Chelsea v Hull: Mikel gets the nod

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho opted for John Mikel Obi to replace the suspended Cesc Fabregas in midfield against Hull rather than Ramires.John Terry, Eden Hazard, Branislav Ivanovic and Willian all returned to the side after being rested for the midweek Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon.Filipe Luis was preferred to Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back and keeper Petr Cech makes his first league start of the season as Thibaut Courtois has picked up a minor injury.Hull, who are looking or a first ever victory at Chelsea in their 21st appearance, have Nikica Jelavic and Gaston Ramirez back after illness and suspension respectively. Jelavic starts and Ramirez is on the bench.Chelsea are looking to maintain their 100% home Premier League record, having won all seven matches so far this term. Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Schwarzer, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Schurrle, Remy, Drogba. Hull: McGregor, Robertson, Dawson, Chester, Davies, Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Aluko, Jelavić.Subs: Jakupović, Rosenior, Bruce, Hernández, Brady, Ramírez, Quinn.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA to clean up obsolete pesticides

first_img4 April 2006South Africa and the World Bank have signed an R11-million grant agreement on the disposal of poisonous obsolete pesticides in the country.The agreement, signed in Pretoria on Tuesday, will see the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism spearheading the cleaning and disposal of obsolete pesticides that pose serious health risks in the country.Spokesperson Molefe Molamu said the department would appoint a team of experts “as soon as possible” to begin the process.The programme is in line with World Bank’s multi-partner African Stockpiles Programme to dispose of vast stockpiles of poisonous, obsolete chemical pesticides in seven African countries.The programme plans to get rid of an estimated 50 000 tons of toxic pesticides and associated waste, as well as tens of thousands of tons of contaminated soil.The project follows on previous successful initiatives carried out in other countries on the continent that resulted in over 1 000 tonnes of obsolete pesticides being destroyed.The pesticides are believed to contribute to land and water degradation and to pose a serious threat to people and livestock.Speaking at the signing ceremony, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said getting rid of pesticides had been a problem for South Africa due to lack of human and technical capacity.“We need to move in earnest with awareness and capacity building measures to make people aware of the dangers posed by these chemicals,” Mabudafhasi said.The programme includes identifying and removing all obsolete, unwanted and banned pesticides in the hands of the public, commercial, small and emerging farmers, households and government.South Africa is mobilising the agricultural sector, the pesticide industry and government to identify all stocks in the country.These will be repackaged and transported to a central point where a firm selected through a tender process will destroy them in accordance with national and international standards.Mabudafhasi said her department would embark on a programme to educate the public about the dangers posed by these pesticides.“A complete clean-up campaign will include taking inventory of all obsolete stockpiles, buried pesticides, containers, obsolete veterinary stocks and contaminated sites,” she said.The minister reassured farmers who used such materials that they would not be persecuted for declaring them.“No punitive action will be taken for declaring stocks, and the period of amnesty will prevail while inventory and collection of old stock is undertaken [free of charge].”However, she warned that the programme would look into the legal framework should people miss the opportunity to declare.A strategy will also be devised to deal with pesticides at learning institutions.World Bank Country Director Ritva Reinikka said she hoped South Africa would be able to deal with this problem.“This is a major task, it is important for farmers to participate,” Reinikka said, adding the country had demonstrated commitment to support a project that would benefit both the African region and the global environment.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Dinner talk breaks barriers

first_imgDine With Khayelitsha fosters nationa building and social cohesion. (Image and video: Redbull Amaphiko)Nation building and social cohesion are some of the outcomes of South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030 – and it all comes together when ordinary people put in a little effort.Nine friends from Khayelitsha, in Cape Town, founded Dine With Khayelitsha, a monthly dinner hosted in Site C, Khayelitsha, which brings together people of different races and social classes. The aim is to have frank conversations about social issues and break down racial boundaries.“We’re just a bunch of kids trying to change the hood,” Mpumelelo Sefalane, a co-founder, told Redbull Amaphiko. “That’s what we’re doing with Dine With Khayelitsha.“When white people come to the township, they usually come for charity work or as tourists. We want to change that and create a space where they can come and we can discuss real issues, and show them what township life is really about.”THE HOSTINGThe group of friends host dinners at nine houses on the first Friday of each month. Each house has its own theme, anything from entrepreneurship and leadership to land reform. The programme is run according to the dinner’s menu.Learn about Dine With Khayelitsha:“During the first course we’ll introduce everyone to each other and have a little ice-breaker to calm everyone’s nerves. For the main course, we discuss the topic of the night,” Sefalane said.It’s not all talk and no show though.“We want people to actually implement what we’ve been discussing throughout the night. So during dessert we get everyone to share how they’re going to change whatever we’ve been talking about.”The dinners also offer isiXhosa classes thanks to a partnership with social enterprise Ubuntu Bridge.KEEPING IT LOCALEverything from the food consumed to the entertainment is sourced from local suppliers. The food is cooked by aspiring chefs in Khayelitsha and after the dinner, guests head to Vintage Lounge, a local night spot, to wind down.Sefalane and his team want to break out of South Africa and take the concept of Dine With across the continent and all over the world. “We want to take this internationally – whether it’s London or Abu Dhabi. That’s our biggest vision.”PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

San Diego native named Junior Sailor of the Year

first_img January 29, 2019 Posted: January 29, 2019 Corbin Bravo, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego native Michael E. Cruz has been named Junior Sailor of the Year.Yeoman Second Class Michael E. Cruz has been serving in the Navy for five years and is an administrative assistant at Naval Base Kitsap in Washington.He was chosen for his exemplary leadership qualities and personal achievements.Cruz graduated from Mira Mesa High School in 2007 and earned an associate’s degree from Miramar College in 2013. Corbin Bravo center_img Updated: 10:46 PM San Diego native named Junior Sailor of the Year Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more