Stoke v Chelsea: Baba and Mikel start

first_imgBaba Rahman and Mikel start for Chelsea in the Capital One Cup fourth-round clash at the Britannia Stadium, where Blues keeper Asmir Begovic faces his former club.Mikel starts in midfield, where Chelsea are without the suspended Nemanja Matic, while Baba gets a chance to impress at left-back, with Cesar Azpilicueta making way. Kurt Zouma is again deployed at right-back.There is also a starting place for Oscar, who replaces Cesc Fabregas, while Loic Remy is among the substitutes after shaking off an injury.Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross makes his first appearance of the season after overcoming a back injury.Striker Mame Biram Diouf, who has been on compassionate leave, also returns for the Potters.Stoke: Butland; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Muniesa; Whelan, Adam; Diouff, Afellay, Arnautovic; Walters.Subs: Given, Ireland, Odemwingie, Wilson, Sidwell, Shaqiri, Crouch.Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Baba; Ramires, Mikel; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Amelia, Djilobodji, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Traore, Kenedy, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders’ Johnathan Abram out for the season with shoulder injury

first_imgALAMEDA — The rookie season of safety Johnathan Abram is over after just one game.Abram was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a shoulder injury sustained in the Raiders’ season opening win over the Denver Broncos. He will require surgery for a torn rotator cuff and labrum, and although eligible to return to the roster, coach Jon Gruden expects him to miss the entire season.“It’s a big loss,” Gruden said. “No question it’s a big loss. Fortunately for us we kept five safeties, five …last_img

Protecting the Benguela current

first_img29 August 2006South Africa, Angola and Namibia are to sign an agreement in Cape Town on Tuesday to officially establish the Benguela Current Commission.The launch will be hosted by South African Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk and his Angolan and Namibian counterparts, Salomao Jos, Luheto Xirimbimbi, Abraham Iyambo and Ad Melkert.The Commission is a formal institutional structure that will facilitate the understanding, protection, conservation and sustainable use of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME).The Benguela current, the cold ocean stream that runs along the west coast of southern African, is a marine ecosystem rich in economic potential.‘Joint and coordinated effort’The Trade Law Centre of Southern Africa (Tralac) says that, given the mobile nature of the fishing resources in the current, it can only be adequately managed by coordinating the efforts of all three countries.The wider aim of the BCLME project is thus to recommend to the three governments how this can most effectively be done.According to South Africa’s Environmental Affairs and Tourism Department, the establishment of the commission is an important step in a decade-long process to build trust and cooperation between the three countries of the BCLME.Marine scientists from the three countries have been working together since 1995, when they began to share knowledge and understanding of the Benguela Current ecosystem through a regional fisheries science programme dubbed “Benefit” (the Benguela Environment Fisheries Training Interactions Programme).“More recently, scientists and fisheries managers have been working together through the BCLME Programme, a collaborative initiative that is supported by the Global Environment Facility through the United Nations Development Programme,” the department said in a statement on Monday.“From a legal perspective, the harmonisation of laws and regulations across the domestic legal regimes of the three countries will be a crucial method of conducting this joint management and conservation of the sensitive resource,” it said.“Trade in fish and fish products is an integral part of this regime, and this forms the main focus of the Tralac contribution to the work of the BCLME consortium.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

US aviation firm eyes SA for growth

first_img29 April 2011As part of its growing focus on the African market, US aviation company Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) has appointed Johannesburg-based Absolute Aviation as an exclusive Beechcraft distributor for sub-Saharan Africa.HBC has also identified the South African commercial environment as offering some of the best growth prospects of any country in the world.“Africa represents a huge opportunity for us as travel around the continent is becoming increasingly important,” HBC president for Europe, Middle East and Africa Sean McGeough said in a statement this week.Based at Lanseria International Airport north of Johannesburg, Absolute Aviation offers aviation consulting services to companies or individuals wishing to acquire and operate an aircraft, or for existing aircraft owners who require a turnkey operational management service.“We have already seen strong interest in our aircraft from a number of organisations, including multi-nationals based there,” he said. “The addition of Absolute Aviation to our network provides further impetus to strong Beechcraft sales in the region.”Demand for business aircraft to growHBC’s King Air models are particularly popular in Africa as a result of their durability, reliability, fuel-efficiency and the ability to operate almost anywhere, making it an ideal choice of transportation for corporate executives travelling throughout Africa.“As the country and the continent develop, demand for business aircraft will grow dramatically to provide access to remote parts of the region, cover vast distances and also help counter the limitations of the transportation infrastructure, which is under-developed compared to other parts of the world,” McGeough said.“Travelling by business aircraft is therefore not only often the quickest way to travel, but sometimes the only option.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

$575 million Qatar World Cup stadium opens to fanfare

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss There were some traffic jams and tight security checks as the ground, which was nearly full for the prestigious fixture, began to fill ahead of kick-off.“I’ve traveled the world and I’ve been to stadiums in different cities including the UK,” said Yousef al-Jaber, a 35-year-old oil company research director from Doha.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Finally I was able to go to one in Qatar that is world-class,” added the Chelsea fan who watched the game with his wife and two sons.“It’s a one of a kind, it’s a futuristic design. Al-Wakrah is a coastal city and the architecture is inspired by that.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments People watch the inauguration ceremony, Thursday, May 16, 2019, of the Al Wakrah stadium, which is the first stadium has been built from the scratch for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)Qatar inaugurated its first purpose-built stadium for the 2022 World Cup on Thursday, staging a prestigious domestic cup final in the $575 million, 40,000-capacity Al-Wakrah venue.The ground, designed by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid and located in a coastal town south of Doha, erupted into cheers as Emir Cup finalists Al-Sadd and Al-Duhail ran onto the pitch.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant to miss two more games for Warriors in Western Conference finals LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The stadium’s distinctive retractable roof — meant to resemble the sails of a traditional dhow fishing boat — is made of 1,400 pieces and was shipped to Qatar from Italy.Qatari fans cheer during the Emir Cup final at the inauguration ceremony of the Al Wakrah stadium which is the first stadium has been built from the scratch for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, in Doha, Qatar, Thursday, May 16, 2019 photo, in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)It was plunged into darkness for the pre-match show and performers assembled around a giant illuminated inflatable pearl on the centre of the manicured pitch.A video describing the Gulf nation’s history as a pearling station played on the ground’s two big screens.The pearl then slowly transformed into a representation of the Emir Cup trophy before a 150-strong marching band serenaded the stadium.Of the eight stadiums Qatar is building or refurbishing for 2022, Khalifa International was already open and will host this year’s World Athletics Championships.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more