Jones could return against Chelsea but five are ruled out

first_imgManchester United defender Phil Jones could be in contention to face Chelsea on Sunday, though five players are ruled out.The England centre-back, 23, suffered an ankle injury in the win over Swansea on 2 January and has missed his side’s last six matches.Jones is now back in full training with the first team ahead of United’s visit to Stamford Bridge.However, Bastian Schweinsteiger is still out with a knee injury and joins long-term absentees Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia on the sidelines.Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, 19, is set to continue at left-back but Marouane Fellaini could be doubtful after coming off late on in United’s win over Stoke on Tuesday.For Chelsea, Pedro faces a late fitness test but Loic Remy is out and Alexandre Pato has been put on an intensive fitness regime.See also:Remy tipped to return and Pato is put on fitness regimePedro faces fitness test ahead of Man Utd clashChelsea v Man Utd: match preview, team news, facts and figuresChelsea v Man Utd: five key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mandela deeds in motion

first_imgPupils from the Strathyre School for Girls enjoy story time at Pick n Pay head office. (Image: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory) “The marathon reflects, in a symbolic way, the gruelling marathon that Nelson Mandela had to run to lay the foundation for the democratic and free South Africa that we currently enjoy.” (Image: Two Oceans Marathon) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang, Nelson Mandela Centre  of Memory   +27 11 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Madiba’s life captured in art • Schools to benefit for Mandela Day • How does Mandela Day inspire you? • World to serenade Madiba • Madiba birthday song a group effort Cadine PillayRetail giant Pick n Pay has teamed up with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to start a book drive as part of their tribute to the former statesman ahead of his 94th birthday. The launch of the Mandela Day book drive was held in Kensington, Johannesburg, on 28 June.Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated annually on 18 July across the world, after it was proclaimed in 2009 by the UN as an occasion to celebrate Mandela’s life.  The book drive started on 1 July and will continue until the 17th , and Pick n Pay has set up book stands in their stores where members of the public can drop off books that they are donating as part of the campaign.  The books will be handed over to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory on 18 July, after which they will be distributed to underprivileged schools around the country. People are encouraged to give books that are suitable for children of school-going age, as these will help set up libraries for them.‘Donate a book and build a future’The Mandela Day container library initiative is linked to the 94+ Schools infrastructure project – an initiative that honours his 94th birthday and legacy by promoting education, particularly for underprivileged schools.“Books open a door to a whole new world – through reading, children not only improve their grammar and vocabulary but also learn about people and places from other parts of the world,” said Bronwen Rohland, Pick n Pay’s director of marketing and sustainability, at the launch of the campaign.She added that books improve the understanding of and concern for all people, stressing how important it is for all children have access to books from a young age.“It is a privilege for Pick n Pay to be working together with the Nelson Mandela Foundation – let us not forget that Mr Mandela has spoken about how reading sustained and kept him and his fellow prisoners up to date with the rest of the world while they were imprisoned on Robben Island.”From the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory’s perspective, the campaign is seen as a move that should inspire more companies to do the same as Pick n Pay.“Just as we encourage youth to actively participate in Mandela Day, we also acknowledge the importance of literacy at a young age,” said Sello Hatang, spokesperson for the centre.“Just think, if every child could read, what power it would give to people and communities the world over. We would like to thank Pick n Pay for helping us drive more books to disadvantaged schools.”Hatang also had advice for donors: “If in doubt about what to donate, focus on story books you loved or that you know appeal to children.”Pupils to benefitMany South African schools lack basic facilities that are needed to make a library functional, and the container library project, a long-running initiative of Breadline Africa, aims to help solve this problem by providing nine container libraries.Although the target for 2012 was 20 containers, Hatang said through the initiative they had managed to secure funding for 10 containers so far.  An estimated 9 500 pupils in the some of the country’s poorest communities will benefit. For many of these schools, this will be the first time they will have access to a fully functioning library at their place of learning.Mandela once said: “That joy (of reading) has been mine all my life, and it is one I wish for all South Africans.”The book drive will see to it that children from poor communities too can experience that same joy of reading.Running in his honourWhile the subject of books reigned supreme in one province, in another, KwaZulu-Natal’s uMgungundlovu district municipality announced that it would host the Mandela Day Marathon to mark the 50th anniversary of Mandela’s arrest in the Midlands town of Howick in 1962.The inaugural 42.2km run will start in Pietermaritzburg, and will take place on 26 August 2012, and if the municipality has its way, will feature as a major event on the national and international calendars going forward.Mandela, then an active leader of Umkhonto weSizwe, the African National Congress’s (ANC) armed wing, was arrested on 5 August 1962 after being on the run from the police for over a year. The famous treason trial followed shortly afterwards, when several more of the ANC leaders had been rounded up by police officers around the country and charged.He was sentenced to life in prison in 1964, but spent 27 years behind bars before leading the ANC through negotiations with the then-ruling National Party, and subsequently becoming South Africa’s first democratically elected president after an all-inclusive election in 1994.The marathon will commence directly outside Manaye Hall in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, where on 25 March 1961 Madiba gave his last speech prior to being captured on the road to Tweedie (a farm area in Howick) in August of the following year.“The marathon reflects, in a symbolic way, the gruelling marathon that Nelson Mandela had to run to lay the foundation for the democratic and free South Africa that we currently enjoy,” said uMgungundlovu mayor Yusuf Bhamjee.Runners will climb 540m during the first 15km before reaching the halfway point near Hilton and going on to the less challenging second half, which will take them through Cedara, Merrivale and into Howick to pass the Anglo-Boer war memorial.An associated 10km event will commence from this point and both races will continue out to pass Midmar Dam and thence to the new capture site museum in Tweedie.Reflecting on Mandela’s strugglesThe race is less about fast times and more about recognising and commemorating and gaining insight of the challenges and struggles that Madiba took on in the fight for freedom.“Through this marathon, we want to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit, the discipline that meant spending 27 years in prison, because of an understanding of what he wanted to accomplish in the end,” said Bhamjee.He added that there was no better way to remember, honour and celebrate Mandela’s selflessness to the betterment of the entire world than to have this marathon, which is a qualifier for both the Comrades and Two Oceans marathons.Bhamjee explained that Mandela had a long history, not just with Pietermaritzburg, but with the district as a whole.The district manager for uMngungundlovu, Sbu Khuzwayo, said the city had made R1.5-million (US$181 350) available for the race and, of that amount, R253,000 ($30 600) was for prizes.Entries for the race, which are expected to be limited because this is the first event, will open on 18 July and close on 14 August.last_img read more

Huge surprise bolsters bears

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today was a huge surprise with corn and soybean yields higher, not lower. The market is not taking out post report lows in the minutes following the noon release. It could indicate end users are stepping in to cover needs.USDA put the U.S. corn production at 14.184 billion bushels with a yield of 169.9 bushels per acre. Ending stocks were pegged at 2.335 billion bushels. Last month corn ending stocks were 2.27 billion bushels. USDA put the U.S. soybean production at 4.43 billion bushels with a yield of 49.9 bushels per acre. Soybean ending stocks were estimated at 475 million bushels. Last month soybean ending stocks were 475 million bushels. Ending soybean stocks were unchanged due to higher crush and higher exports.As the noon hour approached, corn was down 5 cents, soybeans were down 2 cents, with wheat unchanged. Shortly after the report, corn was down 8 cents, soybeans were 13 cents, with wheat down 3 centsGoing into the USDA report today, the average trade estimate for corn production was 14.03 billion bushels with a yield of 168.2 while ending stocks were estimated at 2.17 billion bushels. Last month USDA in a bearish report had U.S. corn production at 14.15 billion bushels and a yield of 169.5 bushels per acre. The average trade estimate for soybean production this month was 4.32 billion bushels and a yield of 48.8. Soybean production in August was 4.38 billion bushels and a yield of 49.4.World ending stocks of wheat did decrease in spite of increased production in Russia. Russia has been in the headlines in recent days due to reports of reducing rail rates to move grain from the interior to export locations. There is uncertainty if the rate reductions are for just wheat or all grains.World ending stocks of corn and soybeans did increase. World ending stocks of wheat were down ever so slightly.Both corn and soybeans had double digit losses with the Aug. 10 report. Corn was down 15 cents while soybeans were down 33 cents on report day. For the September report, if you expected USDA corn yields to be reduced at least 2 bushels per acre and the soybean yield at least 1 bushel per acre, you are likely going to be disappointed with the report today. The October report will have lots of actual harvest data to help determine corn and soybean yields. This report will not have the luxury of very much harvest data to determine production and yields.While it is not a headline banner that grabs attention from all or even many, watch corn used for ethanol with old crop corn to increase from the August report. Last month USDA put corn used for ethanol at 5.45 billion bushels. The weekly ethanol report for much of July and August had extremely strong corn usage. Any increased usage will decrease old corn ending stocks and flow into the new crop table with a smaller beginning stocks number. In recent months USDA has now included sorghum used for ethanol in this weekly report. From September 2016 to July 2017 roughly 107 million bushels of sorghum was used in ethanol production.Ohio should see several days of rain this week as the leftovers from Hurricane Irma pass through. For the dry areas of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, it will be too little too late for many producers to do any good for soybeans or corn. December CBOT corn has traded in a range of $3.52-$3.62 this month. November CBOT soybeans had a range in September before the USDA report today of $9.52-$9.77. Look for the report today to break corn and soybeans out of that tight trading range.Corn ratings with last night’s weekly crop progress report were unchanged at 61% good and excellent. Nine states, including Ohio, saw improvement while six states had corn rating declines. The U.S. soybean crop was rated at 60% good and excellent, compared to 61% last week. Ohio was unchanged at 56% good and excellent.Weather in South America is currently the tale of two extremes. Brazil is too dry while Argentina is to wet. The dry weather in Brazil will likely only improve the chances of seeing more winter corn planted there next May-June as producers skip the opportunity to plant corn early in the growing season.Actual combine reports in coming days and weeks will be the order of the day now that the monthly USDA report is behind us. Producers and traders alike will be most anxious to see harvest reports as many continue to think USDA was too high on their corn and soybean yield estimates detailed in August.Higher corn and soybean yields will leave many scratching their heads today.last_img read more

BJP makes big gains in Maharashtra civic polls

first_imgResults at 6.00 p.m.  CorporationTotal SeatsBJPShiv SenaINCNCPMNSOthersDeclaredPending1BMC2275978259713191362Thane1311749317 389423Pune16238149 3551074Pimpari-chichwad12828209 241875Nashik12242203421182406Nagpur15156 17  376757Amravati871534  729588Solapur102171961 750529Akola80397135 6701010Ulhasnagar78322514 16780 Total126834320476589717615076.30 p.m.It is definitely a setback, says CongressMaharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) concedes that the results so far for the 10 municipal corporations, 25 zilla parishads and 283 panchayat samitis across the State have signaled a setback to the party.“The results are mixed, with the party doing well in zilla parishads while suffering reverses in the municipal corporations. It is definitely a setback,” party spokesman Ratnakar Mahajan told PTI.He said the results have been unexpected and need to be analysed on the organisational level at the popularity level. “Whether there has been a disconnect between voters and the party leaders should be seen,” he said.6.10 p.m.The BJP’s win in the civic polls is a result of people’s acceptance of our agenda of transparency, says Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.BMC results | 5.50 p.m.Shiv Sena victorious on 84 seats; BJP gets 80The Shiv Sena emerges as the single largest party in the cash-rich BMC, winning 84 seats, closely followed by the BJP, which bagged 80 seats, as results for 225 seats poured in.The Congress was relegated to the third position in the civic body with 31 seats, followed by the NCP with 9 seats, MNS 7, SP 6, AIMIM 3, Akhil Bhartiya Sena 1 and others 4.Results for two seats in the 227-member House are still awaited. — PTI5.30 p.m.Pankaja Munde offers to quitMaharashtra Minister Pankaja Munde offers to quit the Fadnavis-led government for the BJP’s poor performance in the local body polls in her constituency in Beed district.However, BJP State president Raosaheb Danve downplays the issue. “I had a word with Pankaja Munde. Victory never went into our head and we never got depressed with defeat. We will decide about her stand [resignation],” Mr. Danve says. — PTIResults at 1:45 p.m.BMC: BJP-61, Shiv Sena-93, Congress-22, NCP-7, MNS-10, Others-7. Total: 200/227Thane: BJP-11, Shiv Sena-28, Congress-, NCP-7, MNS-4, Others-4. Total: 54/131Ulhasnagar: BJP-21, Shiv Sena-15, Congress-1, NCP-4, Others-5. Total: 46/78Pune: BJP-54, Shiv Sena-9, Congress-11, NCP-29, MNS-6, Others-5. Total: 114/162Pimpri-Chinchwad: BJP-21, Shiv Sena-6, NCP-22, Others-1. Total: 50/128Solapur: BJP-24, Shiv Sena-20, Congress-6, NCP-4, Others-5. Total: 59/102Nashik: BJP-24, Shiv Sena-13, Congress-4, NCP-2, MNS-2. Total: 45/122Akola: BJP-25, Shiv Sena-3, Congress-9, NCP-4, Others-12. Total: 53/80Amravati: BJP-17, Shiv Sena-2, Congress-4, NCP-1, Others-11. Total: 35/87Nagpur: BJP-44, Congress-14. Total: 58/151Here are the updates:Akola The BJP gets a clear mejority in the Akola muncipal corporation by winning 42 out of the 81 wards. The Congress secures 12 wards, the Shiv Sena 7, the NCP 5, the BBM 3 and the MIM 1.ThaneThe Shiv Sena leads in Thane with 28 seats and the BJP and the NCP in eight and seven seats respectively.AmaravatiThe BJP is ahead in 17 seats, the Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM and the BSP in 3 each. There are a total of 87 seats.Sanjay Nirupam blames it on infightingMumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam offered to resign taking moral responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the BMC polls. He says party infighting cost them these elections. “I was alone campaigning, as others tried to defeat me, but in turn they cost the party.” BJP and Shiv Sena workers get into an argument near BJP office in Dadar.  | Photo Credit: Deepak Salvi MPCC president Sanjay Nirupam addresses media at his residence, in Mumbai on Thursday. The BJP made big gains in the Maharashtra civic polls, even as it was in a neck-and-neck fight with the Shiv Sena for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, according to latest trends.The BJP is leading in Pune, Nashik, Akola and Amravati Corporations, while the Shiv Sena is ahead in Thane and the NCP in Pimpri-Chinchwad.Read more: BJP set for decisive gains, Shiv Sena has an edge in BMCcenter_img | Photo Credit: Vijay Bate  SolapurOut of the 102 seats in the Solapur Municipal Corporation, the BJP has won 12 and the Shiv Sena 4. This corporation was once the bastion of the Congress owing to regional stalwarts such as Sushilkumar Shinde.The AIMIM makes in roads by winning 8 seats.Trends show the BJP is poised to sweep the SMC.PuneReshma Bhosale, wife of NCP legislator Anil Bhosale, wins from ward number 7 in the Pune Municipal Corporation poll in the city’s Shivajinagar area.Ms. Bhosale, who was denied an NCP ticket, decided to contest on a BJP ticket. However, owing to a controversy in her nomination form, the Bombay high Court quashed her BJP candidature, compelling her to contest as an independentNagpurEarlier reports said that the BJP has secued 54 wards and Congress trailing in 19, BSP in 4 and NCP in 1.The BJP and the NCP are neck-and-neck in the Gadchiroli Zila parishad.Wife of Bhandara BJP MLC Parinay Fuke Mrs. Parinita Fuke wins for the BJP ward 13 in NagpurThe Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra council and NCP leader Dhananjay Munde camp wins Ambejogai panachayat Samiti in Beed.This is seen as a setback to BJP leader Pankaja Munde, a cousin of Dhananjay Munde.Pimpri-ChinchwadIn the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, the NCP is leading in 20 wards, followed by the BJP in 15PCMC, the bastion of Sharad Pawar’s NCP in Pune, has 128 seats.Incumbent Pune Mayor and NCP leader Prashant Jagtap bags ward number 25 in the Wanowrie area.The results till noon: NCP 5, BJP 3, IND 1. Leads: NCP 19, BJP 19, Shiv Sena 2.MumbaiEarly trends in the BMC indicate a major victory for the Shiv Sena.Despite high octane campaign by Chief Minister Devendra fadnavis, the BJP seem to be failing to grab the top post.Till noon, the Sena was leading in 85 seats, while the BJP was leading in 53. The Congress, however, is turning out to be the major loser as it was leading in only 19 seats.(With inputs from PTI )last_img read more

Haryana books owner of school

first_imgHaryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma on Sunday said some security lapses were found on the part of Ryan International School and a case was registered against its management and the owner under Section 75 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act. “Action will be initiated against the school management and its owner,” said Mr. Sharma, after a brief meeting with senior district administration officials. He, however, ruled out revocation of the affiliation for the school saying that over a thousand students would be affected. On the demand for a CBI probe into the murder, the Minister said the government was ready for probe by any agency if the family was not satisfied with the police investigation. Mr. Sharma said the safety and security of the students was the responsibility of the school managements during school hours and strict action would be initiated if any laxity was found by any private school.Deputy Commissioner, Gurugram, Vinay Pratap Singh told The Hindu that preliminary investigation by a three-member committee had found several security lapses on the part of the school management. “Though there are closed-circuit television cameras on the school premises, they were missing at a few strategic points. Another major lapse was to allow the support staff to share the washroom with students. Also, there were some discrepancies related to the verification of the support staff. The things would be more clear after the detailed report expected on Monday,” said Mr. Singh.last_img read more