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Chelsea v Scunthorpe: Blues name strong side for FA Cup tie

first_imgChelsea will field a strong side for the FA Cup third-round game at home to Scunthorpe.Keeper Thibaut Courtois and skipper John Terry are on the substitutes’ bench, so Asmir Begovic is in goal, Gary Cahill partners Kurt Zouma at centre-back and Branislav Ivanovic captains the side.Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also among the substitutes for the match at Stamford Bridge, where Diego Costa will lead the Blues’ attack.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Costa.Subs: Courtois, Terry, Baba Rahman, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Traore.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Alexandra: 100 years of ‘pride, ubuntu’

first_img25 September 2012South Africa should use the centenary of Alexandra to build a more united and prosperous country founded on the principle of ubuntu, President Jacob Zuma said as Johannesburg’s famous township marked 100 years of existence on Saturday.Alexandra was first proclaimed as a township for white workers who were removed from Johannesburg city centre in 1905. In 1912 the plots in Alexandra were sold to African and Coloured people with freehold rights, making the place a “native township”.“We must use this milestone to dedicate ourselves more than ever before to build a united and prosperous South Africa built on the foundation of ubuntu, dignity and respect,” Zuma said during Saturday’s celebrations at Alexandra Stadium.The President said the township oozed pride and resilience while it was also associated with well-known South Africans like Joe Modise and the Mahotela Queens.Stand up for rights ‘without losing dignity’South Africans needed to stand up for their rights without losing their dignity, he said. “South Africans are not hooligans, we are a nation of proud, respectful people who stand up for their rights and do so without losing their dignity and ubuntu.“We must promote this national pride as we don’t want the world to develop a wrong impression of South African people,” the President said, adding that societies needed to take stock and reflect at certain times.“We must not be shy to reflect on what has gone wrong within society in general,” Zuma said. “We’ve heard of shocking incidents of men raping little girls. This is not a society or nation we want.”The country needed to reflect on the causes of brutality and how this could be stopped, as the perpetrators came from within the community.“It’s a painful reality for every society to have to deal with, but we have to confront it. I believe we must have this discussion about the renewal of the social fibre of communities without delay.”‘Bring back culture of peaceful protest’Zuma urged society to bring back a culture of peaceful protest, of upholding the right to life.“The culture of violent protest which threatens lives and property have no place in a democratic society when people have a government that they can talk to through various structures. We cannot destroy that which we have built ourselves, and we cannot continue organising protests in which people die.”This, he said, called for serious reflection “among ourselves about the way in which we do things.”Zuma also warned against workers negotiating labour issues without labour unions.“Workers of Alex and anywhere in our country should not think that what happened in Marikana is the way to go. When workers chase away trade unions and negotiate their own deal with employers, that is a danger. Workers in the past didn’t have trade unions and they were not protected, they were victims of employers.”Earlier, Zuma visited the Nelson Mandela Yard Heritage Precinct to plant a tree. In 1940, Mandela left home in the Transkei and moved to Alexandra, where he found lodging with a local reverend before moving next door. The house, which had no water or electricity at the time, is on the corner of Richard Baloyi and 7th avenue.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

CWG scam: Mauritius-based firm under CBI scanner

first_imgCBI is likely to investigate the role of a Mauritius-based company for alleged irregularities in executing over Rs 70 crore contracts for providing consultancy for Commonwealth Games-related works after receiving a reference from Sports Ministry in this regard.Acting on PMO recommendation, the Sports Ministry has sent a letter to CBI to probe the antecedents, flow of funds and works carried out by Event Knowledge Services (EKS), an international private consultant, for alleged wrongdoings.EKS was given three contracts of over Rs 70 crore by the Games Organising Committee to extend consultancy services for the venue development and management, games workforce, and games planning and project management services.”A reference has been received from the Sports Ministry and a preliminary enquiry into the matter is on,” a CBI official said.Taking a serious view of the Shunglu Committee’s findings, the PMO had suggested to Sports Ministry a probe by CBI and Enforcement Directorate.It has directed “expeditious action” on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s order in the matter and sought the reply of Sports Ministry within a month on the fifth report of the high-level committee appointed by him.”We will also be sending a reference to ED to probe alleged violation of foreign exchange acts and money laundering,” a Sports Ministry official said. The Committee in its report estimated financial loss of over Rs 18 crore to the Government due to alleged irregularities in granting workforce contract.On October 25, 2010 the Prime Minister had appointed the high level committee under the chairmanship of former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu to investigate and report all irregularities in executing various projects by several government agencies during the Games held in New Delhi between October 3-14, 2010.advertisementThe committee, in its report submitted to the PMO on March 28, found several discrepancies in the projects executed by the company and “collusion” among sacked jailed OC Chief Suresh Kalmadi, Chief Executive Officer of CWG Federation Mike Hooper and other senior functionaries of the Games body.Interestingly, the Games Planning and Project Management Contract permitted EKS to assign the same to a sister concern. EKS incorporated a new company in November, 2008 in Mauritius by the name Event Knowledge Services Pvt Ltd.The entire contract was assigned to the new company in June 2009, thus, making a mockery of Quality Based Selection System (QBS), the report said.”This is a fit case for reference to the CBI and the ED. They would have to investigate the ownership of EKS Private Limited, Mauritius and trace the flow of funds from the OC to EKS private limited and onwards to other recipients. The aspects of fraud involved in this case would also need to be investigated and suitable criminal action taken against the guilty,” it said.The committee has scrutinised projects like sponsorship, ticketing, overlays, ceremonies, technology contracts and catering among others executed by the OC.Besides Kalmadi,former OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, Director General V K Verma, Deputy Director General -Procurement Surjeet Lal and Joint Director General-Sports A S V Prasad among others are in Tihar jail for their alleged involvement in the CWG scam.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Virat Kohli loses No. 1 Test ranking after Lord’s debacle

first_imgVirat Kohli lost his number one Test ranking for batsmen to Steve Smith after scoring only 23 and 17 in India’s embarrassing defeat to England at Lord’s in the second Test on Sunday. Kohli had taken the top spot last week after smashing 149 and 51 in the first Test of the five-match series at Edgbaston.Kohli slipped back to the second spot on Monday with 919 points after low scores at Lord’s cost him 15 points.Kohli had become the first Indian batsman to reach the No.1 Test ranking for batsmen since Sachin Tendulkar in 2011.Former Australia skipper Steve Smith, who is currently serving a one-year ban over his role in the ball-tampering scandal, moved back to the top of rankings with 929 points.India lost the Lord’s Test by an innings and 159 runs as India’s batsmen continued their dismal performance away from home. With the loss, India also went 0-2 down in the five-match Test series against England.READ – Virat Kohli after innings defeat at Lord’s: We were outplayed and deserved to loseMeanwhile, James Anderson broke the 900-point barrier for the first time in his career on the back of his match-winning performance at Lord’s.The pacer, who took nine wickets in the second Test against India, gained 19 points to move to 903 rating points. He’s the first bowler to do so after Ian Botham in 1980.READ – India handed humiliating defeat by ruthless England at Lord’sAnderson is currently at the top of ICC Test rankings for bowlers, followed by South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada with 882 points.advertisement Virat Kohli is in second spot with 919 points (@ICC Photo)The loss at Lord’s also brought bad news for other Indian cricketers.READ – Virat Kohli suffers biggest Test defeat as captainMurali Vijay slipped eight places to No.33 after being dismissed for a pair at Lord’s. This, after he managed just 20 and 6 in the first Test at Edgbaston. Dinesh Karthik fell 18 places and is now ranked No.195 after totalling just one run across two innings at Lord’s.Among the bowlers, Kuldeep Yadav fell by 13 places to No.70 after his returns of 1/44 in nine overs at Lord’s.Pleasingly for India, a couple of players made decent gains. Ravichandran Ashwin’s stock as a batsman rose after scores of 29 and 33* – he jumped 10 places to No.57 in the batting charts, and is now the No.3-ranked player among all-rounders after moving up by one place.READ – Downright embarrassing: Indian cricket fans fume after Lord’s disasterHardik Pandya jumped 18 places in the all-rounders’ charts, and is now ranked No.44 – he returned 3/66 and resisted the relentless English attack during knocks of 11 and 26.It also earned him a jump of 25 places among the batsmen, and he is now ranked No.74 in the world.last_img read more