Southgate: “England’s objective is to beat Belgium, not care about the possible matchups in the next round”

first_img England will train behind closed doors today before conducting a public training session tomorrow ahead of the match against Belgium on Thursday. RELATED STORIES EFE Upd. at 18:08 CEST “There are people who are talking about what we need to do against Belgium in regards to the respective routes to the final, but our only focus against Belgium is to win the match,” stated Southgate. Southgate asegura que Inglaterra no especulará contra Bélgica When Southgate was asked about the favourites for the tournament, the ‘Three Lions’ coach pointed to the “excellent” match between Spain and Portugal, talked up France’s high level of fitness and didn’t rule out Brazil or Germany following their victories on the back of falling short in their respective openers. He also said Croatia were “very talented”. England will play against Belgium on Thursday with the two sides only separated by yellow cards received after they ruthlessly crushed group rivals Tunisia and Panama. England coach, Gareth Southgate, has said his team are only focused on going out and winning the final group match against Belgium and nothing else. The match between the two leaders in Group G, both on six points, has led to suggestions it might be smarter to lose and avoid crossing paths with the stronger teams in the competition. IN SPORT.ES 26/06/2018 England hit Panama for six but the Central Americans make yet more historylast_img read more

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Catalan Pique jeered by fans at Spain training session

first_imgBarcelona’s Catalan defender Gerard Pique was targeted by angry Spain fans as he took part in an open training session with the national team the day after the Catalonia independence referendum that was declared illegal by the Government.Centre-back Pique, who voted in the referendum and has criticised police violence against voters which resulted in hundreds of injuries, has long been targeted by Spain fans but Monday’s barrage of insults was particularly severe.Spain supporters at the Las Rozas training facility in Madrid jeered, whistled and chanted at Pique to leave the team, who are preparing for two World Cup qualifiers, brandishing banners carrying insults aimed at him.Spanish media reported that police confiscated some of the banners, including one which described Pique as “sickening”.“The behaviour of Gerard has been exceptional,” coach Julen Lopetegui told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE.“I wanted to see how he was and I saw he was motivated and enthusiastic. He’s well and fired up, if it were not like that he wouldn’t be with me.”However Lopetegui defended the decision to hold the training session in public, adding: “It would have been an error to train behind closed doors. The fans have the right to express themselves.“I know the situation is unpleasant, but I ask people for a little reason and sanity.”Pique, 30, said on Sunday he would leave the national team if asked to by Lopetegui or the RFEF (Spanish FA).He has already announced that he will retire from international duty after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, having grown tired of being criticised by Spain supporters.Pique has played 91 times for his country and was a member of the squad that won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship.Group G leaders Spain, three points clear of second-placed Italy, are aiming to seal a place at the finals in qualifiers at home to Albania on Oct. 6 and away to Israel three days later.last_img read more

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Counterfeit American bills circulating in Dawson Creek: RCMP

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Police in Dawson Creek are reminding businesses and the public in the area to not accept money you believe may be fake.Dawson Creek RCMP say there has been a large number of counterfeit American $20 and $50 bills being reported in the area.Police are suggesting that if for any reason you feel a bill is fake, to contact your banking institution or refuse to accept the money.- Advertisement -If you have any information on counterfeit currency or any other crime, you are asked to call Dawson Creek RCMP at (250) 784-3700 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img

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‘Jamie Vardy has more goals than Chelsea have points!’ Rival fans laugh at the Blues

first_img Chelsea players look dejected 1 Chelsea’s poor start to the season shows no sign of ending – and football fans love it!The Blues fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke on Saturday evening, even though they managed to put in an improved performance.The loss sees them drop to 16th position after garnering just 11 points from 12 games so far, and supporters of teams like Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea have been laughing about it on social media.See what Chelsea’s rivals have been saying on Twitter below…last_img

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Reading 0-1 Queens Park Rangers: Nedum Onuoha’s late header steals Hoops victory

first_img The match certainly will not go down in folklore, as there were very few chances before the Rangers captain’s late header 1 Nedum Onuoha hit a late winner to make Reading pay for profligacy in front of goal as QPR recorded a 1-0 win at the Madejski Stadium.It was most probably Neil Warnock’s last game in charge of the Hoops as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is expected to be named as Rangers’ new manager on Friday. Warnock will hand over the reins after back-to-back victories.The hosts had chances to win the game but failed to really test Rob Green and they were made to pay when Onuoha headed home Alejandro Faurlin’s corner but Royals goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi should really have done better.The win sees QPR move up to 11th place, just two points outside the play-off places, whilst Reading missed the opportunity to climb into the top-six.The first half was a quiet affair with QPR dominating the opening spell of possession but it was Reading who had the best of the chances.Rangers’ best attempt came from Canadian winger Junior Hoilett after he broke through the Royals defence but he could only fire straight at keeper Al Habsi.Former Blackpool winger Matty Phillips was a consistent threat for QPR after the break, linking well with Hoilett on the wing and causing the Reading defence headaches with his direct approach.The home side had a clear chance to go ahead just before the hour mark when a corner found the head of captain Michael Hector but he couldn’t keep the ball down and it sailed narrowly over the bar.And moments later the Royals came within an inch of taking the lead when a superb free-kick from Nick Blackman had Green beaten but the bal lgame back off the crossbar.And Reading’s wastefulness was prove costly when QPR went ahead with just a minute left on the clock.Faurlin delivered a dangerous corner into the box and Onuoha met it at the far post with a downward header that Al-Habsi fumbled into the net.Boos echoed around the ground at the final whistle as Reading’s poor run was extended to just one win in eight.last_img read more

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SACKED! Rotherham ditch Redfearn after poor run of form

first_img Neil Redfearn Neil Redfearn has left his post as manager of Rotherham United.The 50-year-old departs with the Millers sitting 22nd in the Championship table, two points adrift of safety.Redfearn was only appointed in October, having been brought in as a replacement for Steve Evans.He won just five of his 21 games, losing 14, with their latest defeats coming against relegation rivals Charlton and Bolton.Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart commented: “It is with a heavy heart that we’ve parted company with Neil today.“As we all know football is a results driven business and with 16 games to go our aim has to be to retain our Championship status.“Everyone at the club wishes Neil well with his future career and thank him for his efforts and endeavour.“Our focus now is 100% behind appointing a first team manager as soon as possible.” 1last_img read more

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CONFIRMED: Manchester City reportedly sign USA star on four-and-a-half year deal

first_imgMix Diskerud appears to have completed a transfer to Manchester City, penning a four-and-a-half year deal with the Premier League leaders.Diskerud, the United States midfielder, has been on the books at New York City since January 2015; NYCFC are a sister club of Man City, with the City Football Group owning both teams.He never really established himself with New York, and joined IFK Goteborg on loan for much of 2017.It appears the 27-year-old has now departed New York, penning a four-and-a-half year contract with Pep Guardiola’s side.The news comes courtesy of Umbro, who revealed Diskerud’s move on their official Instagram account.The post read: “Delighted to report the news that @MixDiskerud will further be cementing his relationship with Umbro in our hometown, as he proudly continues his footballing development with a 4,5y [sic] Manchester City FC contract.” Born in Norway, Diskerud has made 38 appearances for the United States since debuting in 2010. He was a member of the squad that won the 2013 Gold Cup, and he also travelled to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup though he failed to make a single appearance. Mix Diskerud has reportedly signed a four-and-a-half year contract with Manchester City center_img 1last_img read more

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Larry Vernon Atkins age 67 of Salem

first_imgHe is survived by two brothers:  Bill Atkins of Salem and Gary Atkins of Pekin.Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home with Brother Bill Berry officiating.  Burial will follow with military honors in Beech Grove Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8PM and Wednesday from 9AM-time of service. Mr. Larry Vernon Atkins age 67 of Salem passed away Saturday, June 24 at Baptist Health Floyd.Mr. Atkins was born September 2, 1949 in Scottsburg the son of Roy Vernon Atkins and Dorothy Rose Grammar Atkins.  He was retired from C and M Conveyors in Mitchell.  He was a Vietnam War Air Force veteran. Larry was preceded in death by his wife: Dena Sipple Atkins and his parents.last_img

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Winning bidder to name new iris

first_imgProceeds from the auction of the rareplant will be used to protect it, and otherendangered plant species in the area.(Image: WWF-SA) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Amy GoldblattTable Mountain Fund+27 21 762 8525• Bina GenoveseStrauss & Co+27 21 683 6560RELATED ARTICLES• SA marks Year of Biodiversity• Protea hotspot under scrutiny• New biosphere reserve for SA• Mount Mabu yields hidden bounty• An infusion of innovationJanine ErasmusThe World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa is auctioning the naming rights to a newly discovered South African iris, and will give the proceeds to its Table Mountain Fund (TMF), which supports conservation projects on Table Mountain and in the Western Cape province.Bidders have the chance to join the likes of science luminaries, royalty and famous explorers, who have had new species of living organisms named after them – or they may name the plant after their partner, their old maths teacher, or even a beloved pet.Auctioneers Strauss & Co are coordinating the online auction, which is open now and will close in March 2011. The initiative will close in grand style with a posh dinner, where guests will have one last chance to top the highest bid.Besides the naming rights, the winning bidder will also receive the rare and endangered plant’s original botanical illustration, created by up-and-coming botanical artist Lisa Strachan.The delicate pale blue iris was discovered near the small west coast village of Jacobsbaai, but the spring-flowering plant is said to be already threatened with extinction.South Africa’s west coast is known for the wealth of botanical species which make their home here, but in recent years the growing popularity of the tranquil area has seen a number urban developments springing up.Because these natural troves are not officially protected, developments can wreak havoc on plant life and in cases where the specimen grows over a small range, a single building project may wipe out an entire species.In a short video to promote the auction, Jacobsbaai resident Koos Claasens commented that a few years ago he and a PhD student, whom he was helping, counted 91 distinct species in a 100 square metre piece of ground.“And this was at the end of October, when many of the annual plants had already died back,” he said.Claasens, who has been familiar with the blue iris since 1995 but didn’t know it was a new species, said it only grows where the ground is wet.Protecting the natural heritageBased at the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town, the TMF was established to provide a sustainable source of funding for conservation in the area, and has supported more than 120 projects to date.The goal of the organisation’s Fynbos Land Protection Campaign is to protect and restore the Cape fynbos while accommodating people and animals.Fynbos is the unique natural vegetation that covers areas of the Western Cape and forms a substantial part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. This Unesco World Heritage Site is the smallest of the earth’s six floral kingdoms, but it is the richest, with about 6 200 of its 9 000 species of plants growing nowhere else.Table Mountain alone supports around 2 200 plant species, which is more than the whole of the UK.Like many other ecologically important spots around the world, this area is under threat and 1 736 of its fynbos species are in danger of extinction. The fynbos protection campaign aims not only to save these plants, but also improve land management, provide jobs, boost public interest in conservation, and help establish sustainable businesses that focus on biodiversity.The campaign plans to link the protected areas to form a network and, with the help of experts, has identified 28 suitable areas or corridors in the Western Cape, which together enclose much of the endangered ecosystems and species. Six of these are deemed in urgent need of conservation action, which will be based on land acquisition and stewardship agreements.last_img read more

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Anglo’s Zimele helps SMMEs

first_imgMampho Selokoma, the enterprising owner of Bustique 244.(Image: bbqonline)MEDIA CONTACTS• Dr Lia VangelatosActing head of Zimele+27 11 638 9111Lucille DavieMining giant Anglo American has not forgotten the little guys – its enterprise development arm Zimele is lending a hand to small and medium enterprises, helping them to grow.With a little help from Zimele, protective clothing manufacturer Bustique 244 has seen its fortunes soar over the past year or so.“Previously, my company was faltering and not operating profitably,” says owner Mampho Selokoma. “However, acquiring Zimele’s assistance has significantly improved my business model, enabled quicker turnarounds, and set me on the road to profitability.”Zimele has been running since 1989 and supports sustainable small and medium enterprises, particularly in rural and peri-urban mining communities.Over a four-year period it has provided R567-million (US$64-million) in funding to black entrepreneurs. Some 1 085 companies have received support through 1 481 loans, collectively employed 19 575 people, and achieved a collective annual turnover of R2.4-billion ($270-million).Breaking into the marketBustique 244 manufactures quality and tailor-made protective clothing, primarily boiler and conti suits, used in the mining and construction sectors. A conti suit is a two-piece workman’s overall.The word zimele comes from Zulu and Xhosa and means “to be independent” or “to stand on one’s own feet”.“This support has also enhanced Bustique 244’s future prospects, as doors have been opened recently for potential orders with Anglo American’s supply chain, including its Kumba Iron Ore, Platinum and Thermal Coal businesses,” adds Selokoma.Selokoma says she has been in business since 2006, after extensively researching the protective clothing industry. Spotting a gap, she started small but in the past year or two she has been able to scale up with assistance from Zimele and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).“While Bustique 244 demonstrated great potential, the company was faltering because its owner Mampho Selokoma lacked the business experience, skills and financial resources to break into the market and achieve long term gains,” says Dr Lia Vangelatos, acting head of Zimele.“Zimele identified that it could make a real difference in the prosperity of Bustique 244, by offering financial support, as well as mentorship in key facets of her business.”Bustique 244 satisfied Zimele’s key criteria: that it has the capacity to grow substantially, and that it will create employment within the sector.“As such, Zimele is highly satisfied with what Bustique 244 has achieved thus far, as the company has not only gone from strength to strength, but has made real difference to the prosperity of the local community,” adds Vangelatos.Zimele provided a loan of R809 000 ($91 000) to Bustique 244 in 2011 – this enabled the company to take on an order from construction company WBHO, which built three of the 2010 World Cup stadiums and is involved in the King Shaka Airport in Durban, the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, and the ongoing Kusile Power Station, among others.The DTI has provided a R1-million loan ($112 000) to Selokoma for machinery.Secret of successSelokoma was born in Soweto, and holds qualifications from the Wits Graduate School of Public Development Management, and the Graduate Institute of Management Technology.She has worked in the retail banking, corporate and tourism sectors, in particular Pepsi Cola International, South African Breweries, Katekane Investments, and South African Tourism, for the past 20 years.Her secret to success is that she has been scrupulously careful about paying back the loans as soon as she receives payment from the contractors.“They know we are reliable, and like what we are doing,” says Selokoma. She sees reliability as her competitive advantage, together with the good quality of her products, and delivering on time. This has given the confidence to apply for more loans in the future.Selokoma employs four permanent staff, and takes on extra workers on a contract basis. She operates in the Northern Cape and Gauteng, and recently offered 80 workers temporary contracts in the Cape. She is confident that as the company grows she will take on more permanent staff.“We are growing in leaps and bounds. We can market freely, knowing that the future is good,” she enthuses.Selokoma was invited to speak at the 2012 Enterprise Development conference, held in Midrand in November. She saw it as an opportunity to “provide a considerable boost to her career aspirations, but inspire others to match her business achievements”, according to the BBQ website.Four funds for businessesZimele has four funds that focus on emerging black businesses. The Supply Chain Fund focuses on procurement and business development opportunities for black-owned and managed SMEs within Anglo American’s supply chain.The Khula Mining Fund manages mining-related investments as a joint initiative with Khula Enterprise Finance Limited, a government entity that promotes SME development.The Community Fund supports entrepreneurs and small businesses in the communities in which Anglo operates, by means of loan finance and hands-on guidance and support from a network of small business hubs.The Green Fund targets investment opportunities that specifically focus on environmental risks and improving the long-term environmental welfare of local communities. Areas of particular focus include reducing carbon emissions, energy and water consumption, and improving waste and emissions management, as a contribution to sustainable development.last_img read more

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