Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked about a number of issues at his press conference ahead of Sunday’s home game with Hull City. Here is some of what the Italian had to say.On Diego Costa“He had a training session on Tuesday with the rest of the team and he trained very well. He hasn’t [any] pain in his back – for this reason he’s available.“On Sunday and Monday, he trained with a fitness coach because it is important to prepare his body to have a good session on Tuesday.”On Costa’s future“I think the player wants to stay at Chelsea. He’s very happy to play with us – this idea [a move to China] is far from his mind.“He’s happy to stay here, to play with us. This is the most important thing for us. I don’t see any problem.”On reports of a bust-up with CostaEmbed from Getty Images“After the game against Leicester, I told you the truth [that Costa was injured].“I heard a lot of speculation about Diego, but now the most important thing is that he trained with us this week, he hasn’t any pain in his back, and is available to come back in our squad against Hull City.“Diego is an important player for us. When he stays in a good form, he’s always played. Will he start against Hull? We’ll see on Sunday. I do not want to give an advantage to our opponent.”On whether Costa should get a new contract“I think now it’s better to be concentrated on the present, not the future. It’s important to have these [next] four months in a very strong way, and then we’ll see.“It’s important now to be focused on the present and not to see too far, in my opinion.“Diego is a good player, he is a good person and now he’s only focused on Chelsea and to play with us and to continue to help us.“He missed only one game but now he’s ready to come back with us. I’m sure about his commitment, his will to fight with this team to the end and to try to win the title.”On an offer from Bournemouth for Asmir Begovic“Asmir is an important player for me, on and off the pitch. He knows this.“There is this offer – me and the club, we are evaluating this offer. But it’s important to find the right solution for Asmir, for the club, for me.”On Costa’s possible return to the team“At the moment, for me to make a decision is not easy, because I have four or five players [who are] very strong in that position – I have Pedro, Willian, [Eden] Hazard, Costa and also Ruben [Loftus-Cheek].“It’s not easy because they are in good form, and they give me different options. For sure, I sleep some hours less to make the best decision but it is my task to pick the best players game-by-game.“I have to pick three players [up front] and if someone stays out it’s not for punishment, or for other stories. I like to make choices game-by-game, and also to consider the opponent.”On Nathan Ake“I evaluated his situation, I evaluated our situation and I think it’s a good reinforcement for us because Ake is a player that can play in different positions.“I think in this last two years he has played and improved a lot, and now he’s ready to play with this team, to stay with us and to help us.“This is the second week that he’s working with us – now he’s starting to go into our idea of football. I’m pleased to have him.”On whether Eduardo could replace Asmir Begovic“Eduardo is a great buy for us. He arrived as a third goalkeeper, that position is very clear in my mind.“I’m very happy for him because he is working very well, and he is helping me, helping Thibaut [Courtois] and Asmir a lot and also he is helping [goalkeeper coaches] Gianluca Spinelli and Hilario in their work. For me, he is doing very well.”On Fifa technical director’s Marco Van Basten’s proposed rule changesEmbed from Getty Images“I don’t like this because I think that if you start to change a lot of rules, it’s not good. With these [current] rules, football is very attractive. I don’t like wanting to try to take examples of the other sports. Football is football, other sports are other sports.”On Hull“You have to face this game with great concentration and focus on our target because if you think that these games are easy, you can make a great mistake and you can pay for this mistake at the end of the season.“For me, Hull City are a good team – in the last game they won against Bournemouth. They changed the coach and usually when you change the coach you have a great reaction from the players – we must pay great attention.” Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The final 23 players for the 32 squads competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup were announced after the deadline for confirmed teams passed on 1 June. Get the low-down on the 736 footballers who will be battling it out for the sport’s biggest trophy from 11 June to 11 July.More statistics on the 32 teams 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: FIRST STAGE GROUPS Group A South Africa Mexico Uruguay FranceGroup B Argentina Nigeria South Korea GreeceGroup C England USA Algeria SloveniaGroup D Germany Australia Serbia GhanaGroup E Netherlands Denmark Japan CameroonGroup F Italy Paraguay New Zealand SlovakiaGroup G Brazil North Korea Côte d’Ivoire PortugalGroup H Spain Switzerland Honduras Chile GROUP GBRAZIL Coach: Dunga # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperJúlio César3 September 1979 (aged 30)47Internazionale2DefenderMaicon26 July 1981 (aged 28)56Internazionale3DefenderLúcio (captain)8 May 1978 (aged 32)89Internazionale4DefenderJuan1 February 1979 (aged 31)73Roma5MidfielderFelipe Melo26 August 1983 (aged 26)16Juventus6DefenderMichel Bastos2 August 1983 (aged 26)3Lyon7MidfielderElano14 June 1981 (aged 28)41Galatasaray8MidfielderGilberto Silva7 October 1976 (aged 33)86Panathinaikos9ForwardLuís Fabiano8 November 1980 (aged 29)36Sevilla10MidfielderKaká22 April 1982 (aged 28)76Real Madrid11ForwardRobinho25 January 1984 (aged 26)73Santos12GoalkeeperGomes15 February 1981 (aged 29)9Tottenham Hotspur13DefenderDaniel Alves6 May 1983 (aged 27)33Barcelona14DefenderLuisão13 February 1981 (aged 29)40Benfica15DefenderThiago Silva22 September 1984 (aged 25)4Milan16DefenderGilberto25 April 1976 (aged 34)32Cruzeiro17MidfielderJosué19 July 1979 (aged 30)26Wolfsburg18MidfielderRamires24 March 1987 (aged 23)11Benfica19MidfielderJúlio Baptista1 October 1981 (aged 28)45Roma20MidfielderKléberson19 June 1979 (aged 30)31Flamengo21ForwardNilmar14 July 1984 (aged 25)15Villarreal22GoalkeeperDoni22 October 1979 (aged 30)10Roma23ForwardGrafite2 April 1979 (aged 31)2WolfsburgNORTH KOREA Coach: Kim Jong-Hun # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperRi Myong-Guk9 September 1986 (aged 23)28Pyongyang City2DefenderCha Jong-Hyok25 September 1985 (aged 24)31Amrokgang3DefenderRi Jun-Il24 August 1987 (aged 22)26Sobaeksu4MidfielderPak Nam-Chol2 July 1985 (aged 24)35April 255DefenderRi Kwang-Chon4 September 1985 (aged 24)41April 256ForwardKim Kum-Il10 October 1987 (aged 22)11April 257ForwardKim Myong-Won15 July 1983 (aged 26)9Amrokgang *8DefenderJi Yun-Nam20 November 1976 (aged 33)23April 259MidfielderRi Chol-Myong18 February 1988 (aged 22)10Pyongyang City10ForwardHong Yong-Jo (captain)22 May 1982 (aged 28)40Rostov11MidfielderMun In-Guk29 September 1978 (aged 31)42April 2512MidfielderKim Kyong-Il11 December 1988 (aged 21)7Rimyongsu13DefenderPak Chol-Jin5 September 1985 (aged 24)34Amrokgang14MidfielderPak Sung-Hyok30 May 1990 (aged 20)3Sobaeksu15MidfielderKim Yong-Jun19 July 1983 (aged 26)52Pyongyang City16DefenderNam Song-Chol7 May 1982 (aged 28)41April 2517ForwardChoe Kum-Chol9 February 1987 (aged 23)16April 2518GoalkeeperKim Myong-Gil16 October 1984 (aged 25)10Amrokgang19ForwardAn Chol-Hyok27 June 1985 (aged 24)16Rimyongsu20DefenderRi Kwang-Hyok17 August 1987 (aged 22)15Kyonggongop21DefenderPak Nam-Chol3 October 1988 (aged 21)12Amrokgang22MidfielderAhn Young-Hak25 October 1978 (aged 31)24Omiya Ardija23ForwardJong Tae-Se2 March 1984 (aged 26)20Kawasaki FrontaleCÔTE D’IVOIRE Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperBoubacar Barry30 December 1979 (aged 30)45Lokeren2GoalkeeperAristide Zogbo30 December 1981 (aged 28)6Maccabi Netanya3GoalkeeperDaniel Yeboah13 November 1984 (aged 25)4ASEC Mimosas4DefenderKolo Touré19 March 1981 (aged 29)76Manchester City5DefenderSiaka Tiéné22 March 1982 (aged 28)55Valenciennes6DefenderArthur Boka2 April 1983 (aged 27)54Stuttgart7DefenderEmmanuel Eboué4 June 1983 (aged 27)52Arsenal8DefenderGuy Demel13 June 1981 (aged 28)26Hamburg9DefenderSol Bamba13 January 1985 (aged 25)16Hibernian10DefenderSteve Gohouri8 February 1981 (aged 29)11Wigan Athletic11DefenderBenjamin Angoua28 November 1986 (aged 23)7Valenciennes12MidfielderDidier Zokora14 December 1980 (aged 29)80Sevilla12MidfielderAbdul Kader Keïta6 August 1981 (aged 28)55Galatasaray14MidfielderYaya Touré13 May 1983 (aged 27)47Barcelona15MidfielderKoffi NdriRomaric4 June 1983 (aged 27)38Sevilla16MidfielderEmmanuel Koné31 December 1986 (aged 23)12International17MidfielderCheick Tioté21 June 1986 (aged 23)8Twente18MidfielderJean-Jacques Gosso15 March 1983 (aged 27)6Monaco19ForwardDidier Drogba (captain)11 March 1978 (aged 32)63Chelsea20ForwardAruna Dindane26 November 1980 (aged 29)54Lens21ForwardSalomon Kalou5 August 1985 (aged 24)28Chelsea22ForwardGervinho27 May 1987 (aged 23)15Lille2323ForwardSeydou Doumbia31 December 1987 (aged 22)5Young BoysPORTUGAL Coach: Carlos Queiroz # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperEduardo19 September 1982 (aged 27)12Braga2DefenderBruno Alves27 November 1981 (aged 28)28Porto3DefenderPaulo Ferreira18 January 1979 (aged 31)59Chelsea4DefenderRolando31 August 1985 (aged 24)7Porto5DefenderDuda27 June 1980 (aged 29)14Málaga6DefenderRicardo Carvalho18 May 1978 (aged 32)60Chelsea7ForwardCristiano Ronaldo (captain)5 February 1985 (aged 25)69Real Madrid8MidfielderPedro Mendes26 February 1979 (aged 31)5Sporting CP9ForwardLiédson17 December 1977 (aged 32)7Sporting CP10MidfielderDanny7 August 1983 (aged 26)8Zenit Saint Petersburg11MidfielderSimão31 October 1979 (aged 30)79Atlético Madrid12GoalkeeperBeto1 May 1982 (aged 28)1Porto13DefenderMiguel4 January 1980 (aged 30)53Valencia14MidfielderMiguel Veloso11 May 1986 (aged 24)10Sporting CP15DefenderPepe26 February 1983 (aged 27)24Real Madrid16MidfielderRaul Meireles17 March 1983 (aged 27)31Porto17ForwardNani17 November 1986 (aged 23)34Manchester United18ForwardHugo Almeida23 May 1984 (aged 26)23Werder Bremen19MidfielderTiago2 May 1981 (aged 29)49Atlético Madrid20MidfielderDeco27 August 1977 (aged 32)71Chelsea21DefenderRicardo Costa16 May 1981 (aged 29)6Lille22GoalkeeperDaniel Fernandes25 September 1983 (aged 26)2Iraklis23DefenderFábio Coentrão11 March 1988 (aged 22)<3BenficaPREVIOUS: GROUP F << •>> NEXT: GROUP H
The Gauteng Stakeholder Workshop featured vibrant discussion about the existence of a country’s brand, the pros and cons of having one, and the best way to build a nation brand. It was widely agreed that all provinces should align with the overall nation brand message. From left to right, Sipho Mhlongo, from the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, Brand South Africa chief executive Kingsley Makhubela, and Joburg Mayor Parks Tau address stakeholders at the Gauteng Stakeholder Workshop on 19 August 2015. (Image: CD Anderson)• Brand South Africa salutes Cowen High School for winning the Umhlobo Wenene FM debate competition • Brand South Africa invites stakeholders to contribute to insights on the South African Nation Brand • Young South Africans plan to stay at home • People and complexity: the missing ingredients in celebrity activism for Africa • Brilliant young minds at the CSIR Priya PitamberSouth Africans should concentrate on the positive: “We should be defined by what we are doing.” This was the message from newly appointed chief executive Kingsley Makhubela at Brand South Africa’s Gauteng Stakeholder Workshop, held in Sandton on 19 August.Sipho Mhlongo, group executive for trade, investment and regulatory enablement at the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency welcomed everyone to the discussion, held at the Gauteng Investment Centre. He said there are many great things happening in South Africa.One strong message about positivityMakhubela spoke about the importance of the provinces and the country aligning the overall brand message. “It’s important that provinces align [brand] messages and in the process of aligning it, not shoot ourselves in the foot.”He brought up instances in which South Africa had performed well – surviving the 2008 economic downturn and not having to bail out any banks; the rapid growth of the corporate sector since the mid-90s; and the good performance of the country’s academic institutions. He pointed out that six South African universities featured in the Top 10 list of the Times Higher Education (THE) Africa University Ranking.Makhubela recounted an anecdote: he got an opportunity to study overseas but one of his lecturers at a South African university advised him it was important to study in Africa, because that way the knowledge was able to remain on the continent.But South Africa also faced huge problems, he admitted, bringing up the issue of the local drug cocktail, nyaope. “We are going to lose a generation [to drugs],” he warned. “These sorts of social issues need to be addressed.” And one way to do this was to grow the economy.Big city lifeJoburg Mayor Parks Tau noted the importance of cities in identifying problems and finding solutions. The South African Cities Network, which represents most of the country’s main cities, acknowledges the large role big cities played in a country.It publishes a State of the City report about the work done. “Cities have become important pointers of development,” Tau stressed. “Cities have a role to play in finding solutions and resolving complex issues.”Joburg, the largest city not close to a river or sea, was a city of migrants and their ability to make it grow resulted in its success. “Forty percent of the people in Joburg now, are born outside of Joburg.”While it had made strides in investing in infrastructure, problems still existed, such as traffic congestion. The solution did not exist in building more roads, the mayor said. “We have to create alternatives because we cannot build our way out of problems… It’s about changing our mind-set.”He encouraged the audience to take advantage of the upcoming #EcoMobility campaign in October, aimed at getting people out of cars and using other modes of transport.South African Competitiveness Forum Dr Petrus de Kock, Brand South Africa’s general manager for research, spoke about the need to find a way to position the brand of the country. (Image: Priya Pitamber)The first session of the day, by Dr Petrus de Kock, the general manager for research at Brand South Africa, was about the South African Competitiveness Forum (SACF). The inaugural SACF took place back in 2013, born of a need to identify the work of positioning the brand of the country.In his presentation, De Kock described the SACF as a call “on all South Africans to play their part and engage in collaborative efforts to build a strong national reputation based on a globally competitive economy”.“As Brand South Africa, we have to understand the range and strengths of the nation to market it to the world and locally. Getting input from provinces can help with the messaging sent out,” he added.There was also opportunity to learn from where the country had succeeded and apply those lessons to challenges.A few discussion points emerged from the session, too, including the recent xenophobic incidents in the country and the response to them. De Kock said there was a lot of messaging in that period from the government and officials. Brand South Africa also studied the social response. “It doesn’t matter how small a group is, damage can be caused to the reputation,” De Kock observed.Other topics of discussion were whether it was possible to tackle negative perceptions of the country; whether it was a risk to build a nation brand; how the media could help in building a positive image of the country; the funding of small and medium enterprises; and how South Africa’s sense of pride was defined.“National pride is linked to inner emotions; it’s more than tourism and sport,” a speaker said.Nation Brand Master Class Brand South Africa acting chief marketing officer Sithembile Ntombela gave a Master Class on the Nation Brand. (Image: Priya Pitamber)Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s acting chief marketing officer, conducted the Nation Brand Master Class. She said it was important build the nation, to find a nice narrative of South Africa. “We are selling our country,” she said.“The master class is about building a nation brand that at its core is unified through its diversity,” she noted in her presentation. “Building anything requires taking many pieces that work and fit together to make the bigger picture complete.”Provinces should align their messages with that of the country, Ntombela added, which would require a lot of planning. “We must relay true and relevant messages,” she said. “And promote a common sense of identity and pride.”A puzzle approach would work best because it could be used to “educate and guide key stakeholders in the intricacies of handling a nation brand, we created work that literally shows that everyone has a part to play in making our country a complete and competing nation”.Brazil, she said by way of example, was automatically associated with flair, the samba, and carnival; history was attached to Egypt, India and Peru; so too could South Africa create its unique stamp to sell to the rest of the world.Feedback on researchDe Kock shared the outcomes from the extensive research conducted by Brand South Africa, and it showed good news.“You can’t sell the brand of a country, without inside buy-in,” he reasoned. So the research started in the domestic arena, to find out what issues were on the minds of South Africans. It made use of a diverse national sample of 2 524 people.The Domestic Perceptions Research showed that while there were concerns among South Africans relating to crime, corruption and a lack of job opportunities, it also found that “citizens want to focus on solutions. And South Africans are willing to take action, rather than wait for someone else to do so.”Findings also showed that the majority of the population was under 35 and lived in urban areas; there was an increase in the middle class after 1994; 92% of the sample interviewed had a “good” or “strong” sense of pride; and many South Africans were aspirant that their children would live a better life than what they did.Country Messaging Framework Manusha Pillai, the Brand South Africa general manager of communications, talked about the Country Messaging Framework. (Image: Priya Pitamber)Brand South Africa’s Manusha Pillai, the general manager of communications, spoke about the National Development Plan (NDP) and how it could be tied into the country’s messaging framework.Pillars of the Country Messaging Framework mirrored the NDP and included tourism, culture and heritage, policy, people, brands, and investment and recruitment, all to be used to market South Africa.“Brand South Africa has been working with a various stakeholders from government, business and civil society to compile this Country Messaging Framework,” she said in her presentation, in which she described South Africans as having an energy and great problem-solving skills.
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Mahela Jayawardene held the key for Sri Lanka after quick wickets pushed them on the backfoot as the visitors looked to put a good challenge before the hosts playing in the ICC World Cup finals at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.Mahela’s 103 not out (88 balls) gave the Sri Lankan middle order some stability which helped the team reach a decent total of 274 at the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs.Batting at number four, Mahela stayed put holding the crease at one end even as other batsmen kept coming and returning to the pavilion. With his silken stroke play and calm presence at the crease, he scored all around the wicket hitting pacers and spinners with ease.Mahela and skipper K. Sangakkara were scoring freely until Yuvraj took the latter’s wicket in the 28th over as Lanka lost their third wicket at 122 runs. The visitors were in trouble when wickets fell in quick succession in the 39th (Samaraweera) and 40th overs (Kapugedera). After 40 overs, Sri Lanka were struggling at 183/5.
The Government will commence the Montego Bay Waterfront Protection Project in the upcoming fiscal year with an allocation of $400 million.Details are given in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.Activities under the project, which are expected to begin in April 2019, involve the rehabilitation of the Montego Bay Groynes. This is to reduce the loss of beachfront acreage to coastal erosion and protect valuable coastal resources along the Montego Bay Waterfront and marine ecosystems in the area.A groyne is a rigid structure built from an ocean shore (in coastal engineering) or from a bank (in rivers) that interrupts water flow and limits the movement of sediment. It is usually made out of wood, concrete or stone.In the ocean, groynes create beaches or prevent them being washed away by longshore drift (a geological process that consists of the transportation of sediments – clay, silt, sand and shingle – along a coast parallel to the shoreline).Up to December 2018 under the project, drawings and tender documents for the pilot (Southern Groyne) had been completed; and Terms of Reference completed for updated designs for all other groynes.The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, through funding from the Government of Jamaica, is expected to end in March 2021.