Players who could benefit from Chelsea’s transfer ban

first_imgWith the news that Chelsea will certainly be losing Eden Hazard, as well as possibly losing Maurizio Sarri, one would normally expect a summer of change at Stamford Bridge. Yet, the elephant in the room is undoubtedly the ‘two-window’ transfer ban, which Chelsea have now challenged in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The loss of Hazard and the (probable) lack of new recruits could point to a tough season ahead for Chelsea. Bookmakers are already lukewarm on Chelsea’s hopes for the Premier League for next season: The Blues’ Premier League odds are as high as 25/1 (Betway), which is comfortably the biggest preseason price Chelsea have had since the start of the Abramovich era. 33/1 for the Champions League (Bet365), almost three times the price of Atletico Madrid (12/1), also shows a certain reluctance by bookies to back the Blues. Pulisic struggled in 2019However, unlike, for example, Manchester United, who the bookmakers have also gone cold on, Chelsea do have some chips to play with in respect to the famously high number of players out on loan. You could build a fairly decent side from Chelsea’s loan players, and the total transfer spend on those players would make Mr Abramovich blush. Christian Pulisic is, of course, at the very top of that list, with a fee of £58 million agreed last January. The young American struggled when loaned back to Dortmund for the remainder of the season. He idolises Hazard and has claimed he will aim to replicate the Belgian’s impact – a big ask.Chelsea have striker problem Indeed, a trawl through the betting sites at – the best place to find no deposit bonuses – shows that bookmakers really believe that Chelsea have a striker problem. The Blues’ most highly placed striker in the top scorer markets is Oliver Giroud at 66/1 (Sky Bet). Hazard aside, no Chelsea player hit double figures in the league last season – it’s a real issue. The question, then, is if someone like Tammy Abraham has done enough to warrant a crack in the starting line-up? 26 goals for Villa last term was impressive, but the step up might be difficult. The striking problem might be sorted by the likes of Alvaro Morata or Michy Batshuayi, both of whom had much-improved campaigns in the second half of last season. Neither player is likely to fill Chelsea fans with excitement should they be touted as the Blues’ main striker next season, but both players have enough talent to turn their careers around.Bakayoko blossomed at MilanIn midfield, several of Chelsea’s loan signings have blossomed. Tiemoue Bakayoko started slowly at AC Milan, but he became a rock in the centre of the Italian’s midfield from the autumn onwards. He has been vocal about his desire to prove himself at Chelsea, and he could really feel like a new signing.It is to the Championship where Chelsea fans can possibly see a vision of Chelsea’s future. Mason Mount was excellent for Derby County, as was Fikayo Tomori who was indispensable to Frank Lampard’s defence. Reece James looked like a future England right-back during his time at Wigan too. There is a feeling that Chelsea might escape the transfer ban, or at least have it postponed while the case is held up in CAS. But, if it is applied, there are enough players showing potential – and several who are keen to prove themselves again – that Chelsea might benefit from any inertia in the transfer market. Will it be enough to secure, for example, a Top 4 finish (Chelsea are currently odds against at 11/10), which should be the minimum requirement of the club? It’s hard to say. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

Cardinals start 23-0, set school record

first_imgCorning >> The Corning Cardinals basketball team made history Tuesday night with a 47-33 win over the Gridley Bulldogs to set a school record, starting the season 23-0.The Bulldogs didn’t make it easy on Corning, leading the entire first period and much of the second. The Cardinals took the lead late in the second and went into the half with a slim 21-19 margin in a defensive battle. “Obviously it’s a different game than Friday when it was a lot of offense,” said coach Kurt Wilkins. “Tonight …last_img read more

Santa Clara officials preparing in case Raiders eye Levi’s Stadium

first_imgSANTA CLARA — If the Raiders make good on their pledge this week to bolt Oakland a year before their new Las Vegas stadium is ready, experts say their most likely move would be a temporary revival of an old idea: sharing Levi’s Stadium with the 49ers.On Thursday, Santa Clara officials said they were dusting off documents for such a plan to be ready in case the Silver and Black come calling. But Mayor Lisa Gillmor said the city had yet to hear from Raiders executives, a day after the team cut …last_img read more

South African banker soars in Australia

first_imgGail Kelly Image courtesy of the AustralianBroadcasting CorporationJanine ErasmusThe South African diaspora has excelled across the world – in sport, medicine, literature, filmmaking and business. And one of its top achievers is Gail Kelly, appointed head of Australia’s fourth-largest bank, Westpac, in February.Having started out as a teller at South Africa’s Nedbank in 1980, Kelly is now Australia’s highest-paid woman executive. (Allan Moss of Macquarie Bank, the country’s highest-paid male executive, is also South African.) Kelly is also ranked 28th on Fortune’s global list of the most powerful women in business – and now and then makes it onto an Australian list of worst-dressed executives.Kelly moves to Westpac from St George, Australia’s fifth-largest bank. Even though she is Australia’s first female bank CEO, when news of her appointment broke Westpac shares rose 43 cents, while St George’s fell 10 cents.From Latin to high financeBorn in Pretoria in 1956, Kelly’s initial education was worlds away from high finance: she studied Latin and history at the University of Cape Town, training to become a teacher.After marrying Alan Kelly in 1977, she spent a few years teaching in Zimbabwe and South Africa. But she felt unchallenged, and in 1980 switched careers to become a teller in the Nedcor group’s banking division, Nedbank. Her potential was immediately evident, and she was swiftly moved into an accelerated training programme, completing an MBA in 1987 while expecting her first child.Her second pregnancy, in 1989, produced triplets. But Kelly coped just fine: when they were only five months old and she still on maternity leave, Nedcor appointed her head of human resources.Australia’s gainIn the mid-1990s the family decided to emigrate. Kelly flew to Sydney in June 1997 for interviews with three major banks, and was snapped up by Commonwealth Bank a month later. Her first position there was as general manager of strategic marketing, but it wasn’t long before CEO David Murray appointed her to his executive team.Australia has a large expatriate South African community, who are readily employed there. “South Africans are sought after by Australian firms because they possess a high standard of education along with a good work ethic, proficiency in English, and excellent industry or corporate training,” says Mike Stowe, the head of Australian migration specialist firm “Australian employers also know that South Africans adapt well to the Ozzie lifestyle and culture.”By the time Kelly left Commonwealth she was head of the customer service division, accountable for sales, service and distribution across the bank’s retail branches, business banking centres, contact centres and electronic and internet channels.In December 2001 Kelly was appointed CEO of St George Bank, becoming MD in January 2002 amid fears that the bank was a takeover target. When her appointment was announced the bank’s market capitalisation rocketed by A$97-million almost overnight.In her six years at the bank Kelly transformed St George “from a sleepy mortgage lender into Australia’s fifth-largest bank,” says Fortune magazine. The New South Wales-based bank’s market value rose by almost A$3-billion.Headhunted for top jobIn February 2008 Kelly took up a position as CEO and MD of at the Westpac banking group, a company recognised by the Dow Jones sustainability index as the world’s most sustainable bank for the fifth consecutive year.Her Westpac appointment – regarded as one of Australia’s top corporate jobs – followed an extensive search conducted by the firm’s board at home and abroad. Kelly says of her appointment that she was “looking forward to working with the team to take what is clearly a very strong organisation to the next stage”.And the organisation clearly agrees. Ted Evans, Westpac chair, says Kelly is “a proven chief executive whose values are closely aligned to the Westpac culture. It is clear she has the energy, skills and experience we need.”Kelly is also a director of Melbourne Business School Limited, a member of the Financial Sector Advisory Council and the Australian Bankers’ Association Council, and a senior fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.Gail Kelly may have made it big in Australia, but she hasn’t turned her back on her home country. She returns to South Africa regularly to enjoy game parks and visit friends.Useful linksSt George BankWestpacNedcorDow Jones Sustainability IndicesFortune magazine’s global power list of women in businesslast_img read more

Search for transport answers

first_imgA province-wide solution is needed to solve the increasing issue of congestion that goes beyond convincing people to use public transport. An integrated system using a single card fare and backed up by real-time information, managed by a Gauteng Transport Authority may be the answer.         MEC Vadi believes and integrated province wide public transport is the future of mobility in the province. (Image: Gauteng Roads and Transport)Sulaiman PhilipGauteng MEC for roads and transport Dr Ismail Vadi tells a story about a young woman he met in central Johannesburg who has taken to riding a bicycle through the city to and from work every day.To change the belief that it was dangerous to ride a bicycle in Johannesburg, this young woman had to get on her bike and ride, Vadi said, speaking at the Johannesburg leg of the Cycling Indaba, which took place on 11-12 October.“To get people out of their cars and using the public transport infrastructure we need to change the culture. We have got to grow the culture. People like this young woman are outliers, people who know the infrastructure exists and are showing others that the city’s public transport infrastructure is safe to use.”Changing the mind-set of Gauteng’s millions of car users is a challenge the MEC is relishing as he begins setting up the Gauteng Transport Authority. “There is a bigger challenge. In the last 10 years we’ve built the Gautrain, we’ve rolled out two phases of the BRT and yet car ridership has increased. It could mean that people have not listened to our message. But I think it’s a function of in-migration. In the last 10 years Gauteng’s population has doubled.”South Africans spend the equivalent of 10 working days sitting in traffic on congested roads annually. In the space taken up by one person in a car, six people can travel by bike or 4.5 by bus. “So even though the public transport infrastructure has been rolled out, not on the scale we desire of course. It’s not seamless and it does not have a provincial footprint, but our population has increased so of course our car ridership has increased.”Vadi believes that investment in an integrated transport system is the solution to a future of gridlock. A system that seamlessly integrated different transport nodes would optimise space, move larger numbers of people more effectively. To that end he has begun to set up the Gauteng Transport Authority.This investment in time and money on an integrated transport system between bus, train and metro will also help the province to become more socio-economically inclusive. Vadi believes that economic mobility matters and we must now build transport infrastructure that shows marginalised communities that they are part of the fabric of the economic engine that is the province.The challenge to keep the province moving has become more difficult as the province has become wealthier. Until we can change the mindset of citizens, traffic will slow to a crawl. Cities that embrace pubic transport and cycling are truly democratic. A city where a R800 bicycle has as much right to space on the road as a car worth R800 000 is truly equal. A progressive community is one where the rich are as comfortable using public transport as the poor.The road to a better transport systemThere are just over 11 million vehicles on the roads in South Africa. Gauteng, the smallest province, is home to 4.6 million of those vehicles. Fly over Gauteng and you will see a province on the move. Trains and taxis, cars and bicycles flow like blood through a circulatory system.This desire and need for mobility has made large metros noisy, congested and prone to smog. Safe, clean and affordable public transport is Gauteng’s future if MEC Vadi gets his wish. For the poor it is the system that allows them to get to work, improves access to health care, education and recreation.“In-migration (to Gauteng) is an ongoing conundrum. It is putting pressure on our schooling system, our health system. All the systems that are there to support communities and develop communities, including our transport system. How are we going to build ourselves out of this? We don’t have the road reserves.”For Gauteng to remain the economic engine of South Africa, the province needs to plan and build a better, more integrated public transport system that covers the entire province. Vadi envisages a system that allows Gautengers to get on a train in Rust de Winter and get off a bus in Vaal Oewer, using one affordable fare card that allows you to transfer from one mode of transport that is safe, on time and that follows a set schedule, to another.In his 2015 departmental budget speech he argued that the province, with the help of Metrorail, needed to improve and upgrade the passenger rail system to form the foundation of an integrated mass transit system.With one million daily riders, it was the backbone of the province’s transformation, modernisation and re-industrialisation agenda. “Roads and public transport link and integrate whole communities and facilitate the seamless movement of people, goods and services. It also helps us to re-fashion geography and spatially reconfigure the Gauteng City Region along the five development corridors identified by the provincial government.”Gauteng Transport AuthorityHe went on to explain that Gauteng had to plan for a future that could not be seen yet. As Gauteng grows, it is the smallest province but has the largest population, transport infrastructure will become strained and more important.“…growth should be premised on an infrastructure-led strategy, which includes making substantial investments in roads and public transport. Our investments in transport infrastructure will contribute to economic growth and development of our province, particularly at a time when the global and local economy are experiencing a downturn.”For the provincial government, maintaining and improving road infrastructure is just one aspect of the 25-Year Integrated Transport Masterplan. Included in the vision and planning is the provision of reliable, affordable and safe public transport. “Our vision is to evolve an integrated and reliable public transport system for the Gauteng City Region that operates as a single, functional transport area, where the users of the system are unmindful of municipal and provincial boundaries.”In 2014, Gauteng Premier David Makhura joined the executive mayors of all Gauteng municipalities in signing a Declaration of Intent to establish a Gauteng Transport Authority. This new public utility will transform the way the province’s public transport systems are managed, organised and co-ordinated.“…a Gauteng Transport Authority will give us optimal leverage of our limited human and fiscal resources; promote better integration and co-ordination of dispersed public transport related activities; allow for greater efficiencies in contracting transport services; and improve on transport planning.”At the Gauteng e-Commerce ICT Summit in November 2015, MEC Vadi told CNBC Africa that the need to integrate all mass transit systems was becoming critical. A key part of that planned integration was to be a single, one card scheme that worked across the entire system.ChallengesOn the New York City Transit system one card allows you to change between the bus and subway to get to your destination. The London Oyster card – almost R5 000 a month – allows you to use any of the city’s public transport systems. In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, residents enjoy almost free public transport – it costs R31.50 for a monthly pass.In these cities the different parts of the public transport systems are integrated. Bus routes mirror train, subway or tube routes. Train and bus schedules are synchronised to ensure a reasonable travel time from door to destination.Well-designed, successful integrated public transport systems are economical, the trip is comfortable and, most importantly, considered safe. Before a new province-wide system can be birthed, planners need to consider how to integrate the operations of existing systems with new, and planned, infrastructure.Globally, urban planners building truly integrated systems have learnt the value of providing real-time information to travellers. Real-time information about service schedules especially has helped to make adoption and continued use workable.Vadi told CNBC Africa that his department was busy developing an app that would allow commuters to plan their whole trip across the province. The challenge was a lack of live information to make the system workable. “You need someone to manage the back office and to feed it with live information so that if you get off at any station, or you’re at a taxi rank, and you want to go from point A to point B, you should be able to map your route with an application. We have taken some steps in that direction, but I don’t think we are at the point we desire.”Getting people out of their carsIntegrated and safe public transport eases the burden on residents’ wallets and, in theory, should get cars off city and provincial roads. However, as the city of Tallinn learnt, integration is just one aspect a city needs to get right.Delft University’s Dr Oded Cats, of the department of transport and planning, found that transit ridership grew by 8%, but the length of a car journey went up by 31%. He concluded that there were more, not fewer cars on the roads. This, he deduced, was down to changing shopping and leisure habits and not limitations of the public transport system. “Making driving more expensive through parking fees and other taxes could be more effective at cutting back on traffic.”This income could, should, be used to fund a province-wide mass transit system. To fund the system just through fares would make it unaffordable. Building infrastructure for and operating a public transit system is expensive; it becomes essential to look at additional revenues streams.In Gauteng, as in other provinces, the multiplicity of owners is a challenge. While they do provide low cost service, competition results in – it is perception in part – low quality service. Taxi routes are also concentrated on profitable routes while non-profitable routes are poorly serviced. Taxi owners would need to be convinced that participation would benefit them, even if they are one node of a wider system.Best practice across the globe is a transit system consisting of a mix of public and private operators. The government entity – the Gauteng Transport Authority – would be responsible for planning the network and setting operational standards. Private and municipal operators would provide contracted services.Across Gauteng, as income levels have risen, car ownership has become a way to display status. Mass transit has come to be seen as the option of people who cannot afford their own cars. Changing this image of public transport is another big challenge. Cars are aspirational, a sign of independence and an indication of achievement. Vadi does not judge this, saying: “But our aspirational middle class has caused havoc on our roads. In the last 15 years how many young black women have you seen in their Polo, alone in the car driving very cautiously on the highway? But it’s their pride.”This challenge goes hand-in-hand with a transport system that is not developed enough to cover all areas. He understands these challenges and is trying to find solutions. “We are now advocating car sharing schemes because it’s another way to deal with and manage the congestion.“When we had this very unfortunate collapse of the bridge at Grayston, for three of four days the road was closed. Over those three days we had 5 000 new passengers per day on the Gautrain. Suddenly people realised that this worked. It was actually very nice to be on the Gautrain. And some of those people have stayed on as passengers. Why, they wondered, did they spend their days in stop go stop go traffic. They discovered the train worked. They had never bothered to try it. They just assumed there was no public transport.”Demographers project that Gauteng’s population will be 18.6 million by 2037. This means more cars on the roads unless the province builds an integrated public transport system, and commuters use it. If leaders do nothing, “you will be sitting in your posh BMW in peak hours in Gauteng travelling slower than a horse and cart”.Speaking alongside Vadi was Marissa Gerards, the Dutch ambassador to South Africa and host of the Cycling Indaba. She explained that the Dutch mass transit system grew out of a demand from the people rather than government planning.To accommodate the growing number of cars on the roads in the 1960s and 1970s, Netherlands began building new roads, often through the heart of cities and destroying communities in the process. “It was the people who wanted to save the cities so the government was forced to build bike lanes, provide public transport and protect the inner cities. I am stuck in the traffic jam between Pretoria and Johannesburg so often. If the Gautrain had good connections with other modes of transport it would be perfect. That’s the solution the Netherlands looked for.”The province will be putting a lot more effort into building an integrated public transport system over the next few years. In the three largest municipalities’ bus rapid transit systems are being re-vitalised. Over the next three years Metrorail’s new trains and a modernised signal system will be operating. Construction on new routes for the Gautrain will begin. “But these things take time. We are playing catch, but in the next five or 10 years you will begin to see changes.”IMAGES FROM OUR IMAGE LIBRARIES | TERMS & CONDITIONSlast_img read more

Becknology Days brings products, research to farmers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The annual Becknology Field Days ran through Saturday, August 27th at the company’s headquarters in Atlanta, Indiana. Thousands of farmers and members of the agricultural industry turn out to the event each year to learn about the latest innovations, hear from company leadership, and enjoy fellowship among fellow producers.Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood visited with many involved in the leadership of Beck’s Hybrids.Listen to Beck’s President Scott Beck comment on Becknology and the state of the seed industry.160825_ScottBeck_BecknologySonny Beck, CEO of Beck’s160825_SonnyBeck_Becknology_IntvAgronomist Brent Minett on the Ohio crop vs that of the surrounding region.160825_BrentMinett_Becknology_Intv Joel talks with Scott Beck. Sonny Beck Ryan McCallister talks about PFR researchlast_img read more

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TNT blasts Phoenix in heated game featuring 6 ejections

first_imgRoger Pogoy added a career-high 31 points while Jayson Castro registered the first triple-double of his career, as per the league’s chief statistician Fidel Mangonon, with 11 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for TNT.The KaTropa delivered the knockout punch at the start of the fourth quarter when they went on a 20-2 tear in the first six minutes of the period.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘Officially done’ with college studies, Thirdy Ravena to take master’s degree Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PBA IMAGESThe game between Phoenix and TNT got heated quickly on Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Fuel Masters head coach Louie Alas and forward Jason Perkins and KaTropa consultant Mark Dickel and Semerad twins Anthony and David were all ejected just less than three minutes into the game.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines 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 Krausscenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue The scuffle started after things got testy between Anthony and Phoenix import Rob Dozier just as TNT was about to inbound the ball.Alas was tossed for flagrant misconduct, the Semerads and Perkins were thrown out for fighting stance while Dickel was sent out after throwing the ball at an official.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“I thank the team and the players for staying in the game. They kept their composure,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena, whose squad had the last laugh after coming away with a 114-88 win, their third in four starts. “I just told them to stay in the game and play harder.”Things nearly got out of hand again late in the game and to no one’s surprise, Fuel Masters forward Calvin Abueva got himself in trouble anew for the second straight game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Abueva got ejected after he clotheslined TNT import Terrence Jones with 7:03 left in the fourth quarter.The 31-year-old Abueva on Saturday was penalized by Phoenix for his actions late in the Fuel Masters’ 103-98 victory over the Blackwater Elite Friday night.Abueva, who was deducted P20,000 off his salary by the Fuel Masters, was called out by Elite guard Ray Parks after their game.Parks claimed Abueva cursed and made lewd gestures toward his girlfriend and actress Maika Rivera.Jones returned to his dominant ways, firing 40 points that went with 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals four nights after being held to just 14 points in a blowout loss to NorthPort.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more