Chelsea linked with Stones as Luis is tipped to complete £20m move

first_imgTottenham have leapfrogged Chelsea and Arsenal in a race to sign Everton defender John Stones, the Daily Express say.It is claimed that the Blues want Stones but that Spurs have targeted him as a potential replacement for Jan Vertonghen, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona.The Express also say Gary Cahill will be offered a new four-year contract by Chelsea, while the Daily Mail reports that Filipe Luis is close to completing a £20m move to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid.The Mail also say Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is interested in signing Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.Cahill has been tipped to sign a new deal.There continues to be speculation that Real Madrid’s Germany midfielder Sami Khedira could join Chelsea rather than Arsenal.The north London club are ready to end their interest in Khedira, 27, because of his wage demands, according to the Daily Mirror.And the Daily Telegraph reports that Petr Cech has returned to full training three weeks ahead of schedule following his shoulder problem.The Chelsea goalkeeper, who is reportedly wanted by Paris St-Germain, was injured in the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid and missed the final matches of last season.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Looking south and east for growth

first_img This year alone, South African President Jacob Zuma has paid official visits to India, Russia, China and Brazil. Earlier in 2010 China became South Africa’s largest two-way trading partner and, in August, China became the world’s second-largest economy after the US.Leadership position in Africa Visiting China earlier this year, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana- Mashabane announced that South Africa was lobbying China to become part of the global club of high-growth developing markets known as BRIC – Brazil, Russia, India and China. This underscores South Africa’s significance as a leader in Africa, a bridge between the industrialised and developing worlds. That the much smaller South African economy could join four mega-economies in BRIC reflects growing global investor interest in Africa, the last frontier of the global economy. With a population near 1-billion, Africa is the world’s third-largest market after China (1.3-billion) and India (1.1-billion) and is rich in mineral and natural resources.Shifting export priorities While South Africa aims to maintain its substantial trade and investment links with the US, Japan and the European Union, the reality is that these markets’ growth has been severely slowed by the global economic crisis. High-growth developing economies and the next tier of emerging markets – such as the Civets (Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and South Africa) – are likely to lead growth in the medium to long term, with slower growth in developed economies. At a UN conference in Beijing in September, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said South Africa would prioritise China and India for exports as the two countries were now its biggest markets. He said “sluggish growth” in the US and the European Union, South Africa’s traditional trading partners, was a factor in shifting export priorities. Two-way trade between China and South Africa grew to US$16.8-billion (R116-billion) last year, according to South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry, while South Africa’s exports to India reached $700-million (R4.8-billion) and imports totalled $280- million (R1.9-billion), in favour of South Africa.Looking to China Zuma’s statements during his China visit reflect this shift in trade. He said the country would look to China for investment in infrastructure projects such transport, renewable energy and mining, as well as in agriculture and car manufacturing. China’s pace of investment has been slow so far, but it has been strategic, paving the way for accelerated future investment. In 2007, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China bought 20% of South Africa’s Standard Bank for US$5-billion (R35-billion) – China’s largest foreign investment to date. China is currently in talks with South Africa’s government to build a $30-billion high-speed rail network between Durban and Johannesburg. The growing relationship with China is likely to both boost South Africa’s global trade and accelerate African development. Since Deng Xiaoping began opening its economy in 1979, China has lifted 400-million people out of poverty with growth close to 10% for more than 25 years. South Africa’s world-class financial sector and deep experience in African markets make it well- placed to lead similar miracle in Africa. John Battersby is UK country manager for the International Marketing Council of South Africa. This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB). 15 October 2010 As the shift in global economic power gains momentum, South Africa’s trade is moving eastwards and southwards in a pattern that both reflects the worldwide trend and helps drive it.last_img read more

Stars lined up for Mandela Sports Day

first_img12 August 2013Award-winning artists including DJ Black Coffee, Zahara, Toya Delazy, Mafikizolo, DJ CNDO, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Salif Keita and the Mahotella Queens will be part of the line-up at the inaugural Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.Other artists include David Jenkins, the Mahotella Queens, Umoja, Gcina Mhlophe, DJ Alessandro, Wouter Kellerman, Naima Mclean, Elvis Blue and 1st Project, and Kurt Darren.Announcing the lineup on Monday, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile called on South Africans to continue to celebrate Mandela’s life “in order to re-commit ourselves to the ideals he dedicated all his life towards achieving.“It is these noble values that continue to guide us as we seek to build a national democratic society that is truly united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous,’ Mashatile said.Mandela, who turned 95 on 18 July, is making a “slow but steady improvement” in hospital in Pretoria, where he was admitted over two months ago with a recurring lung infection, although he remains in a critical condition, the Presidency said on Sunday.“As Madiba lies in hospital, we continue to keep him in our prayers and thoughts,” Mashatile said.The day will begin on Saturday with a football match between the South African Masters against the Italian Masters at 11am, followed by an international friendly between Bafana Bafana and Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) runners-up Burkina Faso at 1:30pm.The Springboks will then tackle Argentina in the opening match of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, kicking off at 5pm.Former Bafana Bafana captain and captain of The Legends, Lucas Radebe, said he was looking forward to the soccer match. “Music and football play a great role in unifying the country. As a country, we are lucky to have Mandela with us as our icon,” Radebe added.Tickets for the inaugural Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day are on sale at Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers outlets across South Africa. The proceeds will go towards building the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Allsorts® 100 Bright Thick Elastics Bobbles Hair Bands : Strong and does the job

first_imgI’m very happy with my purchase, very bright colours and strong, exactly what i wanted. Used a few, but none have snapped. Great quality, promptly dispatched. Great value for moneyStrong and does the jobWe have 3 girls always losing hair bands this massive Allsorts® 100 Bright Thick Elastics Bobbles Hair Bands100 Per Bag – Bright coloured.Suitable for all hair type’s.For both adult’s and childrenMore low priced amazing item’s in our store – Allsort’s Accessorie’sFree UK delivery. We have 3 girls always losing hair bands this massive. We have 3 girls always losing hair bands this massive bag should keep us going for a while :). Very useful and strong bands. . I use these bands instead of elastic bands, i have the thin ones as well. They don’t rot which is a bonus. They have multiple uses – keeping shoes together in the bottom of my wardrobe, around the end of a black sack for things in the loft, round my stash of scrap fabric for patchwork. The list goes on, but i don’t use them on my hair. They were also delivered very quickly. My girls like them and do the job. My girls like them and do the job. My daughter goes through so many hair bands that i end up paying quite a lot picking up a small pack from the supermarket every other week. So i decided to buy one big pack. The colours are nice and vitrant and delivery was faster than expected. The reason i only gave it 4 stars is that they are quite basic and sometimes i prefer buying more special looking ones – but they are exactly as expected and displayed on picture. We have 3 girls always losing hair bands this massive. We have 3 girls always losing hair bands this massive bag should keep us going for a while :). An excellent selection of hairbands. Very good quality, not cheap and flimsy. Great value & loved the colours. Very useful and strong bands. . I use these bands instead of elastic bands, i have the thin ones as well. They don’t rot which is a bonus. They have multiple uses – keeping shoes together in the bottom of my wardrobe, around the end of a black sack for things in the loft, round my stash of scrap fabric for patchwork. The list goes on, but i don’t use them on my hair. They were also delivered very quickly. Great quality, promptly dispatched. I’m very happy with my purchase, very bright colours and strong, exactly what i wanted. Fantastic benefit & beloved the colours.Does particularly what it claimed on the tin lol.Failed to snap like the affordable £1 suppliers.Employed a couple of, but none have snapped.An excellent choice of hairbands. Incredibly fantastic good quality, not affordable and flimsy.Does particularly what it claimed on the tin lol.last_img read more