The announcement was made Monday by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “Since joining the Board in 2010, Mr. Ravelli has shown a strong dedication to seeing FCC’s customers, communities, and the agriculture industry succeed,” he says. “I’m certain he will continue to be an asset to the Board’s work moving forward.” Ravelli owns Ravelli Farms Ltd., which is a third generation, 2,500 acre grain and oilseed farm just outside of Dawson Creek city limits. He has previously acted as president of the Canadian Canola Growers Association as well as president of the Grain Growers of Canada.- Advertisement – Farm Credit Canada is an agricultural lender, providing financial services to farmers.
1 Paco Alcacer in action for Valencia Liverpool have been warned off Valencia striker Paco Alcacer after the Spanish side slapped a whopping £70m price tag on him.The striker played just the final six minutes of the 3-1 La Liga match against Sevilla on Sunday, as a late substitute, after losing his place in the starting XI.The two-footed 21-year-old has started 15 league matches in Spain this season but has been subbed off in six of those.Alcacrer’s stock is still sky-high across Europe, however, which is why Valencia are set to tie him to a new deal running until 2020 with the gargantuan buy-out fee.The Reds have been linked with a move for the forward in the January transfer window.But the club’s sporting director Francisco Rufete said: “We still have to nail down a few small things after months of negotiations, but everything seems to indicate that Paco Alcacer will soon become a Valencia player for the next five years, until 2020.”
talkSPORT’s Ian Cruise explains why Manchester United’s super Swede is proving his worth, and proving his doubters completely wrong.Diego Costa is the Premier League’s top scorer and Alexis Sanchez continues to prove why Arsenal simply have to break the bank to keep him. (Or why Arsenal have to convince Arsene Wenger he has to break the bank to keep him. Anyway, you know what I mean…).Elsewhere, Sadio Mane’s sparkling form at Liverpool marks him out as one of last summer’s best bits of transfer business, while the remarkable statistic that surfaced last week showing N’Golo Kante has amassed more points since his arrival in England, with Leicester and Chelsea, than any other TEAM bears out both his contribution and importance.But still, for me, the player of the first half of the Premier League season is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. And, again for me, that has come as a surprise.I can’t have been the only one (although maybe I was?) who thought that, at the age of 35, after three years as the self-proclaimed ‘King of Paris’ bossing the less than competitive French Ligue Un, he would find the English top-flight a much tougher nut to crack and quite possibly a bridge too far.How wrong I was.Not only has he scored 13 Premier League goals so far, his all-round contribution to Manchester United has been little short of sensational.His work-rate is second to none, and the example he sets his younger team-mates surely can’t help but rub off on them. Already, despite his pre-eminence during his breakthrough season last year, you can see an improvement in Marcus Rashford, albeit in a predominantly cameo role, while Anthony Martial also seems to be rediscovering his mojo. I don’t think that’s a happy accident.Jose Mourinho clearly knew what he was getting when he signed the veteran Swede – the pair worked together at Inter Milan, of course – and his judgement in bringing him into the hurly-burly world of English football has been proven overwhelmingly correct. I don’t think any individual has been more influential on his side.His impact has been likened to that of Eric Cantona, and there’s no doubt he’s well on the way to achieving similar cult status as that attained by the mercurial but volatile Frenchman. (And if he can continue in that vein and usurp that frankly dreadful ’12 Days of Cantona’ festive terrace anthem, he will be doing us all a favour!)It’s not going to be enough for him to continue his remarkable record of winning the League title in his first season with every club he has played for, but it might just be enough to earn United a Champions League spot next season, a feat that looked highly unlikely not that many weeks ago.Mourinho has already stated publicly he intends to take up the option of keeping Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford for another year, and there’s every chance a genuine title tilt will follow next term.I certainly won’t be making the same mistake of writing him – or them – off. 1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Antonio Conte 1 Antonio Conte says it is up to Chelsea whether he stays at the club or not.The Italian won the Premier League title last term, in his first season as head coach with the Blues, who play Leicester on Saturday.Conte signed an improved contract last summer, but it was not an extension to his deal which still expires in June 2019, and there has been continual speculation over his position.Chelsea FC news: Antonio Conte ‘to leave at the end of the season and Allegri and Enrique on club’s radar’The former Juventus and Italy boss says that goes with the territory of working at Chelsea and does not happen at other clubs.He said: “I have another year of (my) contract with this club. But as you know very well everything is possible. In one moment you stay here, in another moment another person replaces you in your job.”Asked if he would extend his contract with Chelsea, Conte added: “In this case, I think the club has to decide to send me away.”Conte’s position has been the subject of speculation regarding a rumoured frustration over transfers.He added: “For the manager of this club it’s normal to have this type of situation, also if you won last season the league and you reached the final in the FA Cup. This is the history of this club for the manager.“I have a lot of experience to deal with this type of situation. (But) there is something strange if, after the first game we lost against Burnley, the press pushed quickly to sack me for another coach. I think in other clubs this doesn’t happen.”Conte insisted he is happy at Chelsea, will continue to work as a professional and will “never give up”.
The Belgian first signed for Chelsea in June 2012, aged 15 1 Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda has completed his move to Celtic on an 18-month loan deal. Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers had been keen to sign Musonda last summer, but Chelsea decided against the move going ahead. A delighted Rodgers labelled Musonda a “big talent” and suggested the Belgian could even feature in Celtic’s next game against Hearts on Tuesday evening. In an interview with Celtic TV, the 21-year-old revealed how he nearly joined the Glasgow club in the summer but was now happy the deal went over the line this time around.Musonda said: “I feel really good. Massive club, really looking forward to it. I’m very lucky to be here and I’m very happy to be here.”“It’s going to be unreal to play at Celtic Park. Hopefully I can do well for the team.”Musonda joined Chelsea in 2012 from Anderlecht along with older brothers Tika and Lamisha, and signed a contract extension in March 2015.After a previous loan spell with Real Betis in Spain’s La Liga, the Belgium Under-21 international broke into the Chelsea first team this season, scoring once in seven appearances.The former Liverpool and Swansea boss claimed 24 other clubs were interested in Musonda’s signature. Rodgers added: “I’ve known him for a few years,” the Celtic manager said. “A big thank you must go to Chelsea. He’s a shining light in their academy.“It’s a great opportunity for him to show his talents. He has wonderful ability and is very dynamic. He’ll bring creativity to our side.”
Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has warmly welcomed news that the North West Cancer Centre has now opened its services to cancer patients from Donegal and the rest of the region.Senator Mac Lochlainn commended the cancer campaign groups in Donegal and Derry who fought for this centre over many years.He said “The opening of the new North West Cancer Centre in Altnagelvin is one of the best news stories that the people of Donegal have had in a long time. “For far too long, cancer patients and their families from our county have had to endure the long journey to Galway or Dublin for radiotherapy treatment with all the additional stress and cost that this entails.“It is estimated that 90% of cancer patients from Donegal and the North West region can be treated at the new centre.“I commend the cancer campaign groups in Donegal and Derry who fought for this centre in our region. The success of their campaign demonstrates that by working together in this North West cross border region, we can turn around the years of neglect.“Our people in Donegal, Derry and Tyrone deserve equality of access to public services. The opening of the North West Cancer Centre is a major victory and hopefully the first of many”. Opening of new cancer centre given warm welcome was last modified: November 28th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
15 March 2012 South Africa’s banks remain well positioned despite global economic uncertainty, are trading profitably, and boast some of the highest capital levels in the world, well in excess of the minimum Basel 3 rules, according to a survey by professional services company PricewaterhouseCoopers. PwC’s latest annual survey of South Africa’s major banks was released on Wednesday. According to the survey, the financial results of South Africa’s four major banks – Absa, First Rand, Nedbank and Standard Bank – for the six months ended 31 December are a positive reflection of the financial health of the local industry, show that the banks have weathered the recent global economic uncertainty well. “Although the banks may have experienced tough operating conditions at the start of the global financial crisis, when South Africa dipped into the recession, they have since strengthened their positions through a combination of increasing capital levels, changing funding strategies, reducing risk appetite and holding significantly more liquid assets,” PwC’s Tom Winterboer said in a statement.Good returns on equity, additional capital buffers Absa, First Rand, Nedbank and Standard Bank reported aggregate return on equity of 16% for the year ended 31 December, up 10.3% on the previous year and up 13.2% for the six months ended 31 December 2010. Headline earnings grew to R39.9-billion, an increase of 17.7% from the previous financial year. “These return on equity levels remain lower than levels prior to the financial crisis for the major banks, but are commendable given that they are holding additional capital buffers as they await final implementation guidance for Basel 3 in South Africa,” said PwC’s Johannes Grosskopf.Containment of costs Grosskopf said the four banks’ main driver of earnings growth had been the containment of costs, up only 2.6% from the previous year and 1.6% up on the six months ended 31 December 2010, and more particularly the reduction in impairment charges of 14.8% for the year. It was possible that the reduction in non-performing loans – down 15.2% from the previous year – meant that impairment levels had now bottomed out and that the boost to earnings provided by the decline in impairment charges had come to an end, Grosskopf noted. “This could see an increase in pressure on earnings growth targets for the 2012 financial year and beyond.”Deposit growth According to the survey, the four banks’ deposit growth had benefited from the frugal conduct of both businesses and consumers. Deposits were up 11.2% from the previous year and 6.8% for the six months ended 31 December 2010. This had helped maintain margin levels, as these kinds of deposits continue to provide the cheapest form of funding for credit growth and negate the effect of increases in wholesale funding costs. Grosskopf said this would be pleasing to the banks as they continued to debate the structural funding challenges of the South African market, with a view to implementing the net stable funding ratio proposed in Basel 3.Widening the retail net In respect of retail customers, the South African market remained focused on widening the net and banking the unbanked, PwC found. “In doing so, the banks are finding innovative ways to reach their clients,” Grosskopf said, noting that all four banks reported customer gains, increases in access points such as ATMs, non-traditional branches and a continued focus on electronic and mobile channels. Grosskopf said that containing or reducing costs would remain a priority for South Africa’s banks. “At the same time, this will be affected by regulatory reform and continuing core banking IT enhancements. The focus therefore will be on operational effectiveness, simplifying processes and the rationalising of businesses to achieve more focused strategic objectives.” Winterboer pointed out that there was also competition in the South African market from new digital players. “The banks are embracing new electronic channels, such as mobile banking and the internet.” SAinfo reporter
To learn more about Detroit and other metro economies, please go to:Metro Economic Outlooks As Detroit continues its recovery from a high-profile bankruptcy, the city’s leaders have taken note of a number of positive trends, including steady job growth and increased real estate values.One of the busiest companies in the Detroit metro region – a six-county area that includes the Motor City – has been online lender Quicken Loans, which relocated its headquarters from Detroit’s suburbs to the downtown region in 2010. That move brought 1,800 jobs to the city, and several of Quicken Loans’ sister companies have moved into Detroit since then. All told, Quicken Loans and its sister companies employ about 8,000 people in downtown Detroit.The automotive industry’s rebound has generated much of the recent economic success in the region, and part of Detroit’s rebirth includes beautification efforts. A leader in that realm has been the nonprofit Greening of Detroit. As of early 2016, the organization has provided job training for 350 residents, and it hopes to ultimately certify more than 5,000 workers in urban agriculture, landscape construction and other occupations.Also of note is a workforce development initiative backed by financial interest JPMorgan Chase. The company’s philanthropic division will spend $100 million over a five-year period in Detroit as part of its “New Skills at Work” initiative. The work will include development of a master plan to train local residents in high-demand, middle-skill occupations and place them in jobs.
Commenting on the nomination of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar to the Rajya Sabha, Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray on Sunday said it was the “dirtiest play” of Congress.”It is Congress’s dirtiest play…the real Dirty Picture is this”, Thackeray said talking to reporters after he was conferred with a lifetime achievement award by Raipur-based magazine ‘Cartoon Watch’ at a function in Mumbai.Asked how would he draw Sachin’s cartoon, Thackeray, who ran a cartoon magazine before founding Shiv Sena, said that in some cases “a mere photograph is enough” and there is no need to draw a cartoon.Saturday, in the editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Thackeray had said that Congress must have an ulterior motive in nominating Sachin to the upper house of the Parliament.”Crores of Sachin’s fans would have liked to call him ‘Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar’. Alas, he would now only be Sachin Tendulkar, MP”, the editorial said. The Sena chief, however, added that he was proud of Tendulkar.”I feel proud of Sachin. Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini, (too), went to the Rajya Sabha. But before going there, one should know whether he has a scope there”, he said.On his stand on the upcoming Presidential election, Thackeray said: “I have not thought about it. Don’t you find one suitable person for the post of President? After every five years this whole thing starts.”Asked if he endorsed Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s recent statement that the next President must be a person without political leanings, Thackeray only reacted, “Don’t tell me about Pawar…he is an unreliable man.”advertisement
Marketing Glassdoor Report: Interview Launch HighlightsCompanies w/ most content (more than 10 reviews each) Associate Amazon.com Microsoft You may have noticed that we’ve just updated our site with a new tab – “Interviews” – that includes a new section for: Job Interview Questions and Reviews to help those job hunting get a leg-up in today’s hyper-competitive market. (see official press release). We know our community members already use Glassdoor to help research companies and compensation and adding a specific section on job interviews is the logical next move – and especially timely given the market. To get here, we spent a considerable amount of time talking to employees, employers and current job seekers, and built Glassdoor Interviews to address the needs of today’s candidates in today’s competitive market. Over the last few weeks thousands of Glassdoor.com community members have chimed in with their own interview experiences during the invite-only beta period. To date, we have collected about 2,000 job interview reviews for 1,000 companies in 40 countries. And, as of today, anyone can contribute a review of their own, searching job interviews by job title, company and even location – all for free. Glassdoor.com’s existing “give-to-get” model and community guidelines apply to the new interview section. If you do not currently have a user account, you’ll need to complete either a Job Interview Review or a Company Review to see all job interview results beyond our sneak peek companies, (If you already completed a company review, you will have immediate access to job interview reviews. To see salaries beyond sneak peeks, you must complete a salary survey.) Once a relevant contribution is made, anyone visiting Glassdoor can find out information, such as:The average interview duration for a Senior Product Manager with Amazon The most difficult or unexpected question for a Senior Business Analyst at McKinsey & CompanyThe ratings of ease/difficulty and positive/negative impressions for any company, such as Microsoft.How previous job candidates secured an interview at Booz Allen HamiltonWhy someone who received a job offer for a Sales Manager at Google decided to decline itOr check some of the more unusual interview questions, such as: ‘What would you do if it was 4:30 PM on a Friday before your vacation and I came in with a job that I needed to have done by Monday morning?” – DISH Network Administrative Assistant Using the components of a pen, if you could make another item what would you make? – TycoElectronics Engineering Rotational Program“12V source in series with 3 caps of so and so capacitance, the last of which is hooked to gnd. If node between the first and 2nd cap is initially open, then closed, what are the node voltages.” – NVIDIA SRAM Design Engineer While we’re just getting started on this new section, we think it’s interesting to look at some of the data compilations thus far so we can monitor over time. Of the reviews submitted to date:The average interview length was 25 daysMore than half of job interviews reported were secured through online job postings (38%) and employee referrals (17%) and occurred within the past 18 months60% of candidates received a job offer and accepted; 9% of candidates declined a job offer; 31% received no offer or declined to stateBelow is a snapshot of companies and job titles for which we have the most content as of now…but we expect that to change quickly. Proctor & Gamble Top 10 Job Categories Google Software Engineer Consultant Project Manager Engineering Senior Software Engineer Analyst Accenture Apple Yahoo! Product Manager Business Analyst Deloitte BoozAllenHamilton Stay tuned for more updates over the next few days as we get the ball rolling here. And, remember that Glassdoor.com reviews each piece of content before it is posted, so there may be some delay between when you submit an Interview Review (or Company Review or Salary Survey) and when it goes live on the site. But don’t worry, once you contribute a review of your own, you’ll have immediate access to other reviews. We look forward to your thoughts and feedback. You can post a comment here or send feedback to info [at glassdoor [dot]com. Bank of America Top 10 Companies
Top men’s doubles player Jamie Murray has called for an end to the ATP Tour’s scoring system in the format and says there is widespread support for it to be changed.While the grand slams have stuck to the best-of-three sets system, the men’s tour uses a sudden-death point at deuce and has a tiebreak in place of a final set.The system was introduced in 2006 to help broadcast rights holders better plan their schedules.Murray, whose Australian Open title defence was ended in round one when he and Brazilian Bruno Soares lost to Americans Sam Querrey and Donald Young, said the players did not think much of the change.”It’s nonsense, I think,” said Murray, who reached the world number one doubles ranking last year. “When we come to grand slams we always feel like the best team wins.”They’re not putting matches on centre court or on TV (in regular events), so just put us on the outside courts and let us play normal scoring.”Chris Kermode, the executive chairman and president of the ATP Tour, said doubles was “a very important part” of the Tour and that the format change had been a success.”The changes to the format in 2006 were made…ultimately with the aim of offering a fast-paced and innovative product which is easier to schedule on show courts, as well as facilitating participation for singles players,” he said by email.”Looking back, I think you could argue that those changes have worked. Doubles has come to play an integral part in the overall success of our season-ending tournament, as well as providing our doubles players with an amazing showcase.”advertisementSINGLES NEXT?Other leading doubles players believed the format allowed too much room for luck.”The difficulty is that the match can be decided on 10 good minutes from your opponent,” said Raven Klaasen, the South African who was runner-up at the ATP finals in London last November.”I think all doubles players would like to have an opportunity where it doesn’t feel so out of your control and that would be with a scoring system that allows a bit of time to breathe as the old system was.”Klaasen added that the singles format could be next in the firing line.”I think down the line, singles will have the same issue,” he said. “We need to predict the match is not going to be five hours, so it’s more likely that the singles start talking about that than that doubles goes to a longer version.”Soares said he believed all the top doubles players would vote to change it back to the same format used at the slams or to two full sets with normal scoring and a tiebreak, while former No. 1 Nenad Zimonjic said fairness was the main gripe.”Just the fact that you could be playing much better for say 80 percent of the match and then last five minutes you play bad and you end up losing, I don’t think it’s really fair,” said the Serbian.Murray has a good ally on the ATP Player Council – his brother Andy, the top men’s singles player. However, he did not see change on the horizon”I think they could change it,” he said. “They won’t, but they could.”Kermode said nothing was set in stone.”The scoring format is a popular topic of debate, not only in doubles but also in singles, and we’ll continue to listen to our player members on any discussions moving forward,” he said.
Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs to keep their hopes alive of making it to the 2018 Indian Premier League play-offs at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Thursday.Kane Williamson’s 81 was not enough in the end as SRH failed to chase down RCB’s 218/6. Manish Pandey’s unbeaten 62 though came all in vain as the SRH chase ran out of steam come the business end of the match.Chasing the massive 219-run target, Hyderabad openers Shikhar Dhawan (18) and Alex Hales (37) took their side to a quick start, accumulating 47 runs in the first five overs.However, the decent start was short-lived as Yuzvendra Chahal drew the first blood for the hosts in the sixth over when Dhawan came down the track but chipped back to the bowler.With addition of another 17 runs in Hyderabad’s scorecard, AB de Villiers took a stunning catch at deep midwicket to pack back Hales off a Moeen Ali delivery.Skipper Williamson and Pandey then took the command, taking their side to touch the three-figure mark in 11.3 overs.Meanwhile, the Hyderabad captain slammed his half-century off 28 balls, helping his side inch closer to the target.The duo went on to forge a crucial 135-run partnership for the third wicket, lifting the visitors to 199 runs in 19.1 overs.With 19 needed off the final over, Mohammed Siraj jolted Hyderabad dismissing the visiting skipper to bring back Bangalore in the game.Williamson’s knock was laced with seven fours and five sixes.Pandey and incoming batsman Deepak Hooda could only manage five runs off the final five deliveries as the hosts sealed the match by 14 runs to keep them afloat in the league.For Bangalore, Chahal, Siraj and Ali bagged one wicket each.Earlier, de Villiers and Moeen Ali smacked breezy half centuries to help Bangalore overcome a shaky start and post a mammoth 218/6 against Hyderabad in a must-win tie.De Villiers (69 from 39 balls; 4×12, 6×1) and Moeen (65 from 34; 4×2, 6×6) put on a 107-run third wicket stand to resurrect RCB’s innings which fell apart after the early loss of the opening duo of Parthiv Patel (1) and skipper Virat Kohli (12).Put in to bat, Parthiv failed to take advantage of the dropped chance off the very first ball and departed off the final ball off Sandeep Sharma, caught by Siddharth Kaul at third man.Kohli followed his opening partner soon after adding 32 runs with de Villiers, as the India skipper’s struggle with the spinners continued in this edition of the IPL. The right-hander attempted to slog Rashid Khan’s fuller length delivery hoping for a googly only to find his stumps re-arranged.Struggling at 32/2, de Villiers and Moeen changed the complexion of the innings in no time, with both batsmen trying to outscore each other as it started raining boundaries at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.De Villiers started with two consecutive boundaries off Shakib Al Hasan before sending the other Hyderabad bowlers to the leather hunt, before Moeen joined the party by welcoming rookie pacer Basil Thampi with two consecutive sixes.In no time, the South African veteran brought up his half century in mere 32 balls, when he pulled medium pacer Kaul for a boundary before Moeen, who was dropped on 23 by Dhawan off Sandeep, turned on the heat by meting out some special treatment to Thampi.The English southpaw mercilessly smacked Thampi for a boundary to bring up his maiden IPL half century off just 25 balls before Afghan leg-spinner Rashid came back to break the partnership in a span of three balls.Rashid first saw the back of de Villiers brilliantly caught by Dhawan at deep backward square before packing Moeen one ball later, caught behind by Shreevats Goswami.With both the set batsmen back in the dug out, the visitors sniffed at a smaller total when they packed an in-form Mandeep Singh (4) cheaply.But New Zealander Colin de Grandhomme (40 from 17; 4×1, 6×4) and teenaged Sarfaraz Khan (22 not out from 8; 4×3, 6×1) lit up the stadium with some late order fireworks, to ensure the home side crossed the 200-run mark with a quick-fire 34-run stand.For the tourists, Rashid once again emerged the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/27, while Siddharth and Sandeep chipped in with two and one wickets, respectively.advertisement(With inputs from IANS)
Share via Email Kanu has always been a guy to stand out and he does not go unnoticed in Hertfordshire, where he lives with his wife and three children. He jokes that he intended to kick back and relax on his retirement as a player in 2012 – “I thought: ‘OK, it’s holiday time,’” he says – but he is too philanthropic, too driven to make a difference, for that.The 42-year-old is an ambassador for the Nigeria Football Federation and he also works for Fifa as an ambassador. “I am called a legend and people see me as one but because of that I don’t think I should have to hide at home and only go on holidays, drink champagne and watch TV,” Kanu says. “I am somebody that wants to impact on to people’s lives.”Kanu’s labour of love remains his foundation and with more time on his hands, he has been able to give more of himself to the raising of funds and awareness. His latest initiative is a charity match to be played at Barnet’s Hive stadium on Saturday 30 September between African and Premier League players. A host of big-name ex-professionals have signed up, including Jay-Jay Okocha, Sol Campbell, Teddy Sheringham and Robert Pires.Kanu was shaped by his tough upbringing in Imo state, where money was tight and barefoot street football the norm. He does not forget his roots and after he joined Ajax from Iwuanyanwu Nationale, he says his “first priority was to help those back home that didn’t have anything”. Facebook Nwankwo Kanu celebrates scoring against Aston Villa in 1999 in his Arsenal heyday. Photograph: Toby Melville/PA Unai Emery challenges Mesut Özil to be more dominant at Arsenal Nwankwo Kanu: Street dreams are made of this Arsenal Twitter There is a beautiful update to Eniton’s story – she is about to graduate from Lagos State university, where Kanu has helped to pay her fees. But the foundation has saved the lives of many more children from underprivileged backgrounds in Africa and Kanu is proud to reveal the precise figure.“We have saved 542,” he says. “But we keep doing it. This week four patients went to Sudan and we’re hearing that the operations were successful and another six are about to leave as well.“We have partnered with hospitals, we do check-ups, we talk to the parents, we educate them and at the same time we take the kids to other countries for operations. The goal of the foundation is to build our own cardiac hospitals in Africa, starting in Nigeria. It would make it all much easier. As a footballer you win trophies and it’s good. But this is so much more.” Pinterest Read more “What they reported was that I had an issue with my heart and couldn’t play football any more,” Kanu says. “It was in the national papers in Italy as well. That’s how I found out – through the news. Later on, Inter came to tell me that, yeah, this was the situation. I said: ‘I have already heard about it.’ It was a big one – and for it to be revealed in such a manner. It should not have been like that. At that moment, everything was upside down for me.”Kanu was lucky that the problem with the aortic valve showed up at the medical and he owed the continuation of his career to a specialist in Cleveland, Ohio. He had been advised by doctors in the United Kingdom and Netherlands that he ought not to play on but the one in Cleveland was able to perform an operation to correct the damage and allow him to do so.Kanu had won three Eredivisie titles at Ajax, together with the Champions League, and he helped Nigeria to Olympic gold in the summer of 1996. He would win the Uefa Cup at Inter before his move to Arsenal, where he won two Premier Leagues and two FA Cups. He would win another FA Cup at Portsmouth in 2008, scoring the only goal in the final. Capped 86 times by Nigeria, he played for them at three World Cups and was twice named African player of the year. Six years after the Port Said riot, Egypt’s fans return to the stadiums Share on Pinterest Kanu played for Nigeria at three World Cups. Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian Read more Share on LinkedIn Internazionale Maurizio Sarri leads way for Premier League newcomers at Chelsea | Paul Wilson Ajax Kanu needed a second operation in 2014 to re-repair the same valve and it left him feeling extremely weak. But it is impossible to keep him down for too long and he is more determined than ever to shine a light on the issues that relate to heart health, including those within professional football.“We’ve had people like Marc Vivien-Foé die while playing,” Kanu says. “There have been too many others, including Cheick Tioté. The clubs and the federations have to be serious about giving check-ups to the players. What is to stop them doing them every three months? It is something I have been pushing and preaching because who knows, I might have been one of those who played football and died if my issue had not been found during my medical at Inter.”The Petrolex Kanu Cup 2018 in association with Masters Football TM takes place on Saturday 30 September at the Hive stadium to raise funds for the Kanu Heart Foundation. To buy tickets, click here Twitter Nwankwo Kanu remembers the shouting, the confusion and the overriding sense of desperation. A woman had brought her gravely ill daughter to him, feeling she had nowhere else to turn, and now she was begging him to save the child’s life. Then the little girl collapsed. “We had to pick her up and run to the hospital,” Kanu says. “Thank God she didn’t die.” Nwankwo Kanu receives the African player of the year award for 1999. Photograph: Olivier Morin/EPA “What I went through after my transfer to Inter made me stronger,” Kanu says. “There is no bigger test than when you are in between life and death so, if you can come up from there, you can handle anything. It gave me that push to go out and do whatever I had to do.“It also changed how I saw the world. For example, if you haven’t been in a hospital, you don’t really understand what is going on in there. I realised there was more to life than only to be comfortable on your own. You can open up to help others. I know the pain that I went through as an adult, so imagine how it is for kids. It’s difficult for them to take that pain.” Read more Pinterest Read more Pinterest Nigeria football team It was the year 2000 and Kanu had just set up his eponymous heart foundation, having undergone a life‑or-death scare himself in 1996. The girl’s mother had read the publicity and tracked the footballer to the Nigeria team hotel, where the squad were preparing for an Africa Cup of Nations game.“The mum wanted to show me the girl for me to help,” Kanu says. “When she saw me at the hotel, she was shouting and suddenly the girl fainted. Later on at the hospital I promised the mum that the first kid we were going to operate on would be her daughter.”The girl’s name was Eniton and she was among the first children that the Kanu Heart Foundation took from Nigeria to London for surgery at Great Ormond Street hospital.“For a little girl of that age – not playing, no energy in her, not moving around; she doesn’t smile, the eyes are blue. They are really suffering, in a really bad situation, and you ask yourself: ‘If nobody comes in to help and they die …’“But after all of the children had their operations, I went to visit them and they were full of smiles, jumping and playing with me, rolling around with me and when you looked at the mums, you saw the happiness. From that day, I said: ‘This is something that we have to do more and do more.’” Topics Reuse this content Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Facebook Share on WhatsApp interviews He adds: “I am a sportsman so what do you do? You try to advise other young ones that are coming through. You take boots and jerseys back home. You create an academy. You help them with their school fees.”Kanu’s outlook would only harden during a hellish month that followed his move from Ajax to Internazionale and, when he retells the tale, it is heavy on remarkable detail. For some reason he had played in two pre-season friendlies for the Italian club before he took his medical but when he did, he was immediately stood down from the next one. No one told him why and he was in the dark until the following morning. That was when he switched on the TV. Facebook Share on Messenger
Odds as to who will be the head coach at Michigan at the start of the 2020 season if not Jim Harbaugh via @SportsBettingAG:Bronco Mendenhall +300 David Shaw +350 Kyle Whittingham +400 Dino Babers +500 Urban Meyer +700 Mike Gundy +700 Luke Fickell +800— Eduardo M. Gonzalez (@edmgonzalez) September 23, 2019Not surprisingly, Meyer is the odds-on favorite to be the next head coach at USC, assuming Clay Helton is done.Odds as to who will be the head coach at USC at the start of the 2020 season if not Clay Helton via @SportsBettingAG:Urban Meyer +150Chris Petersen +300James Franklin +350David Shaw +700Mike Gundy +700Kliff Kingsbury +1200— Eduardo M. Gonzalez (@edmgonzalez) September 23, 2019Again, Michigan isn’t going to fire Harbaugh. Him not returning in 2020 would have to be his own decision and would probably happen only if he returned to the NFL.If he does, we’re still not betting on Urban coaching the Maize and Blue, no matter what the odds say. COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: (R-L) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talk on the field prior to their game at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan fans can’t stand Urban Meyer, but their feelings toward him would likely change if he were to become the head coach in Ann Arbor.A far-fetched scenario? Sure, but at least one oddsmaker thinks it has a puncher’s chance of happening.Earlier today, SportsBetting.ag released its odds on who will be the head coach of Michigan next year if Jim Harbaugh is no longer there. Urban is tied with Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy for the fifth-best odds.Virginia’s Bronco Mendenhall, Stanford’s David Shaw, Utah’s Kyle Whittingham and Syracuse’s Dino Babers are ahead of Meyer.
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberals outlined details Wednesday of its plans to provide a pre-primary program for about 750 four-year-olds across the province.Premier Stephen McNeil said if elected on May 30 his plan is to begin the program this fall in 30 locations, mostly in existing schools.The first year of the pre-schoolers program — already announced in a budget last week that didn’t go to a vote — envisions having 25 children in each class with two early childhood educators per class.McNeil says the program can mean cost savings of up to $10,000 a year for parents who would otherwise have to pay for child care.The program will be play-based, and encourages the development of skills such as speaking, socializing and listening.The Liberals say that once the pre-primary program is fully implemented after four years, it will cost about $49.4 million each year.
NEW DELHI: The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Civil Aviation Secretary called for an urgent meeting on Jet Airways with Nripendra Mishra, principal secretary to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, according to sources. Government officials had expressed concern about the loss of jobs at the airline and on the prospect of higher airfares if Jet Airways collapses.The move comes after Union Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday directed Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola to review issues concerning Jet Airways, which has been operating with less than 10 planes. “Directed Secretary MoCA to review issues related to Jet Airways. Asked him to take necessary steps to minimise passenger inconvenience and ensure their safety,” Prabhu tweeted this morning. The airline on Friday also announced the suspension of its international flights till Monday.