first_img 6 Petr Cech: Chelsea and still one of the best in the business – Cech was dumped as first-choice Chelsea goalkeeper at the start of the season to make way for Thibaut Courtois. The 32-year-old is a reliable goalie and has been linked with a loan move to Anfield, with the Reds not considered title rivals to Jose Mourinho’s high-flying Blues. For the second successive game, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was dropped in favour of Brad Jones.The Reds’ first choice goalie has endured endless criticism this season, with former Liverpool keeper Chris Kirkland telling talkSPORT it’s up to Mignolet to reclaim his place.“Brad’s been patient, as all number twos have to be, and the only way you [are given a start] is through injury or loss of form and Brad’s got the gloves now.”Here, talkSPORT looks at the candidates being lined up as replacement’s for the Belgium international. 6 Norberto Neto: Fiorentina ace who could be a bargain – Neto’s contract expires at the end of the season, meaning Liverpool could sign him on the cheap in January or pick him up for free in the summer. Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle said: “I hope that [Neto] won’t abandon us, but the situation doesn’t look good to me.” Juventus and Roma have been linked with transfers, but the 25-year-old Brazilian claims he does not want to join a Serie A rival, paving the way for a move to Anfield. Sergio Romero: Sampdoria and a World Cup finalist – Romero caught the eye during the summer after starring for Argentina at the World Cup and it is thought his agent Mino Raiola, who also represents Mario Balotelli, is working on pushing something through. The 27-year-old has been at Sampdoria since 2011 and was rumoured to have rejected Man United in the summer. 6 Mattia Perin: Genoa and Italy’s rising star – Click the arrow to see other replacements for Mignolet – Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is rumoured to be chasing a replacement for under-fire goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, so talkSPORT looks at the possible candidates beginning with Genoa and Italy’s rising star. Speed, agility, a great shot stopper – Perin appears to have all the necessary attributes to succeed Gianluigi Buffon, as some fans believe he will, in Italy’s goal. Liverpool are thought to have sent scouts to look at the 22-year-old, however, Perin’s agent said the player could be staying put until the end of the season at least. That is unless “somebody came with an undeniably good offer, then he would leave,” Matteo Roggi said. 6 Guillermo Ochoa: Malaga and a Mexico World Cup star – Ochoa’s stock soared during the 2014 World Cup where highlights included a man of the match display against Brazil. He pulled off an extraordinary save from Neymar’s goal-bound header in the group stage match and there are even rumours Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign the 29-year-old for £3m from Malaga with the Mexico international playing second fiddle to Carlos Kameni in Spain. Asmir Begovic: Stoke and a proven Premier League goalkeeper – Stoke keeper Begovic has spoken of his desire to test himself at the highest level in the future and a £10m price tag has been banded about for the player, whose contract expires in 2016. Begovic was a Liverpool target in 2013, but after a move failed to materialise, Mignolet was signed. 6 6last_img read more

first_imgSinger in exile Miriam Makeba addressesthe United Nations General Assembly in1976. The occasion was the debate onapartheid, and Makeba was a delegate ofthe Republic of Guinea. A boycott of South African musical IpiNtombi in 1977 led to the show’spremature closing. A T-shirt saluting South African women.(All images: African Activist Archive)Janine ErasmusA new online resource aims to preserve an important slice of shared African and American history covering 50 years of activism in the US against apartheid and colonialism. The African Activist Archive project has so far collected over 1 300 documents and artefacts, which are now available for perusal on its website.Spanning the latter half of the 20th century, the project collects records of various forms related to activities undertaken in solidarity with the freedom struggle of Africans.These include historical materials such as pamphlets, newsletters, leaflets, political buttons, posters, T-shirts, photographs, and audio and video recordings. The archive is also putting together a collection of interviews with activists involved in the movement, and will accept written personal recollections too.The African Activist Archive (AAA) is calling for any relevant material to be donated, archived and made available to the public.Besides the hundreds of historical items, the AAA also maintains an extensive directory of similar archives held by libraries and historical societies worldwide.African focusThe AAA has a particular geographical focus on activist action in Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Namibia (then South West Africa), South Africa, and Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) – although not exclusively.While the project is primarily an online resource, it is encouraging people in possession of archival material to preserve these priceless records by depositing them in public repositories such as its own. To this end, it will assist groups and individuals as much as possible.Initiated in 2003, the AAA has received support from the Ford Foundation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, educational non-profit organisation Our Developing World, the Normandie and Samuel Rubin foundations, which focus on humanitarian and social causes, individual donors and churches, and a number of others.AAA is run with the help of the Michigan State University library, which keeps all material in its Special Collections section. Said Cliff Haka, library director, “These collections of documents, posters, photographs, T-shirts, and audio and video tapes are building on two of the library’s nationally-recognised areas of strength – in African studies and American radicalism.”Priceless recordsThe earliest documents in the collection date back to 1962 and concern the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa held in that year. Present at the conference were Martin Luther King, Jr and other key civil rights leaders of that time.The collection also features invitations to various significant events such as a dinner commemorating the eighth anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre of 1960, and information regarding the Patrice Lumumba Coalition, the Polaroid Revolutionary Workers Movement, Winnie Mandela Solidarity Coalition, and the Pan-African Liberation Committee and Southern Africa Relief Fund organised by students at Harvard University.History buffs will be fascinated by candid photographs of struggle stalwarts Miriam Makeba, Albert Lutuli, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, and others. The AAA also features visual documentation of protests against the 1964 Rivonia Trial, a 1977 boycott against the South African stage show Ipi Ntombi, which resulted in its premature closure, South African participation in the 1978 Davis Cup tennis tournament, and the sale of Krugerrands across the US, among many others.There is much more – material such as politically-themed pamphlets, buttons and T-shirts make up a part of this absorbing collection. Recorded interviews with the likes of former Minister of Education Kader Asmal and distinguished sociologist/academic Ben Magubane, conducted during their time of exile, are available.The struggle for freedom in other countries such as Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Angola is also documented, although according to project manager Christine Root, it is the forgotten materials that people may have in their garages and attics that are of particular interest to AAA. “We are eager to add materials and interviews from more activists to more fully represent this diverse movement,” she said.Fighting for justiceThe American civil rights movement was born long before colonialism and apartheid came to Africa, as there were slaves in the US before the first settlers set foot on South African soil. The first documented instance of slavery in the US dates back to 1619 whilst settlers came to the Cape in 1652. However, activities in the 20th century thrust the moment into international prominence.From the 1950s through to the end of the century, the civil rights movement in the US was strong and vocal, and key events such as the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 brought figures such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr to prominence. At the time the young Baptist minister was president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, the organisation that directed the boycott.Many activists were also involved in the struggle of African people against colonialism, apartheid and social injustice through individual efforts and organised movements. Among these were the Free South Africa Movement and the Southern Africa Support Project, which assisted people in Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa in their struggle for freedom. Archival records of the latter movement are held at Howard University in Washington, DC.People of all races joined anti-apartheid demonstrations in their individual capacity or as members of organisations that sprang up across the US. Through campus, union and community demonstrations, sit-ins, corporate boycotts and disinvestment, and media and music campaigns, activists took a stand against injustice.Promotional material such as newsletters, pamphlets, leaflets, posters, buttons, T-shirts, photos, and slideshows have taken their place in history, as have policy and strategy documents, various items of correspondence, minutes of meetings, and media reports and interviews. Although many organisations may have since faded away, these vital records remain.The US-African solidarity initiative was an important part of the broader struggle against the racism that also pervaded America at the time. The landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, the foundation of which was laid during the presidency of John F Kennedy, although it was enacted only after his assassination in 1963, was good news for freedom fighters as it legally outlawed racial segregation and discrimination.The activism movement was unprecedented in the influence it came to wield, and it culminated in the enactment of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986.Overruling then-president Ronald Reagan’s veto – the first time in the 20th century that a president had a foreign policy veto overridden – the Act imposed sanctions against South Africa, and also barred any direct flights to and from the US.It was the first anti-apartheid legislation passed in the US, and it further crippled the South African economy that was tottering after US banks had pulled out the year before. A strike in 1987 by 250 000 mineworkers did more damage to the economy.It was the combined pressures of international sanctions and internal strife that saw the apartheid regime finally crumble. In 1990 the government unbanned the South African Communist Party, the African National Congress and the Pan-Africanist Congress. A number of racist Acts were repealed, among them the 1913 and 1936 Land Acts, the Population Registration Act, and the Separate Amenities Act.Nelson Mandela stepped forth from Victor Verster prison, a free man, in 1990, and four years later took office as South Africa’s first democratically-elected president.“We are collecting the evidence of a unique historical movement,” commented US sociologist David Wiley. “Without this movement, the US Congress would not have passed the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, which finally signalled the end of American support for the South African apartheid government.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related storiesGovernment in South AfricaPolitical partiesUseful linksAfrican Activist ArchiveMichigan State University – Special CollectionsAmerican Civil Rights InstituteWorld Peace CouncilSummary of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act – Library of Congresslast_img read more

first_img11 May 2015Cape Town International Airport is set for an overhaul with the upgrading of its domestic and international terminals planned for the airport, along with the realignment of its runway, forming the bulk of Airports Company South Africa’s R7.7bn expansion plans.Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) spokesperson Collin Naidoo, speaking at the Indaba 2015 in Durban on Sunday, said the developments were part of Acsa’s new operating model aimed at improving South Africa’s airports. The expansion is set to be completed over the next three years.The 21-year-old company is run by the Department of Transport and, says Naidoo, is “one of the better performing parastatals”. More than 38-million passengers move through South Africa’s nine airports every year.‘Signs of growth’When asked about the proposed expansions at Lanseria, South Africa’s only privately owned international airport which plans to build a new airport terminal, Naidoo said Acsa did not see it as a threat but rather a sign of good growth for the country.“This is both a challenge and an opportunity, seeing all the upgrades and growth at Lanseria is promising, it says good things about the area,” said Naidoo.Global operationsAcsa manages the Mumbai International Airport and is facilitating the development of a new airport terminal. The Indian airport sees more than 28-million passengers annually. Acasa has a 10% stake in the airport, and is positioned to be at its helm for the next 25 years, Naidoo said.Acsa also runs Brazil’s airport in Sao Paulo, which recently built a new terminal. Two years ago, Acsa signed a memorandum of understanding with Ghana Airports to manage its airports.Naidoo said Acsa’s way of doing business kept the company accountable to its stakeholders, including government, and saved it from “relying on handouts”.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

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first_imgAnother vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Japanese ace, Dizon seek repeat wins Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas may be using the Jones Cup Invitational to prepare for bigger tournaments ahead. But make no mistake about it, the Filipinos will be going to Chinese Taipei seeking nothing less than the championship.“Just like any tournament, our goal will be to win [the title],” amateur standout Kiefer Ravena said on Wednesday during the team’s sendoff at Bar One Restaurant of Holiday Inn in Ortigas. “The Jones Cup is just one step [for us] moving forward.”ADVERTISEMENT Team Philippines plays nine games in as many days starting with its clash against a Canadian club team on Saturday as Gilas tries to win it again for the first time since LA Tenorio emerged MVP in 2013.The Philippines won this title last year with an import-laden team led by former NBA All-Rookie Team member Al Thornton.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGilas will also seek to retain the Southeast Asian Games gold medal starting August 20 in Kuala Lumpur and will play in the Fiba Asia Championship just days before that in Beirut in Lebanon as it tries to improve on second place finishes in the last two editions.The Jones Cup team will be practically the same squad that will play in those two tournaments with the PBA set on lending its biggest stars only in the World Cup Qualifying process that starts in November. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “[That’s why] it’s nice to get momentum going to the bigger tournaments,” Ravena, a former UAAP MVP who is entertaining thoughts of making the jump to the pros in the coming Draft, added. “This will really count for Gilas.”Mike Myers will play as the import in the Jones Cup as the Gilas Cadets led by RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon and Matthew Wright get their international baptism of fire, with the tournament definitely to prove tougher than the Seaba, which the Filipinos ruled with ease two months ago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more