News in brief: Chelsea youngster’s loan move, Blues U21s draw, Fox to play in Stones game

first_imgChelsea Under-21sThe Blues’ development side drew 0-0 with RC Lens’ second team in the first of two matches to be played on their brief trip to France. Mason Mount hit the crossbar early on with a header, while Charlie Wakefield and Ike Ugbo went close late on. They play Reims on Sunday.Victorien AngbanSpanish side Granada have announced that they have signed the Chelsea teenager on loan. Ivorian midfielder Angban, 19, first came to Chelsea’s attention in 2012 but only signed in 2015 once he had qualified for a work permit. He then spent last season with Belgian side Sint-Truiden and will join fellow Chelsea loanee Jeremie Boga at Granada.BrentfordChief executive Mark Devlin says he expects around 3,000 fans at Griffin Park for Saturday’s pre-season friendly with Kaiserslautern, including almost 1,000 coming from Germany.Brentford BLukas Tabro scored the winning penalty against his former club as the Bees’ rebranded development squad beat Odense Under 19s in a shoot-out.The match at Vildbjerg Stadion ended in a 1-1 draw, with Bradley Clayton cancelling out Odense’s first-half opener. Brentford keeper Ellery Balcombe saved two penalties, with Danny Parish, Jarvis Edobor, Chris Mepham, Clayton, Marc Rio and Zain Westbrook netting.Ruel FoxThe former Tottenham and Newcastle winger has been added to the squad of Premier League legends who will play Wealdstone in a charity match on Sunday 31 July. Ex-QPR winger Trevor Sinclair and four other former England internationals – Darren Anderton, Dion Dublin, Kevin Davies and Chris Powell – are also expected to feature.Hayes & Yeading UnitedFormer Barnet and Birmingham left-back Kamal Guthmy and ex-Uxbridge striker Melford Simpson have both joined the Southern League club.Skipper Adam Everitt – who had attracted interest from other clubs following the club’s relegation from National League South – experienced former Premier League midfielder James Harper and full-back Jim Fenlon have all signed new deals. Academy graduates Lucas Sinclair, Ethan Grant and Jack Raines have also signed first-team forms.HendonFormer Northwood striker Niko Muir, who made a solitary appearance for the Greens a few years ago, has rejoined the club.Alan Turvey TrophyHarrow Borough will entertain Wingate & Finchley in the first round of the Ryman League Cup, while Hendon will host Met Police.MiddlesexThe second XI games against Nepal on Monday and Wednesday of next week have been cancelled.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

DeBoer puts Sharks forward on alert as team gets healthy

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks coach Pete DeBoer is putting Joonas Donskoi on alert: get your game in shape or you could be the odd man out.With Evander Kane’s return to practice on Wednesday, the Sharks forward group is on the verge of being fully healthy for the first time since they acquired Gus Nyquist at the trade deadline last week. As a result, someone will be getting bumped from the lineup in the near future, and at this point, Donskoi is a leading candidate, struggling through another cold stretch …last_img

African youth prone to saving, advancing education: Barclays report

first_img31 October 2014African youth are more likely to invest surplus cash to achieve their long-terms goals, rather than spend money on luxury items, according to a report released recently by Barclays Africa Group Limited.A result of a survey conducted among 7 052 young Africans from 11 countries, the report states that 49% of all respondents said they would invest or save an extra US$100 if they had the money.Of the total number of respondents, 14.7% said they would use the extra US$100 for education and skills-related expenses and 13.2% would use it to pay off their debt, indicating good saving intentions and a readiness to make sacrifices for education and training as a strategy for prosperity, the report notes.Young South Africans less likely to investCompared to the overall score, Ghanaians (62%) and Kenyans (63%) came out tops as the most likely nations to invest additional funds. However, South Africans were less likely to invest (27%) and were only slightly more inclined to pay off debt (31%).Entitled “Africa Prospers: Future Youth Drivers of the African Economy’, the purpose of the survey was to gauge how Africans defined “prosperity” and how they are investing for their future. Respondents from South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, Ghana, Mozambique, Seychelles, Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe took part in the survey from April to August this year.What it means to prosper to young AfricansYoung Africans mostly agreed that to prosper means to be successful, to thrive and to be fortunate in not only finances but also in health, career satisfaction and happiness.“The survey showed that there is a new understanding of prosperity – one that transcends the confines of traditional family or community structures,” according to the report.Of note, 30% of respondents said they would buy a computer if they had extra cash and 24% said they would purchase books in order to prosper. Education cropped up quite frequently in the survey, an indication of the zeal for knowledge among the youth.“Both the internet and new and developing mobile phone technology are increasing the importance of this generation as agents of social transformation and wealth creation in different sub-regions of Africa,’ the report notes.Lack of financeHowever, 68.9% of the participants said the major impediment to “prosperity’ was lack of finance. Half of the participants indicated there was general lack of opportunity to prosper and 26.2% said they needed financial advice.Commenting on the findings in the executive summary of the report, independent analysts Professor Monde Makiwane of the Human Sciences Research Council and Dr Golda Chimere-Dan of Africa Strategic Research Corporation (Pty) Ltd said the survey “captures the prosperity perspectives, experiences and life strategies of Africa’s growing and young emerging middle-class, who holds the key to accelerated economic growth and transformation in Africa’.“It addresses critical issues of financial behaviour and prosperity that have either been missed or poorly measured by previous social and financial surveys in Africa. Although some results from the report confirm findings from other location- specific studies, this is the first survey of its kind to collect this specific set of information in a comparative study of 11 African countries.’Findings key to attracting investment in AfricaMakiwane and Chimere-Dan said the findings will have profound implications on how economic development and financial services are packaged and presented to people in Africa in years to come.“Africa constitutes a sizeable portion of the global market with its share of general and unique risks and opportunities. Even though regional economic growth is vulnerable to the fluctuations in the global markets, many analysts remain optimistic about the economic prospects for sub Saharan Africa,’ the two analysts noted, adding that a combination of demographic and social dynamics has given rise to two notable patterns that attract regional and global attention to the African market.The first pattern shows that the current phase of the demographic transition in Africa is contributing to a growing sub-group of young, economically active Africans who are better educated and not as digitally disadvantaged as the generations that preceded them.Recent studies by demographers and economists have identified this new generation as the potential vanguard for accelerated economic growth and human development in Africa, a phenomenon is referred to as the African “youth bulge’.African youth bulgeThe second pattern relates to Africa following Asia’s saving boom. Makiwane and Chimere-Dan said several decades ago, Asia experienced a similar “youth bulge’.“Asia capitalised on this by creating employment opportunities and mobilising the youth to save, thereby boosting per capita savings. Encouragingly, one of the most significant findings from the Barclays Africa Prosper Report is the high level of savings and investments reported by participants. As many as 50% of respondents would save or invest to help them prosper financially. This needs encouragement,’ Makiwane and Chimere-Dan noted.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Impressive five-gold haul helps India regain no. 2 spot

first_imgWinning 15 medals in sports ranging from archery to athletics, which included five yellow metals, Commonwealth Games hosts India produced yet another scintillating display to get back to the second spot grabbed last evening by England.Teenager Deepika Kumari and Rahul Banerjee won gold medals in individual recurve events on the last day of the competition to help India end their campaign in archery with three golds, one silver and four bronze medals.India’s Prajusha Maliakkal celebrates after winning the silver in the women’s long jump event of the Commonwealth Games at Jawharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: PTIBesides these two titles, India also bagged two bronze medals in archery through senior pros Dola Banerjee and Jayanta Talukdar in the individual recurve event.World freestyle wrestling champion Sushil Kumar and boxing pin-up boy Vijender Singh came up with thundering displays that fetched them a gold and a spot in the semi final respectively.Pistol shooter Harpreet Singh and tennis player Somdev Devvarman were the others to fetch gold medals for India to boost the overall tally to 29, just one short of their record tally of 30 won eight years ago at Manchester.There were also two silver medals from athletics during the day, a discipline in which India have never won more than one medal at any single Games in the past and now have claimed four here.Field athletes Vikas Gowda, in men’s discus, and Malliakal Prajusha, in women’s long jump, won the two silver medals.India’s Sarvanjit Singh (L) celebrates after scoring a goal against Pakistan in men’s hockey preliminaries of the Commonwealth games at the Major Dhyanchand National Hockey Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: PTITo cap a great day, the Indian men’s hockey team shed their nerves when faced with a do-or-die situation and hammered arch-rivals Pakistan 7-4 to qualify for the semi finals.Barring Akhil Kumar, who was knocked out in the quarter finals, most other medal contenders in the boxing ring took their places in the semis with Vijender’s knock-out of his Elias Nashivela in just over a minute being the most impressive one.advertisementWorld freestyle wrestling champion Sushil Kumar too produced a superb display to win the 66kg class to add lustre to a splendid Indian show on the mat that fetched India their tenth gold from the mat.India’s tally of 29-22-22 kept them ahead of England’s 26-45-30 while Australia were speeding ahead of the rest with a total haul of 61-36-37.–with PTI inputslast_img read more

Dress rehearsal for Fed Cup final as Bagan meet BFC in AFC Cup

first_imgKolkata, May 16 (PTI) In what will be pre-cursor to the high-octane Federation Cup final, Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC will have an ideal dress rehearsal when they square off in an inconsequential AFC Cup group league encounter tomorrow. Bagan are already out of AFC Cup while Bengaluru as the group E toppers have already qualified for the next stage. However the crazy scheduling of Federation Cup meant that the final is being played a week after the semi-finals with the second tier continental championship sandwiched in between. This will be their fifth meeting this season, with the first of those matches took place in Bengaluru on March 11. They have met in two I-League games, one Federation Cup group game and one leg of the AFC Cup — with the results being two draws and one win apiece. They will meet again for the sixth time on May 21 in Cuttack in the Federation Cup final that will also give the winners an AFC Cup slot for the 2018 season. On nine points from four matches to lead the table, Bengaluru will look to log full points to secure their passage to knock-out stage. The third-placed Mohun Bagan who have three points from four matches will look to finish on a high at their home venue where they have been unbeaten this season. Both Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC lost their respective last assignment in the AFC Cup. Mohun Bagan lost 2-5 to Maziya Sports and Recreation of Maldives at the National Stadium in Male on May 3. Bengaluru FC went down 0-2 to Abahani Limited Dhaka at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on the same day. PTI TAP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

I-League: William Opoku Asiedu brace gives Minerva a victory over Indian Arrows

first_imgWilliam Opoku Asiedu struck twice as Minerva Punjab FC blanked Indian 2-0 in a hard fought I-League match here on Tuesday.Asiedu (7th, 84th minutes) scored once in each half to help Minerva quell a strong challenge from the youngsters in the Indian Arrows line-up.Minerva thus climbed to the top of the league table with seven points from three matches.The Arrows are fourth with three points from two matches.Before the home side could even settle down, Minerva made their intentions clear thanks to a wonder goal from William.The goal originated from a throw-in down the left. A long throw from Sukhdev Singh into the box was met with a weak clearance from Arrows right-back Boris Singh as it fell kindly to Girik Khosla.With no one closing him down outside the box, Khosla laid it down for William Opoku who unleashed a rocket of a shot from nearly 40 yards out. Arrows keeper Dheeraj Singh could do nothing as the ball drilled into the net past his outstretched right hand.Meanwhile, the Minerva defence didn’t give the Arrows attackers a sniff at goal but Arrows were slowly growing into the game.And the first telling goal-scoring opportunity for Arrows saw striker Edmund Lalrindika releasing Abhijit Sarkar with a perfectly weighted ball. Sarkar tried a first-time shot but it lacked power or precision as it bounced slowly into the arms of Rakshit Dagar. It was the only noteworthy chance for the Arrows who were otherwise subdued.Minerva started the second half in the same way they started the first – by putting Arrows under pressure.advertisementBut Arrows regrouped and started going forward. And they had an opportunity when Minerva conceded an indirect free-kick when Sukhdev Singh lobbed a ball back to the goalkeeper who collected it with his hands down the left channel close to the touchline.Stalin slipped a pass into the centre to Sarkar whose steered shot was easily collected by Rakshit in the 69th minute.Edmund was a livewire and created two excellent goal-scoring opportunities.One cross from the left and then from the right missed Rahul and Sarkar respectively.Minerva Punjab should have been 2-0 up when a misunderstanding between Dheeraj and Deepak saw Opoku pounce on it as he rounded Deepak and tried to shoot into an open goal after Dheeraj couldn’t make his way back to goal.But to Opoku’s dismay, the ball hit the post before the danger was cleared.But the Arrows could do nothing when Opoku showed his predatory skills when Checho found Opoku in the six-yard box and the Ghanaian scored his second of the night.last_img read more