Robbie Brady has admitted he took the agonising decision to leave Manchester United to protect his fledgling international career. The 21-year-old winger completed a permanent move to npower Championship outfit Hull last month after two successful loan spells at the KC Stadium, and is now fully engaged in the Tigers’ bid to drag themselves back into the Barclays Premier League. He will hope to win his fifth senior international cap when Ireland entertain Poland in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium. Brady said: “I have always been a Manchester United fan and I always will be. I love the club. But it was just the right time for me to get out and play. “I need to be playing every week, especially if I want to stay in the international set-up, so it was the right move. Obviously, part of me is disappointed and thinking, ‘What if?’, but you go away and play and work your way back to the top.” However, while Brady felt he had to leave United, he will always be grateful for the years he spent there learning his trade. Asked if he was determined to prove Sir Alex Ferguson wrong for letting him go, he said: “He’s got a lot to think about. He’s got so many players to accommodate and make sure he gets the best out of his players. “I’ve been taught so much at Manchester United in the last few years, I really appreciate everything they have done for me. But I would love to go back and hopefully show him something while I get back to the top.” Brady scored on his senior international debut in a friendly against Oman in September last year and has figured in each of the three games Ireland have played since. Indeed, Giovanni Trapattoni turned to him in his hour of need when, after a 6-1 World Cup qualifier drubbing by Germany in October, he handed him a start in the 4-1 defeat of the Faroe Islands in Torshavn amid a frenzy of speculation over the manager’s future. Brady said: “I had been playing well before that and to have his trust put in me, it was brilliant for me. I was over the moon when I got the nod. Although I thought I could have played a bit better at times, I was still happy with the start. I know he’s got faith in me, so hopefully I can repay that by playing well.” Press Association
CALGARY, A.B. – The Northeast B.C. Yukon Midget Trackers were in Calgary over the weekend for the International Hockey Association Tournament.In game one of the IHA Tournament, on Thursday, January 31, the Trackers faced IHA. The Trackers managed to win the game 7-1 over IHA.On Friday morning, for game two, the Trackers took on the Edge. After a close game, the Trackers managed to pull away with a win of 3-2 over the Edge.- Advertisement -Then for game three, on Friday afternoon, the Trackers faced Fort Saskatchewan. The Trackers would sweep this game 6-1, moving the Trackers to the semi-finals.In the semi-finals on Saturday, the Trackers took on St. Albert. The Midget Trackers ended up winning that game 5-1, advancing them to the finals.On Sunday, the Trackers faced the Northwest Bruins for the finals. The Trackers managed to win gold after winning the finals 4-1 over the Bruins.Advertisement Up next, the Trackers will return to regular play for a road trip series on Friday, February 8 as they take on the St. Albert Blues. Game time is 8:45 p.m. at the CMM.Then on February 9, the Trackers will be headed to Morinville to take on the Sturgeon Sting. Puck drop is 3:15 p.m.The final game of the weekend series will be on Sunday, February 10 as they face the Maple Leaf Athletic Club at the Confederation Arena in Edmonton. Game time is 1:30 p.m.
DENVER — The Warriors shot at a frenetic pace, either setting or nearing franchise and NBA records seemingly anytime the ball left their fingertips.Once the flood of shots stopped dropping through the hoop, the Warriors cemented a 142-111 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday with two messages that became louder with almost every 3-pointer they took.One, the Warriors (30-14) retook supremacy of the Western Conference over the Denver Nuggets (29-14) perhaps for good, rectified a …
HOUSTON – Draymond Green fell and his head slammed hard on the ground.That moment did not just capture Green feeling in a state of pain. It marked the latest back-and-forth he has had with Rockets guard James Harden in the Warriors-Rockets playoff series.First, Green had injured Harden’s eyes in Game 2 after delivering an inadvertent elbow. Then in the Warriors’ eventual Game 4 loss to Houston on Tuesday, Harden took a 3-pointer over Green before his left arm struck Green’s left shoulder and …
Johannesburg is known as the City of Gold. (Image: Brand South Africa)Johannesburg, Friday 5 February 2016 – Positioning South Africa as a globally competitive destination is central to Brand South Africa’s mandate. Throughout the month of February Brand South Africa will engage with various stakeholders in the Northern Cape, Free State and Western Cape to discuss the vital contribution each province adds to South Africa’s national competitiveness.Cities are critical in purveying the image of a globally competitive country and are therefore of utmost importance in building and communicating national competitiveness. Brand South Africa has therefore throughout 2015 hosted workshops across the country to ascertain the views of a variety of stakeholders in building the country’s reputation and competitiveness.Media are invited to join in on the discussions around how all sectors of society can work together to position South Africa as investment globally competitive destination. In addition to these discussions, Brand South Africa will share nation brand corporate identity toolkit to empower attendees to cohesively communicate a positive image of South Africa across various communications platforms.Media are invited as follows:Northern Cape:Date: Wednesday 10 February 2016Time: 09h00-16h00Venue: Protea Hotel, Kimberley Big Hole, W Circular Road, KimberleyWestern Cape:Date: Wednesday 17 February 2016Time: 09h00-16h00Venue: TBCFree State:Date: Wednesday 24 February 2016Time: 09h00-16h00Venue: TBCRSVP: Please confirm your attendance with Kelly Davids on [email protected] Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Kelly DavidsTel: +27 11 712 5072Mobile: +27 (0) 74 928 4285Email: [email protected]
South Africa’s NDP is a detailed blueprint for how the country can eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by the year 2030. Download key documents here.• Overview• Document downloads• Quality basic education• Health care for all• Safety & freedom from fear• Economy & employment• A skilled workforce• Economic infrastructure• Vibrant rural communities• Sustainable human settlements• Accountable local government• Natural environment• South Africa in the world• Efficient public service• Inclusive social protection• Nation building, social cohesion Researched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderDownload key documents about the plan, the Medium Term Strategic Framework to implement priorities by 2019, and broader policy initiatives.The National Development Plan – overview• National Development Plan (NDP) – full text• NDP Executive Summary• Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014 to 2019 – full text• Infographic – Business Day: What South Africa will be like in 2030• Infographic – Business Day: Diagnostic analysis for the National Development PlanOUTCOME 1Quality basic education• NDP Chapter 9: Improving education, training and innovation• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 1: Quality basic education• Department of Basic Education Action Plan to 2019• Infographic – Business Day: Improving education, training and innovationOUTCOME 2A long and healthy life for all South Africans• NDP Chapter 11: Promoting health• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 2: A long and healthy life for all South Africans• Department of Health Strategic Plan 2014 to 2019• Infographic – Business Day: Promoting healthOUTCOME 3All people in South Africa are and feel safe• NDP Chapter 12: Building safer communities• NDP Chapter 14: Promoting accountability and fighting corruption• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 3: All people in South Africa are and feel safe• Business Against Crime: Criminal Justice System Review• Statistics South Africa: Victims of Crime Survey 2012• Infographic – Business Day: Building safer communities• Infographic – Business Day: Promoting accountability and fighting corruptionOUTCOME 4Decent employment through inclusive economic growth• NDP Chapter 3: Economy and employment• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 4: Decent employment through inclusive economic growth• Framework of the New Economic Growth Path• New Growth Path booklet• Industrial Policy Action Plan• Summary of the National Infrastructure Plan• Infographic – Business Day: Economy and employmentOUTCOME 5A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path• NDP Chapter 9: Improving education, training and innovation• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 5: A skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path• New Growth Path: National Skills Accord• Infographic – Business Day: Improving education, training and innovationOUTCOME 6An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network• NDP Chapter 4: Economy infrastructure – the foundation of social and economic development• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 6: An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network• The National Infrastructure Plan • Framework of the New Economic Growth Path• New Growth Path booklet• Infographic – Business Day: Economic infrastructureOUTCOME 7Vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities contributing to food security for all• NDP Chapter 6: An integrated and inclusive rural economy• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 7: Comprehensive rural development and land reform• Infographic – Business Day: An integrated and inclusive rural economyOUTCOME 8Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life• NDP Chapter 8: Transforming human settlement and the national space economy• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 8: Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life• Infographic – Business Day: Transforming human settlement and the national space economyOUTCOME 9A responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government system• NDP Chapter 13: Building a capable and developmental state• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 9: Responsive, accountable, effective and efficient developmental local government system• Infographic – Business Day: Building a capable and developmental stateOUTCOME 10Protecting and enhancing our environmental assets and natural resources• NDP Chapter 5: Environmental sustainability – An equitable transition to a low-carbon economy• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 10: Protect and enhance our environmental assets and natural resources• New Growth Path: Green Economy Accord• Infographic – Business Day: Environmental sustainabilityOUTCOME 11Create a better South Africa, contribute to a better and safer Africa in a better world• NDP Chapter 7: South Africa in the region and the world• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 11: Create a better South Africa, contribute to a better and safer Africa in a better world• Infographic – Business Day: Positioning South Africa in the worldOUTCOME 12An efficient, effective and development-oriented public service• NDP Chapter 13: Building a capable and developmental state• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 12: An efficient, effective and development-oriented public service• Infographic – Business Day: Building a capable and developmental stateOUTCOME 13An inclusive and responsive social protection system• NDP Chapter 11: Social protection• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 13: An inclusive and responsive social protection system• Infographic – Business Day: Social protectionOUTCOME 14A diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identity• NDP Chapter 15: Nation building and social cohesion• MTSF 2014-2019 Outcome 14: Nation building and social cohesion• Infographic – Business Day: Nation buildingUpdated December 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Read Next Norwood anchored the Painters’ defense against TNT’s fiery import Glen Rice Jr., who shot just 8-of-28 from the field, including 1-of-12 from long range.And playing good defense was also ROS coach Caloy Garcia’s reminder to his players before the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told them from the beginning we’re a good matchup against TNT. Matchup-wise with the import, with the locals, I believe that we’re almost running the same system, so it’s all about who wants it more on the defensive side,” he said after his team eked out a 106-102 win to stay alive for a semifinals ticket.Norwood was the primary defender tasked to slow down Rice, who is coming off a 36-point performance in a blowout win over Barangay Ginebra four nights ago. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PBA IMAGESGabe Norwood wasn’t around when Rain or Shine handily beat TNT in the elimination round last month.The Elasto Painters may not have needed Norwood as much that time, but they certainly needed his services in their quarterfinals duel on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a good effort for us in the endgame but that’s not how we win games. We need to play hard. The good thing about this is we showed that we can beat them if we play like that for the whole game,” Rice said. “But it’s gonna be hard for te team team if we play like that only for a quarter or half a quarter.”“No pressure. We’re still in the same position that we were in today. We gotta win one game. I think we fine. Coaches have to adjust a little bit but I think we’re fine.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Norwood knows how good of a player Rice is, especially on the offensive end and the swingman thinks, the former Washington Wizard is not going to miss those many shots in the do-or-die on Friday.“There won’t be many nights when Glen Rice’s gonna shoot 7-for-20 something. Lot of those are open looks that didn’t drop,” said Norwood, who also gave the Painters a lift offensively with 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting from downtown.Rice is also not the only player Rain or Shine has to watch out for.“We just gotta come out and make them work for their shots. Jayson and also Kelly came out. Semerad played well. There’s a lot of threats over there that we gotta concentrate on.”Rice is confident TNT can bounce back. It also helped that despite the loss, the KaTropa gave themselves a chance to win in the end even after facing a 20-point lead midway through the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Matt Nieto reaping rewards of hardwork over off season View comments
In a massive embarrassment for the Indian contingent at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta and wrestling referee Virender Malik have been arrested on different charges. According to reports, while Mehta has been arrested for drunken driving, Malik is facing a more serious charge of sexual assault. Media reports, quoting a Scotland Yard spokesperson, stated that “two male members – aged 45 and 49 – were arrested on separate charges.” The two will be produced in court tomorrow.The duo, however, is not part of the official 215-strong contingent which is staying in the Games village. Both of them were reportedly lodged at a local hotel.
Sanju Viswanathan SamsonWhen the news of his entry into the Indian cricket team reached 19-year-old Sanju Viswanathan Samson, he was attending his usual training session in the Thiruvanthapuram Medical College ground.When he returned to his residence Liji Hut in Mulloorkonam, a coastal fisherman village near Vizhinjam at 8 pm on Tuesday, he was welcomed by villagers and TV channel crews outside his house.Sanju will be fighting England in the five-match ODI series and one-off Twenty 20 against England. The first match of the series begins in Bristol on August 25.When the news of his inclusion in the team came as TV on 7 pm, Sanju returned home in a car to seek blessings of his family and friends.Sanju said the news was confirmed by a friend on the way back. His father Viswanath Samson, a former policeman in Delhi Police, was excited.His mother, Liji Samson, said she was blessed to have a son like Sanju.”I am extremely happy to find place in the team. But I don’t expect anything from the game. All I wish is to play well to bring fame to the Indian team. The selection to the Indian team increases my responsibility,” said Sanju Samson to reporters.Sanju studied in Delhi till Class 7 since his father was in Delhi Police.In fact, it was Viswanath Samson, a football coach who inspired Sanju to take up cricket.Though his father tried to get his son a place in cricket camps run by former cricketers, he failed to convince them about his son’s talents. advertisementHe later quit his job and returned to Kerala.Sanju later found a way to his guru and former Ranji coach Biju Varghese.”I inquired about the details of the cricket coaching to Sandeep Raveendran, a boy I met on the road with cricket kit while on his way to training. I was introduced to the camp run by Biju through former BCCI statistician Sudheer Ali,” Sanju said about his beginning in an earlier interview.He was selected to the under-13 Kerala cricket team in 2007. He showed calibre as a batsman in the first match by hitting a century.His talent was at its peak when he scored a double century in the first match in under-16 Kerala team. He was selected to Kerala Ranji team in 2011 where he scored another century in the first match against Vidharbha.Sanju was picked up by Rajastan Royals IPL team in 2013. He scored 339 runs in the IPL.His performance in the ODI against India will decide whether he would find place in the Indian team in the World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand.Sanju and his family went to the churches in and around Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday to pray.”I will be there at the Medical College grounds in Thiruvanthapuram on Wednesday too for training,” said Sanju before leaving the residence.It is the ground that turned the destiny of an ordinary coastal village boy to that of an Indian cricket team member.
Mumbai, Feb 26 (PTI) Despite an over threefold growth in revenue, low-cost carrier AirAsia India today reported narrowing down of its operating loss to Rs 25.65 crore in the December quarter.The airline had reported a loss of Rs 65 crore in the July-September period of 2015.The statement from the airline did not shared the year on year figures. AirAsia India began operations in June 2014.The loss comes even as every other airline that has declared their numbers has reported record profits on rising traffic coupled with record low fuel costs.The airline, which is promoted by Tata Sons, AirAsia and Arun Bhatia said revenue rose 232 per cent to Rs 208 crore and it registered strong capacity growth of 133 per cent.The revenue increase was due to increased seats factor as well as fare increases, which on an average rose by 12 per cent to Rs 3,626 coupled with a 133 per cent jump in the ancillary revenue per passenger, which grew to Rs 492.In the September quarter, the airline had reported an increase in operational losses at Rs 65 crore, even as its revenues rose during the same period.AirAsia Group Chief Executive Tony Fernandes said, “Our operations in India are geared to grow further after a year in service as we believe our low fares and excellent product appeal to travellers who remain underserved by air travel.”Load factor improved to 84 per cent amid heightened competition by other players, while total passengers carried increased 134 per cent to 0.51 million,” he said.On outlook, Fernandes said fuel trended lower in the quarter, which undoubtedly remains favourable for all airlines. The group as a whole saw a great end to 2015 with record profitability and looks to 2016 with a positive light.advertisementHe expressed hope that AirAsia India will witness a new phase of growth and will work towards keeping its cost under check, with increased focus on ancillary revenue.Last week, Fernandes had said here that AirAsia India, which has six aircraft in its fleet now, would add two more planes shortly. While launching the carrier, he had said that the airline would add one plane every month. It put on hold the fleet expansion plans citing “lack of clarity” on the policy front. PTI BEN SDL ABK RDS