5 5 5 5 5. It can’t get any worse – Despite their improved form under Guus Hiddink, last season, as whole, was an embarrassment for Chelsea Football Club. But the good news is that it really cant get any worse. The Blues hit a low a generation of supporters wont have seen before and Conte wont allow a repeat of such a campaign. 2. Conte on the sidelines – As seen at the Euro 2016 finals, Conte is an extrovert on the sidelines. No manager, player or official will be exempt from facing the wrath and passion of the Italian, making the Chelsea dugout the most eagerly awaited of the new season. 1. Conte’s system and tactics – read all about this below, then click the arrow above, right, to see four more reasons Chelsea fans should be excited ahead of the new season – Much has been spoken of Conte as a tactician and what hell subsequently bring to Stamford Bridge. The 46-year-old earned recognition for his innovative methods with Juventus then Italy, and is now bringing his experience to south west London. What formation hell use, particularly whether hell deploy a back three, has drawn the most interest. Conte will keep fans guessing until the first game of the Blues season. 3. Youth players getting a chance – The pressure is growing for Chelsea to prove their academy isnt a waste of time. Its been well documented that John Terry is the last player to come through the clubs youth ranks and establish himself as a first team regular, which will have been relayed to Conte. At present, Blues fans have pinned their hopes on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but will he get a chance next season? With no European football, the midfielder could see his opportunities increase, but only time will tell. 5 It’s a fresh start for Chelsea next season.After a dreadful 2015/16 campaign, Antonio Conte, who has officially been unveiled by the club, has the job of guiding the Blues back to the Premier League and Europe’s elite.For Chelsea fans therefore, there’s much to feel positive about and, in light of this, we’ve put together five reasons excitement should be rising ahead of the incoming term.Check out those points by viewing the slideshow above. 4. The return of Eden Hazard – The last few games of Chelseas season combined with his performances for Belgium at the Euro 2016 finals suggested Hazard is returning to his best. The 25-year-old was metaphorically absent for much of the 2015/16 campaign, struggling for fitness and form, and was sorely missed. With a new manager to impress, Hazard is firmly expected to re-establish himself as one of the Premier Leagues finest players even if it is only to catch the eye of Real Madrid.
14 August 2012 There was a hive of activity and a warm display of South African national pride at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International on Tuesday morning as crowds waving flags and blowing vuvuzelas welcomed the country’s Olympic heroes back from the London Games. In true South African style, the supporters broke out in song, singing the national anthem as they met the athletes, who stood in a line with their hands over their chests. Placards displaying messages such as “Welcome back home Team SA”, “Well done incredible rowers” and “Welcome back heroes” could be seen among the hundreds gathered at the airport. Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula Mbalula said there were no words to describe the joy that swept over the nation when Team SA members won medals at the highly contested Games. “Today, we are united … because of your deeds; you’ve inspired a nation and for what you’ve done, you will remain in the archives of history.” Mbalula said Olympic silver medallist Caster Semenya represented what a young African woman could achieve with determination and support. “[Semenya] represents a symbol of a courageous young woman … who toils out of difficulties to become a symbol of success and greatness.” The Limpopo-born runner said although she was somewhat disappointed with her achievement, she tried her best. “I am a little disappointed. At least we’ve won silver and I am now focusing on 2013’s world championship in Moscow,” said Semenya, who also promised South Africans that she would continue to make them proud. South Africa’s two silver medals came from flag bearer Semenya and swimmer Chad Le Clos (who also won gold), while canoeist Bridgitte Hartley won bronze. The three gold medals came from swimming sensations Cameron van der Burgh and Le Clos, and the rowing team comprising Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain, James Thompson and John Smith. “When Cameron van der Burgh won the gold medal … South Africans reverberated with joy and blew their vuvuzela to the ears,” Mbalula said. “Even those who were far away could hear that South Africa had arrived.” Le Clos snatched the gold medal from United States swimming legend Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly, before winning silver behind Phelps in the 100m butterfly. South African stalwart Winnie Madikezela-Mandela was among the South Africans who came to the airport to give the Olympic team a warm welcome. Popular Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana supporter Mukwevho said: “I am here to give our heroes a warm welcome because I’m satisfied with their performance. With their performance, I am quite certain that we will do better in the upcoming Olympic Games.” His views were echoed by another well-known football supporter, Sadam Maake. “These athletes made us proud and as a result of their performance, we are well-known the world over, so they deserve a heroes’ welcome.” The team’s chef de Mission, Patience Shikwambane, said: “We’ve done very well as Team SA at the London Olympics compared to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where we were ranked 71 and now we are leaders in Africa. “To the athletes, you are world champions and you must not start to walk tall. You need to stay humble … You are what you are because of the support you received from the nation, family and friends. To the medallists, we salute you. You’ve made us proud.” SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam, who had set a target of 12 medals for Team SA, gave the Olympians hearty congratulations. “I am 100 percent satisfied with the performance and what we’ve achieved. We set the target precisely because we wanted to work towards something. “We tried our best, and in the coming weeks I will give the medallists a programme in preparation for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.” The government also joined in congratulating Team SA. “We join the multitudes of sport enthusiasts in congratulating our athletes for their best performance and grit at the games,” said government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi. “Team SA has emerged as shining stars and are now exemplary to those who want to achieve greatness. Government hopes that these achievements will inspire our local youth to follow in their steps and realise South Africa’s dream.” The medallists were also thanked with monetary rewards. Le Clos received R600 000 for winning gold and silver, while his coach Graham Hill, who was not present to receive the dummy cheque, got R150 000. Van der Burgh got R400 000 and his coach received R100 000. The four members of the rowing team each received R100 000, while Semenya pocketed R200 000 and her coach Maria Mutola got R50 000. Hartley took home R80 000. Source: SANews.gov.za
Chinese journalist Wang Yu was one of six foreign reporters invited by Brand South Africa on a tour of the country’s most ingenious scientific and engineering projects. (Image: Shamin Chibba)• Sandisiwe GugushePublic RelationsBrand South Africa+ 27 11 712 firstname.lastname@example.org Shamin ChibbaWhen Ngozi Onuoha, a journalist from New York city, first landed in Johannesburg this week, she was amazed to find it resembled her hometown. “I’m really shocked at how urban Johannesburg is. It’s just amazing how similar it is to New York.”And for Washington DC journalist Peter Mellgard, the city was like a tropical London. “It’s not because of the weather but it just didn’t feel like the rest of Africa. It’s more developed.”Onuhoa and Mellberg are part of a group of foreign journalists and bloggers invited by Brand South Africa for what is known as an innovation tour. Since landing in Johannesburg on 22 March, the group has travelled across four provinces, visiting some of the country’s most innovative projects, including a robotics centre at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Gauteng, the Greenside Colliery in Mpumalanga, and the World Design Capital and the Square Kilometre Array SA office in the in the Western Cape. First impressionsOnuhoa writes for Africa.com, a New York-based online magazine that publishes news and features about the continent. After attending the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg last week, she said she was astounded by how much bigger the venue was compared to the Lincoln Centre, where New York Fashion Week takes place. “Fashion Week at Lincoln Centre is a really big thing there. But I went to the [Mercedes Benz] Fashion Week in Johannesburg and it was massive.”Onuhoa was born and raised in New York City to Nigerian parents who had settled in the US. Because of this she considers herself as much African as she is American. She added that her background played a role in the way she viewed South Africa. “What people are doing, how people are doing things and the way of thinking seems so different to anywhere else in the world. South Africa is so unique in that you have development and poverty. America has poverty but people sort of brush it under the table. But here it is something that is talked about and people ask, ‘How do we answer those problems?’”She is looking to relocate to Johannesburg at the end of this year but her fiancé, an Ivorian, is looking to settle in East Africa. “We’re still trying to figure that out. But I’m also here to observe how people are living every day. It forms a large part of my reporting.”British reporter Sinem Bilen-Onabanjo arrived in South Africa dispelling all perceptions she had of the country so that she could see it for what it really was. “I come from a very multicultural background so I know not to believe what I hear about foreign countries. I came with an open mind and I’m glad I did.”The group visited Mandela House – the home in which Nelson Mandela lived with his family before he was sent to prison – in Soweto, prompting Bilen-Onabanjo to say she believed South Africa had made peace with its past. “It’s taken it for what it is, and it’s just an amazing thing to witness for me instead of reading it in the media or seeing it on the news.”Chinese journalist Wang Yu, who writes for the liberal Beijing publication Caijing Magazine, said South Africa was far more advanced than other African countries she had visited in terms of its economy and infrastructure. She also pointed out that Johannesburg’s busy traffic was a key measurement of the country’s economy.Wu Ning Ning, a Beijing journalist for Global Times, said the South Africa she had seen on the tour was very different from the reports of social upheaval normally depicted in Chinese media. “The few Chinese who know of Soweto think it’s full of violence. But when I went there, I found that it was famous for having two Nobel Peace Prize winners in Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.” Youth at peace yet disconnected with the pastBilen-Onabanjo said South African youth’s seemingly peaceful existence was, to a certain extent, a sign of their disengagement from the past. And Mellgard thought their disconnection from history and politics may not bode well for the future of the country. “It’s surprising how everybody says the youth is just not concerned; they hear the stories but they are just disengaged in a big way from the legacy of apartheid and the politics.”With a large part of the vote coming from the born-free generation, it was startling to see that many of them did not care about the upcoming elections, he said. “I was struck by how it seemed many young people cared about other things much more than politics, such as entertainment. But in that way they are like young people everywhere.”Wu also observed this trend among the born-free generation, saying they were similar to Chinese youth. She would aim to write a comparison between the two groups. “They have a lot of issues that are similar and they have their own special problems.” Telling our own storiesBilen-Onabanjo writes for FAB Magazine, a lifestyle and fashion publication focused on Africa. Originally known as Fabulous African Black, FAB, she said, strived to do away with the negative stereotypes mainstream media had created about Africa by telling positive stories. “We don’t need Condé Nast to come and tell our stories. We can tell them ourselves.”To her, South Africa was more than just a tourist destination and the stories she aimed to write would reflect this. “When people look at South Africa the first thing they think of is Cape Town, tourism and the beaches. I think it’s good to see the scientific and innovative side.”Since she also writes for the business magazine New African Woman, she said her next story would examine how women in South Africa had progressed in business and science since the end of apartheid. She was particularly taken with Natasha Govender, a young computer scientist specialising in robotics research at the CSIR. “She has perhaps left a better-paying job to work in an academy and it’s one of her passions to engage with women and encourage more women to go into sciences. So I think women in the economy and their role is definitely coming across as a strong story.”Mellgard hoped his articles for The American Interest magazine would get Americans curious about South Africa. “I came here knowing Americans in general, and people who read my magazine in particular, don’t care very much about Africa and South Africa. When you tell Americans about South Africa, they’ll say diamonds, Mandela and race, but there’s obviously more to the country than that. So hopefully I will be able to get my readers to care about other things.”For Chinese readers, Wang said the transformation of South African society following apartheid was intriguing. “Most Chinese are not familiar with the policies such as black economic empowerment. We hardly write about South African economics. In Chinese media we normally discuss things related to us or near us.”Wu would take a similar angle to her stories for the Global Times, with a greater focus on development. “I want to write a comparison between South Africa’s development model and the Chinese model, which will get Chinese readers to think more [about] our own problems from South Africa’s perspective.”She also wanted to look at the strength of South African unions and the mining strikes that had distracted operations in recent years. “In China the unions are weak. So I will give the readers the whole picture and provide deeper insights into the strikes.”
A technology startup has developed a way to give crystalline silicon solar panels the look of grass, tile, wood shakes or just about anything else the buyer wants.Sistine Solar promises to “elegantly marry form and function” and speed the adoption of solar energy by making solar panels beautiful to look at.SolarSkin panels are the brainchild of Senthil Balasubramanian and Ido Salama. The business partners met as graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to a story posted on the Sistine Solar website, they cooked up the idea of panels whose appearance could be customized at a campus watering hole called the Muddy Charles.In an email, Salama said the company is accepting orders for the panels and quoting prices on jobs in Massachusetts, New York, and California. Installations are scheduled for the last quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017.Salama said technology developed by Sistine Solar “allows us to recreate and imprint graphics into a solar panel whereby a majority of the light gets transmitted and the rest that gets reflected recreates the original image.”The 65-inch by 40-inch panels use standard crystalline silicon technology to generate electricity. Panels are 15% to 17% efficient, and have a rated capacity of 250 watts each.“We found that people really like to customize their home,” Salama says on a video posted at the website. “Up until now, though, solar panels have been stuck in the last century. Much like a 1915 Ford Model T, you can get any color, as long as it’s black.”SolarSkin panels can be made to look like whatever roofing material has been used on a house. If homeowners want the solar array to look like a portrait of Elvis, that’s possible, too.The company wouldn’t discuss costs. An article posted at Yahoo, however, said that the panels would be “slightly” more expensive than typical panels on the market.The company won the 2013 MIT Clean Energy Prize in renewable energy and last year won a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.
The Haryana government on Saturday announced it will give House Rent Allowance (HRA) to State employees as per the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the revised HRA would be implemented with effect from August 1, 2019, which he claimed would benefit about 3.5 lakh employees.Ex gratia policyThe CM also announced the revival of the ex gratia policy that had been discontinued since 1996. “The new policy will be implemented with effect from August 1, 2019. The deceased employees, whose age is 52 years or less or has completed more than five years of service before this, will be covered under this scheme,” he said.Mr. Khattar said facility of six months maternity leave will also be given to those women employees who are engaged under the outsourcing policy of the State government. “The financial burden on the contractor on account of this facility would be borne by the State government,” he said.The CM said that the government had also taken a decision to reopen the channel of promotion for the employees of Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies in the central cooperative banks. “A committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary, (Finance), to remove the pay anomalies of tube well operators of Public Health Engineering Department working on contractual basis,” he added.
CNBC Digital has named Jeffrey McCracken its managing editor for digital. He joins from Bloomberg, where he had been executive editor. Swansburg, who started his career as an editorial assistant at The New York Times, had been deputy editor of ideas at The Boston Globe before joining Slate. Billboard has hired Hannah Karp as its news director. She joins from The Wall Street Journal, where she has been since 2004. Karp is currently a staff reporter covering the music industry at the newspaper. Jim Aley and Howard Chua-Eoan will succeed Otis Bilodeau as co-deputy editors of Bloomberg Businessweek. Chua-Eoan joined the brand in 2014 after three decades at Time and manages the front of the book. Aley came from Fortune in 2009 and oversees features. Both will continue to run their sections in addition to their new deputy duties. Jay Meyer has rejoined Time Inc. as SVP of the travel category. Most recently, he consulted in the travel space with Hearst Magazines on its Airbnb Magazine and The Black Tomato travel agency, among other places. Judith Ohikuare has joined Refinery29 as a work and money writer. She was previously an associate editor at Cosmopolitan. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… Toria Garrett joins W and Vanity Fair as executive account director, beauty. She was most recently head of revenue and associate publisher at Teen Vogue. Before that, Garrett was ad director and executive beauty director at Vogue. James Kim has moved to Time from his role as a designer at Entertainment Weekly. He joined Time Inc. in 2016. “John brings a range of gifts to this new role,” said Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg in a statement. “He knows how to conceive of and assign the most ambitious stories; he is a brilliant line editor; and, of course, he understands how to present complicated magazine features in digitally compelling ways.” It’s been announced that Swansburg will be commissioning and editing pieces across the brand’s print edition, from features to the front of the book. Stephanie Fried has been named EVP of research, analytics and audience development at Condé Nast’s Co/Lab leadership team. And Brooke Ellis has been named the team’s VP of digital design and UX. Fried was previously VP of research, analytics and audience development at the company, and Ellis was executive director UX and design. The former deputy editor of Slate, John Swansburg, has joined The Atlantic as its new senior editor. Swansburg was with Slate for an entire decade interrupted only by a brief two-month gig at The New Yorker.
World’s leading carrier Qatar Airways has said that it is in discussions with Indian budget airline IndiGo to buy a stake in it as it denied reports of any such talks with SpiceJet.”Qatar Airways confirms that the only airline it is talking to is the Indian carrier Indigo,” the Doha-based airline told Reuters in a statement.”Qatar Airways is not in talks to pursue a commercial stake in SpiceJet,” the airline said, adding, “These stake sale comments are unfounded and are believed to be deliberately spread to influence share valuations.”Share prices of SpiceJet rose sharply in the past three trading sessions, touching a two-year closing high of Rs 26.60 on Tuesday. However, Tuesday’s rally was partly led by the company’s profit of Rs 71.80 crore in April-June quarter.Last week, The Economic Times had reported that the ongoing discussions between SpiceJet and Qatar Airways over finalising a commercial agreement may end up in Qatar Airways buying a stake in the domestic airline.In May, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker had evinced interest in acquiring 49% stake in IndiGo, but he had not confirmed any talks. He had then said that “IndiGo’s owners had no immediate plans to sell”.Qatar Airways has been eyeing a stake in India’s biggest airline IndiGo for a long. Owned by InterGlobe Enterprises, IndiGo had filed a draft prospectus with market regulator last month to issue an initial public offer (IPO).If a deal is signed, the transaction will become the second such development in Indian aviation industry in two years. In 2013, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways had bought 24% stake in Jet Airways by investing Rs 20.6 billion ($332 million).Buying a stake in IndiGo would enable Qatar Airways to expand its presence in the Indian aviation market and also to compete with its rivals Emirates and Etihad.Aviation consultancy CAPA India has estimated IndiGo to become country’s most profitable carrier, by posting a net profit in the range of $150- $175 million (₹1,111.6 crore) for the fiscal year ending March 2015.
AFP File PhotoThe battle for a major rebel-controlled port in Yemen has left more than 100 soldiers and insurgents dead in less than a week, medics and military sources said Saturday.Yemeni forces are fighting to close in on the Red Sea port of Hodeida, the main conduit for humanitarian supplies into a country where 22 million people are in dire need of food aid.Medics in the southern Aden governorate, where the Yemeni government is based, said they had received the bodies of 52 people, including 20 soldiers, between Friday and Saturday, bringing the toll to at least 110 killed in clashes since Wednesday.The remainder appeared to be rebels, the medics said.Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source in the pro-government military coalition said on Saturday the Huthi rebels had ambushed a military convoy in the coastal district of al-Durayhmi in Hodeida governorate.Loyalist fighters, backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, last week announced they had launched an operation to enter Hodeida city and seize the rebel-held port.Hodeida lies 230 kilometres from the capital Sanaa, which the Iran-backed Huthis seized in 2014, prompting a Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen the following year.The campaign, which continues to this day, aims to restore power to the internationally recognised government of exiled president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.The Saudi-led coalition accuses the rebels of using Hodeida as a launchpad for attacks on shipping in the Red Sea and for smuggling in rockets.The insurgents have in recent months ramped up missile attacks against neighbouring Saudi Arabia.Nearly 10,000 people have been killed since the coalition launched its military campaign in Yemen in March 2015.More than 2,200 others have died from cholera and millions are on the verge of famine in what the United Nations says is the world’s gravest humanitarian crisis.The UN warned last week that any operation aimed at seizing Hodeida would disrupt the entry of aid shipments to Yemen, 70 per cent of which flow through the rebel-held port.
Listen 00:00 /01:09 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Allison ShelleyRep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 14, 2016.The race to fill retiring Congressman Ted Poe’s seat has begun. Nine candidates are jockeying for the Republican nomination in Texas’ Second Congressional District. That increases the chances the primary contest will go to a runoff.The leading contenders include first-term State Representative Kevin Roberts, prolific GOP fundraiser Kathaleen Wall, and healthcare executive David Balat.“Primary races that are this crowded, a lot of times it’s going to come down to candidate fundamentals,” says Republican political consultant Joe Brettell. “Do you know your district? Are you raising money? Are you making the phone calls? Can you run an effective campaign that brings your people out to vote?”Congressional District 2’s boundaries stretch from West University to Memorial Park, then snake north and east to Spring and Humble. It’s been a safe Republican seat for years. But University of Saint Thomas political scientist Jon Taylor says that may not hold much longer. “Somebody wins in 2018, 2020 let’s say they can win reelection, and then we go into 2021 and the Legislature’s going to meet again, and this district may very well be radically revised due to redistricting,” says Taylor.There are also five Democrats seeking their party’s nod in 2018. The front runner is nonprofit executive Todd Litton, who outraised Ted Poe before the congressman announced his retirement. Share