Henderson targets ticket to Brazil

first_img “I’ll keep working on my game. I want to improve whatever position I’m playing and I want to do the best. “The manager has put a lot of faith in me. It gives me confidence. “He’s improved my game since he came to Liverpool which I am very thankful for. “Hopefully I can keep repaying him, keep working hard on the training pitch and improving and learning off other players. “I want to keep improving all the time as I keep saying and hopefully I can do that and keep fit. “I am just enjoying playing football at the minute and obviously I have played a lot since the start of the season. I’m just enjoying it. “It doesn’t matter what position I’m playing. I’ll give 110 per cent wherever I am put. “I am learning each and every position so when I’m put in that position I know exactly what I’m doing and to the best of my ability.” Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson still hopes to secure his seat on the plane to Brazil by playing his way into England’s World Cup squad. Press Association “I think everyone wants to play for England at the end of the day,” he told reporters. “It’s a massive opportunity and to play for your country is a real honour but all I can do is keep playing well for Liverpool and keep working hard. “There’s nothing more I can do. When it comes to selection it’s up to the England manager to select the best squad he can for the upcoming games.” Henderson’s current fortunes are a world away from 12 months ago when, in manager Brendan Rodgers’ first season at the club, it seemed he was destined for a bit-part role at best. Having turned down a move to Fulham as a makeweight in the failed bid for Clint Dempsey the midfielder vowed to improve and make a success of his career at Anfield. That hard work, coupled with winning over his manager, has made a huge difference to Henderson. “There were a few areas that the manager and I spoke about to improve on,” he added. “I went away and did what he said and I’ll carry on doing so. The 22-year-old was not selected by Roy Hodgson for the last two qualifiers, which guaranteed the national team’s progress to next summer’s tournament in South America. That is despite the fact he has enjoyed an impressive opening to the campaign with the Reds, playing every minute of the Barclays Premier League season so far. last_img read more

Neighbors upset over prefab plan

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – After a failed effort to build apartments in Santa Susana Knolls, a developer wants to bring in manufactured homes, to the dismay of some neighbors. Gary Gorian of Colton Lee Communities recently submitted plans to the Ventura County Planning Department to install up to 150 prefabricated homes on a 23-acre former horse farm. He originally had proposed a three-story, 250-unit apartment complex for the Katherine Road parcel, but residents objected to a high-density project. “In the spirit of compromise, we’ve eliminated all the apartments, substantially reduced the density, while still preserving our ability to provide work-force, affordable and some component of farmworker housing,” Gorian said. “It’s ludicrous,” Knolls resident Barbara Johnson said. “They want to put an urban development in a rural area.” Residents also are concerned about the project’s impact on roads, sewers and Ventura County Fire Department services. The plan is expected to go through the formal review process next year. Ventura County Supervisor Judy Mikels, who represents the area, has asked the developer to meet with residents. Several meetings this year have been less than successful, said Jarrod DeGonia, a Mikels staffer. “Not a lot was accomplished,” he said. “There was a lot of animosity on both sides.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Factory-built homes are usually less expensive than traditional tract homes and are ready for occupancy relatively quickly. With home prices skyrocketing, low- and moderate-income families need such a project, Gorian said. The structures would be built in a factory and delivered to the vacant parcel, where they would be assembled. Amenities would include hiking trails, a swimming pool, a clubhouse and more. The residents would lease space from Gorian’s company. “The home would be put in their lot,” he said. “They own the home and we own and manage the property.” Nearby homeowners said the project would not fit with the area’s rural character, although Gorian said the homes – don’t call them trailers, he said – will be compatible with the neighborhood’s look. last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Blitzes Evansville, 107-66

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team blitzed Evansville, 107-66, in Missouri Valley Conference action Sunday afternoon at the Knapp Center. PDF Box Score Bulldogs blitzed the Purple Aces in the opening period with a season-high of 38 points in a quarter behind blistering shooting of 76.5 percent from the floor and an even more impressive 83.3 percent from behind the three-point line. Hittner scored 13 points in the quarter. Drake (11-7, 6-0 MVC), which won its sixth straight game, hit the century mark for the third time this season. The 106 points are the most points scored against a MVC opponent since the 1996-97 Drake team scored 106 versus Creighton on Jan. 25, 1997. Evansville (3-13, 0-5 MVC) was led by graduate transfer, Hannah Noe, who had 22 points. Next Game: Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Following Sunday’s game, Drake continues its homestand against UNI Jan. 19 with tipoff set for 7 p.m. The game is the MVC’s Game of the Week on ESPN3.  Print Friendly Version HTML Box Score As a team, it was a balanced scoresheet as all 11 Bulldogs logged double-digit minutes and every player scored at least two points. Drake shot the basketball exceptionally well at 54.8 percent from the floor, one game after finishing at a season-high 55.2 percent against Indiana State. Drake made 14 three-pointers for the third time this season. Seven Bulldogs made at least one three with five Bulldogs drilling two or more.  center_img The Bulldogs, who ranked fourth in the country in team assists per contest coming into the game, continued their impressive sharing the basketball play with 32 assists on 40 field goals as four different Bulldogs handed out at least four assists. The effort was led by redshirt junior Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.), who equaled her career-high with six assists. Full Schedule Roster Sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) finished with a game-high 23 points and narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Hittner added four assists. Redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) just missed her second consecutive double-double with 22 points and eight rebounds. It is the fourth 20-plus scoring game for Hittner this season, and the fifth 20-plus performance by Rhine. Drake didn’t cool off much in the second quarter as it finished with a 65-36 halftime lead behind seven three-pointers made in the period. The 65 points scored are the fourth most points in a half in program history. Nine different Bulldogs scored while Dean and Greiner each knocked down three three-pointers each. Redshirt junior Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) scored 14 points and needs just four more points for 1,000 in her career. Dean recorded five assists for the second-straight game. Senior Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) chipped in a season-high 11 points behind a 3-of-3 day from behind the three-point line. Story Links UNI 1/19/2018 – 7 PMlast_img read more

Youth development key to growth: Zuma

first_img20 March 2013Investing in South Africa’s youth and paying particular attention to their skills development is key to the country’s future economic growth, says President Jacob Zuma.Speaking at the Commonwealth Conference on Education and Training of Youth Workers at the University of South Africa (Unisa) in Pretoria on Tuesday, Zuma said the world would only prosper if there were dedicated efforts to invest in the youth.This was especially important at a time when young people faced hardships including high unemployment, crime and health challenges such as HIV/Aids.Zuma said the 5th summit of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping, taking place in Durban next week, will help promote youth development in South Africa and on the continent as a whole.He said the BRICS partner countries appreciated the urgency of the youth employment and empowerment drive. “We are certain that BRICS will contribute immensely to satisfying the employment and development needs of our young population.”Zuma noted that the 2008-09 financial crisis had resulted in rising joblessness and poverty and worsening income inequality internationally, especially among the youth.He quoted research by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the African Development Bank showing that more than 40 percent of those who are economically active and under the age of 30 are unemployed.While this was worrying, Zuma said he believed there was hope for the situation, noting that the OECD report shows that countries with younger populations have better growth prospects than those with aging populations.“This makes us very optimistic regarding our growth prospects, since South Africa’s Census 2011 report, released last year, revealed that our country is essentially a nation of young people.“Just over a third of the population is under the age of 15. This makes us a nation with a future, and we must utilise all available resources to build that future.”Zuma said South Africa’s focus on improving the quality of education was well-placed, as this would ensure sustainable development.The three-day conference brings together participants from across the Commonwealth member states for three days to deliberate on 40 years of progress in education and training towards professionalising youth work.Zuma said he hoped the conference would go a long way towards raising awareness around youth work, so that its practitioners could be recognised accordingly.Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor Mandla Makhanya said the stakeholders involved in the conference sought to contribute to the professionalization of the youth development practice through partnerships.Speaker after speaker highlighted the need to support the process of youth work professionalization. Some noted with concern that youth development programmes in South African universities had been phased out.Highlighting the need for the international recognition of youth work as a profession, Professor Howard Sercombe of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland said recognition of youth work was growing in different sections of the working world.He said if the world was to change the lives of young people, the social context within which this could happen had to change.Sercombe had words of encouragement for young people, saying they should take charge of their own futures, and not expect the government to do everything for them. “You cannot become anything, but you can become something,” he said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Let’s Play our Part and register to vote

first_imgBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola has joined the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in encouraging South Africans to register to vote in South Africa’s fifth democratic elections in 2014. The first voter registration drive is scheduled for 9-10 November.IEC Voter Registration stations will be open from 8am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 November 2013Speaking from Johannesburg, Matola said, “As we are called upon to register to vote ahead of the 2014 general elections, I am reminded of the words of Sweden’s former Foreign Minister Jan Eliasson who said in 2006, ‘Acting for democracy is acting for peace and security… The only way democracy will prove itself is through a living relationship between peoples and their governments based on trust, accountability and the determination to deliver practical results.’”“As South Africans prepare to commemorate 20 years of democracy in 2014, we can celebrate the strength of our democracy which is attested to by freedom of choice, expression and movement and regular democratic, free and fair elections.  “We must intensify this living relationship between government and citizens through an even more active citizenship for which the National Development Plan also calls. We must register to vote in the forthcoming elections and go to the ballot boxes to express our choices through the ballot box.  “Young and old are encouraged to participate in this vital expression of a nation’s democracy,” said MatolaIEC Voter Registration stations will be open from 8am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 November 2013. South Africans can also check the status of their registration by smsing their ID numbers to 32810.last_img read more

South Africa plans memorial to banished chieftainess

first_img28 August 2015A memorial site in honour of the first African woman to be banished by the apartheid regime would be unveiled on 31 August at the Bakone Traditional Council in Limpopo, announced the Department of Arts and Culture.In partnership with the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), a burial and memorial site will be created in honour of the late chieftainess, Makwena Matlala, to mark her contribution to the apartheid struggle.The theme for the event is “Remembering the forgotten, honouring victims of political banishment in South Africa”.Arts and Culture Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said banishment was one of many methods used by the colonial and apartheid governments to silence opponents who were opposed to their policies under the Bantu Authorities Act in 1951.“Given her prominence as the first known African woman to be banished by the apartheid regime, unveiling and commemoration of the burial and memorial site of this unsung heroine is a fitting tribute as it culminates Women’s Month,” Mabudafhasi said.Matlala’s fightAs chieftainess, Matlala refused to accept the government’s policies. In response, in 1949, the Native Affairs Department deposed her.“The actual [banishment] order of 7 March 1950 accused Matlala of causing ‘dispute and friction’, of refusing to stop her ‘agitation’, of being ‘a cause of internal unrest,’” explains South African History Online.“It stated her ‘presence in the area (was) inimical to the peace, order and good government of the Natives’ and that it was ‘in the general public interest’ that she should be banished.”She was banished to Temba in Hammanskraal, in what is today Gauteng, then to King William’s Town in Eastern Cape. Upon hearing the news, she stated: “I, Makwena, will not go and stay in a house that I did not build, a house that I did not labour on. and I will not leave my own house. Above all I do not intend to move from my home, as I have never been out of Matlala’s Reserve before.”In 1962, anti-apartheid activist Helen Joseph visited Matlala in King William’s Town and described her as a “heavily built but erect” woman who “bore herself with dignity”. She was “still a chieftainess despite her simple clothing and her life of ‘poverty’ in a ‘scantily furnished tiny room’”, notes South Africa History Online.“Her banishment sparked a revolt among other local people,” said the Department of Arts and Culture. “Subsequently, the apartheid government removed and banished over 50 people who were identified as supporters of Matlala in an attempt to quell the rising tide of discontent.”She and her son, the chief-elect, were permitted to return in 1965 and her banishment order was withdrawn on 9 February 1966.Source: SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Bajaj Auto’s Pulsar 200NS gives a hard time to its rivals

first_imgBajaj Auto’s Pulsar 200NS has been dominating online biker communities since the Pune-based company first unveiled its product in early 2012.Packed with power and design, the motorcycle has given its rivals a hard time not just with regards to performance but with an incredibly alluring pricetag.The Pulsar 200NS, which has the world’s first triple-sparkplug technology, is powered by a liquid-cooled single cylinder 4-valve SOHC 199.5cc engine.According to reports, the motor pumps out 23.52PS of power at 9,500rpm and 18.3Nm of torque at 8000rpm. The new Pulsar, with a large 33mm carburetor and new 6-speed gearbox, is capable of reaching 100km/h from a standstill in less than 10 seconds and can reach speeds in excess of 140km/h.Weighing 145kg, this machine from the Bajaj Auto has most of its mass concentrated at the centre presenting the bike with superb handling and cornering abilites.While launching the new motorcycle model in the beginning of the year, Bajaj Auto in a statement had stated, “A little more than 10 years since the original Pulsar was launched, Bajaj Auto on Thursday unveiled the next gen Pulsar 200NS. This new Pulsar is all set to re-define motorcycling technology and design as much as the original Pulsar did way back in 2001.”The new Pulsar boasts of having a 200 cc gasoline engine while its chassis comprises a pressed steel perimeter frame and a rectangular tube section swing arm delivering over three times the lateral stiffness of a P220 frame.The Bajaj Pulsar 200 naked sport or NS was launched in Pune with an ex-showroom price of Rs 84,096. The 200 cc bike is available in various cities of Maharashtra from last month and will reach out to the consumers nationally from August onwards, a senior Bajaj Executive had confirmed.advertisement-With agency inputslast_img read more

Rising maintenance cost closure of routes driving minibuses out of city

first_imgKolkata: The number of mini-buses plying across the city is declining fast, as the unions claim high maintenance cost and closure of beneficial routes are compelling owners to shelve their vehicles.”The number of mini-buses plying in and around Kolkata has reduced from 1,500 to 1,200 in the last 5 years,” said Avashesh Daw, general secretary of Mini-Bus Operators’ Coordination Committee. While the cost of a mini-bus is Rs 15 lakh, the EMI amount has climbed beyond the capacity of the owners. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned, however, that the mini-bus, which is a shortened version of its full-sized brethren, is quite cramped and don’t offer adequate space to passengers, who face a particularly harrowing time aboard them in summers. According to the revised mini-bus fare chart, a passenger traveling from zero to three km need to pay Rs 8. In the next stage, which covers distance from three to six km, a passenger needs to pay Rs 9. From six to 10 km, the fare is Rs 10, while between 10 km and 16 km, the fare is Rs 11. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThis apart, three profitable mini-bus routes have been closed. “Route number 115 (Bijoygarh-BBD Bagh), Route number 124 (Golf Green-BBD Bagh) and Route number 130 (Bijoygarh-Howrah) have been closed,” Daw pointed out. He reiterated that the maintenance cost of the vehicles has shot up threefold. Apart from that, the diesel cost and insurance amount have also increased a lot. To run a mini-bus, the maintenance cost per day currently stands at Rs 500. “We have talked with officials several times, but those meetings were not fruitful. We want that the government should set up a regulatory committee to rationalise the bus fare and diesel price. We want that the fare should be set up at par with the diesel price. If this situation continues then we will definitely die an unnatural death,” added Daw.last_img read more

Reports Seahawks Marshawn Lynch to End Holdout After 8

As it turned out, all Marshawn Lynch received were eight days off from the champion Seattle Seahawks’ training camp. His holdout for a new contract will end Thursday, according to ESPN sources, with no new deal as part of his return.Seattle, though, is expected to add some financial concessions to his contract, sources indicated.Lynch, 28, is in the third year of a four-year, $30 million deal. He received $6 million of it in a signing bonus. Lynch will make $5 million in base salary this season and $5.5 million in 2015, but he wanted more money up front or more money guaranteed.He is the key cog in the offense that helped Seattle win this year’s Super Bowl. Not having Lynch ready and eager would be a setback for a team with aspirations for a repeat.Lynch showed up for minicamp in June to avoid a hefty fine, but made a stand with the start of training camp. He is subject to a $30,000 fine for each day of camp he misses. Lynch has accumulated nearly $500,000 in team fines for his holdout through Thursday, but it is unclear if the Seahawks will collect the fines or waive them.He has rushed for 4,051 yards (along with 39 touchdowns) on 901 carries. He has averaged 300 carries and 1,350 yards over the past three seasons. read more