For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Liverpool: Goalkeeper Alisson Becker was labelled a “life saver” by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for a last-gasp save that secured a 1-0 win over Napoli at Anfield and progress to the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday. Mohamed Salah’s stunning solo effort put the hosts in front 11 minutes before half-time, but Liverpool were nearly made to pay for their profligacy in missing a series of second-half chances. Alisson had barely been tested until the Brazilian number one spread himself brilliantly to deny Arkadiusz Milik a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser and go a long way to justifying the then-world record 67-million fee for a goalkeeper Liverpool paid Roma in July. “If I knew Alisson was this good — I would have paid double,” joked Klopp. “The goal Mo scored, what a goal! And the save Ali made (was) unbelievable. It was of course a life saver tonight.” Despite losing all three of their away games in Group C, three home wins at fortress Anfield were enough to see Liverpool through to the knockout stage on goals scored over the Italians in second place behind Paris Saint-Germain, who won 4-1 away to Red Star Belgrade to secure top spot.Read More | Roma stall Inter Milan’s progress in Serie A, AC Milan move to fourth”I’m still full of adrenaline, I could feel it in bubbles,” added Klopp. “This game was just amazing. The boys played with their whole heart on the pitch.”Read More | Neymar injury mars Paris Saint-Germain’s match against BordeauxLiverpool’s charge to the Champions League final last season was spearheaded by Salah’s 44-goal season. And after signalling his return to top form by scoring a hat-trick in a 4-0 win at Bournemouth on Saturday that sent Liverpool to the top of the Premier League, Salah’s 13th goal of the campaign relegated Napoli to the Europa League in the new year despite losing for the first time in Europe this season. “It’s a real shame our efforts haven’t been rewarded,” said Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti.”We have no regrets. Overall the group of players have done extremely well, we took it down to the wire. You can’t expect to come to Liverpool and create 10 really good chances, we had one or two and didn’t have the luck to take one of them.” Van Dijk’s lunge The outcome could have been very different if Virgil van Dijk had been sent off rather than just shown a yellow card that will keep him out of the first leg of Liverpool’s last-16 tie for a dangerous lunge on Dries Mertens after just 15 minutes. UEFA will introduce the video assistant referee (VAR) system for the last 16, but Ancelotti bemoaned the delay in using the technology during the group stage. “Seeing on the video, I knew it was a red card,” added Ancelotti. “When VAR comes in (to) the Champions League, it is too late.” Liverpool took control as the first half wore on and broke the deadlock when Salah outmuscled Mario Rui and skipped past Kalidou Koulibaly before squeezing the ball underneath Ospina from a narrow angle. Had Liverpool conceded they would have had to win by two goals due to their 1-0 defeat in Naples, and the hosts failed to cash in on their dominance of the early stages of the second half and avoid a nervy ending. Salah pulled his shot into the side-netting with a far better angle from the one he scored, while Milner and Van Dijk sent long-range efforts flying just wide of the target.Ospina made acrobatic saves to keep out Salah and Mane once more before Mane failed to hit the target with two glorious chances to Klopp’s dismay. Napoli should have levelled 12 minutes from time when Jose Maria Callejon spooned over a glorious chance at the back post. But their best opportunity came at the death only for Alisson to stand tall to keep a 12th clean sheet in 22 appearances and ensure Liverpool live to fight another day in the Champions League this season.
Group CSundowns won the 2016 Champions League and were eliminated by highly organised Wydad in the quarter-finals last year after a penalty shootout.Another tight tussle is on the cards near Pretoria with the South Africans needing maximum points if they hope to finish first and face a theoretically weaker side in the quarter-finals.A couple of group debutants, Port of Togo and Horoya of Guinea, play in Lome, but neither west African club are realistic candidates for a top-two finish.Group DPicking the likely Group D winners is easy with former champions Etoile Sahel of Tunisia the standout side when it comes to strength and experience.But selecting the other quarter-finalists from Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland, Primeiro Agosto of Angola and Zesco United of Zambia is considerably trickier.Primeiro are back in the group stage after a 21-year absence and host Etoile in Luanda, while Swallows will be hunting a second Zambian scalp this season when away to Zesco in Ndola.Tweets about KCCA TODAY: Township Rollers ?? vs KCCA FC ?? 10pmJohannesburg, South Africa | INDEPENDENT & AFP | The 2018 CAF Champions League group phase kicks off this weekend with Uganda’s KCCA FC taking on Botswana flag bearers Township Rollers Friday in a first for both sides.It is a first Champions League Group game for both sides in their first ever clash which will set the tone for the rest of the games in a Group A. It is a tough group that also has North African giants Al Ahly of Egypt and Esperance of Tunisia.Mike Mutebi’s boys travel with a lot of experience, having played in the group stages of the the Confederations Cup last year. On the contingent of 32 that is already in Botswana are young but battle hardened KCCA FC players Paul Mucureezi, Derrick Nsibambi, Muhammad Shabab and Allan Okello.“I am very excited with the type of football they play,” said Mutebi in a pre-match press briefing. “They are an attacking team which scores home and away like they did in Tanzania and everywhere they go,” he added.“In my opinion, these are teams we want to play. I don’t want to face teams that park the bus, teams that make things difficult.”KCCA have had several tough fixtures in the past week, and many feared fatigue might set in ahead of this key continental match.“We have the ability to match the best team in Africa because we are here on merit. We are aware of the threat Township Rollers can cause because they have our former player Ivan Ntege but we shall remain head on because they play our style. The better team will carry the day,” said Mutebi.Rollers Serbian coach Nikola Kavazovic will interestingly rely on his Ugandan hardman Ivan “MmaoFit” Ntege to undo KCCA’s effort. Ntege joined Rollers from KCCA in July 2017 after a 7 year stay with the Kampala City side.Al Ahly of Egypt and Esperance of Tunisia also clash this Friday in the other Group A game, followed by TP Mazembe of DR Congo against Entente Setif of Algeria the following day.Another Saturday showdown, between Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and title-holders Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, is also set to draw a large crowd and global TV audience.AFP Sport takes a group-by-group look at the matchday 1 fixtures in the premier African club competition with group winners and runners-up advancing to the quarter-finals.Mutebi giving instructions to Ivan Ntege before the latter was introduced in the CAF Confederation tie against Club Africain at Lugogo last year. He has since moved to Botswana and faces his former side today. PHOTO KCCA MEDIAGroup AThe Ahly-Esperance fixture has been moved from Cairo to Alexandria for security reasons as the Tunisians seek revenge for a 2017 quarter-final loss when the clubs last met.Record eight-time champions Ahly will miss injured Moroccan striker Walid Azaro and his Nigerian partner Junior Ajayi is doubtful for a match the Egyptian club should win.Township Rollers of Botswana host Kampala Capital City Authority of Uganda in Gaborone and it is hard to imagine either side challenging Ahly or Esperance for the top two places. Group BWhile the outcome of Group A appears clearcut, the same cannot be said of Group B, which is likely to be the toughest of the four mini-leagues to qualify from.Mazembe have won the competition five times and Setif twice and home advantage should give the Congolese the edge in the intimidating cauldron of Lubumbashi.But Mouloudia Alger of Algeria and Difaa el Jadida of Morocco, who meet in Algiers, are not without hope having scored 29 goals between them in eight qualifiers. Share on: WhatsApp
“I think Kevin finished last season exhausted, it was so tough for him. He played a lot of minutes and it was an incredible season’s performance,” said Guardiola.“After that he went to the World Cup and when he came back I had the feeling that he was a little bit tired still.”– World Cup fatigue –De Bruyne’s World Cup commitments meant that he only returned to training at City on August 6, the day after they defeated Chelsea at Wembley in the Community Shield.“He has to recover his full condition, he has to compete with the players who have done incredibly well so far,” added Guardiola.“But of course, when we have more players, we can rotate more. When we have competition between the players it’s much better, so of course it’s good news that he is coming back.”Guardiola’s side was overtaken at the top of the Premier League by Liverpool as City’s defeat at Chelsea was coupled with a the Reds winning at Bournemouth.City’s manager has compared this season’s title race to the brutal battles he faced in La Liga with Real Madrid when he was in charge at Barcelona, when he felt that every dropped point might prove crucial.“It’s just about trying to win every game and when you are in front and trying to keep the moment,” he said. “The players know it. It’s not just Liverpool — Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United can join us.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Kevin De Bruyne’s injury problems this season may turn out to be a blessing in disguise because they allowed him to recover from an exhausting 12 months, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.De Bruyne has suffered two separate knee injuries since helping Belgium finish third in Russia and has played barely any part in City’s defence of their Premier League title, which took a hit last week with a defeat at Chelsea that knocked them off the top of the table.The attacking midfielder has started only two games this season, neither in the league and Guardiola is wary of rushing him back into action, even though he is understood to be fit enough to be selected for the squad to face Everton on Saturday.“Sometimes people recover quite well, sometimes mentally it takes time. We don’t want to be injured, but maybe this injury helped us,” said Guardiola.“Now he’s fresh in his mind, he is recovered and now he tries again to avoid the injuries and play regularly. Of course he is going to be important for us. He is a special player for us.”De Bruyne was outstanding as City became the first team in English top-flight history to record 100 points in a season in May, winning the club’s player of the year prize and narrowly losing out to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah for national awards voted for by players and journalists.However, his season ended up lasting more than 11 months, as he played six of his country’s seven matches at the World Cup.He suffered ligament damage to his right knee in August and although he returned in October, he then injured his left knee during his side’s League Cup win over Fulham on November 1.
23 April 2012Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti has urged beneficiaries of land redistribution to use their new assets productively to help them participate in the mainstream of South Africa’s economy.“Our message to land claimants is that … once we give you the piece of land, you must use it productively to fight poverty and unemployment,” Nkwinti said at a ceremony marking the restoration of 12 503 hectares of land to the Lomshiyo Community outside Barberton in Mpumalanga province on Saturday.“This government is moving faster in redistributing land to its rightful owners through negotiated settlements with the private sector because the majority of our people want their ancestral land [for farming],” Nkwinti said.“We don’t want this timber plantation farmland to become a white elephant.”‘Like coming back to life from the dead’An estimated 2 593 people, comprising 485 households, of which 203 are headed by women, will benefit from the handover of the land.The chairperson of the Lomshiyo community, Mandla Mavuso, has big plans for its use and development.“Getting our ancestral land back feels like coming back to life from the dead,” Mavuso told BuaNews. “We are willing to work with those who have been using this piece of land. We want to keep this farmland productive.“We will also look at the possibility of turning this area into a tourist destination,” he added.The restored land was part of Shannon Properties – who have been using it as a timber plantation – as well as other surrounding farms. There are 58 farms in total in the area, and 90 percent of them are privately owned.‘Agricultural sustainability the goal’Nkwinti told BuaNews that the sustainability of South Africa’s agricultural sector was a key goal of the state’s land reform programme.Nkwinti added that he was pleased with progress made in the redistribution of land in Mpumalanga province, while the 16 outstanding land claims in the Free State would be finalised in June this year. The Eastern Cape still had 600 outstanding cases, he said.The government has set itself the goal of redistributing 30 percent of South Africa’s land to historically disadvantaged communities by 2014.“By speeding up the process of redistributing land to its rightful owners, we think that we are moving towards achieving that mission,” Nkwinti said.Source: BuaNews
China’s Gong Jinjie and Guo Shuang were demoted to the silver medal in the women’s team sprint cycling Thursday, with gold going to Germany’s Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte here at the Olympics.The Chinese pair appeared to have been relegated for an illegal changeover, the same fault that had earlier stopped Britain’s Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish competing in the final after initially qualifying in the German pair’s place.The medal ceremony was delayed as the Chinese riders and coaches argued with cycling officials.Gong and Guo set a time of 32.619 seconds in the final, 0.197 seconds outside the world record they had set earlier in the day, and 0.179 seconds faster than Vogel and Welte.The Australian pair of Kaarle McCullogh and Anna Meares charged to victory in the bronze medal race, beating the Ukrainian pair of Olena Tsyos and Lyubov Shulika.McCullogh and Meares won in a time of 32.727 seconds, which would have been an Olympic record earlier in the day, with the Ukrainian 0.764 seconds behind.
TORONTO – The woman helming the top job at Ontario’s securities watchdog has had her term extended for three years by the Ontario Ministry of Finance.Maureen Jensen’s two-year term as chair and CEO of the Ontario Securities Commission was set to expire in February 2018, but will now end in February 2021.Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance, says Jensen has worked tirelessly to improve women’s representation on boards, enhance whistleblower protection, and advance the Ontario government’s push toward a co-operative capital markets regulator.Jensen said in October that it might be time to strengthen its measures to get more women on boards after little progress.The OSC does not have the authority to impose a specific target or quota for gender diversity.But Jensen said the regulator is looking at options such as requiring companies to set a target and disclose progress in meeting it.
NEW YORK — CBS is pledging $20 million in support of 18 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from the scandal that led to the ouster of its top executive, Les Moonves.CBS said Friday that the money will go toward helping the organizations expand their work and “ties into the company’s ongoing commitment to strengthening its own workplace culture.”The money is coming out of Moonves’ $120 million severance package. Whether Moonves will receive the remaining balance of that money hinges on the outcome of an investigation into his conduct.In a joint statement, the 18 organizations praised the donations as a significant step while also calling on CBS to disclose the results of the Moonves investigation.The Associated Press
TORONTO — Canada’s trailblazing move to legalize cannabis for recreational use, which sparked an entirely new industry and had wide-ranging implications for nearly every facet of society, has been voted The Canadian Press Business News Story of the Year.The term “disruption” in business has become so overused that it has become an empty cliche, but it is warranted in the case of pot legalization, said Andrew Meeson, deputy business editor at the Toronto Star.“It’s hard to think of an area in Canada that hasn’t been shaken up: not just commerce (from criminal act to booming startup to takeover target in the blink of an eye), but also policing, health care, justice, politics. Even culture (just ask Tommy Chong),” he said.“If that doesn’t make it the business story of the year, I don’t know what would.”In an annual poll of the country’s newsrooms conducted by The Canadian Press, business editors and reporters across the country chose cannabis legalization in a landslide, with 60 per cent of the votes cast.The terse negotiations between Canada, U.S. and Mexico towards a new North American Free Trade Agreement was a distant second with 30 per cent of votes.Canada’s pipeline conundrum, with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion now in limbo after a court overturned its regulatory approval in August and a U.S. court throwing out the Keystone XL pipeline’s presidential permit in November, came in third out of eight possible candidates with 10 per cent of the vote.“Pipelines would have won, hands down if it weren’t for the creation of an entirely new industry in Canada,” said David Blair, a business columnist with CBC Radio. “Rarely, if ever, do journalists get to cover the opening of a new market, especially one that is as controversial as cannabis.”The world was watching when the country made history with the first legal sale of non-medicinal pot just after midnight on Oct. 17 in Newfoundland and Labrador, due to its time zone being 30 minutes ahead of the rest of Canada.It marked the beginning of what the New York Times dubbed Canada’s “national experiment,” and the culmination of months, if not years, of preparation by legislators and law enforcement officials at all levels and in each province, territory, and municipality.While Oct. 17 represented an extension from the initial target set for July, and licensed producers ramped up production in the lead-up, long lines of customers were met with widespread product shortages online and in the relatively few bricks-and-mortar stores that were ready on day one.Still, many Canadians were simply elated to be able to buy government-sanctioned pot after nearly 100 years of prohibition.“My new dealer is the prime minister!” said Canadian fiddler and pop star Ashley MacIsaac, who in 2001 had been arrested for possession in Saskatchewan.But cannabis mania had been bubbling for months before legalization, with retail investors rushing to invest in the latest pot company to list its stock. Cannabis company valuations in the lead up to Oct. 17 soared and some of the banks’ online direct investment platforms were bombarded with unprecedented trading volumes.At one point producer Tilray Inc.’s stock on the Nasdaq exchange in September hit a peak of US$300, giving the Nanaimo, B.C.-company a market value higher than established Canadian conglomerates such as Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Rogers Communications Inc.Pot will be cited for years to come as many Canadians’ first experiences with investing, said Pete Evans, senior business writer for CBC News.“Cannabis mania deserves some credit — and maybe blame — for ushering an entire new generation of primarily young people into making their first stock market investments ever,” he said.A flurry of merger and acquisition activity in the sector, even before legalization, fuelled investor interest as well.Aurora Cannabis Inc. was on an acquisition spree this year, buying rival CanniMed Therapeutics for $1.1 billion after a terse takeover battle and later MedReleaf for $3.2 billion.Alcohol giant Constellation Brands in August announced it was upping its investment in pot producer Canopy Growth Corp. — in the largest strategic investment in the pot space to date — to increase its ownership stake to 38 per cent. The Corona beer-producer also received warrants that, if exercised, would up its stake to more than 50 per cent.And earlier this month, Big Tobacco came calling, as the number of countries that legalized cannabis for medical use continues to grow.Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. said it planned to invest $2.4 billion in pot producer Cronos Group Inc. for 45-per-cent ownership, with an option to increase that stake in the future.The Altria-Cronos deal gave the overall sector a slight lift, but pot stocks have largely come off their highs after legalization as reality set in and concerns mounted about lofty valuations.Canadian marijuana companies have found themselves in the crosshairs of short-sellers, as well.Aphria Inc. earlier this month saw its stock value more than cut in half over three days after two short-sellers targeted the Leamington, Ont.-based cannabis producer with a raft of allegations, including that its recent international acquisitions were “largely worthless.” Aphria has called the allegations “inaccurate and misleading” and is confident in the deal in question, but has appointed an independent committee to review their claims.Meanwhile, recreational pot supply shortages continue to linger. Several cannabis producers in part blamed supply chain issues for contributing to the shortage and have said they are aiming to increase their production, but it will likely take more time fresh product to hit the market.Quebec’s cannabis corporation stores continue to be closed from Monday to Wednesday as a result. And in Ontario, where the only legal way for residents to buy adult-use pot is through the government-run online portal, the provincial government said it will hand out a limited number of retail licenses due to the shortages.The Ontario government initially said it would not cap the number of licenses, but now says it will only be able to issue 25 licenses by April via a lottery system. This deals a blow to a slew of companies who have been putting down deposits to secure prime real estate locations in the country’s most populous province in anticipation of obtaining a license.“Seemingly overnight, activity that always existed on the margins of society has come into the centre,” said Evans.“It’s been fascinating to watch the growing pains that have ensued… It will be interesting to see in the coming months and years how and if the reality lives up to expectations for the industry.” Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press
Mumbai: The information technology services sector is estimated to clock a flat growth of upto 9 percent in the fiscal year 2019-20, a report said Monday. The growth will be at par with the 9.1 percent growth achieved by the sector in FY19, according to industry lobby Nasscom. The grouping has discontinued a 25-year-old practice of coming out with growth estimates citing the changes in the landscape which makes the job harder. Domestic rating agency Icra said the sector will clock a 7-9 percent growth in $in FY20 mainly on demand for digital solutions. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The earlier small-scale proof of concept digital projects has started evolving into enterprise level larger implementations coupled with improvement in discretionary spend supporting future growth,” its vice president Gaurav Jain said. The traditional mainstay of banking and financial services will experience some weakness on low interest rates, focus on cost optimisation and managing discretionary spending, it said, adding that insurance companies are supporting the growth. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFirming oil prices will lead to some discretionary spends by energy firms on digital spends and give the IT firms some good news, while retail is also showing improvement in the first nine months of FY19. From a profitability perspective, the rating agency said margins were flattish in the third quarter of FY19 on pricing pressure, increased regulatory costs, wage inflation and higher onshore hiring and sub-contracting cost necessitated by visa curbs. However, the overall margins are estimated to decline to 20.8 percent in FY20 for its 19 sample companies from 22.5 percent in FY18. Indian companies have started to ramp-up on-shore hiring in its largest market of US on visa issuance norms being tightened by restricting the entry-level programmers coupled with increasing compliance and evidence requirements adding to cost pressures, it said. There will be higher consolidation in the industry, especially among the small and mid-size players, owing to margin pressures in the next decade, it said. From a credit outlook perspective, the rating agency said it expects some stability on the ability of the sector to sustain free cash flows.
Kolkata: Non-fixation of minimum wages for workers and closed tea gardens are the main factors during the first two phases of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal to be held in the state’s tea belt. The tea belt is located in Darjeeling, Terai and Dooars region of North Bengal where 3 lakh odd permanent workers are employed in around 300 gardens. The Terai and Dooars regions consist of the districts of Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Darjeeling and Coochbehar districts of West Bengal and a part of Assam. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Polling in Coochbehar and Alipurduar seats would be held on April 11 and while Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Raiganj constituencies would go to polls on April 18. Trade union leaders who owe allegiance to various political parties said they have been demanding implementation of minimum wages in tea gardens for long but the issue has not been resolved. Tea industry sources said the issue was deliberated at length in the minimum wage advisory committee formed by the state government, but it has not been finalised. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Submissions to the advisory board on minimum wage had been made by both the employers and trade unions, and now the ball is in the court of the government, the sources said. Ziaul Alam, convenor of the joint forum of 29 trade unions in the tea belt spearheaded by the CITU, alleged that the Trinamool Congress government betrayed the sentiments of the tea workers by not giving them minimum wages. Sources said the largest tea growing state, Assam, had also not decided on the implementation of minimum wages. “Taking a cue from this, the government of West Bengal has adopted a wait and watch approach,” the sources said. Alam said, “The overall economic situation in the tea gardens was not healthy and the workers were unable to strike a balance between income and expenditure due to rising prices of essential items of daily use.” Presently, tea garden workers in West Bengal are given a cash benefit of Rs 176 per day besides other non-cash benefits like ration. Mani Kumar Dhamal of the INTUC and Sankar Das of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the trade union wing of the RSS, also felt that non-fixation of the minimum wages for tea garden workers would be a deciding factor in this elections. The other major factor which could come at play at the polls is the issue of closed gardens. Dhamal claimed that both the BJP and the Trinamool Congress had promised to re-open closed tea gardens but that did not happen. Sources said there were 16-17 closed gardens affecting nearly 24,000 employees. Dhamal said, “In the absence of any policy, it is not known how the closed tea gardens will be reopened.” This, he said, had cast a fear in the minds of the workers of these gardens and they have started migrating to South India and other places. “There is no job security in the tea belt,” he said. Industry sources said, since the land on which the gardens are located was given on lease by the government and not freehold, it was difficult to implement land-based panchayat schemes like the Indira Awas Yojana. TMC’s Darjeeling candidate Amar Singh Rai said minimum wage is definitely an issue which needs to be resolved. “The tea garden workers are in distress and there is a need to fix the minimum wage,” he said adding that he would raise the issue in the appropriate forum, if elected. Das claimed that the mood is in favour of the BJP now as the party had done a good job in Darjeeling. In the last Lok Sabha polls, S S Ahluwalia of the BJP won from Darjeeling Parliamentary constituency with the backing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, the major local force. However, this time the saffron party fielded Raju Singh Bista.