Late goals save QPR and Fulham in FA Cup

first_imgChelsea easily progressed to the fourth round of the FA Cup, while QPR, Fulham and Brentford all face replays.The Blues thrashed Southampton 5-1 in the third-round clash at St Mary’s, where new signing Demba Ba scored twice as they came from behind.Jay Rodriguez put the Saints ahead before Ba levellled and Victor Moses put the visitors in front.Branislav Ivanovic got the third and Ba scored again before Frank Lampard’s penalty capped a resounding win.QPR drew 1-1 with West Brom courtesy of a last-gasp equaliser by Kieron Dyer at Loftus Road, where Shane Long had put Albion ahead.Fulham also salvaged a 1-1 draw with a late leveller. They went behind against Championship side Blackpool at Craven Cottage, where Ludovic Sylvestre opened the scoring before Giorgos Karagounis’ 80th-minute volley.Brentford, meanwhile, drew 2-2 at Southend.Tom Adeyemi’s opener and Ryan Cresswell’s own goal put the Bees in a commanding position, but Barry Corr’s two headed goals means the teams will meet again at Griffin Park.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Hunter Stapp’s show-stopping triple saves Eagles in game one

first_imgARCATA >> Hunter Stapp was having a rough go in left field.It seemed as though the visiting Shasta Sun Devils had found a soft link in the Humboldt Eagles shortstop, twice stealing second base off an error before taking the lead late in the game.But trailing 4-3 with two outs, and Kokko Figueiredo and Jared Crassweller on second and first, Stapp cracked a first-pitch fastball far out to the back fence just right of center field. No fielder was there, but when one turned to make the throw, the …last_img read more

Nobel Square for SA’s laureates

first_img5 August 2005Renowned Venda artist Noria Mabasa gets inspiration for her work through dreams.The 70-year-old from Limpopo made the trek to Cape Town as one of the artists chosen to work on the Western Cape’s Nobel Square project.Work on the site is set to start in early August, with the completed project to be unveiled on 16 December, when South Africa celebrates Reconciliation Day.Located at the popular V&A Waterfront, Nobel Square will honour South Africa’s four Nobel Peace laureates: the late Chief Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk.The provincial government announced the names of the two artists chosen to work on the project at a briefing held near the Square on Tuesday.Cape Town artist Claudette Schreuders has been selected to join Mabasa on the project. Schreuders will produce bronze sculptures.Mabasa’s work, referred to as the “fifth element”, will reflect the contribution of women and children to peace and democracy in the country. Her work, a carving, is described as having “a quiet dignity”.Speaking through an interpreter, grey-haired Mabasa expressed joy at being selected to work on the project. “The inspiration for my work comes to me in my dreams,” she said. “My father came to me and asked, ‘Why don’t you do this?’.”Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool said the project was part of the government’s vision to make the province “a home for all”.Describing the laureates as “architects of freedom”, he said three of them had spent considerable time in the province, which included jail time in the case of Mandela.“The Waterfront has a confluence of people from all over. They can share in our rich history and the contribution the country made to the world in terms of peace and democracy”, Rasool said.Derick van der Merwe, CEO of the V&A Waterfront Company, said 22 million visitors would have access to the project.The five sculptures will be cast in bronze, with the laureates being a bit larger than life-size. Selected quotations from them will be engraved at the front.Mandela, speaking at the original launch of the project in December 2003, described the Nobel Square as a gesture celebrating and promoting reconciliation. “We need to celebrate ourselves and our achievement as often as we can”, said Mandela, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with FW de Klerk in 1993.Tutu, the 1984 recipient, said that the real heroes of South Africa were the so-called ordinary people. “What happens here is not a tribute to the four of us, but to the people of South Africa.”Also present at the launch was Albertina Luthuli, the daughter of the country’s first Nobel laureate, the late Chief Albert Luthuli. Luthuli was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960, but due to the situation in the country he could only travel to Norway the following year to receive it.“How he would have loved to have lived to vote and witness the birth of the new South Africa in 1994”, Luthuli said.De Klerk, like his fellow laureates, said credit should go to those they represented. “May this monument remind us to be aware that the new South Africa has given us something precious.”The project has the blessing of the Nobel Institute in Norway.The Nobel Prize, established in 1901 by Alfred Nobel, is awarded annually and recognises excellence and contributions in the five categories of peace, literature, physics, chemistry and medicine.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Jordaan appointed as advisor for 2014

first_imgDanny Jordaan, the former 2010 Fifa World Cup chief executive, will now play a special advisory role to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Stadiums like the FNB Stadium, near Soweto, were constructed before the 2010 World Cup and revamped for thefootball extravaganza.(Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Morio Sanyane  SAFA: Communications Director  +27 82 990 0835 RELATED ARTICLES • 2010 Fifa World Cup: one year on • A brief history of the Fifa World Cup • SA young football champs off to Spain • R3m boost for SA football schoolRay MaotaDanny Jordaan, the former 2010 Fifa World Cup chief executive, has been appointed as a special advisor to the 2014 event in Brazil.The announcement was made during a meeting of the Fifa World Cup organising committee in Zurich, Switzerland at the end of March.Jordaan also serves as a vice president of the South African Football Association (Safa) and was appointed to the 2014 team along with Alexy Sorokin, head of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.According to Fifa, the complete Fifa executive committee is now – for the first time – part of the decision-making forum responsible for monitoring and organising the event.Helping Brazil with his experienceJordaan brings a wealth of experience to the Brazil Local Organising Committee (LOC) after serving in various Fifa committees including the 1998 World Cup in France, the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan and Germany in 2006.“I am very proud and excited to have been asked to serve on this vital committee which supports the backbone of Fifa’s business model,” said Jordaan.“The 2010 World Cup – which was acknowledged as the most successful ever – generated a massive US$4.2-billion (R33-billion). The projected target for Brazil is to grow that by 10%.”He added that Fifa has already received a comprehensive briefing from the Brazilian LOC about all facets of its preparations. The main task of the committee that he will be advising will be to critically examine the South American country’s preparations for 2014, to ensure that there are no logistical obstacles in the way of this target being achieved.Jordaan is currently serving in the Fifa Transparency and Compliance Committee, which deals with corporate governance in the world football controlling body.“In 2010, we created the benchmark for how to host a great and successful event and future events will always be evaluated against what South Africa achieved,” said Jordaan.Locally he also serves as the chairperson of Safa’s international and commercial bodies and is deputy chairperson of marketing for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the African Cup of Nations organising committee.Fifa commits to South African footballIn another development, it was announced on 18 April that South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust has now become fully operational.According to Fifa, the Trust will support a wide range of public initiatives in the areas of football development, education, health and humanitarian activity, using the game as a tool in South Africa.An investment of $58-million (R450-million) will be received by the Trust as part of Fifa’s promised $90-million (R700-million) from the hosting of the 2010 World Cup.South Africa has already received $17-million (R140-million) as an advance for the preparations of the 2010 event and for the building of Safa House, the headquarters of the national body.During the 2010 event, Safa also received $5-million (R40-million) for football development projects, and a further $9-million (R70-million) for investment in a fleet of buses and cars enabling the 52 regional structures of Safa to transport their teams.Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke said of the Trust: “We are very pleased that the Trust is now fully operational. It is the first time in the history of the Fifa World Cup that such an initiative has been established and it required a complex administrative process, which is why it took us some time to set it up.”Safa president Kirsten Nematandani also commented: “From today, we can look forward to the fruits of 2010 being enjoyed at grassroots level and within communities across South Africa.”The Trust accounts will be administered by auditing firm Ernst and Young.Preparations for 2014At the organising committee’s meeting in Zurich, in Switzerland, Fifa president Joseph Blatter welcomed the new chairman of the 2014 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee, José Maria Marin, as well as the newly appointed Fifa executive committee member from Brazil, Marco Polo del Nero.Blatter said: “After the re-confirmation received from President (of Brazil) Dilma Rousseff and her government on the fulfilment of all guarantees, we are confident that despite the many tasks still to be completed by all of us, Brazil will stage an exceptional Fifa World Cup in 2014.”Fifa’s World Cup organising committee includes deputy chairperson Michel Platini, who is also a former French football player and manager and Issa Hayatou, the president of CAF.Nicolás Leoz, deputy chairman of the organising committee, said: “We received today, for the first time, a very in-depth update on the status of preparations in all aspects, including the important sustainability strategy plan. This is vital as we have a responsibility that goes beyond the provision of the facilities for the event.“We must ensure that we maximise the positive effects for the benefit of all Brazilians and also minimise the negative impact, especially on the environment.”last_img read more

#MeToo: Christian body assures fair hearing for Shillong sexual abuse victim

first_imgThe Congregation of Christian Brothers in India (CCBI) has assured “just and fair hearing” to a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy in Meghalaya capital Shillong almost three decades ago.In a statement issued on Tuesday, the CCBI said the “Christian Brothers stand in solidarity with and in support of any survivor of sexual abuse”. This followed a Facebook post as part of the #MeToo movement against one of its members.In her post a few days ago, 40-year-old Mary Therese Kurkalang had named two Catholic priests – Brother Francis Gale of St. Edmund’s School and Brother Muscat of Don Bosco – as having sexually abused her when she was a child.The CCBI statement did not make it clear which of the two Brothers the congregation has referred to.“We are committed to a just and fair hearing to both the complainant and the alleged abuser, through a formal process as laid out in our protection policy – Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults. This policy looks into all cases of abuse, past and present, so as to ascertain with compassion the truth and support the survivor towards achieving a peaceful closure while taking appropriate action against the alleged abuser, if found guilty,” the statement from Brother J. Johnson, society protection officer of CCBI’s Profession Ethics Commission, said.“Accordingly, a due procedure will be initiated as laid out in our said policy to take this serious allegation forward towards arriving at the truth and assisting the survivor with necessary help to attain due closure. Even as these internal processes are carried out, we stand committed to cooperating with the agencies of the law,” the statement said.Ms Kurkalang took to Facebook last week to write: “Three years ago, at the age of 37, I finally decided that I needed professional help and found a wonderful counsellor. Through the months of counselling, there is one session that stands out for me, where I felt literally like someone lifted this huge boulder lodged in my chest that was there since I was 5 years old.“What she said to me at that session was that as a child, from a broken family, an economically poor background, left to my own defences, I made the ‘ideal profile’ of the victim for a sexual predator. Even though as an adult, I understand and can differentiate that I was not responsible, it is hard to really feel and live that knowledge, to not blame myself. What my counsellor said to me that day answered the ‘why’ I have asked over and over again ‘why me’ and it gave me such huge relief to have finally found an answer that I knew to be true. It’s a long journey and an ongoing one to stay whole, balanced, sane as someone who was sexually abused through my childhood, age 5 till age 12.”She said she had attempted suicide thrice as a teenager and young adult, twice landing in hospital in a serious condition. “Through the years I have struggled to find comfort and sanity in spirituality, immersing myself in work, and later, in a close circle of friends I trust, these have helped me pull through. There will always be a part of me that is a big gaping hole of sorrow and darkness – of a childhood I did not know, of an innocence I never knew, of the fear and deep shame I have lived with for so long, and for not being believed, not being protected, and for the deep injustice I felt,” she said.She went on to name Brothers Gale and Muscat, recollecting the many ways in which they abused her.last_img read more