Rice scores first Hammers goal to defeat Arsenal


first_imgAnd it appeared Arnautovic was waving goodbye to the home fans in a London Stadium record of over 59,000 when substituted in the 71st minute.“We will see what happens in the next days,” said Manuel Pellegrini, the West Ham manager.“It is an issue that the club must see what is the best for the player, for the club and for everyone.”Former Arsenal favourite Samir Nasri started against his old club as the midfielder made his Premier League debut for the Hammers.Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi returned from injury for Arsenal but there was no place in their squad for Mesut Ozil.The match was goalless at the interval following near-misses by Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi and Hammers playmaker Felipe Anderson.That all changed in the 48th minute courtesy of Rice, a Republic of Ireland Under-21 international.Granit Xhaka’s poor clearing header fell to Anderson, whose ball came to Rice via a neat lay-off from Nasri and Rice’s first-time shot gave Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno little chance.Arsenal pressed for an equaliser but the Hammers survived three minutes of stoppage time as they held on for victory.Share on: WhatsApp Rice and Noble delighted by Arsenal win and ‘special momentLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Declan Rice’s first West Ham goal secured a 1-0 win over Arsenal in a capital city derby clash at the London Stadium.The victory in Saturday’s early kick-off saw the Hammers move up to eighth in the Premier League table, on 31 points, ahead of the bulk of the weekend’s fixtures.Teenage midfielder Rice gave himself an early present for his 20th birthday on Monday by scoring the only goal of the game three minutes into the second half.“I can’t put it into the words,” an elated Rice told Sky Sports. “The lads are always on at me to take the shot on more.”– ‘Special talent’ –West Ham captain Mark Noble was almost as pleased as Rice himself, adding: “I am delighted for this young man to score the goal…He is a special talent and keeps working hard.”Defeat dented Arsenal’s bid to break into the top four, with the Gunners still adrift of Chelsea — their next opponents — in the race for a Champions League place.“It is difficult to win if you don’t score,” said Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny, after a defeat that meant the Gunners had won just one of their last seven away Premier League matches.The defender, looking ahead to next weekend’s clash with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, said: “It is a home game against an opponent in the top four. We know what we need to do. We need to prepare all week for this important team.”West Ham named Marko Arnautovic in their starting line-up despite the Austrian forward’s brother and agent saying Thursday he wanted to move to the Chinese Super League.last_img read more

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Donegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures


first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTSSaturday 29th October 2016Ulster Junior ShieldMilford United Reserves 1 Illies Celtic 1( Illies won 3-2 on penalties )Milford welcomed Illies Celtic to Moyle View Park on a good day for a game. Milford started the stronger and had a few chances before JJ Fleming broke the deadlock on the half hour mark. He outpaced the Illies defence before rounding the goalie and finishing smartly to put Illies one up. It should have been 2-0 soon after with Conor Meakin sending in a good cross. JJ Fleming cushioned it down for Ciaran Blaney to smash home but the referee gave offside to the bemusement of everyone. Illies came back strong in the second half and got the equaliser in the 65th minute. A free kick was sent into the box and an unfortunate Milford defender saw his headed clearance hit the post but Adrian Donaghey-Doherty was on hand to turn home. Both sides had chances to win it in normal and extra time but it would go to the lottery of penalties. Both keepers pulled of great saves but it was Illies who came out on top 3-2. A great effort from both teams and played in a good spirit but it’s Illies who progress to the next round of the Ulster shield. Glenea United Reserves 9 Moville Celtic 1The away side started the stronger and had most of the possession in the first 10 minutes. Glenea settled and a good move from Tommy Rodgers down the left resulted in a free kick which was well finished by Eamonn Mc Hugh. Martin Ferry scored two in quick succession from inside the box after being well set up by Conor Mc Clafferty for both, Moville broke the offside trap on the stroke of halftime to leave it 3-1 at the break. Glenea took control in the second half with Martin Maguire, Shane Ferry, Sean Mc Bride, Mark Harley, Ciaran Mc Fadden and Conor Mc Clafferty all scoring to put Glenea through to the next round. Referee: Michael MulhernGlenree United Reserves 1 Cockhill Celtic Youths 5Cockhill took the lead five minutes into the match when the ball was delivered into the box and struck high into the home side’s net. Glenree should have been back on level terms by half time but they squandered too many chances.It was the away team who took control in the second half and were four up by the 75th minute.Glenree got one back when Damien Nelis fired one into the Cockhill net from close range.It was the away team who finished the scoring for the day when they hit their 5th in the 88th minute and stride into the next round. Team effort from Cockhill. Best for Glenree were Conor Casey and Padraig Mac GintyOrchard F.C. 5 Cavan Town 1Orchard created numerous chances and broke the deadlock on 12 minutes after Michael Sweeney beat two defenders and scored in the bottom corner. Cavan created a few chances but couldn’t beat Tommy Mc Laughlin in the Orchard net. Eddie Moore doubled Orchard’s advantage on 30 minutes. The third goal was scored after Joe Mc Carron took a corner which Rory O’ Gorman got his head to and buried it in the back of the net. The second half started and Cavan pulled a goal back through Kyle McKenna. Orchard’s fourth goal was scored by Michael Sweeney again after he riffled a shot into the top corner from the edge of the box. Paddy Mc Laughlin rounded off the scoring for Orchard after a mix up in the box. Team performance from Orchard and a good team effort from Cavan Town.Saturday Reserve DivisionCastlefin Celtic Reserves 2 Keadue Rovers Reserves 1Castlefin secured a hard earned three points over a stubborn Keadue side in Parkview on Saturday. The game started at a frantic pace with both sides keen to impress in the opening exchanges. The hosts created the first chance when Keith Nelis latched on to a Gary Mc Nulty through ball but he failed to convert from close range. Mc Nulty then had a chance himself but he poked his shot just past the post. Keadue took the lead against the run of play when James Boyle’s shot trickled over the line with 40 minutes on the clock. The home side continued to press in the second half and equalised when Nelis flicked on a long clearance to Stephen Roulston who rounded the keeper to slot home with 60 minutes played. In the 75th minute the hosts took the lead when a McNulty free kick found Marty Owens who unleashed an unstoppable shot into the net from 20 yards. Keadue piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser but the Castlefin defence stood firm. Referee: Pauric Hegarty.Best for Castlefin: Stephen Roulston and Marty Owens. Best for Keadue: Ben Boyle Kilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 6 St. Catherines Reserves 3Eddie Doherty scored after 7 minutes from the edge box. On 12 minute Ryan Langan scored a header after a great cross from Dan Conaghan . Paul Mc Eldowney ran straight through on goal on 23 minutes and finished cool after fine ball from John Doherty. Kilmac got their 4th on 36 minutes, again by the lively Ryan Langan. St Catherine missed a penalty on 42 minutes, shooting wide. On 47 minutes Stephen Leslie scored from a penalty . Kilmac then made it 5-1 and Ryan Langan completed his fine hat-trick, scoring from edge box. On 75 minutes a fine run by veteran Seamus Mc Laughlin set up Edwin Doherty to slot home. Straight from kick off a great strike from inside his own box by Stevie Anderson sailed over Kilmac keeper.On 90 minutes Paul Mc Fadden scored great goal. Team effort by St Catherines and great display from hard working Kilmac team . Referee: Sean O’Donnell.Sunday 30th October 2016Ulster Junior ShieldCarrowmena F.C. 0 Glencar Celtic 3Culdaff F.C. 3 Erne Wanderers 0Drumkill Rovers 2 Strand Rovers 3Ulster Junior CupLagan Harps 2 Culdaff F.C. 4For the second year in a row Culdaff overcame Lagan in the Ulster Junior Cup. Lagan had started well and Chris Toner exchanged passes with Gavin Mc Glanaghey before forcing a good save out of Darragh Mc Laughlin. The resultant corner was headed off the line by a Culdaff defender. Lagan took the lead on twenty minutes when Frankie Mc Brearty split the defence for Kenny Doran to race clear and score. Culdaff equalised on twenty eight minutes when a penalty was awarded for handball and Benny Mc Laughlin scored. Within ten minutes Mc Laughlin had completed his hat-trick when the Lagan defence twice failed to deal with long balls from the back and he raced through to score. Lagan went close when Michael Doherty’s free was palmed over the bar by Darragh Mc Laughlin. Lagan were on top for most of the second half with Michael Doherty again forcing a good save from Mc Laughlin. Lagan got their second when Chris Toner found Kenny Doran and he side stepped a defender before firing home. Lagan pressed but couldn’t force the equaliser. Culdaff completed the scoring when Benny Mc Laughlin crossed for Michael Coyle to score. Lagan’s best were Ronan Gibson, Frankie Mc Brearty and Kenny Doran. For Culdaff Benny Mc Laughlin, Ryan Greene and Darragh Mc Laughlin were best. Referee was Joe Mc Hugh Ballybofey United 2 Lifford Celtic 1Ballybofey United brought their good League form into the Ulster Junior Cup for the visit of Lifford Celtic to the Twin Towns on Sunday afternoon. It remained scoreless until the interval with neither side able to break the deadlock. Mark Griffin finally opened the scoring for Ballybofey on sixty minutes. The home side were guilty of missing several chances as they enjoyed having the upper hand on their fellow Division Two challengers. Lifford then equalised when Johnny Mc Mahon netted from the penalty spot. Despite passing up on several further chances the home side eventually put the result to bed when Brian Lafferty did well to hold off the defender and burst into the penalty area before beating the outrushing Lifford goalkeeper. Ballybofey will progress to the next round of the Cup and on this showing there will be a few decent matches in store between these two sides when they meet in Division Two of the Donegal Junior League.Kilmacrennan Celtic 2 Cavan TownKilmacrennan Celtic advance to the next round of the Ulster Cup with a good solid victory over Cavan Town on Sunday. Conditions were perfect for football on the day and it was the home team that settled the quickest and forced the Cavan men to defend almost from the first whistle. Cavan Town did defend well but the break through goal arrived in the 22nd minute when Mark Friel was in the right place following a clever pass from Timmy Burke and Friel rifled the ball past the advancing Cavan keeper. As hard as Kilmac tried, a second goal in the first half would not arrive and all credit must go to the Cavan defence. The second half was a more evenly contested game as the Cavan men pushed further up the pitch forcing the Lurgysiders to defend their lead. As the game progressed Kilmac got the insurance goal in the 82nd minute when Ciaran Mc Ginley put Caolan Mc Daid through on goal and the young striker made no mistake when he was afforded the chance. Credit to Cavan Town they pushed right up to the final whistle and never gave up but it is the Kilmacrennan men who go through to the next round. It was a good team performance from both teams while Kilmac’s Mark Friel was the stand out player on the day. Referee: Liam Mc Laughlin.Glenea United 3 Erne Wanderers 1Game started off slowly with neither team creating much in the first 25 minutes. Erne took the lead in the 27th minute when a well worked moved ended with David Dorrian shooting from 12 yards. Glenea equalised in the 44th minute when an Eamonn Mc Hugh pass split the defence for Lee O’ Brien to calmly find the back of the net from the edge of the box. Glenea took the lead in the 60th minute when Mc Hugh assisted again to feed Ciaran Mc Geady who rounded the keeper to finish. Peter Boyle in the Erne nets saved well from an Eamonn Cannon shot, before Glenea were reduced to 10 men in the 75th minute. Erne pressed but were caught out in the 80th minute when Ciaran Mc Geady latched onto a Ryan Mc Fadden pass to make it three for Glenea.Bonagee United 0 Glengad United 3Glengad should have taken the lead on seven minutes only for Terence Doherty to shoot wide from ten yards. The visitors were awarded a penalty on fifteen minutes when Terence Doherty was fouled in the box and Adam Byrne’s spot kick was saved by Carr in the home goal. The visitors had chances through Shane Canning Nigel Mc Monagle and Stephen Mc Laughlin but Carr was in fine form in the home goal. Noel O’ Donnell came close on forty minutes for the home team only for his strike on goal deflected wide. Lee Mc Monagle and Austin Marron for Bonagee were always a threat up front. Glengad took the lead on the hour when the ball was crossed to the edge of the box to Shane Canning and his strike from twenty yards found the bottom corner of the net. They got their second on eighty minutes after great pay down the right by Nigel Mc Monagle who squared the ball into the box for Mark Smith to tap home from ten yards. The home side had a few good chances on eighty three and five through Mc Monagle and Mc Gowan but there strikes on goal were deflected wide. The visitors got their third on eighty eight minutes when Terence Doherty broke clear of the Bonagee defence and shot home from the edge of the box. Team efforst by both sides. Referee: Michael Connelly. Cranford United 3 Killylough F.C. 0It was a tight first half in Cranford Park with only a headed goal from Joe Gallagher separating the sides. The second half started with Killylough having a good spell of possession but Cranford were able to see it out and got their reward with a good break with Andrew Kelly converting a through ball from Keelan Mc Gee. Cranford closed the game out and completed the scoring with another header this time Brendan Giles hitting the target.Buncrana Harps 2 Keadue Rovers 1Cootehill Harps 1 Castlefin Celtic 0Illies Celtic 3 Convoy Arsenal 2St. Catherines 4 Clonmany Shamrocks 1Clonmany started the brightest and deserved their 1-0 lead after eleven minutes when Jason Devlin slotted past the Saint’s keeper. Daniel Breslin had two great chances and finally slotted home after twisting and turning the Clonmany defence to make it one apiece after 15 minutes. The home side grew more into the game and Paul Mc Fadden latched onto a cross giving the Clonmany keeper no chance with a powerful volley on 31 minutes.Ryan Farrell scored two great individual goals in the second half to make the final score 4-1. The second of his goals a 25 yard screamer to the top corner really put the icing on the cake for a fine individual performance.Best for Clonmany was Michael Harkin in the middle of the park and the home keeper , Shane O’ Gara.Glaslough 2 Drumoghill F.C. 2( Drumoghill won 4-2 on penalties )Aileach F.C. 3 Milford United 1Raphoe Town 1 Clones Town 2Rathmullan Celtic 1 Gweedore Celtic 1( Gweedore won 4-3 on penalties )Gweedore Celtic emerged successful after a tense shootout at the Flagpole with goalkeeper Michael Mc Kelvey the hero for the men from Screaban. Mc Kelvey produced some Bruce Grobbelaar-esque antics on the goal line throughout the shootout and duly saved two crucial efforts from the Hoops while he also fired past Sean Black with his own team’s final spot-kick. After a scoreless first half in cold conditions it was the home side that edged in front midway through the second half. Niall Carruthers, lively all afternoon on the wing, was the man with the golden touch curling home from 20 yards past Mc Kelvey. Gweedore stuck to their task gainfully and they were rewarded with ten minutes left when Odhrán Mac Niallais sprung the offside trap to level the tie. Jude Patton came closest to finding an elusive winner during extra time but it was to be dreaded shootout to decide this game. Rathmullan drew first blood as Black produced an outstanding stop top deny Mac Niallais but successful efforts from Jamie Boyle, Cathal Mulhern, Eamon McGee and the man of the moment Mc Kelvey gave Gweedore four from their five in the shootout. Jude Patton, Eoin Sheridan and Kevin Doran were all successful for the home side but Mc Kelvey got his hands on the efforts of Derek Edwards and Ryan Connolly to send Gweedore on their way.Gweedore United 2 Monaghan Town 4This Cup clash was played in perfect conditions at Carrickboyle and it was Monaghan Town who progress to the next round. It was the visiting side that started the quickest and took the lead in the 20th minute when Ronan Straite’s shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner passed Brian Gallagher in the Gweedore goals. Monaghan Town doubled their lead five minutes later when a free kick from 18 yards was saved by Gallagher but Adrian Mc Anespie reacted quickest to tap home the rebound. Gweedore had an opportunity to pull one back in the 40th minute when Micheal Barry shot from 20 yards just went over the Keeper’s crossbar.Gweedore started the second half better and were awarded a penalty in the 55th minute for a handball by one of the Monaghan defenders, Shane ‘Baggio’ O Donnell stepped up but the Monaghan keeper saved well but O’ Donnell reacted quickest to score the rebound to make it 2-1. Gweedore were growing in confidence but were caught with a sucker punch in the 60th minute when Monaghan regained their two goal cushion when Sean Mc Crudden shot home from 12 yards to make it 3-1 to the visitors. Monaghan got their fourth in the 70th Minute when Ronan Straite got his second of the game with a free header at the back post. Gweedore pulled one back in the 75th minute following a good one two between Ciaran Mc Fadden and Michael Barry left Barry one on one with the Monaghan keeper and he made no mistake from 18 yards. That was to be the last goal of the game as Monaghan closed out the game and will enjoy their long trip back to Monaghan. Ronan Straite was excellent for Monaghan Town while it was a good team effort from Gweedore who will turn their attention back to League football after this cup exit. Referee: Micheal McFaddenTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneCappry Rovers 2 Donegal Town 2This game was played in perfect conditions in Cappry Park. This was a real even contest but Cappry struck first when Conor Laverty played Calvin Bradley through in the 15th minute to finish well. Donegal got back level when they scored following a free kick, Aaron Slevin scoring at the back post. The game was still level at half time. Donegal Town went in front when Aaron Slevin found the net again. Cappry tried to get back into the game and finally got level when Gerard Melaugh scored in the 85th minute. Cappry nearly won the game when Calvin Bradley had his effort in the 90th minute cleared off the line. Two team performances.CT Ball Division TwoKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 Eany Celtic 5Eany went three up in this match before the home side finally found their feet and managed to grab a goal back. It was all too little too late unfortunately for the Kerrykeel lads as Eany went on to score another brace and win the game easily in the end.Whitestrand United 2 Letterbarrow Celtic 2Whitestrand United took on Letterbarrow FC at Mc Garvey Park. Whitestrand were following two recent good away results. The game started with Letterbarrow on the front foot and this set the tone for the first half. They were well organised and took their first clear chance when a defensive mix up led to a goal from Alex Mac Niallais. Letterbarrow stayed on top and were rewarded for their play when Gerard Mc Brearty hit a superb volley to take a 2-0 lead into half time. Whitestrand started the second half with renewed vigour and were rewarded when they were awarded a penalty which was coolly dispatched by Shane Mc Glade. The introduction of Kieran McLaughlin made a huge difference and the equaliser came when Liam O’ Riordan took his chance well when through one on one. Whitestrand pushed hard for a winner but had to settle for a point. Best for the Strand were Kieran McLaughlin and Shane Mc Glade.Dunkineely Celtic 4 Copany Rovers 0Dunkineely Celtic pressed from the start and had a few good chances in the first 20 minutes through Adrian Nesbitt & Andrew Mackey with Paul Murrin hitting the bar and only for some fine goal keeping by Copany keeper Stephen Doherty kept the score level at the break .Dunkineely came out for the 2nd half pressing high up the field and were awarded a free on the edge of the box in the 50th minute. Andrew Mackey put it into the top right hand corner giving the keeper no chance. Celtic increased their lead in the 72nd minute when a good cross from Adrian Nesbitt was turned into his own net by a Copany defender. It was all Dunkineely and Mackey got the 3rd on 85minutes from a great pass from Paul Murrin. Mackey was then taken down for a penalty and Martin Cunningham made no mistake from the spot. Best for Dunkineely were Adrian Nesbitt, Damien Quigley and Alistair Rodgers. For Copany their keeper Stephen Doherty was outstanding and Stephen Brady. Referee: Brian o KaneRESULTSSaturday 29th October 2016Ulster Junior ShieldMilford United Reserves 1 v 1 Illies Celtic( Illies won 3-2 on penalties )Glenea United Reserves 9 v 1 Moville CelticGlenree United Reserves 1 v 5 Cockhill Celtic YouthsOrchard F.C. 5 v 1 Cavan TownSaturday Reserve DivisionCastlefin Celtic Reserves 2 v 1 Keadue Rovers ReservesKilmacrennan Celtic Reserves 6 v 3 St. Catherines ReservesSunday 30th October 2016Ulster Junior ShieldCarrowmena F.C. 0 v 3 w/o Glencar Celtic (Carrowmena Withdrew from competition) Culdaff F.C. 3 v 0 w/o Erne Wanderers (Reserves Erne did not field) Drumkill Rovers 2 v 3 Strand RoversUlster Junior CupLagan Harps 2 v 4 Culdaff F.C.Ballybofey United 2 v 1 Lifford CelticKilmacrennan Celtic 2 v 0 Cavan TownGlenea United 3 v 1 Erne WanderersBonagee United 0 v 3 Glengad UnitedCranford United 3 v 0 Killylough F.C.Buncrana Harps 2 v 1 Keadue RoversCootehill Harps 1 v 0 Castlefin CelticIllies Celtic 3 v 2 Convoy ArsenalSt. Catherines 4 v 1 Clonmany ShamrocksGlaslough 2 v 2 Drumoghill F.C.( Drumoghill won 4-2 on penalties )Aileach F.C. 3 v 1 Milford UnitedRaphoe Town 1 v 2 Clones TownRathmullan Celtic 1 v 1 Gweedore Celtic( Gweedore won 4-3 on penalties )Gweedore United 2 v 4 Monaghan TownTemple Domestic Appliances Division OneGweedore United P v P Raphoe Town (Both teams playing in Ulster Junior Cup)Cappry Rovers 2 v 2 Donegal TownCT Ball Division TwoKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 v 5 Eany CelticWhitestrand United 2 v 2 Letterbarrow CelticDunkineely Celtic 4 v 0 Copany RoversFIXTURESSaturday 5th October 2016 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Glencar Inn Saturday DivisionDrumbar F.C. v Glencar CelticDunlewey Celtic v Strand RoversSaturday Reserve DivisionMilford United Reserves v Erne Wanderers ReservesGlenree United Reserves v Keadue Rovers ReservesDrumoghill F.C. Reserves v Kilmacrennan Celtic ReservesSt. Catherines Reserves v Glenea United ReservesDonegal Town Reserves v Cappry Rovers ReservesSunday 6th October 2016 K.O. 2p.m. ( Unless Stated )Temple Domestic Appliances Division OneGweedore United v Cappry RoversKeadue Rovers v Bonagee UnitedDonegal Town v Erne WanderersCT Ball Division TwoLetterbarrow Celtic v Kerrykeel ’71 F.C.Eany Celtic v Curragh AthleticOscar Traynor TrophyDonegal Junior League v Cavan / Monaghan League (K.O. 1.30) DrumoghillDonegal League: All the reports, results and fixtures was last modified: October 30th, 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)Tags:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

Meier charges Sharks win with two-goal night


first_img(Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — Timo Meier scored twice, Joe Pavelski reached the 20-goal mark again and Radim Simek got his first as an NHLer.Battling the fatigue of an arduous travel schedule, the Sharks (16-11-5) found a way to win for the fourth time in five games Monday, topping the New Jersey Devils 5-2 at SAP Center.The win came just two days after the Sharks finished a stretch in which they played seven of eight games on the …last_img read more

60% pass rate for class of ’09


first_img7 January 2010The government is to take “urgent steps” to improve South Africa’s National Senior Certificate system, Education Minister Angie Motshekga said following Thursday’s announcement of a 60.6% pass rate for the matric students of 2009 – down from 62.5% in 2008.While the government’s aim was to focus on quality rather than quantity, the 2009 matric pass rate was still “disappointing”, Motshekga said.She noted that quality assurance council Umalusi had approved the quality and credibility of South Africa’s matric exams. “Umalusi found that the exams are comparable to the best in the world and that most question papers were of the highest standard.”These standards could not be compromised on, Motshekga said. “Indeed, it is through maintaining the standards of our examinations that we are able to assess the shortcomings in the quality of learning and teaching.“We must acknowledge that there is poor teaching in many of our schools. Management in our schools is often weak and lacks leadership and commitment. Our systems are also often inefficient.”More focus on teaching, learningA recent report on the implementation of South Africa’s school curriculum had indicated an urgent need to improve the quality of teaching in the country’s schools, the minister said.Steps had been taken to implement some of these recommendations, in particular to ensure that teachers and student would be able to focus more on actual teaching and learning in the classroom.All nine provincial education ministers would meet in February to discuss a technical report on the results, the minister said, as well as a number of proposed interventions to support the implementation of the National Curriculum Statement in Grades 10, 11 and 12.“Our provincial education department officials must support our schools by ensuring that textbooks and other teaching and learning materials are provided on time, and that real teaching and learning are taking place in all our schools from the beginning of the school year.”Among the positive gains made by the class of 2009, the minister said a greater number of matrics had passed well enough to gain access to tertiary education, and that more students had registered for maths and maths literacy.“We have set our focus on quality rather than quantity; that is the thrust of the new administration,” she said.Paper leaking in MpumalangaFollowing an exam paper leaking saga in Mpumalanga, Motshekga said that additional steps would be taken to improve exam processes in that province.Quality assurance council Umalusi had delayed the release of results for Mpumalanga after mathematics, physical science and accounting exam papers were leaked in the province.On Thursday, Motshekga said she was able to release the province’s results along with all the others after Umalusi informed her that it had found no evidence of a systemic problem in Mpumalanga.At the same time, Motshekga and the province’s premier and education minister had agreed that the examination structures in Mpumalanga’s education department would “immediately be re-constituted,” and that the national Department of Education would take over the running of exams in the province “until the necessary systems were in place.”The police’s special investigating unit, the Hawks, was busy investigating the exam leaks, Motshekga said, adding: “Those found guilty of stealing and selling question papers are criminals and will be punished to the full extent of the law.”Mpumalanga was South Africa’s worst-performing province in 2009, with a matric pass rate of 47.9%. While the Western Cape performed best overall (75.7%), KwaZulu-Natal was the only province to improve on its 2008 pass rate, registering 61.1% compared to 57.6% the previous year.In total, 581 573 full-time candidates and 38 595 repeat candidates wrote their matric final exams in 2009.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South Africa launches fuel cell study


first_img11 February 2016A R15-million feasibility study launched by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies will identify particular components that can be manufactured for fuel cell units.The Isondo Precious Minerals (IPM) study was launched by the minister on Tuesday. It is intended to accelerate mineral beneficiation and localisation of fuel cell manufacturing in South Africa.“We are in a difficult time as producers and exporters of primary mineral resources as a result of the significant price fall of commodities,” Davies said. “This has affected many of the industrial mineral commodities that we produce as a country. We have realised that we need to find new uses for our resources.”There has been a rise in the technological development of fuel cells with demand for platinum in the fuel sector being at its most stable.“It is as a response to this demand that (the) government and the platinum mining sector resolve to encourage an increase in the demand for platinum. We have an additional interest to make sure that those new uses generate and support industrial development in South Africa, so as to capture the manufacturing that takes place in this particular industry,” Davies said.South Africa has honed in on two potential uses of fuel cell technology.“The first is the small power unit that could be used to power remote areas 20 kilometres away from the existing grid connection. The other use is of powering underground equipment within the mining industry.“What we are doing as (the) government is to support different initiatives that can realise the industrial development opportunities. This will also help us to achieve the beneficiation objectives.”The study is envisaged to be completed in a year’s time. “What we want to do through this feasibility study is to understand better the building blocks of fuel cell units and to look at the particular competencies and capabilities that can be developed in the country.“We want to establish this technology on the African continent as something which builds into the platinum industry to support and sustain the expansion and stabilisation of the industry,” the minister said.The feasibility study was evidence of IPM’s commitment to bring together world- class proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells and South African precious metal supply to significantly reduce the cost of PEM, said IPM’s chief executive, Vinay Somera.The Department of Trade and Industry is working closely with the Industrial Development Corporation on the development of a fuel cell roadmap.The announcement came as the Investing in African Mining Indaba was under way in Cape Town. Investors and stakeholders at the indaba widely acknowledged to current gloomy market – Mineral Resources Minister called it a “winter season” in his opening address on 8 February – be the worst downturn in the commodities market many in the mining sector had ever experienced.South Africa has 96% of the world’s platinum group metal reserves, and the country is the world’s largest producer of platinum. The Mining Indaba ends on 11 February.Source: SouthAfricanews.govlast_img read more

Tendulkar, Laxman move up in ICC Test rankings


first_imgSenior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar moved up a rung to third while VVS Laxman rose four positions to achieve a career-best eighth in the latest ICC Test Rankings released on Wednesday.The 37-year-old Tendulkar scored 98 and 38 runs in the first Test against Australia in Mohali which India won by one-wicket on Tuesday. As a result, he improved his ranking by one place which puts him in third position in the list which is headed by Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara with India opener Virender Sehwag in second place.Tendulkar’s third position is his highest ranking since the Hamilton Test against New Zealand in December 2002.He now trails Sehwag by 13 ratings points and another solid performance with the bat in the second Test, which starts in Bangalore from October 9, could potentially put him in second place for the first time since October 2002.Also on the charge was VVS Laxman whose unbeaten 73 proved to be the cornerstone of India’s thrilling victory.Interestingly, Laxman in the past has peaked thrice in 2001, 2003 and 2007 – all against Australia.Rahul Dravid has moved up one place to 22nd spot but Gautam Gambhir and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have fallen to 16th and 37th positions, respectively.Australia opener Shane Watson, who scored 126 and 56, has also made a big impact on the rankings as he has vaulted nine places to claim a career-best 30th position.The news is not very good for the other Australia batsmen as Michael Clarke, Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey and Marcus North have all slipped in the latest rankings.advertisementClarke has fallen five places to share eighth spot with Laxman, Katich has dropped three places to 12th spot, Ponting has slipped two places to 19th position, Hussey shares 28th position with Ramnaresh Sarwan of the West Indies after falling six places while North now sits in 52nd after dropping five places.In the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, pacers Zaheer Khan of India and Australia’s pair of Doug Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus have achieved career-best rankings.Zaheer, who was declared man of the match for his eight wickets, has moved into fifth position, while Bollinger’s five wickets in the Mohali Test has helped him rise to eighth spot and Hilfenhaus is in the top 20 for the first time in 20th position.Mitchell Johnson is also on the move and his five wickets have lifted him two places to fourth position.Dale Steyn leads the bowling table with England off-spinner Graeme Swann in second spot.In the ICC Player Rankings for Test all-rounders, Watson has moved up by two places and now sits just outside the top five in sixth spot. The list is headed by Jacques Kallis of South Africa with New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori in second place.last_img read more



first_imgRound 1 of the South East Queensland Junior Tri-Series starts this weekend, May 21st. It’s being held at Redlands, with rounds 2 and 3 to be held at Toowoomba and then the Gold Coast. For the South East, South and South West junior sides competing, it’s great preparation for the Queensland Junior State Cup coming up in July. Welcome to the post-Mothers Day edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, where we say thanks to all mums out there and also happy birthday to TFA’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin Thompson, we hope you have a great day today…but back to Touch, there’s plenty happening, so make sure you have a read…and for all Australian Senior Squad members, remember your deposits for the World Cup are due today! For all the news click on ‘more’ below… If you’re interested in the full version of each match, TFA will also be selling copies of all 3 matches in full, complete with the referees talk during the match. These copies will not be professionally packaged or have commentary, they will simply be the raw footage of each final and the referees who had a microphone on during the final. TFA hope this will be a valuable resource for coaches, referees and players to use in development of the sport or their own skills. These will also be priced around $20-25. Copies of the NTL package shown on Fox are on their way to the office, while the price has yet to be determined, it’s estimated they will be available for purchase for around $20-25. On the topic of sales, the TFA online merchandise shop has been closed for some time, but is very close to being opened! TFA have recently finalised the financial gateway to be used and will be uploading resources, referees gear and other merchandise into the shop. An announcement will be made on the TFA homepage when the shop is open for business. Touch Football South Australia is calling for coaches and assistant coaches for their State 18 Years Boys team, 12 Years Girls team and 14 Years Boys team and also 14 Years Girls team. If you want more information on these teams and their tour dates/destinations, please contact Touch SA on (08) 8373 3222. TFA have recently announced a new sponsor, ESUS footwear. Over the coming weeks we will be distributing information on the company, the partnership, their shoes and when sales will begin. Both ESUS and TFA are preparing to launch the Touch Football shoes, check out www.esus.com.au if you’re after some information on the shoes themselves and keep your eye on the TFA website over the coming weeks.center_img Unfortunately the BMTA fundraiser for Touch in North Queensland has had to be postponed, early indications are that it will take place in the coming months, for more information contact [email protected] This will allow organisers more time to get everything ready and teams more time get themselves together. Touch West are holding their Board of Management meeting on Saturday 10th June, while Southern Districts Touch Association in Western Australia are holding their AGM on Tuesday 30th May. If you’re interested in either of these meetings, check out www.touchwest.com NSW Touch are holding an AusTouch leaders course, at no cost to participants, on Sunday 18th June at the Nelson Bay Bowling Club, from 9am-1pm. AusTouch is TFA’s junior program allowing kids to experience the skills of Touch and providing a pathway for a fun and safe experience of the sport. If you are interested in taking part, contact Daniel Rushworth on (02) 9558 9333. While the talk on the Soccer World Cup heats up, so do preparations for the Touch Football World Cup in South Africa, 2007. The tournament is being held in Stellenbosch, which is approximately 40km east of Cape Town and will be from January 17-20. The Open National Training Squads (NTS) have already been announced, with the final sides to be announced in late August, after a training camp in July. The Senior Squads will be announced in late May, with their deposits due to the TFA office TODAY. The NSW Country Championships are being held at Dubbo on May 27-28. The draft draw is now available; simply click on www.nswtouch.com.au for all the details.last_img read more

4 days agoNewcastle boss Bruce happy with his forward options


first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce happy with his forward optionsby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United manager Steve Bruce says he’s happy with his forward options.Toon have scored just five goals in nine Premier League matches.”We’ve got options now. Andy and Dwight both came on, and we have options in the final third now,” Bruce said.”It’s only the second game for Allan, too, and he’s got a lot of fitness work to catch up on. We’re hoping that he can stay well because he is a threat and, of course, Almiron is a very decent player, too.”He looks a little bit short on confidence at the moment because he hasn’t scored a goal. We hope that can return, but it only really returns when he gets one, which will hopefully be next week.” last_img read more

Photo: NFL-Bound Florida DL Dante Fowler Took Out An Ad In The Gainesville Sun Thanking #GatorNation


first_imgDante Fowler interacting with Florida Gators fans.KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 4: Dante Fowler Jr. #6 of the Florida Gators gestures toward fans in the closing seconds of the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Florida defeated Tennessee 10-9. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Dante Fowler’s time as a Florida football player is over, as the junior defensive lineman is headed to the NFL. Fowler, a potential first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, won’t be leaving Florida without saying “thank you” to all the fans who supported him during his time in Gainesville, Fla. The 6-foot-3, 261-pound defensive end took out an ad in Friday’s Gainesville Sun expressing gratitude to all of Gator Nation. Very cool from @TheDanteFowler6, thanking the #GatorNation with an ad in today’s @GainesvilleSun @Gator_sports pic.twitter.com/G3RwAjHPtB— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) January 30, 2015Well done, Dante. Fowler, a possible outside linebacker at the next level, is projected to go 13th overall to New Orleans in NFL.com’s latest mock draft.last_img read more