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Round-up: Terry could face Spurs, Kane injury, Colkett contract, Pattie loan

first_imgJohn Terry will miss Chelsea’s trip to Bournemouth on Saturday but could return against Tottenham on 2 May.The skipper has been struggling with an Achilles injury and the Blues have set a date by which time he must be in full training to be considered for the Spurs clash.Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, who masterminded a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge in December, has outlined the key tactic he will employ to beat the reigning champions for a second time.Meanwhile, holders Chelsea tonight drew 1-1 at Manchester City in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup final.Brentford expect to have Chelsea loanee John Swift back in their squad for Saturday’s trip to MK Dons, while Fulham are close to a clean bill of health ahead of their game against Nottingham Forest, bar one absentee.Swift looks likely to return for BrentfordThe amount the area’s clubs spent on fees to agents this season was revealed by the Football Association, with QPR explaining why they had forked out more than anyone else in the Championship.In other news from the FA, Fulham were fined £5,000 after admitting a charge relating to their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Brighton.The agent of Whites midfielder Lasse Vigen Christensen has claimed the Dane is still in talks over a new deal at Craven Cottage, having apparently rejected an initial offer.Chelsea, meanwhile, have announced that Charlie Colkett, 19, has signed a new three-year contract – but Todd Kane has flown home from a loan spell in the Netherlands after suffering a serious injury.Kane was stretched off while playing for NEC on WednesdayThere has also been plenty of transfer gossip. Chelsea are reportedly monitoring former Newcastle playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa and continue to be linked with Everton duo John Stones and Romelu Lukaku, while German media reports claim Fulham are interested in signing ex-Nottingham Forest utility player Felix Bastians.QPR teenager Ben Pattie has extended his loan spell with Hendon, enabling the striker to play for the Greens in next month’s London Senior Cup final.In rugby, Nick Evans scored 14 points, including a try, on his return from a broken leg to send Harlequins into the European Challenge Cup final with a 30-6 thrashing of Grenoble.And in cricket, Middlesex opener Sam Robson has been talking about the progress he has made on his technique to allow him to start his 2016 season in record-breaking fashion.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Safety tips for travellers in South Africa

first_imgCrime in South Africa, like many other places in today’s world, can be a problem, but all you need to do is take the usual sensible precautions and follow some basic safety rules.South Africa has many unique attractions for global visitors. As with most destinations, there are dangers to be aware of, but with the right precautions taken, tourists can avoid these and enjoy their visit. (Image: Wikipedia)Know where you’re going before you set off, particularly at night, watch your possessions, don’t walk alone in dodgy areas, lock your doors at night.And, like anywhere else, there are some areas of the major cities that are known to be more risky than others. It is easy to avoid these and still have a good time.If you cannot avoid such areas, then don’t wear visible jewellery or carry cameras and bags over your shoulder. Limit the amount of money you carry on you and keep mobile phones and wallets tucked away where no one can see them.Check beforehand that the areas you plan to visit are safe by asking hotel staff or police.Other sensible advice is not to hitchhike, or don’t accept or carry items for strangers.Make sure when leaving South Africa or travelling within the country that you wrap your luggage in plastic wrap. There are wrapping stations at most international airports.Important South African safety advice includes avoiding deserted areas at night; securing valuables such as photographic equipment and wallets on your person; and leaving expensive, flashy jewellery locked in your hotel safe while out and about.If you intend travelling to malaria areas, take the necessary prophylaxis before you leave home.Watch videos by South African Tourism on highlights, attractions and travel advice.  Vehicle safetyWhen driving a private vehicle, either borrowed or hired, take some simple precautions to avoid car hijackings or “smash-and-grabs”.As a driver, be on the alert when coming to a halt at traffic lights or stop streets, as well as when arriving at or leaving any premises. Car doors should always be locked, and valuables are better kept in the boot or under the seats.Plan your route beforehand. Make sure the map you consult is a current one.When parking at night, choose well-lit or security-patrolled parking areas. Street security guards will usually ask whether they can watch over your car, and in return should be paid a small fee – anything from R5 upwards.In rural areas, watch out for wild or farm animals – road signage will warn you when you need to take care.Only use reputable tour operators and travel and transport services. If you’re not sure, ask your hotel to recommend a service provider for you or contact the National Tourism Information and Safety Line on 083 123 2345.ATM safetyWhen using automatic teller machines (ATMs) in South Africa, practise the generally accepted safety precautions you would employ when at home.Never accept an offer from a stranger to help you with your transaction. Be alert and watch that no one steals your card when you turn your back.If your ATM card is withheld by the machine, approach the bank to release it, or call the helpline number that can be found at the ATM.When using a credit card in restaurants, ask the waiter to bring a portable credit card machine to your table. If your card is declined, check with restaurant management that the second machine used belongs to the establishment. Report stolen or lost cards immediately.Hotel safetyNever leave your luggage and other possessions unattended. Know where your things are.Remember to store valuables in the safety deposit box and keep your room locked at all times.Don’t leave your room keys lying around; rather hand the key in at the desk when you leave.EmergenciesDial 10111 from a landline for the police and briefly explain what happened. This call is free from any phone box or landline. If you are using a cellular phone dial 112 and your call will be transferred to the appropriate emergency service.If you’re in your hotel room, contact the emergency number provided or the front desk.For further assistance, contact the National Tourism Information and Safety Line on 083 123 2345.Lost passportsIt’s a good idea to travel with certified photocopies of your valuable documents, keeping the originals in a safe place.If you lose your passport, report the loss as soon as possible to the South African Police Service, as well as to your country’s embassy or consulate in South Africa. For a full list of embassies and consulates, visit the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Source: Dirco, South African Police Service, South African TourismWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Innovation: Decline in Startups Threaten US Economy

first_imgStartups and small businesses in the US have a history of driving innovation. But they are in trouble. Economist Tyler Cowen said that “these days Americans are less likely to switch jobs, less likely to move around the country, and, on a given day, less likely to go outside the house at all the economy is more ossified, more controlled, and growing at lower rates.” Small businesses and startups in the US are struggling. Studies by the Kauffman Foundation and Brookings Institution have found that the number of new businesses declined in the US 44 percent since 1978. More businesses are shutting down rather than starting up. John Dearie, executive vice president for policy at the Financial Services Forum, said that “new businesses are disproportionately responsible for the innovation that drives productivity and economic growth, and they account for virtually all net new job creation. I would say, as a policy person, this is nothing short of a national emergency.”center_img Patrick Barnhill, President of Specialist ID, said that “small businesses are more innovative because of their company structure. The small structure allows for quick decision-making without the hassle of going through layers of approval, which can slow down company processes. Small businesses also have to be more creative than their larger counterparts due to a much smaller budget. This forces out-of-the-box thinking and innovation.” But starting a company is risky and takes some amount of funding which is often difficult to get. Americans are becoming more complacent.last_img read more

Tripura Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman removed from State’s Council of Ministers

first_imgTripura Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman has been removed from BJP-led coalition government in Tripura. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who was unhappy with Mr. Barman for his alleged anti-party activities, effected the change late Friday night.An official notification signed by in-charge Chief Secretary Kumar Alok said Chief Minister will oversee three of four departments held by Mr. Barman while Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarman will hold one department.The notification said Sudip Roy Barman ‘ceased to be a member of the council of ministers.’Mr. Barman was not seen anywhere during the BJP’s campaigns before the Lok Sabha elections. He even appealed people to vote for ‘eligible candidates’ which did not go down well with BJP top brass.Mr. Barman, along with several Congress MLAs, joined the saffron party ahead of assembly elections held in February 2018. He was a strong contender for post of Chief Minister.last_img read more