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Barcelona to pay Dortmund this fee if they sell Ousmane Dembele – reports

first_img targets 2 Barcelona will reportedly have to pay Borussia Dortmund a further £26million if they sell Ousmane Dembele to Liverpool or Arsenal before the end of his contract.Dembele moved to the Nou Camp for a £96m fee but there are a number of performance-related add-ons which could see that fee rise to £131m. It is understood two payments of £4.5m have been made after the forward reached 25 appearances for Barca and the club made it to this season’s Champions League.And according to German newspaper De Welt, whatever remains of the additional fees will be due if Dembele leaves the Spanish giants before his contract finishes in 2022.The Reds and the Gunners have both been linked with moves for the 21-year-old, who has started 24 games in 15 months at Barca.The Daily Mirror reported Barca’s top brass have run out of patience with Dembele and want to offload him as soon as possible, slapping a £100m price tag on him. Dembele has started just 24 games in 15 months at Barca REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer “There is no problem with Dembele.“It is a normal situation for a young player who has a lot of talent and has reached a very big club like Barca, with great players and teammates. He has never had this before and this generates a process of adaptation that has to happen.“He is very young and has never had to make the effort to adapt to this way of playing and we recognise that it is costing him. He also recognises it.“What we will do is work so that this adaptation is possible.” targets 2 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM But when asked about a Dembele departure, Barca were keen to play down these suggestions.General manager Pep Segura said: “If you have information from the English press, ask the English press. If you have information about Liverpool, ask Liverpool.“As of today we have nothing for Dembele and we have no desire to change the structure of the template.“It is true that I had a meeting with Dembele’s agents. But I had three meetings with three other representatives. My job is to meet with representatives, they are common things. LATEST Latest Transfer News Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly interested in the Frenchman Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ last_img read more

Donegal County Council hailed for its spending and commitment to road safety

first_imgDonegal County Council has been hailed for its spending and time on promoting the message of road safety.Figures just released have revealed the spent €521,648 from 2014 until 2018 on road safety and anti-drink-drive artwork, marketing and training.In some cases, Donegal’s spending on road safety has been almost 27 times more than similar counties. Donegal had 10 deaths on its roads last year, spending 27 times Tipperary’s €18,919.89, which had 11 fatalities on its roads in the same time period.Both counties have a similar population of around 159,000 people.When presented with the figures, the Irish Road Victims Association said it “welcomes Donegal’s efforts and financial investment in trying to prevent death and injury in the county, which has suffered greatly”.Cork County Council spent €73,181, seven times less than that of Donegal, and the county had 16 road deaths in 2018. Donegal spends as much as Clare (€60,249), Tipperary (€18,919.89), Monaghan (€9,459.76) and Cork (€73,181) put together in the years 2014-2018.Larger county councils such as Dublin and Galway spent €3,397,651 and €2,806,356.79 respectively.Donegal’s battle with road safety has been well-highlighted in recent years following multiple accidents in recent including the Buncrana road tragedy in which eight people died and this year’s tragedy in Gortahork in which four young men lost their lives.Spearheaded by Donegal’s road safety officer, Brian O’Donnell, Donegal County Council has been proactive in their approach to road safety.These measures include continuous safety campaigns, road safety roadshows as well as the setting up of the Donegal Road Safety Working Group. “Reducing the number of deaths and injuries on Donegal’s roads is a responsibility we all share and Donegal County Council through the Donegal Road Safety Working Group (DRSWG) is committed to continuing to work with all our partners to achieve this aim,” a spokesman said.Donegal County Council hailed for its spending and commitment to road safety was last modified: July 11th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:council road safetydonegalPraisevictimslast_img read more

Football Friday rocks the Union Buildings

first_img30 October 2009Scenes of diski dancing and sounds of vuvuzelas rocked the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday as Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and a host of Cabinet ministers joined 2010 ambassador Lucas Radebe, mascot Zakumi and a host of other VIPs in a colourful endorsement of the Football Fridays initiative.It was an extraordinary occasion at the seat of government, where strict protocol is usually the order of the day.Click arrow to play slideshowView the full photoset on FlickrVideo: Football Friday hits TshwaneVideo: Diski Dancing in the Capital CityCabinet ministers wearing Bafana Bafana jerseys, including Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, as well as the Deputy President himself, blew their vuvuzelas and danced South Africa’s own diski dance.The western lawn of the Union Buildings was painted the colours of the South African flag as government officials, 2010 Fifa World Cup™ stakeholders and senior government officials gathered to show support for the national football team and to join in mobilising South Africans to adopt Football Fridays.The initiative aims to build support and enthusiasm as the countdown to Africa’s first World Cup gains momentum, by getting South Africans to wear a football jersey – first choice being a Bafana Bafana jersey – every Friday until the start of the World Cup in June 2010.“We would like to make the call to all South Africans, especially public servants, to wear a football jersey every Friday in anticipation of this great celebration coming our way next year,” Motlanthe told the gathered crowd.He also urged South Africans to learn the diski dance as part of being a good host and preparing to welcome the world in a celebratory style. Doing the dance, he quipped, would also have long-term health benefits.Former Bafana Bafana captain and 2010 World Cup ambassador Lucas Radebe urged South Africans to participate in the Football Fridays campaign.“By wearing our shirt every Friday, we will not only show a sense of patriotism but also encourage the national team to do well,” Radebe said. “Let’s all support this campaign and rally behind Bafana Bafana, because they need us as a nation.”Also in attendance were 2010 Organising Committee (OC) chief executive Danny Jordaan and chairman Irvin Khoza, SA Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani, and members of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), custodian of Brand South Africa.Football Fridays is a joint initiative of the country’s major 2010 partners, namely the OC, the IMC, the Government Communication and Information System, South African Tourism and the South African Broadcasting Corporation.Source: BuaNews, with additional reporting by SAinfolast_img read more

Fly the Flag Fridays launched

first_imgMiller Matola, CEO of theInternational Marketing Council.(Image: Nicky Rehbock)  If you’re one of those South Africans who proudly flew the national flag from your car or house during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and wore a scarf, beanie or football jersey with a local flavour, keep it up – and encourage others to do the same.This is the message from Miller Matola, CEO of the International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa, the institution tasked by the Presidency to promote Brand South Africa.Matola said the aim of the new initiative, Fly the Flag Fridays, is to harness the spirit, unity, solidarity and sense of pride experienced by South Africans during the World Cup and let it invigorate our post-tournament activities and attitude.He was speaking at the launch of the campaign on Friday 16 July 2010 at the Primedia studios in Sandton, Johannesburg. Face-painters and African drummers were on hand at this event to paint mini flags on employees’ faces and set the rhythm for the day.Fly the Flag Fridays is a “continuation of campaigns started in the run-up to the World Cup, like Football Fridays, which inspired the nation and built spirit. Let’s keep the momentum going,” Matola said.It will be celebrated every Friday from now on, he said, and can take many forms. It can be interpreted literally by simply flying the flag, or be observed by buying South African-produced goods, wearing any of the national colours, supporting South African sports teams and music, or getting involved in a good cause.“We want to encourage people to engage in any activity that reflects the South African spirit of ubuntu, which is ‘You exist because I exist.’ It should be something that can be useful for the nation,” Matola added.“The idea of Fly the Flag Fridays belongs to all South Africans. Let’s show the world we’re a hospitable nation and that ubuntu is one of our hallmarks.”What we can take from the World CupThe World Cup helped to rebrand the nation and dispel negative perceptions about South Africa and Africa, Matola said, while showing the world what Africans are capable of, given the chance.By building on this, Matola believes South Africans will become more united as a nation and have greater confidence in the country’s future. It will also help keep up morale.“Once Bafana Bafana was out of World Cup, most South Africans still rallied around African teams and the continent. Let’s bottle this and put it to good use – put it towards initiatives that drive social cohesion,” he said.“The small steps we start with will lead to huge leaps that will have a positive impact on the nation. With this campaign going, we can light up a fire.“The can-do attitude of South Africans shown during the World Cup should now apply everywhere, even to social development and service delivery. There should also be a sense of pride shown in new facilities. Keeping your area clean is part of showing that pride,” Matola said.Although there are listed ways of bringing the concept to life, South Africans are encouraged to get creative and come up with their own ideas of how to celebrate Fly the Flag Fridays.“People are doing that already – it shows that the greater majority is ready to take up the campaign,” he said.“By continuing to stand together, there is nothing we cannot do. As our visitors go home, let us remind them to keep coming back to South Africa because we are a nation proud of its achievements, and a country that is open for business.”last_img read more

Primary schools get a helping hand

first_imgRay Maota Mamokete Mokoena Mncube, principalof Duzenendlela Primary School; Joshua Pule, Nedbank’s portfolio manager for CSR; Mlamleli Belot of the City of Joburg; and Antoinette Nicolaai, district director of Johannesburg South at the Department of Education, handing over essential school items to a pupil. Pule said that Nedbank strives tocontribute towards a strong, flourishing, knowledge based economy in South Africa, hence its involvement in education and the community. Schoolchildren performed a gumboot dance at the handover ceremony. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lesiba Sethoga  Nedbank: Communications  +27 11 294 2997 RELATED ARTICLES • Needy pupils kitted out for school • Career guidance initiative launched • Nedbank invests in water project • Nedbank branch runs on wind powerThe challenges in education and of poverty in South Africa are being tackled by Nedbank through its Back-to-School campaign, which is making sure pupils have all the resources needed to succeed at school.On 8 March 2012, Nedbank, the Department of Education and representatives from the City of Joburg met pupils and teachers at Duzenendlela Primary School, in Sweet Waters, in the south of Johannesburg. They were there to hand over essential school items such as uniforms, shoes, stationery, books, bags and sports kits to the underprivileged pupils.In return, the pupils sang, recited poems and danced for their visitors. The school choir sang the national anthem, a pupil recited Gift Mzingwa’s poem, The Black Badge, and some boys performed a gumboot dance.Duzenendlela, a no-fee-paying school, was one of four schools that received these essentials. The others were Inkululeko Yesizwe Primary, Itemoheng Primary and Govan Mbeki Primary. All are situated in and around Sweet Waters, a poor settlement on the southern outskirts of Johannesburg.More than 200 pupils are benefitting from the campaign.Kone Gugushe, Nedbank’s divisional executive for corporate social responsibility, said: “Education is one of our key corporate social responsibility focus areas and we are delighted to partner with government to ensure that all learners are able to focus on their studies rather than on school resources.“The Back-to-School campaign seeks to ensure that even those learners from disadvantaged backgrounds have an equal chance at being the best student they can be.”This year’s campaign was launched in January in Limpopo and has been rolled out in KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, North West and Mpumalanga provinces. Nedbank is investing R2-million (US$251 000) in its 2012 campaign. Some 1 800 pupils across the country will benefit from the initiative.Antoinette Nicolaai, the Department of Education’s district director in Johannesburg South, said: “Just as President Jacob Zuma outlined in the State of the Nation Address [on February 9], education is vital for people to take their rightful place in society.”The school close to the roadDuzenendlela means “close to the road”, which is literally where the school is situated. The school is on the Golden Highway, the busy main road leading to Sweet Waters.It offers underprivileged children from the nearby informal settlements of Sweet Waters unpaid schooling with a nutrition programme and transport scheme to fetch and drop them off before and after school.Mamokete Mokoena Mncube, the principal, said: “The school appreciates what Nedbank has done for us. Our pupils are from poverty-stricken areas where the unemployment rate is high and these resources provided by Nedbank will go a long way in offering them a quality educational experience.”The vegetable tunnel donated by Nedbank would also help with the nutrition programme as vegetables would be used for the soup kitchen. They would also be sold, so helping the school with fund raising.Nedbank’s contribution in GautengThe bank, one of South Africa’s big four, has invested nearly R22-million ($3-million) in Gauteng over the past five years in education, health, community and socio-economic development programmes.It approaches education in a holistic manner, taking into consideration strong leadership, quality teaching, resourced learners, adequate infrastructure, community involvement and proper academic support. Nedbank has supported various educational programmes in Gauteng.These include: financial support to the tune of R7-million ($928 000) for orphaned and vulnerable children studying at Dominican Convent; funding extra tutorials in maths, science and English for R1.4-million ($186 000) through the Tomorrow Trust and Leap Maths and Science Schools; R700 000 ($93 000) for leadership development of high school pupils through Heartlines; teaching 9 000 pupils at 65 schools in grades 6 and 7 to play chess; as well supplying mobile laboratories and classrooms.Joshua Pule, Nedbank’s portfolio manager for corporate social responsibility, said: “We at Nedbank are passionate about contributing towards education and building closer relationships with our communities.“This we do to ensure that we enable access and opportunities for learners and improve educational facilities throughout South Africa to build a strong, flourishing, knowledge-based economy.”last_img read more

German national beaten by railway contractor in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgA German national was allegedly beaten by a railway contractor at the Robertsganj railway station in the district, police said on SundayThe incident comes days after a Swiss couple were attacked near the railway station at Agra’s Fatehpur Sikri.Holger Ereek was allegedly beaten by railway contractor Aman Kumar on Saturday after which the station master informed the police. Circle officer Vivekanand Tiwari said that the accused has been arrested.However, the railway contractor alleged that when he greeted Ereek by saying “welcome to India”, he hit him. The victim refused to talk to the media.Not the first incidentOn October 22, the Swiss couple from Lausanne in Switzerland, Quentin Jeremy Clerc (24) and his girlfriend Marie Droz (24), was chased and attacked with stones and sticks by a group of five youths in Fatehpur Sikri, triggering widespread outrage.The couple was quoted as saying in a media report that they were strolling near the station at Fatehpur Sikri after a day in Agra when a group of youths started following them and later attacked.The couple said as they lay on the ground bloodied and bruised, bystanders began taking videos of them on their mobile phones, the report said. All the accused were arrested and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had sought a report from the UP government on the attack.Union Minister of State for Tourism K.J Alphons had written to State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, saying the incident could have a negative impact on the image of the country.UP Director General of Police Sulkhan Singh had issued a list of guidelines, including deployment of policemen in plain clothes, more patrolling and installation of CCTV cameras, to prevent such incidents.The couple were also offered a free stay in 5-star hotel in the national capital as a “token of concern” by Mr. Alphons.last_img read more

2 dead in Varanasi mall shooting

first_imgTwo persons died, while two others were injured after a few youths opened fired at the staff in a garment shop in a mall in Varanasi over a dispute on Wednesday, police said.The incident took place at the JHV shopping mall in the high-security Cantonment area of the Uttar Pradesh city. The suspects, alleged to be students of the Kashi Vidyapeeth University, have been identified. The three suspects entered the branded apparel store and one of them, identified as Alok Upadhyay, inquired about a salesman named Prashant. The suspect then got involved in a brawl with the other staff but was soon overpowered. A country-made pistol he was carrying was also snatched away, said a witness. Vivek Tripathi, UP police spokesperson, said after finding their friend overpowered, the other two youths tried to rescue him and fired shots at the salesmen and in the air.Two persons, Gopi Kanaujia and Sunil Kumar, died of bullet injuries, while Vishal Singh and Chandan Sharma, were admitted to hospital and are said to be stable, police said.”They also fired shots indiscriminately in the mall, after exiting the store,” said one of the witnesses. While initially police was told that the firing was triggered by a dispute over discount, a police statement in the evening hinted at a personal enmity.As per the police, the main accused Alok Upadhyay had a dispute with one of the salesmen Prashant over his friendship with a female staff at the store. The witness also said that the accused had once already assaulted the salesman outside the mall.Inspector General, Varanasi, Vijay Singh Meena, said the CCTV footage of the mall was being examined. The police is investigating how the three suspects managed to bring in weapons into the mall as frisking is done at the entry.last_img read more

India downs a goliath China in Asia Cup Basketball

first_imgIndia is ranked 11th in the continent and 61st in the world in basketball. But that did not deter Indian cagers to stun favourites China 65-58 in a Group A game of the 5th FIBA Asia Cup basketball championship for a historic first-ever triumph over the world’s 12th-ranked nation at Wuhan.Pratham Singh and Amjyot Singh scored 13 points apiece, while pivotal player Vishesh Bhriguvanshi notched up 10 points as India led the continental giants by 15 points after the second quarter, according to FIBA Asia website.In head-to-head record, 15-time winners of the Asian Basketball Championship, China had won all their seven previous meetings in the FIBA ABC between the two rivals, by at least 30 points on each occasion, but this was the first time the two teams met in the FIBA Asia Cup. It was India’s first win in two games in the five-team group also comprising Asia no. 2 Iran, no. 7 Japan and no. 14 Indonesia.Coach Scott Fleming said it was a surprise to him why this, a victory over China, had not happened earlier.”In fact, I’m more surprised that this was the first win for India against China. Because we have a lot of potential and this should have happened much earlier, Flemming told FIBA Asia website. For me personally, this win was another game in this competition. We have lot more games to go. But for these guys (the players) it’s a great result for all the hard work they have put all these years,” the American said.advertisement”I’m so happy for these players. And I’m so happy for the country. I’ve coached for 32 years in the USA, and the only reason I came here win or lose was to make a difference in the lives of these players. There were a few questions asked when we won in January (the Lusofonia Games gold medal beating Angola). I think this win last night adds credibility to that earlier victory. With this win, we are no longer a team with just potential. We can also perform to prove it,” Fleming added.”Well, this is a young team. Such results are expected. They (India) really deserved the win because they certainly played better than us,” China coach Wang Huaiyu said.last_img read more