Miller: Find new Rangers boss then discuss my future

first_imgKenny Miller says Rangers’ search for a new manager must come before his own contract talks.Mark Warburton’s sudden departure has left Rangers on the hunt for a new boss, with Graeme Murty set to remain in charge for the foreseeable future.Miller, who has scored nine goals in 31 appearances, has been one of the Ibrox side’s most consistent performers this term but faces an uncertain future.The striker is free to talk to other clubs with his current deal set to expire this summer and while he has held talks with the Light Blues hierarchy an offer is yet to materialise. With managing director Stewart Robertson announcing a director of football was required to make the Glasgow side “a modern club”, Miller says he will have to play the waiting game while other matters are concluded.He said: “For me I’ve not really thought about that considering what’s happened in the last week.“It’s important that the club get that side of it sorted first, get the right man in charge for the club moving forward whichever structure that may be.“Then I’m sure they’ll get round to dealing with the lads whether it is yes or no but it’s secondary to finding a new manager to take the club forward.”last_img read more

Bafana show they’ve got what it takes

first_img26 June 2009South Africa and Brazil dished up an entertaining clash in the semifinals of the Fifa Confederations Cup at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on Thursday night. Bafana Bafana didn’t take a step back against their more illustrious opponents, and Brazil needed a late goal to snatch a place in Sunday’s final against the USA.It was a very impressive performance from South Africa, who looked like they belonged on the field with A Seleçao, as the Brazilians are known.The strong showing from Bafana Bafana will have allayed the fears of some that the team will struggle at next year’s Fifa World Cup; against Brazil, the South Africans looked like a top tier team.Some of the stars of the world’s fifth-ranked side found the going tough against Bafana. Benson Mhlongo did a superb job keeping Kaka, the 2007 Fifa World Player of the Year, in check, while Robinho was ineffective out on the left.World classSteven Pienaar, in the South African midfield, proved once again that he is a world-class talent, while 22-year-old SA goalie Itumeleng Khune played with far more maturity and assuredness that one would expect from such a young man.Most impressive, however, was the teamwork and high workrate of the South African team, who were clearly undaunted by facing the mighty Brazilians, and were determined to follow in the steps of the USA, who had shocked world number one Spain the night before.Afterwards, coach Joel Santana declared himself “very happy with Bafana Bafana”. The crowd, despite the disappointment of the loss, clearly agreed with him that the national team had produced a great and entertaining effort.Thanked supportersSantana thanked the supporters and his team, who he said worked very hard in training and showed good discipline on the field.Bafana Bafana made a positive start to the contest, holding onto possession nicely as both teams tried to find their rhythm.It took until the 12th minute for the first shot to be taken. Fabiano tested Khune, who stopped the ball comfortably, low to his left.A minute later, Bernard Parker fired off South Africa’s first shot. It flashed across goalkeeper Julio Cesar and wide of the net-minder’s right hand upright.Between the tenth and twentieth minutes it looked as if Brazil had found some fluency in their passing as Bafana’s deep defending gave them room to operate in, but South Africa weren’t standing back for their highly-rated opponents and were giving as good as they got, especially in the midfield.Oh so closeIn the 21st minute captain Aaron Mokoena came oh so close to giving his team the lead. A free kick picked him up, steaming through from defence, five metres from the Brazilian goals and just left of the upright. He couldn’t keep his header down enough, however, and his effort flew just over the top of the crossbar.After 28 minutes, SA were awarded another free kick for a foul by Lusiao on Parker just outside the Brazilian box. Siphiwe Tshabala struck the ball well, but his shot was too straight and Cesar palmed it away for a Bafana corner.Three minutes later, Sibuniso Gaxa intercepted a pass to break up an attack by the South Americans. He found Teko Modise in space on the right, but the midfielder scuffed his shot, dragging it across the goalmouth.A Brazilian attack shortly afterwards saw Andre Santos firing a powerful left-footed volley from outside the South African box, but SA goalie Itumeleng Khune saved comfortably to his left.Kaka on the chargeKaka then showed how dangerous he could be when, after picking up a pass on the left, he cut inside and shot. His effort scraped past Khune’s left-hand post.Five minutes later, the newly-signed Real Madrid man was again on the attack. Breaking out from deep after a South African offensive was halted, he shot low to the goalkeeper’s left, but Khune was up to the challenge.A minute after that, Steven Pienaar shaved Cesar’s right hand post with a super strike from long range that left the midfield ace holding his head in his hands.Tsepo Masilela then picked up a yellow card just before the break after a late tackle on Andre Santos.Half-timeAt half-time it was nil-nil. Possession favoured Brazil, but only by 51% to 49%. The teams had produced an equal number of shots on goal.Two minutes into the second half, Robinho blasted harmlessly over the top of the South African goal from 30 metres, his shot like so many of Brazil’s on the night coming from long range.Kaka then managed to round Mokoena on the left, but his low, centering cross was cut out by Pienaar.After 58 minutes, some sharp passing by the South African midfielders created some space for Modise just outside the Brazilian box. He shot to the right of Cesar, but his shot was deflected back to the left. The goalkeeper scrambled across to make the save, but the ball hit the post and went behind for a corner.Santos was shown a yellow card after an hour when he stopped a promising South African counter-attack with a foul on Modise.DeniedLuis Fabiano was then denied by Khune after a shot from the right hand corner of the box, as the SA goalkeeper continued to look assured and convincing.In the 73rd minute, Siphiwe Tshabalala created some space for himself on the left and his cross passed only centimeters over the head of Parker, who was 10 metres from goal in the middle of the field.With eight minutes to go, the first substitution of the contest was made with Daniel Alves replacing Andre Santos.GoalFive minutes later, Alves was entrusted with the ball after SA skipper Mokoena fouled Ramires on the edge of the Bafana area. Alves then picked out the only open area with his shot, striking it powerfully inside the left hand post – just – and into the side netting to put Brazil into the lead.South African coach Joel Santana responded with a few substitutions, but it was too late to turn the result around and the five-time World Cup winners progressed to the title decider.South Africa next face Spain in the playoff for third and fourth in Rustenburg on Sunday. The United States and Brazil will meet in Johannesburg on the same day for the title.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

National development is South Africa’s priority

first_img6 May 2015Co-ordinating, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) is at the top of his department’s priorities, according to Jeff Radebe, the planning, monitoring and evaluation minister in the Presidency.The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation was committed to institutionalising long-term planning, building on its five years’ experience since it was established, he said on 5 May before tabling his department’s budget vote.It was pleased with the work it had done so far.Operation PhakisaSince the launch of Operation Phakisa, the first project focusing on the ocean’s economy, key initiatives had been identified to realise the immense potential of the ocean’s economy to contribute to radical economic transformation, Radebe said.“Progress made since the launch of the Ocean’s Economy Operation Phakisa includes commitment of R7-billion of public sector investment in our ports by Transnet Ports Authority, amongst other investments made.”Construction of a new berth in Saldana Bay had been started, and progress could also be seen in the extension of the Mossgas Quay and the refurbishment of the Offshore Supply Base, valued at R9.2-billion of public and private investment.The Department of Trade and Industry had also designated that working vessels must meet a 60% local content target. “The Treasury Instruction Note issued will ensure compliance with this in all tenders,” said the minister.Various aquaculture projects had been launched, he said, that were benefiting many rural communities by enabling them to make a living from the seas and inland fresh water reserves.“Furthermore, the Department of Higher Education and Training has developed skills implementation plans aligned with these initiatives. To this end, the South African International Maritime Institute has been identified as the institution that would facilitate maritime skills development, with the support [of the education department].”Health and miningThe second Operation Phakisa initiative introduced in 2014 focused on improving the quality of services in primary health care, said Radebe. A detailed plan for improving service delivery in public sector clinics in all provinces had been developed and approved by the National Health Council.“We call this the Ideal Clinic initiative. It was undertaken in collaboration with provinces, districts, clinic managers as well as the private sector and non-profit sector,” he said.“Operation Phakisa Labs will also be conducted in the mining and education sectors.” In the former, the focus would be on increasing investment, transforming the sector and improving mineral beneficiation to drive radical economic transformation.In education, the focus would be on an information and communication technology approach to enhancing basic education.National Youth PolicyDeputy Minister Buti Manamela would explain the youth aspects in detail in the Budget Vote Speech, Radebe said. His department has a mandate to mainstream, provide oversight and lead the government’s efforts on youth development.“We have taken a different approach to tackling youth issues and we have gotten rid of [the] government’s approach to youth issues whereby we would ask them what they think, ignore what they say and do as we want, and adopted a new approach of consultation,” Radebe said.Manamela recently held several consultative meetings with youth across the country regarding the National Youth Policy (NYP) 2020. These culminated in the NYP 2020 Consultative Conference in March, which resulted in the inclusion of one more pillar to the four that existed initially.“When we commenced with the consultative process of the NYP 2020, we initially had four pillars of the policy comprising skills and education, economic inclusion and participation, health and well-being of young people, and nation building and social cohesion.“Through the inputs received from the youth through this consultative process that took place, we have included another pillar to form part of the policy, which is building youth machinery for effective delivery and responsiveness.”Inputs from the NYP 2020 conference were being finalised and would be adopted during Youth Month, in June. He said the policy would then guide the drafting of the integrated youth development strategy, which will be the blueprint for radically spearheading youth development against the backdrop of lack of skills and high unemployment.“The [Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation] will monitor the implementation of the policy and its impact. As we finalise the youth policy. we give meaning to it by championing the development of the youth who are future leaders of this country,” Radebe said.“Thus, by prioritising youth development through education, entrepreneurship and job creation, it will be both a tribute to the Freedom Charter as well as to the future of our country.”Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

IM Coming to Popular Mechanics, Seventeen – Can Chat Save Old Media?

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Hearst Magazines Digital Media Web sites, including and, are rolling out Instant Messaging functionality for their readers to communicate with. Can group chat keep fickle web readers on this publisher’s web pages? We suspect that it could work well, but the first implementation we’ve seen left a lot to be desired.Powered by fast-growing web IM platform Meebo, these new chat widgets can be accompanied by multimedia that chat users can view together. In a world where the magazine industry has to be feeling some pain from sites like MySpace and Facebook, maybe magazines have to put a little MySpace on their own websites.We’re very bullish on Meebo in general but this campaign, the Seventeen Magazine implementation in particular, is pretty uninspiring. We hope that when Meebo makes an appearance on it will be a little more interesting. That wouldn’t be hard. Meebo tells a good story about huge increases in time on site for publishers that install their chat widgets, and that makes sense. Chat gives people a reason to stay on one page, if it’s done well and there are a good number of people chatting then it’s genuinely more interactive than anything a publisher can offer by themselves. Meebo has a history of offering an interesting mix of aiming at the mainstream while still innovating in ways that are thought provoking for early adopters.Bringing web IM to big mainstream websites is an interesting step in the evolution of publishing. We think it makes sense. We hope the big publishers can figure out what to do with it. marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Features#NYT#web#Widgets center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Duchess Of Cornwall And James Patterson Get Dads Reading

first_imgThe Duchess of Cornwall donned a hand puppet to keep a group of tiny tots amused as she joined best-selling author James Patterson to launch a campaign to get fathers reading to their children last week.The Duchess of Cornwall meets father and daughter Kabir Miah and Shakira Begum, four, during a visit to West Greenwich Library in London.Credit/Copyright: a storyteller read the classic tale Where The Wild Things Are to the youngsters in West Greenwich Library, The Duchess shook the puppet during the dramatic moments.The toy was a character from the story by Maurice Sendak about a little boy who travels to a magical land inhabited by fantastical creatures and becomes their king.With five grandchildren, Her Royal Highness has had plenty of practice at keeping little ones entertained.The Duchess also read the famous poem by AA Milne about changing the guard at Buckingham Palace.Before she started, she joked with her young audience and their parents, telling them: “It’s a poem my father used to read to me – that was about 100 years ago.”The Duchess and Patterson had travelled to Greenwich in south-east London to launch the Booktrust’s Get Dads Reading campaign.The Duchess is the organization’s patron, while the US thriller writer, who has sold more than 250 books worldwide, is a founding partner of a fund run by the Booktrust to get disadvantaged kids reading.Patterson, who was also joined by his wife Sue, stressed that it was the responsibility of parents to encourage their children to read and not that of their school.He said: “We are here to save lives, that’s my role, because if you cannot read your life will be severely disadvantaged.“This is not about reading Charles Dickens or Shakespeare but learning to read with confidence and if you can do that you can make your way through school, college and work.“If you cannot read you just look at school and think ‘This is hopeless’ and so you reject it. America is ahead in getting kids to read, the UK is behind America – something’s going wrong here.” read more