Benteke closes in on Villa return

first_img Benteke will be assessed this week but is likely to be in contention for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League visit of Manchester City. Boss Paul Lambert said: “Christian played for about an hour today and we’re delighted with how he came through the game. It was great to see him back out there and he played well in the time he was on the pitch. “He scored a goal, which is great for him, and his general play was good, too, considering how long he’s been away from it. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and how he recovers but it was a good, positive step for him today. It will have given him a lift to get out there and play and score a goal and that’s great for him.” Benteke has scored 34 goals in 67 games for Villa since his £7million move from Genk in 2012 with his goals key to keeping Villa in the top flight after two seasons of struggle. They are currently sixth in the table after a 3-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday with 10 points from their opening six games and Benteke’s imminent return is set to be another huge boost. The Stamford Bridge loss came after a 3-0 reverse against Arsenal but Tom Cleverley felt the side can still take something from the game. “I think our performance improved from last weekend against Arsenal, which is a positive. I thought we were calm in possession, which is another positive,” he told the club’s official site. “Let’s not let our heads drop too much from this and prepare for next weekend.” Christian Benteke could return for Aston Villa this weekend after making a scoring comeback on Monday after nearly six months out injured. The Belgium forward played 63 minutes and scored a penalty in the under-21s’ 3-0 win over Bolton on Monday. It was his first action since rupturing his Achilles at the end of last season – an injury which forced him to miss the World Cup. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Incompatible Express entertains deplorable Ndejje University

first_img Tags: Express FCndejje universityStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetop Express have won back to back games on only one occasion this season (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Express FC vs Ndejje University FC Betway Mutessa II Stadium, WankulukukuThursday, 10-01-2019 @4pmWANKULUKUKU – Express FC will hope to return to winning ways when they host Ndejje University at the Betway Mutessa II Stadium on Thursday afternoon.Off a disappointing 1-1 away to Maroons, the Red Eagles are seeking a string of results that will ignite their season that has been marred by inconsistency.Kefa Kisala’s charges have only won back to back games once this season (vs Tooro and then Paidah in November), something that is worrying for them.However, with two victories against the other promoted sides already in the bag, their confidence must be sky high when Ndejje rolls into Wankulukuku.“We have prepared well for the game and want to win it so bad because we drew in our last, said Kefa Kisala ahead of Ndejje’s visit.“We are confident we can beat them especially after defeating the other two newly promoted sides.“However, it will not be a walk in the park as they are also looking for points to help them try to avoid relegation.Express will be without star-striker Eric Kambale who is struggling with a hamstring injury. They will also still miss the services of goalkeeper Arthur Kiggundu who is still yet to find the required fitness.The good news for Kisala is that Shafic Kakeero has recovered from the nasty fall he suffered in the 1-1 draw at Maroons meaning that the Wembley graduate will most likely be paired with John Revita as Isaac Mutanga returns to the bench.For Ndejje, they have be woeful so far as they have managed only two victories all season.Not that they were expected to be world beaters but even the football that is being exhibited by the University side is not appealing.The luck of positive result and a brand of football which is described by many as ‘lucking’, has led to several fans in Bombo, start calling for head coach-Raymond Komakech’s head.The trip to Express on Thursday may not have been one they expected anything from at the start of the season but if somehow they (Ndejje) can grind out a result, it may as well kick-start their bid to avoid the ever looming drop.Match Facts:This will be the first top flight encounter between the two sides with Ndejje currently in their maiden Premier League season.Against the other two newly promoted sides, Express has so far collected maximum points. The Red Eagles defeated Paidah 3-1 and then Nyamityobora 2-1.In their last 8 League games, Express has managed only two victories (D3 L3).At home, they have lost only one game all season (W3 D3).For Ndejje, they are currently on a 9 game winless run (D2 L7). In that period, they have also conceded a League high of 19 goals whilst scoring 5.Away from home, they have lost all their 7 fixtures conceding 15 and scoring only two goals.Against the other traditional top 4 sides (KCCA, Villa and Vipers), Komakech’s side have managed to gather only a single point so far (L2). The point came in their home game against SC Villa which ended 1-1.The Other games today (All at 4:30pm):-Paidah Black Angels vs Maroons FC-Bul FC vs Nyamityobora FC-Tooro United vs Bright StarsComments last_img read more

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Global award for Radebe

first_imgThe stylish and extremely well-connected Bridgette Radebe is the Global Foundation for Democracy’s Businesspersonof the Year. (Image: Mining Weekly)Janine ErasmusThe Global Foundation for Democracy honoured South African mining entrepreneur Bridgette Radebe, the country’s first woman to excel in this sector, as their 2008 Businessperson of the Year at a function in Johannesburg in May 2008.Radebe, who is the sister of billionaire Patrice Motsepe, himself a renowned gold mining magnate and one of the world’s wealthiest men, is married to Jeff Radebe, South Africa’s minister of transport. She is recognised as one of South Africa’s most powerful businesspeople and to date is the only woman at the helm of a deep mining company.The well-connected Radebe received her award from Kazakh billionaire Alexander Mashkevich, whose company Alferon Management has mining operations in several countries, a number of them in Africa.The citation for Radebe’s award describes her as a “heroic women and a born entrepreneur who defied legislation to build her own successful mining group. She is an economic activist, an agent of transformation and a pioneer of change who has played a key role in changing exclusionary mining legislation in South Africa and who pioneered the implementation of empowerment mining models in Africa and internationally.”The mission of the Global Foundation for Democracy is to educate the public about the benefits of using democracy as a means of achieving global peace and cooperation. The award is presented to individuals who have made a difference in an ever-changing political and environmental landscape. Among its past winners is former South African president FW de Klerk, who jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 with another former president, Nelson Mandela.Determined to forge ahead in the mining sectorRadebe heads the Mmakau Mining company, which besides its core business has shares in numerous other enterprises. Mmakau focuses on gold, platinum and coal mining. It is named after the village in North West Province where Radebe grew up, and it was the exploitation of her people’s mineral rights that determined her choice of career. Mmakau was established as a company in 1995 after Radebe had gained considerable experience as a mining contractor.It wasn’t long before the company took on ownership of its own mines and entered into a partnership with Shaft Sinkers, broadening its scope to include shaft sinking, and mining design and construction. Today Mmakau has a 7% share in Marula Platinum, a 30% share in Madibeng Platinum, a 25% share in Shaft Sinkers, and a 25% share in Dorstfontein coal mine, among several others. It has also diversified into ferrochrome with a 6,5% stake in the Hernic ferrochrome plant near Brits.A pioneer of women in businessRadebe is a political science graduate who obtained her BA degree from the University of Botswana. In 2003 she founded the New Africa Mining Fund, a private equity fund that focuses on investing in junior mining opportunities in South Africa and the broader Africa continent. To date the fund has invested in a range of mining-related resources including gold, kaolin, coal, diamonds, anthracite, silica and platinum.With her considerable experience in the mining sector, Radebe played an important role in the South African Mineral & Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) of 2002, which provides for equitable access to and sustainable development of the nation’s vast mineral and petroleum resources. She also had a hand in the creation of the Mining Charter and is credited with ensuring that the charter not only contains empowerment quotas but also a target for gender empowerment.In addition to her many mining interests, Radebe sits on the board of Sappi, South Africa’s major paper producer. Previously she served on the board of the National Research Foundation.Radebe was the first president of the local branch of the International Women’s Forum, a global network of women leaders whose members include US Senator Hillary Clinton, South Africa’s First Lady Zanele Mbeki and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. The South African chapter was established in 2000.Radebe also chairs the South African Mining Development Association and in 2007 was appointed as vice chair of the Minerals and Mining Development Board that advises the Minister of Minerals and Energy on matters that relate to the MPRDA, as well as dispute resolution and human resource development in the sector. She will serve a three-year term in this position.“We continue to forge links between South Africa and mining investors on the African continent,” said Radebe, speaking recently in her capacity as the chair of the Mining Development Association. “Our business commitment is to pursue a code of conduct in Africa that will demonstrate global mining transformation policies in these countries. The next ten years in the history of the South African mining economy will give rise to defining moments in the long walk to economic freedom.”Useful linksDepartment of Minerals and EnergyGlobal Foundation for DemocracyNew Africa Mining FundSouth African Women in Mining AssociationSA Mining Development AssociationInspirational Women at Worklast_img read more

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South African local elections date set

first_img12 April 2016The next local government elections will take place on 3 August 2016.The minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs would follow the necessary legal procedure to proclaim the date and fulfil other requirements needed, the Presidency said yesterday in announcing the date.All South Africans who are eligible to vote, in particular young people over the age of 18 who will vote for the first time, are urged to register on the voters’ roll during the voter registration weekend.People can still go to their local Electoral Commission office to register and check their details on the voters’ roll. Click here to find an office near you. Voter registration will close when the date of the election is officially published in the Government Gazette.Source: South African Government News Agencylast_img read more

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Get a Grip on Holiday Expenses – Now

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonSpending during the holiday season can mean the new year begins with the stress and panic of seemingly unsurmountable credit card debt for many. The only way to prevent this burden is to plan ahead. The Personal Finance team has identified several resources for practitioners to share with clients to help them plan for holiday expenses and start 2016 on the right financial foot.Holiday shopping is more enjoyable if it doesn’t come with debt in the new year. Photo by Ben and Kaz AskinsIn this 90-minute video, Kelvin Boston discusses the common stressors of this holiday season and provides resources for coping with the financial burden of the holidays.In this blog post, Dr. Barbara O’Neill offers tips for paying off credit card balances and using PowerPay.org to organize credit card debt.Finally, the University of Maryland Extension offers some tips and resources for smart shopping during the holidays, including making lists, setting budgets and paying in cash.By planning ahead, the holidays can be full of cheer, not debt.last_img read more

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Odisha’s migrant workers miss HIV test

first_imgOver 1.5 lakh HIV infection- prone migrant labourers, who returned to Odisha’s Ganjam district for elections and the Dandanata festival, could not be tested for the infection due to lack of proper motivation and infrastructure.Migrant labourers make Ganjam the eighth most HIV infection-prone district in the country. They also transmit HIV to women, especially their spouses. Yet recent experience has shown that they are still out of reach of regular screening for HIV, said Brundaban Panda of the Gobind Pradhan Smruti Sansad.Most of the HIV-infected persons in Ganjam are migrant labourers working at Surat in Gujarat. The BJD and the BJP had motivated them to return to Ganjam for voting. No efforts “But no political party has made any effort to increase AIDS awareness among them or to get them tested when they returned,” said Lokanath Mishra of ARUNA, which has been working with HIV-positive persons and migrant workers for over two decades.Another problem is lack of adequate facilities in the district for regular screening. Every year around 1,47,000 people of this district are tested for HIV, of which 60,000 are pregnant women. The target is to prevent HIV transfer from infected mothers to newborns. The test facility is not adequate to screen the large number of migrant workers.last_img read more

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KTM CEO recognises the role played by Bajaj Auto India in helping it grow across world markets

first_imgKTM Duke 200Pune-based two wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto has played a major role in KTM’s global expansion, according to the KTM CEO Stephan Pierer. It is expected that over 22,000 KTM bikes will be sold in the domestic market, indicating a growth of over 100 per cent. Incidentally, these bikes have between 95 per cent and 98 per cent local content.Pierer said, “The joint development and strategic alliance have given us the position of entering all emerging markets. The Japanese are (now) the only competition, everyone else is a niche player,” he said, adding that approximately 45,000 units, or nearly a third of the 1.4-lakh bikes KTM forecasts it will sell outside of India during 2014 will be exported from Bajaj’s Chakan plant. “Putting aside rumours that Bajaj Auto was looking to hike its current 48 per cent stake in KTM Power Sports AG, the holding company of KTM Sportsmotorcycles AG, Bajaj Auto India MD Rajiv Bajaj said that the partnership was not based on front-end or financial consideration. “It is more an integration of two kitchens, and of cooking together,” he was quoted as saying. This was at the launch of the KTM RC 390 and RC 200 on Tuesday.Bajaj Auto had first acquired 14.5 per cent equity in KTM in the year 2007. Though the Austrian company had reported a loss of over ?80 million, this was turned around last year as it gave Bajaj Auto its maiden dividend.KTM projects that by 2020, it will sell 2.5 lakh bikes in global markets, of which one lakh units will be exported from India. Much like existing products KTM Duke 390 and Duke 200, the new bikes are also being manufactured at Chakan near Pune.  advertisementlast_img read more

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