On the eve of the crowning of the 2012-13 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion the league was saddened when the news that Grand Forks netminder Robbie Dunsmuir was killed in a house fire Friday in his Ontario home.The news was released by the Border Bruins on the KIJHL website.“All of us associated with the Border Bruins were terribly saddened to learn that Robbie Dunsmuir, who was the Bruins’ goalie for most of the 2012/13 season, was a victim of an early morning house fire at his home in Ontario on Friday, March 29, along with his parents and younger brother,” the story on the website said. The story went on to say that Dunsmuir was a talented goalie, but above all a kind and generous person and an outstanding young man.“His dedication to hard work and constant improvement of himself and all around him, along with his contagious optimism, made him a great positive leader,” the story continued.“Robbie was an exemplary member of the community, donating his time to minor hockey and volunteering for numerous outreach programs. Everyone who got to know him was touched by his honesty, gentle spirit and sense of humor.Dunsmir played part of the season with Grand Forks before returning to Ontario.He intended to play Junior A hockey in his home province next season and had plans to go to university and medical school.“He will be greatly missed,” the story on the Grand Forks website said.See http://thenelsondaily.com/news/border-bruin-goalie-dies-fire-ontario-home-23996#.UVrq1Rm8JE4
…44 acres of mining land restoredAs the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) seeks to intensify land restoration efforts within the local extractive sectors, the body is looking to increase the reclamation bond.Mining Engineer in the Environmental Division within the GGMC, Carlos ToddAt a stakeholder forum seeking to educate partner agencies on land reclamation, Mining Engineer within the Environmental Division at GGMC, Carlos Todd, pointed out that for too long, reclamation has taken a backseat in the mining process. GGMC has embarked on having reclamation mainstreamed into the extractive industry.He noted that the Mining (Amendment) Act makes it mandatory for miners— not the GGMC— to restore lands upon closure of mining sites.Currently, miners are required to put up reclamation bonds— which are used if they fail to adequately restore mining sites at the end of operations.However, Todd noted that the value of the bond needs to be increased.“If there are cases where miners fail to carry out their legal obligation so in that case, GGMC will be forced to use the small bond to make an attempt to fix the area, but we know the bond is not enough at the moment. There are studies being done to come up with some suitable figure, what (amount) should be lodged as the reclamation bond,” he posited.A section of the participants at Tuesday stakeholders’ engagement hosted by GGMC at Herdmanston LodgeAccording to the Mining Engineer, stakeholders need to understand that reclamation is a part of doing business and as such, should be factored into the cost of mining.“We need to have a change in attitude how we conduct the mining process. The cost needs to factor in here. We need to know that if you’re going to factor in a cost for reclamation, then there is some cost in the (mining) process… to reclaim the area” he noted.Apart from land restoration, Todd added too that the GGMC also looks at the reclamation of waterways that were diverted or polluted by mining activities.“This exercise is long overdue. It’s an opportunity to bring awareness to the stakeholders about the importance of reclamation and the need to mainstream reclamation in the mining process… GGMC will be working to ensure we enforce the mining laws and as we go about doing that, we will try to work with miners to provide awareness and to provide education material miners need to help them in the process,” Todd posited.So far, sites at Dakoura, Linden; Olive Creek, Mazaruni; St. Elizabeth, Mahdia; Nooitgedacht, Mahdia; Frenchman, and Kara Kara, Linden, covering some 44 acres or 17 hectares, have been reclaimed during2009-2018. Of these six sites that were restored, two were bauxite sites and the other four were gold mines.According to GGMC Commissioner Newell Dennison, at Tuesday’s stakeholders’ engagement, some $100 million has been spent over the past three years on reclamation activities.He charged the participants to have dialogue and exchange ideas on how they can continue these efforts, noting that “… at the end of the day, the final objective would be as we mine, we reclaim”.“Let us share knowledge and insights, and let us accept that cost of being ignorant and non-responsive to today’s environment needs will the more costly it will be down the road. While we continue with our environmental education and awareness campaign in support of physical reclamation, we must not lose sight of the fact that reclamation is the law,” he added.Further recognising that mining cannot be done without disturbing the environment, the Commissioner noted the recalled criticisms of these efforts. He noted, however, steps taken to restore mined-out sites demonstrate the GGMC’s commitment to give effect to conventions such as the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity.To this end, Dennison posited that as regulators of the mining sector, they must convert stakeholders who sometimes do not appreciate the positives of compliance with the environmental standards and best practices.“The long term value will outlast, by far, the short-sighted resistance to the calls for a healthier landscape. We, all together, need to minimise and mitigate the impact on our environment for mining and invest in the potential after mining value chain. The health and wellness effect and social impact of mining could be under threat if the attitude in mining undermines the good works on show and/or the economic outlook or the landscape, which could become productive again depending on the kind of reclamation remedy,” the GGMC Head stressed.In its efforts to mainstream mine reclamation into the extractive industry, the GGMC is following a ‘Three Es’ initiative – Education, Encouragement and Enforcement – to engage stakeholders to support miners.The participants at Tuesday’s engagement were from stakeholder agencies such as: the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the National Mining Syndicate, University of Guyana (UG), the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) and Natural Resources Ministry, among others.
South Africa has developed an established, diversified manufacturing base that has shown its resilience and potential to compete in the global economy.This platform of manufacturing presents an opportunity to significantly accelerate the country’s growth and development. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe manufacturing sector provides a locus for stimulating the growth of other activities, such as services, and achieving specific outcomes, such as employment creation and economic empowerment. This platform of manufacturing presents an opportunity to significantly accelerate the country’s growth and development.Manufacturing in South Africa is dominated by the following industries:AgriprocessingAutomotiveChemicalsICT and electronicsMetalsTextiles, clothing and footwearAgriprocessing industryAgriculture contributes 4% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) and consists largely of cattle and sheep farming, with only 13% of land used for growing crops.Maize is most widely grown followed by wheat, oats, sugar cane and sunflowers. The government is working to develop small-scale farming in efforts to boost job creation. Citrus and deciduous fruits are exported, as are locally produced wines and flowers.The agri-food complex (inputs, primary production, processing) contributes approximately R124 billion to South Africa’s GDP and employs 451 000 people in the formal sector. Exports of processed agricultural products amounted to R17.2 billion in 2001.South Africa has a diversity of climates, ranging from semi-arid and dry to sub-tropical. As a result, a diversity of crops, livestock and fish are to be found.The South African agri-food complex has a number of competitive advantages, making it both an important trading partner and a viable investment destination. A world-class infrastructure, counter-seasonality to Europe, vast biodiversity and marine resources, and competitive input costs make the country a major player on the world’s markets.The establishment of preferential trade agreements, such as the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for the US market and a free trade agreement with the European Union, confer generous benefits.Department of AgricultureAgricultural Research CouncilDepartment of Land AffairsAgri SAAutomotive industryThe automotive industry is one of South Africa’s most important sectors, with many of the major multinationals using South Africa to source components and assemble vehicles for both the local and international markets.Despite its distance from some of the major markets Africa, and particularly South Africa, produces high quality products at prices competitive with other automotive manufacturing and assembly centres.The South African automotive and components industry is growing rapidly and is perfectly placed for investment opportunities. Vehicle manufacturers such as BMW, Ford, Volkswagen, Daimler-Chrysler and Toyota have production plants in the country, while component manufacturers (Arvin Exhust, Bloxwitch, Corning, Senior Flexonics) have established production bases in the country.The industry is largely located in two provinces, the Eastern Cape (coastal) and Gauteng (inland). Companies with production plants in South Africa are placed to take advantage of the low production costs, coupled with access to new markets as a result of trade agreements with the European Union and the Southern African Development Community free trade area. Opportunities also lie in the production of materials (automotive steel and components).South Africa’s aim is to become an automotive investment destination of choice. Modernisation and upgrading of key elements in the automotive industry are required to keep pace to achieve international competitiveness.Interest rates are currently at historic low levels, reducing the cost of investments. It is significant to note that most major multinational vehicle manufacturers are currently represented in SA, which means that international developments also impact on the country.The outlook for the vehicle industry is bright in terms of both exports and the domestic market. A key challenge will be to raise local content, particularly in the vehicles now being exported in large volumes.National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SAAutomotive Industry Export CouncilAutomotive Industry Development CentreChemicals industryThe chemical industry has been shaped by the political and regulatory environment which created a philosophy of isolationism and protectionism during the apartheid years. This tended to foster an inward approach and a focus on import replacement in the local market. It also encouraged the building of small-scale plants with capacities geared to local demand, which tended to be uneconomic.Through isolation of the industry from international competition and high raw material prices as a result of import tariffs, locally processed goods have generally been less than competitive in export markets. Now that South Africa is once more fully part of the global community, South African chemical companies are focusing on the need to be internationally competitive and the industry is reshaping itself accordingly.Two noticeable traits characterise the South African chemical sector. Firstly, while its upstream sector is concentrated and well developed, the downstream sector – although diverse – remains underdeveloped. Secondly, the synthetic coal and natural gas-based liquid fuels and petrochemicals industry is prominent, with South Africa being world leader in coal-based synthesis and gas-to-liquids (GTL) technologies.South Africa’s chemical industry is of substantial economic significance to the country, contributing around 5% to the gross domestic product (GDP) and approximately 25% of its manufacturing sales.The industry is the largest of its kind in Africa. It is highly complex and widely diversified, with end products often being composed of a number of chemicals which have been combined in some way to provide the required properties and characteristics.The primary and secondary sectors are dominated by Sasol (through Sasol Chemical Industries and Sasol Polymers), AECI and Dow Sentrachem. These companies have recently diversified and expanded their interests in tertiary products, especially those with export potential.Chemical and Allied Industries’ AssociationSasolAECIDow SentrachemICT and electronics industriesThe South African information technology (IT) industry growth outstrips the world average. The country’s established and sophisticated indigenous information and communications technology (ICT) and electronics sector comprises more than 3 000 companies and was ranked 22nd in 2001 in terms of total worldwide IT spend.It has ready access to cutting edge technologies, equipment and skills and has the advantage of access to the rapid expansion of telecommunications and IT throughout the African continent. South African software developers are recognised as world leaders in innovation, production and cost efficiency backed by an excellent local infrastructure.This sector can be divided into three main sub-sectors: telecommunications, electronics and information technology.The telecommunications industry is thriving, contributing more than 7% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP). With approximately 5,5 million installed fixed-line telephones, South Africa is ranked 23rd in telecommunications development in the world and represents more than 30% of the total lines installed in South Africa.Telkom, the sole fixed-line operator in South Africa, is a key player in a US$630 million optical fibre undersea cable project that will cater for Africa’s growing telecommunications needs for the next 25 years. Currently, a bidding process is under way for the country’s second fixed-line operator (SNO). The SNO is set to be named at the end of the 2003 financial year.Growing at a rate of 50% per year and fourth fastest growing cellphone market in the world, the South African GSM cellphone market has three operators: Vodacom, MTN and Cell-C. Some of the world’s leading telecommunication brands like Siemens, Alcatel, SBC Communications, Telecom Malaysia, Cell C and Vodaphone have made significant investments in the country.The South African electronics industry has repeatedly proved itself in terms of world-class innovation and production. The industry is characterised by a handful of generalist companies with strong capabilities in professional electronics, while small to medium companies specialise in security systems and electricity pre-payment meters.Investment opportunities lie in the development of access control systems and security equipment, automotive electronic subsystems, systems and software development in the banking and financial services sector, silicon processing for fiber optics, integrated circuits and solar cells. There are also significant opportunities for the export of hardware and associated services as well as software and peripherals.TelkomVodacomMTNCell CIndependent Communications Authority of SAState Information Technology AgencyMetals industrySouth Africa’s large, well-developed metals industry, with vast natural resources and a supportive infrastructure, represents roughly a third of all South Africa’s manufacturing.It comprises basic iron ore and steel, basic non-ferrous metals and metal products. The iron and steel basic industries involve the manufacture of primary iron and steel products from smelting to semi-finished stages.Ranked the world’s 19th largest steel producing country in 2001, South Africa is the largest steel producer in Africa (almost 60% of Africa’s total production).Primary steel products and semi-finished products include billets, blooms, slabs, forgings, reinforcing bars, railway track material, wire rod, seamless tubes and plates.South Africa is a net exporter, ranked 10th in the world, to more than 100 countries. Approximately 500 000 tons of ferrous-scrap were exported by metal recyclers in 2001.Imports accounted for only 5,8% of total domestic consumption of primary steel products in 2001. Sales to the local market increased by more than 6% during 2001 when compared with 2000.Iscor is South Africa’s largest steel producer. Other industry players include Scaw Metals, Cape Gate, Columbus Stainless Steel, Highveld Steel and Vanadium and Cisco.South Africa’s non-ferrous metal industries comprise aluminium and other metals (including copper, brass, lead, zinc and tin). Aluminium is the largest sector but, as SA has no commercially exploitable deposits, feedstock is imported. South Africa is ranked eighth in world production of aluminium. Key players include Billiton (with smelters in Richards Bay) and Hulett Aluminium.Other non-ferrous metals are small in relation, but are still important for exports and foreign exchange earnings. Although the country’s copper, brass and bronze industries have declined, it is hoped that new mining and reclamation technologies will allow exploitation of previously unviable deposits.The international and local steel industry has changed dramatically over the past two years. Several steel companies have fallen away and protectionism has increased.To survive in these harsh conditions, the South African primary steel industry has taken major steps to become more efficient and competitive. Many of the local steelworks have engaged in ongoing restructuring processes and productivity improvements.For example, Iscor’s steel and mining divisions were unbundled towards the end of 2001 and Saldanha Steel was 100% integrated into Iscor early in 2002.SA Iron and Steel InstituteIscorTextiles, clothing and footwear industryThe South African textile and clothing industry has a powerful vision. It aims to use all the natural, human and technological resources at its disposal to make South Africa the preferred domestic and international supplier of South African manufactured textiles and clothing.Though the textile and apparel industry is small, it is well placed to make this vision a reality.Due to technological developments, local textile production has evolved into a capital-intensive industry, producing synthetic fibres in ever-increasing proportions. The apparel industry has also undergone significant technological change and has benefited from the country’s sophisticated transport and communications infrastructure.The South African market demand increasingly reflects the sophistication of First World markets and the local clothing and textile industry has grown accordingly to offer the full range of services from natural and synthetic fibre production to non-wovens, spinning, weaving, tufting, knitting, dyeing and finishingSince 1994, about US$900 million has been spent on modernising and upgrading the industry, making it efficient, internationally competitive, and ready to become a major force in the world market.Exports account for R1,4 billion for apparel and R2,5 billion for textiles, mostly to the US and European markets. Exports to the US increased by a dramatic 62% in 2001, driven primarily by the benefits offered under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which provides for duty-free imports of apparel produced in South Africa.Textile Federation of South AfricaAfrica Growth and Opportunity ActWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
For more than 26 years, the Reach for a Dream Foundation has brought hope and joy to severely ill South African children. The foundation, a non-profit organisation, believes in the power of dreams and in encouraging children to use their dreams to fight their life-threatening illnesses. It seeks as far as possible to make these children’s dreams come true. (Image: Reach for a Dream)• Reach for a [email protected] Melissa Jane CookFor more than 26 years, the Reach for a Dream Foundation has brought hope and joy to severely ill South African children. The foundation, a non-profit organisation, believes in the power of dreams and in encouraging children to use their dreams to fight their life-threatening illnesses. It seeks as far as possible to make these children’s dreams come true.It fulfils the dreams and ambitions of children between the ages of three and 18 years who have been diagnosed with terrible sickness. Children from all income groups are helped, and there is no discrimination of any race, colour, culture, creed or financial status. Life-threatening illness includes, for example, all forms of cancer, blood disorders, cystic fibrosis, and kidney failure, among many others.The organisation does not refer to the children as terminally ill or dying. It rather uses the term “life-threatening” because many of the children do survive their illness – possibly as a result of the “power of their dreams”.It believes that no child should live without hope. Childhood can be the most magical time of life, filled with dreams, aspirations and most of all, fun. Unfortunately for many children with a life-threatening illness, the magic of childhood may be lost in the emotional, physical and financial strain of dealing with their illness. The foundation tries to alleviate some of this strain, which often affects the whole family, by creating a different environment for the child – one that is not focused on her or his illness. It would like the children to find their laughter again and therein find the strength to live beyond their illnesses.But there are some parameters: Reach for a Dream fulfils dreams that in no way pose any threat or harm to these already compromised children. Also, rather than fulfilling dreams for financial assistance, educational support or medical assistance, it encourages the children to stretch their imaginations and dream beyond their greatest expectations.Reach for a Dream FoundationDream projectsIn addition to fulfilling individual dreams, the foundation works on projects with groups of sick children. On such event is “Queen for a Day”, during which the foundation spoils young girls lavishly for a day. There is also “Captain Courage”, on which young boys are taken to do activities that they enjoy, such as deep sea fishing and on helicopter rides. For those who are able to be away from home or hospital, there are weekend camps for large groups of children called “Camp Sunshine”. For those who are too sick to leave hospital, there are clown entertainers called “Jabulani” who visit the children in hospital.The inspiration to start Reach for a Dream came from an article on the American group, Make – A – Wish Foundation. Owen Parnell, a former president of the Randburg Rotary Club, was struck by the opportunity to establish a similar venture in South Africa. On 7 July 1988, the organisation made its very first dream come true. And so the journey of dream fulfilment began. Its first dreamer, JC Steinman, was treated to a wonderful birthday party with rides on a pony and a motorcycle.Officially named the Reach for a Dream Foundation in 1991, the organisation defined its core purpose as “fulfilling the dreams of children of any race, colour and creed between the ages of three and 18 faced with a life-threatening illness”. It truly believes that it is contributing to creating the future of this country: if you can beat a life-threatening illness as a child, imagine what you can achieve as an adult.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As a new generation of growers prepares to take over their family farms, agribusinesses like Syngenta are getting ready for the transition. These young growers are part of America’s largest demographic — millennials, generally defined as people born between 1982 and 2004.“Millennials are one of the most talked about but least understood generations,” said Gil Strader, head of field force excellence and training at Syngenta. “We’re finding fascinating insights that can help bridge this generation knowledge gap.”Strader is sharing these insights with his sales and marketing colleagues to help them better understand millennials. “We’ve implemented a major initiative to train our employees who interact the most with resellers and growers to build trust, improve service and strengthen partnerships.”The training includes learning about millennials as customers, listening to what they want from a company, and connecting older and younger generations to foster mentoring. As a result, Syngenta is helping to shatter myths about what makes younger growers tick. For example, contrary to popular belief, millennials are not self-absorbed, indecisive or addicted to social media.“We are finding that young farmers are serious decision makers who crave connection and communications,” said Lynn Sandlin, lead of market research and insight at Syngenta. “They want to have great business relationships with the people they work with.”Not surprisingly, millennials view farming not only as a business, but also a lifestyle. “These young people are very serious about what they’re trying to accomplish on the job, but they also want to have a high quality of life,” Sandlin said.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Lynn Sandlin, Syngenta’s lead of market research and insight, about preparing for a new generation of growers.Syngenta Larry Sandlin MillenialsAUDIO: Ty also visited with Gil Strader, head of field force excellence and training at Syngenta, about how his company is preparing to meet the needs of younger growers eager for knowledge and expertise.Syngenta Gil Strader MillenialsTo learn more about millennials and other agricultural trends, go to www.syngentathrive.com.
Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Neither of these moves are a first for the streaming music industry. Microsoft-powered Zune is already on Xboxes and therefore in the living room, Pandora is seemingly everywhere – including vehicles equipped with Ford SYNC, and several Internet-connected TVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs and other home media center boxes ship with built-in app stores where Pandora, Last.fm and those like them are already present. Plus, let’s not forget the powerhouses: Apple TV and its competitor Google TV, which is set to launch its own Google Music service this year, something it would likely integrate into its TV product.However, the difference between many of the streaming music services – those also called “streaming radio” services – and what MOG and Rdio provide is that the former play radio-like “stations” based on an artist or genre of music you like, while the latter offer subscription-based music where you can download songs, manage playlists and play any tune on demand at any time. MOG and Rdio aren’t all that different from the most recent incarnation of Napster, for example, the once illegal file-sharing network turned legitimate business, but neither have the clout of the Napster brand name (good or bad as that may be). They do have millions of songs, though, thanks to partnerships with the major labels.In an increasingly untethered world, mobile music is being delivered on demand, over-the-air, “all you can eat” style, not via downloads that take up physical space on a device…or worse, downloads that must be synced from a desktop to a phone by way of a USB cable.Both services fill the void the long-rumored “cloud iTunes” may one day offer. But that day has still not arrived, leaving those that want to pay for streaming music via subscription no choice but to look outside Apple’s ecosystem.So What’s New? A MOG Toolkit for ManufacturersAt the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011), MOG has launched something called MOG Fusion, a program that includes all the necessary tools for consumer electronics or auto manufacturers to integrate MOG into their devices or cars. Fusion includes five core APIs (application programming interfaces) which provide access to MOG’s functions and features like playback, search, history, playlists, preferences and more. Tags:#web sarah perez Two notable paid subscription streaming music services have announced partnerships and programs aimed at expanding their offerings beyond the desktop and mobile platforms where they currently reside. MOG, an on-demand service providing around 10 million songs for $10/month, has launched its MOG Fusion program, a manufacturer-focused toolkit for integrating MOG into consumer electronics and automobiles.Rdio, a similarly priced service, but one that’s more social-networking focused, has partnered with Sonos, makers of music systems for the home, to bring Rdio to the living room and elsewhere around the house.Subscription is the New Black A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… While maybe not as exciting as a program that aims to put music everywhere, Sonos is a household name whose products are sold in 65 countries (6,200 retailers) worldwide – that’s a big market for Rdio to tap into.We expect both MOG and Rdio, two of the best choices for U.S. users who don’t have access to the uber-popular, European-based Spotify, to become increasingly competitive in 2011, especially as the Android market grows, where iTunes is not a factor. However, the service is not wide open – interested suppliers and manufacturers must first contact MOG for access to these tool. Once accepted, they’ll have access to the APIs, documentation and the other necessary info to port MOG to their products. MOG’s launch partner in Fusion is Visteon, a global automotive supplier.Rdio & Sonos Stream Music in Your HomeRdio, the company started by Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, has partnered with home music system maker Sonos to bring its service to the Sonos Multi-Room Music System, which already has partnerships in place with other music services, like European (and apparently, never to be stateside) service Spotify, plus Last.fm, Pandora, Napster and others. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
In the 18’s Boys division, last year’s top three, New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC), Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) and New South Wales Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) sit on top of their respective pools after the first day of competition, with three wins each. In Pool A, last year’s title winners, NSWCCC, sit on top of the ladder, scoring 46 touchdowns for and only conceding six against in the opening day of the event. They are closely followed by the Sydney Scorpions, who are also undefeated after day one. 2009 runners up, QSST, are currently leading Pool B, while the Brisbane City Cobras sit in second place, with two wins from their two games on day one. In Pool C, NSWCHS are on top of the table, with the South Queensland Sharks in second place following their two wins and one loss from their day one games. In Pool A of the 18’s Girls division, the Brisbane City Cobras currently sit on top of the ladder, closely followed by QSST, with both teams undefeated on the first day of the event. In Pool B, last year’s runners up, NSWCCC, are currently in first place after day one, with three wins and 36 touchdowns for and only three against so far. NSWCHS also impressed on day one, winning their three games. For all of the results from day one of the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships, please click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-742-0-119371-0&a=COMPS Help Touch Football Australia reach 1,000 Facebook fans during the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships! Click on the following link to become a fan:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384?ref=ts
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid fear Man City (& Pep) advantage in Junior Firpo raceby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid face competition for the signing of Real Betis defender Junior Firpo.Real see Firpo as a long-term successor for veteran wing-back Marcelo and are willing to pay his €50m buyout clause.However, El Confidencial says Manchester City are also keen, where manager Pep Guardiola is a fan.And concerning for Real Madrid is City’s advantage as Firpo’s agent is Pere Guardiola, the manager’s brother.The situation could lead to Real president Florentino Perez moving immediately to meet Firpo’s clause and close a deal before City have time to act.
Stuttgart register interest in Liverpool striker Solankeby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStuttgart have entered the race to sign Liverpool youngster Dominic Solanke.The 21-year-old has been unable to see any action for the Reds this season in the Premier League.He is wanted by a number of clubs, but Stuttgart have the most serious interest.The news comes from German outlet Kicker.Stuttgart are third from bottom in the Bundesliga, with one of the lowest goals scored figures in the division.They are desperate to add a quality striker in the January transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen believes there is no need for them to regroup after successive home defeats in the Premier LeagueMarcus Rashford’s first-half goal proved to be enough for Manchester United to claim a 1-0 win at Wembley on Sunday and a second home defeat for Spurs, who fell 3-1 to Wolves last time out in the league.Although few could argue that Mauricio Pochettino’s side were, perhaps, unlucky to not have got a point at least after their strong second-half display went unawarded after David de Gea produced 11 saves in goal for United.Therefore, Vertonghen is unconcerned over Spurs’ recent struggles at home.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We don’t need to regroup, everyone saw how good we were, this is not a game where we couldn’t do things that we wanted to do, the only thing we couldn’t do was score,” said Vertonghen, according to Football London.“We have these games, other games that we lost we were not good enough but today the quality and the aggressiveness was there, just not the goals.”Spurs will next face Fulham at Craven Cottage this Sunday in another Premier League fixture.