John Terry and Oscar could both be fit for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Paris St-Germain.The pair both took part in the final training session on Monday ahead of the Blues’ departure for France.Terry, whose next game will be his 700th Chelsea appearance, had limped out of the win over Newcastle on Saturday with a hamstring complaint.Oscar missed the match with a calf injury but is also in contention to face PSG in the round of 16 first-leg match.January signings Alexandre Pato and Matt Miazga trained with the squad, as did academy defender Jake Clarke-Salter.Nemanja Matic is suspended for the game at the Parc des Princes.See also:Terry doubtful for Chelsea’s Champions League tieOscar expected to be involved against PSGFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The stories of 14 social entrepreneurs are told in the book The Disruptors. The authors share their journey in the writing of it, and speak about why this book is important.Kerryn Krige, co-author of The Disruptors, says it’s an important book for South Africans to read. “It shows you that there is a way to build our economy and our society. And that it is not an unreachable goal.” (Image supplied)Melissa JavanThe stories of 14 South African social entrepreneurs are told in the book The Disruptors: Social entrepreneurs reinventing business and society.They include Claire Reid, founder and chief impact officer of Reel Gardening. Vegetable and herb seeds are embedded in strips of biodegradable paper, which are then planted. The gardening strips are also water wise. Reid started her business at the age of 16.Then there’s Gregory Maqoma, the executive director and CEO of the Vuyani Dance Theatre in Johannesburg. It specialises in staging dance productions for mainstream theatre and corporate events. Vuyani Dance Theatre also runs outreach programmes to train young dancers.Also in the book is Yusuf Randera-Rees, a Rhodes Scholar, and Oxford- and Harvard-graduate. In 2009, the 26-year-old Randera-Rees returned to South Africa and founded the Awethu Project, with R60,000 of his own savings.More opportunities needed in South AfricaRandera-Rees says: “I knew there were people in South Africa who were more talented than me, smarter, more charismatic, better problem-solvers.“Everything you would want in an entrepreneur, and they were not getting the opportunities I had been getting. That didn’t make sense to me,” he says in the book.He came home to make a difference. The Awethu Project currently manages more than R160-million in government and corporate funding, and has helped more than 500 entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground.Candidates apply or are identified by talent scouts – the same process by which promising sports stars are discovered and nurtured – and the pick of the crop are put through an intensive mentoring and incubation programme: an Awethu Apprenticeship.Gus Silber, co-author of The Disruptors, says the number of social entrepreneurs in South Africa is increasing. “They solve problems in small ways – they are fixing big crises in a small way.” (Image supplied)The aim of the bookGus Silber and Kerryn Krige are the co-authors. Silber is an award-winning journalist, speechwriter and author. Krige heads up the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg, which focuses on achieving social and economic change through social enterprise.In the introduction, Krige writes:“My colleague, Itumeleng Dhlamini, who has been deeply involved in the book’s production process, came upstairs to our offices, as a student of our social entrepreneurship programme, frustrated that we didn’t have a textbook that captured the diversity and value of today’s social entrepreneurs.“Without her frustration and foresight, this book would be waiting for someone else’s frustration and foresight to happen.“I hope it encourages you to see the enormous opportunities that exist on the flipside of profit.”About her hopes for the book, Krige says the authors would like more people to learn the meaning of social entrepreneurship. “[We want to let people know] that it is a real, viable way of doing business and achieving enormous social change at the same time.“But the book could not be dull – the aim was a book that you would pick up at the airport because it intrigued you, and the more you read the deeper you got caught up in the stories,” she explains.“At the same time it had to be academically useful, so that we weren’t just telling stories, and it could be used in the classroom. This was a tricky balance and an unusual one and I really think that the team got this right.”It took more than two years to get to print, says Krige, and was published in March 2016. “We are a Network for Social Entrepreneurs, so we drew extensively on the people we knew, and ran several calls online for people to tell us their stories on social entrepreneurship.”The first book on the subject was published by GIBS in 2007. That book, From Dust to Diamonds, profiled social entrepreneurs. “We agreed to follow up with 50% of these, so that we could find out where they were now,” says Krige.“It was a great mix of our own research, extensive marketing for people to apply and building on the older book.”Watch some of the social entrepreneurs share lessons they have learned that have enhanced their leadership:FeedbackSeeing the book on the shelves was the highlight for her, Krige says. “Writing a book is a thing. And people tell you this, but you never appreciate it until you’re in it.”Writing a book was not about the authors, she realised. “We’re a small part of it – but rather about the team of people you work with, and who you align with creatively.”On a recent Skype call with a student at Georgetown University, in Washington DC, about his thesis, he brought up The Disruptors. “Half way through he holds up… our book! And says, ‘In my seven months of reading this is the best that I’ve read. It’s descriptive, informative, and very real.’“The feedback has been extremely positive, and people have enjoyed the blend of academic and storytelling, saying that we have been able to bring both to life.”Watch several of the social entrepreneurs give lessons in how they got funding:Every story a highlightSilber explains that GIBS did the research and interviews with the social entrepreneurs, but the institute wanted a journalist to tell the stories from a different perspective. To do this he also did interviews.He shares his highlights: “Every story is interesting; has a highlight of its own. Most of the stories I’ve never heard of before, and some of it I had never heard in detail.”About the writing process, Silber adds: “It’s not easy to condense someone’s story in a few thousand words; it’s never easy to finish a book.”Entrepreneurs fix thingsSilber believes that social entrepreneurs contribute in a special way towards the economy and society. “We as a society tend to be concerned about prices and problems; we’re a crisis-driven society; we tend to worry about a lot.”Although many of the social entrepreneurs are unknown to the public, he says, they are people providing solutions. “The disruption mostly refers to technology, but people can disrupt – they are refusing to believe that things cannot be done.“They (the social entrepreneurs) are all disruptors. They are positively disrupting the area around them. What they have in common is that nothing has come easy for them; they’re all restless.”The follow-upThere are two versions of the book: the printed one has more constraints and contains 14 stories, while the ebook has 18 stories.The authors are working on a follow up to The Disruptors.To find out more about the interviews, visit the Leading Change site or GIBS’ YouTube channel.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid ace Eden Hazard: We need derby mentalityby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid ace Eden Hazard is up for the derby with Atletico Madrid today.Hazard has talked about the keys to the game.He declared, “Your mentality. In a derby that’s key and what’s even more important is your desire. When you’re a football player, you know what derbies are like. You know what you have to do, you just have to win; you don’t need your teammates to tell you that.”You know what the vibes are like in these games, the passion, the rivalry amongst fans… especially when you’ve got two teams from the same city, like Real Madrid and Atlético. I want to score and win in the derby. I just want to make the fans happy.”
Week two didn’t look like it’d be that crazy on paper, but after a roller coaster day of football, Notre Dame has a new quarterback, Auburn narrowly avoided a historic upset, Arkansas got embarrassed by a MAC school, and BYU won on ANOTHER Hail Mary. Those ridiculous events have really altered odds for the national championship. As ESPN’s Brett McMurphy points out, the Fighting Irish, Tigers, and Razorbacks all fell significantly.Biggest drops in @LVSuperBook title odds from last week: Notre Dame from 12-1 to 40-1, Auburn 15-1 to 30-1, Arkansas 40-1 to 100-1— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 14, 2015On the other hand, there are some big gainers as well.Biggest moves up in @LVSuperBook title odds from last week: Michigan State from 20-1 to 10-1, Ole Miss & UCLA both from 30-1 to 20-1— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) September 14, 2015Via VegasInsider.com, here are the 10 teams that currently have the best odds to win it all.Who are you betting on?[VegasInsider.com]
zoomImage Courtesy: Vigili del Fuoco The 2006-built containership Stadt Dresden has experienced main engine issues while berthing in Venice, Hapag-Lloyd informed.The 2,742 TEU vessel ran into trouble while berthing in Venice on February 16. Hapag-Lloyd said that the vessel was not able to continue its voyage to Damietta as it needed to undergo repairs.“At this stage it is unknown how long the repairs will take,” the company added.According to VesselsValue, the containership suffered a fire in the engine room compartment containing four generators. The engine room was reportedly sealed and filled with CO2 to extinguish the fire. Teams from the Venice Fire Department were deployed to extinguish the fire.All cargo that was already loaded on Stadt Dresden was scheduled to be discharged in Venice. The company is working on alternative solutions to deliver the cargo to the respective destinations.As a first measure, the 1,730 TEU Nordviolet was deployed to load all cargo for port of discharge Damietta and then sail straight to Damietta. The vessel is scheduled to arrive in Venice on February 21.Potential solutions for Piraeus-bound cargo are still being evaluated, the company’s statement reads.
The dramatic revoking of the special status of J&K sent shock waves not only to Islamabad, but the Northeastern states were also left baffled. The state of Nagaland has been particularly alarmed following the August 5 event. A special status for J&K was also, in a manner, a reason for a possible bargain in the peace talks that are in the process for Nagaland. Some insight should provide clarity about the different ‘special statuses’ of some Indian states. The Indian Constitution grants special powers to 10 States. This comes under the powers from Article 368 through which the Parliament added a number of constitutional provisions under Article 371 to grant special powers and privileges to several other states. Just as Article 35A granted under Article 370 giving J&K a special status, Article 371 was brought in to create special provisions for Maharashtra and Gujarat (and subsequently other states). Both these Articles have existed since the time the Constitution was adopted in 1950. Article 371A bestows special powers to Nagaland under which the state can have its own administrative and legal mechanisms based on the Naga customary laws, and the right to carry on religious and local social practices, people have land ownership and the right to transfer property and other resources as per local practices. This provision includes special powers to the Governor to overrule CM’s decision in a law and order situation. It was on the basis of this provision that the CM of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio wrote to the Union Home Ministry this January after the Modi government’s decision to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 (would not be applicable to Nagaland). With respect to the special status of other states, Article 371B, meant for Assam, is a provision as per which the President can bestow his powers on the state’s Governor to set up a committee of the Legislative Assembly consisting members of the house elected from the tribal areas of the state. There is also Article 244A which was introduced in 1969; as per this, Assam was granted special powers to set up autonomous councils and this came in addition to the provisions granted to the tribal states of the Northeast under schedule VI of the Constitution. Article 371C came in with certain special provisions for Manipur under which, the President has the same right as in the case of Assam to form a committee of tribal MLAs through the Governor in addition to granting responsibility to submit an annual report to the President regarding the administration of the hill districts. It is based on this provision that the hill districts have a Hill Area Committee comprising elected tribal lawmakers. Article 371D and E are for Andhra Pradesh giving the President certain special powers over the state government including ensuring reservation in employment and education. Similarly, Article 371F is for Sikkim as per which it became an Indian state in 1975. Though elections to its Assembly were to be conducted every four years under this provision, it has already been flouted, leading to filing of a petition in the Sikkim high court early this year. Article 371G pertains to the formation of Mizoram as a state in 1986. This is very similar to Nagaland as this Constitutional provision provides the people of the border state similar rights over their customary laws, religious freedom, land rights, etc. Effecting any change to this provision would require a resolution of the Assembly. Article 371H is for Arunachal Pradesh, granting its Governor special powers on the state’s law and order situation. He can overrule the CM’s decision on the basis of this provision just as the Nagaland Governor can do under Article 371A. Further, under Article 371I, the Goa state Assembly has special powers to make laws on the sale and ownership of property. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWith the scrapping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Amit Shah made an assuring remark in the Lok Sabha that “There can be no comparison between the two [Articles 370 and 371 of the Constitution]. And I want to assure all states, including the Northeast, that the Narendra Modi government has no intention to revoke Article 371,” he said. J&K has been a constant subject of intense political drama and such a major decision pertaining to its hitherto ‘special status’ is certainly suspected to send out some semblance of a message to other states in similar positions, especially when the state Assembly of J&K was not involved in the process, as specified in the provisions. For Nagaland, this change with the Constitutional status of J&K has a special meaning, particularly concerning the special semi-autonomous status. Neingulo Krome, secretary-general of the Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights, attributed this year’s Naga independence day turnout to the situation in Kashmir, which he said, “has triggered a sense of wariness of the government’s policy.” The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) [NSCN (I-M)] has written to PM Modi that no “honourable solution” to the drawn-out Naga peace process could be arrived at without a “separate flag and a constitution”. Talking of autonomy, it is the basic structure of the Constitution to be federal in nature and thus, each state is to anyhow have some degree of autonomy to exercise its powers for the welfare of its people. As far as conspicuous distinctions like a separate flag of a constitution go, these must not become instruments of inciting secessionist tendencies among the people. The states are empowered to deliver the best possible governance and any intervention by the Centre should only be with the purpose of resolving disputes.
HALIFAX – A Halifax doctor accused of sexually assaulting RCMP members declined to speak publicly Thursday, even as police said the number of complaints against him had grown to about 40.“Especially in a case like this I don’t want to say too much,” said the doctor, who worked at the RCMP health services office in the Halifax suburb of Bedford.Halifax police Const. Carol McIsaac said Thursday the number of complaints is “very fluid” and is continuing to climb, nearly doubling over a 24-hour period.“It’s a complicated, complex investigation to begin with because it’s quite large,” she said, noting the complainants are both men and women. “Anything that’s a historical investigation into anything can be difficult because if there are witnesses they can forget or move on, or they can be difficult to locate.”The RCMP has said the victims were either applicants looking to join the force or serving members who were receiving treatment by the physician between 1981 and 2003.The now-retired doctor said he treated RCMP members and handled some administrative tasks as well.“I was working for the RCMP at the time, yes, but I don’t want to say anymore,” he told The Canadian Press, which does not normally name individuals under investigation until criminal charges are laid.The investigation into the Nova Scotia doctor comes as Toronto police say they are also probing sexual assault allegations against an RCMP doctor who used to practise in the Mounties’ Ontario division.Lawyer David Klein, whose firm is one of two that represented female RCMP employees in a sexual harassment class action, said several of his clients had informed him the Halifax physician was nicknamed “Dr. Fingers.”Klein said in an interview this week that several clients told him the doctor gave them unneeded rectal exams, inserted his fingers into their vaginas without good reason and spent unusually long periods rubbing their breasts with his hands.The lawyer said more women were contacting his office to tell their stories, but they were not necessarily bringing their reports forward to police.Assistant Commissioner Stephen White, the force’s acting chief human resources officer, said in an email to members that the allegations involved a doctor who conducted recruitment medical examinations and periodic health assessments on members.Meanwhile, the force’s commanding officer in Nova Scotia, Assistant Commissioner Brian Brennan, has said he expects “many more” people to come forward as the investigation unfolds.He said the RCMP received its information from sources other than the recently settled class action involving over 1,000 female RCMP employees who alleged they suffered sexual abuse and harassment.He also said the potential scope of the investigation is very large because hundreds of women applied for the police force over the 23-year period in question and received medical exams from the doctor.
Charles Barkley supports Colin Kaepernick’s stance but says there are repercussions. (Brent N. Clarke/FilmMagic/Gary Melendez for ESPN/The Source)Charles Barkley is usually one to go against the grain of resistance, but when it comes to Colin Kaepernick’s continued free agency, he’s singing a different tune.“The dude is getting blackballed because he’s messing with [NFL owner’s] money,” Barkley said at the National Association of Black Journalists conference Thursday, Aug. 10, according to Marc J. Spears of “The Undefeated.”Kaepernick drew criticism last season when he sat down and later took a knee during the national anthem to protest Black oppression and, at the time, Barkley wanted more to be done.“Everybody’s engaged already,” Barkley told the Bleacher Report in October. Everybody’s talking about it and know about it. I’m just a bit more big on action. Once you get off your knee, like, ‘OK, what are you doing?’ Because football season is going to be over soon. And the question is: How long do you do it? When is it over?’”Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract with the San Fransico 49ers in March, reportedly has decided he won’t protest this season, but he has yet to be signed to a new team. The quarterback has been keeping busy giving to charity and discovering his roots in recent months and hasn’t commented publicly on his circumstance.Barkley, however, has weighed in regularly on the matter.“I think what Colin has done has been awesome,” Barkley said during a call-in interview on “The Dan Patrick Show” Wednesday, Aug. 9. “I think his cause is terrific, but there are ramifications and he’s paying for those. For every action, there’s a reaction. You look at the greatest athlete of all time, Muhammad Ali. When he didn’t go in the draft, there were ramifications. He didn’t get to fight for three years. So, as noble as what Colin is doing — and it’s very noble — but there are consequences. … It’s very unfortunate, but when you take a stance on certain things, there is a price to pay. It’s that simple.”
Yards / target8.67.7 YesNo Gronkowski on the field? Targets400100 Receptions27772 Air yards / target9.47.4 Completion %69.272.0 Brady needs GronkPatriots’ receiving stats, 2017-18 season through Week 15 First downs / target0.690.32 Plenty of things went sideways down the stretch of Patriots-Steelers on Sunday. Pittsburgh tight end Jesse James either did or did not make a go-ahead touchdown catch with 28 seconds left in the game, and Ben Roethlisberger definitely didn’t spike the ball with eight seconds remaining to set up a field goal that very likely would have tied the game 27-27 and sent the game into overtime. But uncertainties aside, one thing beyond argument was the unalloyed dominance of Rob Gronkowski in his return from a one-game suspension.Gronkowski had nine catches for 168 yards against a defense that had been determined to stop him. He caught passes with defenders draped over him and inaccurate throws from Tom Brady. He created space down the seam and made catches in traffic over the middle. He was a lot.Gronkowski’s return also made a noticeable difference for Brady, who had looked vulnerable without his tight end, especially when going deep. The Patriots have been without top wideout Julian Edelman all season after he suffered a season-ending ACL tear during the preseason, and they were also without receiver Chris Hogan on Sunday. And even though the Patriots showed last season that they can succeed — win a Super Bowl! — without Gronkowski,1Gronkowski missed the Patriots last five regular-season games and all three playoff games. Edelman doubled his per-game receiving average in the second half of the season and had 342 yards in New England’s three playoff games. Brady has struggled over the past several seasons when neither Edelman nor Gronkowski is on the field.Here’s how New England’s passing game has gone with and without Gronkowski on the field this season (which has, of course, played out entirely without Edelman): Yards3,429771 Source: ESPN Stats & information group Gronk’s effect as a receiver himself should be obvious enough — he’s an enormous target with sure hands. But the way he opens up the offense overall, or perhaps the way the offense contracts when he isn’t around, has a greater effect on the offense as a whole than even his impressive personal numbers suggest. While the receiving yards per target gained remain about the same when Gronk sits — yards per target fall from 8.6 to 7.7 — the average air yards per target fall off considerably, as do the team’s first downs per target. And even though Brady is excellent at short, quick passes, it’s not the same without Gronkowski eating up chunks of yardage and opening up lanes for teammates to do the same.Even with Gronkowski’s standout performance, the game came down to that chaotic final minute. Maybe it goes differently if Pittsburgh doesn’t lose its own driving-engine receiver, Antonio Brown, early in the game. There are a lot of mysteries about what could have happened in this specific game. But any doubts raised by New England’s loss to Miami in Week 14 seem to have been put to rest: Brady and the Patriots are still just fine, so long as Gronkowski is on the field.Check out our latest NFL predictions.
OSU coach Thad Matta yells out a play from the sidelines during a game against Michigan on Feb. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: William Kosileski | Lantern PhotographerLast season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team suffered from immaturity, poor play and a lack of accountability. During the offseason, the Buckeyes were focused on righting last season’s wrongs.Posting a 21-14 record last year, an 11-7 conference record couldn’t salvage early season losses to Texas-Arlington, Louisiana Tech and Memphis that paved the way to the National Invitational Tournament.This year, the Buckeyes have been emphasizing unity, and holding each player accountable for his contribution to the team. OSU coach Thad Matta said his unit will be focused on the parts they can play, and not on the talent of one player.“I think this team is going to be a team where guys are going to have roles,” he said. “And they’re going to have to embrace the role. They’re going to have to do their job every time they take the floor.”After struggling to find a rhythm early on, the Buckeyes found a groove in February last season, picking up four straight wins before a matchup against then-No. 6 Michigan State. Before the game, it was announced that then-sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate would miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury.The injury hurt the Buckeyes in all aspects of the game, since Tate is known for his scoring and rebounding ability after averaging 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 2015. Lacking his fast-paced style of play, OSU lost two of its next three games, and was blown out in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament by Michigan State, before losing in the NIT.With Tate back and six of the leading scorers from last year’s team returning, Matta said he will be looking for his team to be more grown up as compared with the 2015 season.“It wasn’t what I wanted just in terms of the daily behavior, the daily way we carried ourselves last year,” he said. “The immaturity that we had last season at certain times was something that, hopefully, we learned we can’t have that going into this season because it can really cost us.”Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was an instrumental player for OSU last season, averaging 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Although he contributed on both ends of the court last year, Bates-Diop said he and the rest of the Buckeyes have been focusing on the most minute details of the game that caused problems last year.“It’s the little things … last year was turnovers, free throws and a lot of stuff,” Bates-Diop said. “Just focusing on those things, running and making sure everyone knows the plays, the defensive schemes going into the season is going to be a huge thing for us.”The return of multiple starters has the Buckeyes and the OSU coaching staff eager to get onto the court. Following the conclusion of last season, OSU underwent a slew of transfers, affecting team depth and chemistry.Sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle is the only returning member of the 2015 recruiting class. Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams said the members of the team are hungry to improve their game and have a greater desire to win that was not present last season.“I say, this summer, everybody was eager to learn and everybody was highly motivated,” Williams said. “Obviously the way we finished last season was obviously not where we want to be. Each day, everybody came in with a chip on their shoulder, and we’re just trying to get better and prove people wrong every single day.”Problems with the team last season seemed to grow and fester, resulting in head-scratching losses and blowouts at the hands of Big Ten teams. OSU ranked 68th in opponent points per game, while registering a turnover margin of -1.1.That number put the Buckeyes in a tie for the 260th spot. To put into perspective just how much OSU turned the ball over, the Buckeyes had the third most turnovers on the Big Ten.Williams said issues that plagued the team last year have been addressed this offseason, and Matta and the team will not hesitate to fix any issues that arise.“We know when something is a problem,” Williams said. “We nip it in the bud as soon as we see it. I don’t think we did that last year. I think this team is a lot more mature than last year’s team by far.”The rebooted Buckeyes will get a chance to test their revamped approach against Walsh University in an exhibition game on Nov. 6 at the Schottenstein Center.