims that they’ve been attacked before as members of the gay community. And because they are afraid of getting attacked again, they want their potential contact to have this ID. “But this entire thing is a scam.”Warning issued over scam targeting Irish gay community was last modified: November 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Kurtenbach: 6 thoughts on the NBA Finals (one for each game it’ll go)

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.The Warriors are going to win their fourth title in five years.At least that’s what I’m predicting.And while it’s easy to buy into their opponent, the Toronto Raptors — a strong team led by a truly exceptional player in Kawhi Leonard — I’m picking the Warriors — with or without Kevin Durant — to win in six games. Yep, I’m calling for the final game at Oracle Arena to end in a title celebration.There’s …last_img

Makeover for Durban harbour

first_imgOne of Durban harbour’s tugs guidesa container ship out of port. (Image: Transnet Port Terminals) The newly widened harbour mouth. (Image: Pixman image gallery)Janine ErasmusPlans are underway to further expand the port of Durban, with the addition of a new US$8-million (R70-million) rail facility attached to the container terminal, the widening of the harbour mouth, and other major projects.The rail terminal is to be commissioned at the end of June and is part of a multi-billion capital investment programme by the port’s operator Transnet Port Terminals.Construction is already underway on a $20-million (R164-million) expansion of the historic 15-berth Maydon Wharf, which handles bulk goods such as sugar, grain, fruit and fertiliser. The improvements include storage for 80 000 tons of maize.Other improvements already completed include the $18-million (R140-million) truck staging area at the six-berth Durban container terminal, which alleviates the problem of queuing, and the $250-million (R2-billion) first stage of the conversion of the Bayhead Pier One into a container terminal, adding extra capacity of 720 000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to Durban’s port.The TEU is not an exact measurement but is based on the volume of a standard 20-foot long container. Because not all containers are the same height, the measurement cannot be standardised.Phase two of the Pier One project is at the feasibility stage and involves the conversion of the former naval base Salisbury Island, resulting in an additional capacity of 800 000 TEUs. Pier One is expected to be fully operational by July 2010.The Durban harbour widening project is at an advanced stage. From its present 122m width, the entrance channel will span 220m at its narrowest point. The current depth of 12.8m will sink to between 18m and 19m, allowing modern container super-ships to enter the harbour.The harbour mouth is being widened to the north, which means that a new north breakwater is under construction, and at the same time workers are raising and strengthening the southern breakwater in anticipation of more powerful waves from bigger ships. The project is scheduled for completion in March 2010.Contribution to GDPFigures from the City of Durban say that maritime industries contribute an estimated 20% at least to Durban’s GDP. The City accounts for about 55% of KwaZulu-Natal province’s GDP, and with that standing at about 15% of the country’s GDP, it is clear that the port and its related industries are responsible for between 1.5% and 2% of South Africa’s GDP.Over the last two years, according to Transnet Port Terminals, the port has experienced a drop in volumes handled, but the ports operator is confident that the situation is transitory and that within the next two years volume will once again rise to pre-2007 levels. The port currently handles a massive 1 475 000 container movements, on average, per year.Key areasTransnet’s investment in the Durban port covers a number of other key areas – upgrading the staff car park, resurfacing the quaysides and relocating staff facilities and workshops, increasing container stacking capacity from 13 691 to 17 262 ground slots, and upgrading the seats of the container terminal’s 120 straddle carriers – this is a vehicle used for stacking containers.A $80-million (R648-million) expansion of the car terminal is also on the cards. Durban’s car terminal handles two thirds of South Africa’s motor vehicle imports and exports. The current allocation of 13 200 bays is to be increased to 14 000, of which 4 500 will be under cover.With the dip in the country’s economy and the resultant effect on the automotive industry, volumes at the car terminal have declined over the last year but are also predicted to bounce back within two years.Port cityDurban’s port is the busiest on the African continent, and the biggest in terms of container capacity. It serves South Africa’s industrial hub of Gauteng and is well positioned as a point of entry for goods to other countries in the region.While the port has 6 000 employees on site, about 30 000 others in related services depend directly on it for their income.The port is served by various private and public terminals, located in Transnet’s five business units – the Durban container terminal, the new Pier One container terminal, the multipurpose terminal, the car terminal, and Maydon Wharf.Other privately-operated terminals include the Island View oil and petroleum complex which is connected directly to petrol refineries via pipeline, the Rennies bulk terminal, and the massive sugar terminal on Maydon Wharf, one of the largest of its kind in the world.During the 2008/09 financial year the combined container terminals handled 2 560 366 TEUs. The larger part of this volume came from exports.As with all South African ports, Durban’s fleet of seven tugs is owned and operated by the Transnet National Ports Authority. All tugs are maintained to the South African Maritime Safety Authority’s class eight standards and are also able to assist with fire-fighting and salvage. During 2008/09 the port of Durban handled a total of 4 554 ships.Pilotage services, which are compulsory once ships come within three nautical miles of the harbour entrance, are provided through the port’s Agusta eight-seater helicopter, and when the helicopter is not available, the Tsitsikama pilot boat takes over.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesAmazulu World to boost tourism Infrastructure development in South Africa Life’s a beach in South Africa Useful linkseThekwini onlineSouth African Maritime Safety AuthorityTransnet Port TerminalsTransnet National Ports AuthoritySouth African ports and shipslast_img read more

Vuka Scuta in Chinese bike deal

first_img7 September 2009Scooter and motorcycle retailer Vuka Scuta has bought out Loncin South Africa, taking over their current stock and parts inventory as well as distribution of their Chinese-manufactured range of street bikes, scooters, quad bikes, off-road bikes and cruisers.Vuka South Africa MD Kevin Ferreira said Vuka was approached by Loncin, who were looking for a buyer which could offer its own distribution channels, retail outlets and maintenance support, and added that he viewed the buy-out as a perfect opportunity for market consolidation in the current economic climate.“Loncin is a well-established brand with prime quality products, and the deal will enable us to introduce a number of new models within a short period of time,” Ferreira said in a statement last week.“We viewed this as a great way for product diversification, and believe that the new brand can assist us in penetrating new markets.”According Business Report, the deal is valued at between R3-million and R4-million.Strong national footprintWhile Loncin South Africa distributed their motorcycles via third-party dealers, Vuka has built a strong national footprint of corporately owned stores.Vuka has committed itself to continue serving Loncin’s existing customer base with services, spare parts and routine maintenance, and will honour all current warranties, and will also offer training and support for all their branches to ensure that the take-over does not adversely affect Loncin customers.“Loncin is a major quality manufacturer, and the only Chinese manufacturer taking part in the 125cc class of MotoGP,” said Ferreira.“Loncin was also appointed by BMW Motorrad to manufacture their 650cc cross country engine, due to their technical capability, and the company remains China’s biggest two-wheeler exporter.”Regional expansionVuka has also been appointed by Loncin China to distribute to countries such as Lesotho and Swaziland, and will also explore distribution opportunities into the rest of the African continent.“With their wider range of models priced between R6 000 and R30 000, Vuka will also be able to meet a broader consumer demand and appeal to new customers,” Ferreira said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa sets up BRICS think tank

first_img11 March 2013 The South African government has appointed the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) to serve as an incubator for the South Africa BRICS Think Tank ahead for an initial period of one year, the HSRC announced last week. South Africa will be hosting the fifth summit of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group of influential emerging countries in Durban from 25 to 27 March. Officials from the five countries met in Durban over the weekend for a workshop aimed at mapping a long-term strategy for a mooted consortium of BRICS think tanks. The meeting was co-chaired by HSRC chief executive Dr Olive Shisana and Dr Diane Parker of the Department of Higher Education. “South Africa is the latest member to join BRICS and is the only one among the member countries that did not have a dedicated think tank until now,” Shisana said in a statement last week. “The HSRC has been tasked to nurture and grow the SA BRICS Think Tank, which will be operated within the HSRC’s legislated mandate as an independent adviser to government.” Shisana said the HSRC’s expertise in social policy research made it well-equipped to anchor such a structure and provide support for BRICS-related policy dialogues. According to the HSRC, the South African BRICS Think Tank will conduct policy research and analysis to help inform the BRICS group’s long-term strategy. It will also provide a forum for discussion among academics, policy makers and non-governmental organisations on the BRICS developmental strategy. “Scholars will be able to make contributions to government policies and related research projects with the objective of immediate and tangible impacts on the strategic economic, social and geo-political policies of the country,” Shisana said. The HSRC aimed to co-operate with various local experts and organisations to strengthen and build on its analytical and scholarly capacity in this field. “This will be crucial to create networks and to stimulate fresh thinking in relation to BRICS and not simply to repeat what others are doing,” Shisana said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Sport is a way to better life

first_imgThe Grootbos Foundation and Football Foundation of South Africa uses sport to lure youngsters in small Western Cape towns away from drugs, alcohol and crime.The football foundation runs football, netball, hockey and athletics training sessions in Gansbaai, Stanford and Hermanus which reach 2 000 individuals weekly. (Image: Grootbos Foundation)Sport has the potential to change lives. It transcends the boundaries of race, religion and class. It is this potential that the Grootbos Foundation has tapped into, to help change the communities of Gansbaai, Stanford and Hermanus.The Football Foundation of South Africa (FFSA), established in 2008 and merged with the Grootbos Foundation in 2014, uses sport to encourage social integration in the Western Cape towns. It also educates and empowers young people, using sport as the tool.The football foundation runs football, netball, hockey and athletics training sessions in Gansbaai, Stanford and Hermanus which, according to its website, reach 2 000 individuals weekly.It uses this range of sports to appeal to the youngsters, offering them more constructive ways to use their time. This way, it draws them away from getting caught in a culture of drug and alcohol abuse and gangsterism.The Grootbos Green Futures Horticulture and Life Skills College, another project run by the foundation, looks to educate between eight to twelve unemployed young adults.In addition to the sports training sessions, the organisation also runs programmes aimed at educating the youth about major social issues such as HIV, female empowerment, the environment, nutrition and enterprise development.By promoting education, health awareness and skills development, as well as providing leadership opportunities within the organisation itself, the FFSA looks to equip the youngsters involved in the programme with the knowledge and skills needed for them to develop and increase their chances of finding employment.“In South Africa there is a massive demand for skills,” said the director of the Grootbos Foundation, Leán Terblanche, during an interview with former Manchester United Football Club player Rio Ferdinand.“Employment is a problem worldwide, but by giving these people the skills and this kind of education and the accredited training which is key in this programme as well, it enables them to go on and their chances of finding employment vastly improve.”HOW YOU CAN HELPThere are a range of options for those looking to get involved in the activities of the organisation, including making a monetary donation to help cover expenses. You can also offer your time to volunteer with Grootbos.As a volunteer you can help the coaches in the running of the Football Foundation sports outreach projects throughout the Western Cape or assist with some of their administrative work at their offices.The organisation also welcomes those looking to make a donation of old sporting equipment or funds to help them continue reaching as many people as it can.Those interested in playing a part in the future successes of the organisation can have a look at Grootbos’ donate, volunteer or internship pages for more information on how you can get involved.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Honorary MBE for Natalie du Toit

first_imgDavid Dixon Award Incredibly, the following year she was back in the pool and competing in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. She went on to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, winning 13 gold medals and two silver medals. She also competed in the 10-kilometre open water swim in the 2008 Olympics, finishing sixteenth. South African swimmer Natalie du Toit, who led the way in bridging the divide between Paralympic and Olympic sport, is to receive an honorary MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire), the British High Commission announced on Friday. Du Toit was presented with the first David Dixon award for the Outstanding Athlete of the Games at the closing ceremony. As a teenager, Du Toit was a rising star of South African swimming when she was involved in accident in 2001, which resulted in her left leg being amputated below the knee. “Natalie is an inspiration to up and coming athletes throughout the world and I am delighted she has been recognised for her achievements.” 30 September 2013 An honorary OBE is what’s next. Du Toit will be presented with the award by His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex at a ceremony in Pretoria in October. After the 2008 Paralympics she was awarded the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award, which is presented at every Paralympic Games to one male and one female who best exemplifies the spirit of the Games and inspires and excites the world. After winning a silver medal in her last competitive event, the 100 metres freestyle, at the 2012 London Paralympics, she told reporters: “I look back and realise I gave everything in the pool and gave everything as a person. It’s time to move on. I’ve no idea what’s next.” She qualified for the 800 metres freestyle final – the first time in history that an athlete with disability had qualified for the final of an able-bodied event – and also won gold in the multi-disability 50m and 100m freestyle, both in world record times. Later that year, she received the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) Youth Leadership Award at the European Parliament in Brussels. Du Toit, who retired from competitive swimming after the 2012 London Paralympics, told the South African Press Association (Sapa) on the weekend: “I find myself extremely humbled and honoured to be receiving this auspicious award. To those that have made it possible, I thank you for believing in me and by having stayed by my side.” Order of IkhamangaIn December 2009, Du Toit was presented with the Order of Ikhamanga in gold by President Jacob Zuma. The award is made to South Africans who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism, and sport. Gold is the highest level, followed by silver and bronze. That same year Du Toit carried the South African flag at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, making her the only person in history to have carried her country’s flag at both events. ‘An inspiration’ In March 2010, she was named the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability. British Acting High Commissioner Martin Reynolds said: “Natalie has achieved great success in her sport, demonstrating an ability to compete with the best in both Olympic and Paralympic disciplines at numerous international sporting events.last_img read more

“Geocaching for the Blind” A Lost & Found Video

first_imgMike May develops GPS devices for blind and visually impaired users. To help users learn the devices’ cutting-edge technology and explore the world around them, he champions a form of geocaching. Watch this video and go along as Mike May and friends develop a treasure hunting course using adaptive GPS technology.For information on GPS devices for the blind and visually impaired explore http://accessibleGPS.comYou can explore more videos that capture the adventure of geocaching.  Check out  the Lost & Found video gallery.  Explore 4×4 geocaching, watch a Travel Bug® go around the world and visit the highest and lowest geocaches in existence.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related”Creative Geocaches” A Lost & Found VideoDecember 14, 2010In “Lost & Found Stories””Desert Geocaching” A Lost & Found VideoNovember 16, 2010In “Community””Newbie Geocaching 101” A Lost & Found VideoDecember 7, 2010In “Lost & Found Stories”last_img read more