Embed from Getty ImagesEden Hazard is expected to miss the start of next season after suffering a fractured right ankle, Chelsea have confirmed.The club announced on Monday afternoon that Hazard, 26, had undergone “successful” surgery and is likely to return to training in around three months.Hazard sustained the injury during a training session while on international duty with Belgium.Everything went well with my ankle operation, now I start the road to recovery! I will be stronger. Thank you for your support!! pic.twitter.com/aokirnytkW— Eden hazard (@hazardeden10) June 5, 2017 Blues duo out of U21 tournamentChelsea duo Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Izzy Brown will miss the European Under-21 Championship.Loftus-Cheek is still struggling with a back problem and has not been included in England’s squad for the tournament.Neither has Brown, who helped Huddersfield win promotion to the Premier League while on loan with the Yorkshire club but is also carrying an injury.Chelsea’s Lewis Baker, Nathaniel Chalobah and Tammy Abraham are in the squad, as are Fulham’s Cauley Woodrow, Norwich’s Wembley-born winger Jacob Murphy and Swansea’s Hillingdon-born defender Alfie Mawson. Loftus-Cheek ‘devastated’ to miss out – BoothroydEmbed from Getty ImagesEngland Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd says Loftus-Cheek is “devastated” to miss out on the Under-21 European Championship. “Ruben’s been up with us and spent some time at St George’s Park. He loves coming away with England and he’s devastated at missing out,” Boothroyd told the FA’s website.“He’s had an ongoing issue which has been managed. We’re working hard with Chelsea and with him to get him back fit as soon as possible.“We’re disappointed as well because he is a good player and a key player for us, but as he said to me, he’s looking forward to getting himself fit and coming back ready for our next campaign and that first qualifier against the Dutch in September.” Bowler rejects QPR contract offerEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR’s contract offer to Josh Bowler has been rejected. West London Sport revealed last week that Rangers had offered Bowler a three-year deal and turned down Everton’s latest bid for the teenage winger.Everton had returned with an improved offer after having a previous one turned down.That offer was also rejected, but Rangers accept they are likely to lose Bowler, 18, if his head is turned by Premier League interest in him, so the news he has snubbed a new contract suggests a move this summer is likely.[interaction id=”5935608580639da10ef57aaa”]He is under contract at Loftus Road until 2018, having signed an 18-month deal in February this year, and QPR are ready to sell if he is unwilling to commit his long-term future to the club. Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
South African relief aid organisation the Gift of the Givers has appealed to all South Africans to help combat the drought in the Western Cape, particularly in the town of Beaufort West, where the water supply is dire.The Gift of the Givers is helping to avert the water crisis in Beaufort West and the surrounding region, through water management projects as well as donations of animal feed and water. (Image: Gift of the Givers website)CD AndersonThe group has asked that South Africans donate sealed bottled water to be sent to Beaufort West, in the Karoo. The town’s dam, its only water supply, has run dry and residents are relying solely on borehole water and treated sewage water.In addition to donations from the public, the Gift of the Givers is working with hydrologists to source much-needed groundwater. The team is led by hydrologist Dr Gideon Groenewald.1.2 Million Litres per day for Beaufort West. #DroughtSA pic.twitter.com/3euwbbvzFe— Gift of the Givers (@GiftoftheGivers) November 28, 2017Givers chairman Imtiaz Sooliman said at the beginning of November 2017 that while the project to find groundwater was progressing well, the town needed much more to tackle the crisis. “We did find water. Right now, we have 420,000 litres per day. That borehole should be fully functional today. We are looking at more boreholes for at least 1 million litres of water a day, so that the whole town can be fed.”Today, @GiftoftheGivers is delighted to announce that we can safely pump out 1.2 million litres a day without stressing the new aquifers we have drilled into. #DroughtSA pic.twitter.com/U9vPWycjUI— Gift of the Givers (@GiftoftheGivers) November 28, 2017After 28 days of work on the project, the Givers announced on 28 November that 1.2 million litres a day was now being safely pumped into the town’s water reservoirs. It added: “We still pray for… rains to fill the various dams in the region and the underground water reserves, simultaneously requesting all South Africans to conserve this scarce resource and use it sparingly and efficiently.”The Gift of the Givers is also intervening in the nearby farming town of Vredendal, with relief deliveries of animal fodder and food and water for almost 3,000 farm workers.We open in prayer…it’s not about Black & White or them & us or Christian & Muslim, it’s about humanity, acknowledging our diversity, holding hands together because we are ALL South African. #DroughtSA https://t.co/HK86B6Mbj6 pic.twitter.com/CPqF4klm5K— Gift of the Givers (@GiftoftheGivers) November 16, 2017A visit to Sutherland with 2 trucks of fodder & a 3rd bringing cotton. #DroughtSA details here: https://t.co/HK86B6Mbj6 pic.twitter.com/sUpq948aEm— Gift of the Givers (@GiftoftheGivers) November 16, 2017Both the Givers and the Beaufort West municipality have appealed to travellers passing through the region in December to donate what they can to help relieve the crisis.In addition, the relief organisation is calling on all South Africans, but especially big business, to get involved in the ongoing intervention project. It particularly called on companies specialising in water management and operations, in order to source and deliver groundwater. It also needs transport companies to give time and transport to deliver water donations to the area.“We are appealing to the broader South African society to help the most vulnerable communities,” Gift of the Givers co-ordinator Farouk Jogiat said yesterday.In Gauteng, people can deliver water donations to the corner of 25 Arterial Road and 26 Kloof Road, Bedfordview. Other drop-off sites in Gauteng and around the rest of the country will be published on social media once they have been confirmed.In the meantime, financial donations and other contributions can be made through the project co-ordinators, Farouk Jogiat on 082 351 7864 and Mohammed Yehia Dicko on 084 244 7744.For information about and news on the project’s progress in the Western Cape, contact the Gift of the Givers Foundation toll free number 0800 786 777 or visit its website here.“[Donations] will make an immense difference to the quality of life of those most stricken and affected by the devastating drought,” Jogiat concluded.Source: EWN, Gift of the Givers websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
On the Trot: Show-jumping is only for those with a keen sense of horsemanshipBangalore has somehow managed to be a stressed out Silicon Valley and pensioners’ paradise, pub haven and coffee-house corner – all at the same time. So it’s no surprise that the city’s latest fad manages to combine,On the Trot: Show-jumping is only for those with a keen sense of horsemanshipBangalore has somehow managed to be a stressed out Silicon Valley and pensioners’ paradise, pub haven and coffee-house corner – all at the same time. So it’s no surprise that the city’s latest fad manages to combine a lot of country with a little bit of city. Horse-riding, once a job requirement for military men and a pastime of landed gentry, is the latest hobby in Bangalore.The reason riding has not been restricted to period movies in this part of the country is that it has become both accessible and affordable. Not only are there five riding schools in the city but a growing number of personal trainers, 20 at last count, has meant that more people with a little time and money to spare can learn the completely unimportant but thoroughly exhilarating skill of riding a horse.The riding schools cover a vast segment of people and offer a range of facilities. You could enroll at a school that charges as less as Rs 75 an hour for a lesson, while a few trimmings could shoot the fees up to Rs 200 an hour. The man on the street could show up at the Bangalore Palace Grounds for a lesson and the well-heeled could opt to be trained by foreign instructors at schools like the Embassy Riding School, 30 km outside the city. Jitu Virwani, owner of the Embassy says, “Equestrian sport in India has been the monopoly of the army. We wanted to provide world-class training and reach out to everyone, children and adults.” At Embassy’s sprawling Rajanakunte campus, eight-year-old Shakina Arcis sits astride a thoroughbred, Slash.advertisement”He is very big, very black and very beautiful,” says Arcis of the animal she is trying to master with help from Judith Bidappa. A schoolteacher by profession, Bidappa volunteers to train children at the school. It gives her a chance to be in the open and a choice of 35 horses. Bidappa loves to teach children but they are not the only ones wanting to be initiated in this somewhat arcane art. Child’s Play: Bidappa initiates 8-year-old Child’s Play: Bidappa initiates eight-year-old Arcis in the art of ridingSunitha Singh, a 38-year-old housewife, always wanted to learn riding but kept putting it off because of family commitments. “I now find time to attend riding lessons once a week,” she says. It was perhaps the effect riding had on her six-year-old son Shakti that spurred her on.Shakti suffers from cerebral palsy but learnt riding as part of the special programme for disabled at the Princess Academy of Equitation (PAE) on the Bangalore Palace Grounds. Pushpa Bopaiah agrees about the curative power of horse-riding. A housewife, Bopaiah has had training in therapeutic horse-riding from the US and now gives lessons at the PAE. Each riding school has about 40 riders, which means that at this stage profits are a distant dream for most owners. It costs between Rs 30 lakh and Rs 70 lakh (depending on the facilities offered) to set up a school. Says Virwani: “Even after five years I am yet to break even, but it should be good next year. The important thing is that we are here to promote horse-riding as a hobby.”Bangalore-based American businessman Charles Kingery enrolled his children in Virwani’s school because of qualified instructors. “I find the training here very good,” he says. British national Katherine Rustomji, married to an Indian corporate executive, has also enrolled her two children in the same school. She finds the facilities-in terms of rider safety and training-on a par with those available in England. One of the trainers and founders of the Embassy is Silvia Storai, an Italian and among the few women jockeys in India.While the exclusive riding schools may be out of reach for the average Bangalorean, the PAE is a good place to witness the rising popularity of riding. Maharajakumari Meenakshi Devi, daughter of the late maharaja of Mysore, grew up riding on the sprawling acres of the Bangalore Palace Grounds which was her father’s summer place. Now, she has opened the grounds to more than just royalty. “We want to make this elegant sport available to the average Indian child,” she says. For those unable to make it during the day, the PA E offers the “ride at night” facility.The first to offer public riding lessons, however, was the Bangalore Amateur Riding Institute (BARI), run by the Bangalore Turf Club (BTC).Says Nirmal Ram-prasad of the BTC: “We are now looking for a bigger place to train youngsters. The aim is to inculcate a spirit of adventure and horsemanship.” The institute currently has 200 riders, with most Indian jockeys having trained at Bari.advertisementExperts at Work: Professional trainers are key to the success of schools like the PAEHorse-riding is popular with different levels of riders. Alisha Jayaraj, 14, was offered a week of horse-riding as a birthday present when she turned 10. She now competes in local competitions and even won a gold medal at an inter-riding school contest held at the Embassy this year. There are others who take a shine to what is called dressage, the art of horsemanship comprising not racing or even jumping but a test of grooming and presentation of the animal and its understanding of the rider’s orders. Many ride just to keep fit.Riding, however, is not without its dangers-of temperamental horses and broken bones for riders. And given that children are involved, an instructor’s job becomes critical. So you have the likes of Colonel (retd) Ghulam Mohammed Khan – 1984 Arjuna Award winner and a member of the gold medal-winning Indian team at the 1982 Asian Games – training at the 30-acre Equestrian Centre for Excellence (ECE) on the Bangalore Palace Grounds.The ECE provides facilities for the three main competitive equestrian disciplines- dressage, show-jumping arenas and cross-country. ECE Chairman T.P. Issar, a former Karnataka chief secretary, believes the sport inculcates discipline and leadership.So parents are keen to have children take up riding. Says a telecom department official Albert Rajan whose two teenaged sons, Ravi and Kiran, are learning riding at BARI: “I wanted to dispel the myth that horse-riding is only for the well-heeled. We belong to the middle class and, after all, it is a good exercise.”Horse-riding is catching on as an activity for those who can afford leisure in Bangalore. More than other cities that have turf clubs and amateur riders’ clubs associated with them, private enterprise is the force that is driving the hobby to a wider audience here. While the coffers of private riding schools are not overflowing, popularity, the first step to profit, has not been hard to achieve.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: I won’t argue against our contract policyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says there’s little shifting the club’s contract policy for players over 30 years of age.Sarri pledged to respect the stance of Chelsea’s board when it comes to limiting the length of contracts offered to their older players.When asked if he agrees with that blanket policy, he said: “Oh, it depends. It depends on the single situation I think.”It’s a rule and so we have to respect that, I think.”As you know very well the big problem is the duration of the new contracts. Because, as you know, over 30 years the club offers only one year to renew.”And for a player of 31, it’s a big problem to sign a new contract for only one year. So the problem is only this, I think.”
Chelsea ponder replacing Eden Hazard with brother Thorganby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are keeping tabs on Thorgan Hazard’s situation at Borussia Monchengladbach.The Belgian has been producing career best form this season and Gladbach accept they’re on borrowed time keeping hold of the midfielder.BILD says among a raft of interested clubs is Chelsea, which had Hazard on their books before selling him to Gladbach.The Blues also boast a buy-back option in the deal and are actively discussing triggering it.Indeed, it’s suggested Thorgan could be re-signed by Chelsea to replace older brother Eden Hazard should he leave for Real Madrid. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
BVB chief Zorc raps Aubameyang: You’re out of order!by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund sports chief Michael Zorc jumped into the row between CEO Hans Joachim-Watzke and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Aubameyang branded Watzke a “clown” and accused BVB of snapping Barcelona’s hand off regarding the money offered for Ousmane Dembele. The former BVB star was responding to Watzke suggesting Aubameyang left the club for money.Zorc said, “I think Auba has been out of order. Aki did not say anything bad. We have always stood behind Auba. That’s why I cannot understand this reaction.”What he means by that, since I really know all the backgrounds, I do not know. We have absolutely nothing to reproach ourselves with.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom Israeli container carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has added the Port of Wilmington to its Z7S service, North Carolina Ports said. The weekly service is scheduled to start calling the port in June and connects South China, South East Asia and the Indian sub-continent to the US East Coast main ports.The Z7S service is the first container service to call the Port of Wilmington using the Suez Canal, according to North Carolina Ports. Its rotation includes access to Da Chan Bay, Yantian, Cai Mep, Port Kelang and Colombo.The shipping firm plans to deploy eleven 5,000 TEU vessels in the service.ZIM is another returning ocean carrier to the Port of Wilmington after a slot chartering agreement with the CKYHE Alliance in early 2016.To prepare for growth, North Carolina Ports ordered in January this year two New Panamax ship-to-shore cranes with an option to purchase two more from China’s Shanghai Zhenjua Heavy Industry (ZPMC) for the Port of Wilmington.North Carolina Ports plans to invest over USD 120 million in its infrastructure over the next few years. The projects include the turning basin expansion, berth improvements, the expansion of the container yard and the addition of new cranes.
OTTAWA – Canada and the remaining members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership have agreed to a revised trade agreement, according to several international media reports early Tuesday.The reported deal follows two days of talks in Tokyo and the 11 remaining members will now apparently work toward signing the deal by early March.Word of the agreement came just hours after a federal government official said Ottawa was optimistic that a revised TPP deal would be reached as early as Tuesday.The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told The Canadian Press that Ottawa believed a deal could be struck even though it would still like to see more progress on negotiations surrounding the automotive and cultural sectors.The Tokyo discussions are the first high-level talks since the leaders of the TPP countries met in November on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made international headlines there by deciding not to sign an agreement-in-principle on what has become known as TPP11.His decision to continue negotiating for a better deal, rather than striking an agreement, led to the abrupt cancellation of a TPP leaders’ meeting on the sidelines of the summit in Vietnam.The original TPP was thrown into disarray when U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in one of his first acts as president.The TPP talks come as Canada faces a tough renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA negotiators from Canada, the United States and Mexico are meeting in Montreal this week.
PETA has declared 2017 the Year of the Vegan Wonder Women in its annual Sexiest Vegan Celebrity contest, handing the title to Jenna Dewan Tatum, Ruby Rose, and Maggie Q in its first-ever three-way, all-female tie.“Not all superheroes wear capes, and these three prove it by being a superhero to animals every day by choosing not to eat them,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Jenna, Ruby, and Maggie are fierce, strong, and kind women, and PETA honors them for being beautiful inside and out.”World of Dance host Tatum, who previously starred in a sexy vegan fashion campaign for PETA, told the Los Angeles Times last year that she encourages everyone to go plant-based since it’s better for animals, our health, and the environment: “It’s a huge one-for-three action. There aren’t many things in life that let you affect the world so profoundly with just one decision.”“We can be the change,” says Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose, who is constantly tweeting about the benefits of vegan food and cruelty-free products to her more than 1.3 million followers.Designated Survivor star Maggie Q, who starred as a nude and bodypainted Mother Earth in a PETA ad, agrees that the best way to fight climate change is by going vegan. She says, “I know that when I’m eating … I’m not hurting the planet, I’m not hurting other people on this planet, I’m not hurting animals, … and I’m not hurting nature.”Other top contenders this year included two more wonder women who prove that vegan eating may be the key to eternal youth — Jessica Lange and Michelle Pfeiffer — as well as Kate McKinnon, Bridget Malcolm, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ellie Goulding, Joaquin Phoenix, Colin Kaepernick, Swizz Beatz, Ricky Gervais, Travis Barker, RZA, Peter Dinklage, and Waka Flocka Flame.Past winners of PETA’s annual contest include Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, Jhené Aiko, Ellen Page, Jared Leto, Kristen Bell, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Carrie Underwood, Natalie Portman, Shania Twain, Leona Lewis, André 3000, Tobey Maguire, and Alicia Silverstone.
APTN National NewsCould the next North American Indigenous Games be on the east coast?Chief Leroy Denny from the Eskasoni First Nation says his community will bid to host the next North American Indigenous Games.