McCarthy back in Bafana mix

first_imgGordon Igesund has recalled Bafana Bafana’s record scorer Benni McCarthy for Friday’s friendly with Brazil following an injury to Edward Manqele.Sundowns hitman Manqele pulled a hamstring in a 2-0 defeat to Maritzburg United in the Premiership on Sunday, with McCarthy – who has 31 international goals – benefiting from the ex-Free State Stars man’s misfortune.Manqele was originally selected as a replacement for Moroka Swallows ace Siyabonga Nomvethe, who tore ligaments in his big toe in a 3-0 rout of Orlando Pirates on Saturday night.SuperSport United midfielder George Maluleka has also been called up following an injury to star playmaker Steven Pienaar. The Everton man pulled a thigh muscle in a 2-0 loss to West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.Right-back Anele Ngcongca has likewise been ruled out. The Belgium-based defender faces two months on the sidelines with a knee problem.Bafana will tackle the Samba Kings, five-time world champions, at Sao Paulo’s Estadio Morumbi (KO: 20.45 SA time). It will be Igesund’s first game in charge of the national team, with his men playing neighbours Mozambique four days later.last_img read more

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Anthony Davis says Lakers’ chances of NBA title higher after break

first_imgDavis was averaging 26.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.5 steals per game prior to the postponement.Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said: “[When] you’re on the floor, you have an opportunity to grow and your team has an opportunity to grow.”When we get to Orlando, it’ll be the next step in that process and his journey in this season as a Laker. We look forward to seeing — hopefully the best is yet to come.” Anthony Davis believes the Los Angeles Lakers have a higher chance of winning the NBA championship thanks to the coronavirus-enforced break.The NBA season is set to resume on July 30 after the 2019-20 campaign was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. Orlando’s Disney World complex will host 22 teams, with LeBron James’ Lakers headlining the league’s comeback against rivals the LA Clippers on July 30 after the New Orleans Pelicans face the Utah Jazz on the same day.MORE: Zion Williamson got shredded during the NBA hiatusThe Lakers topped the Western Conference with a 49-14 record prior to the COVID-19 crisis, and Davis feels the storied Los Angeles franchise is primed to claim its first NBA ring since 2010.”Actually, I think our chances are higher just because we’re all rested and we’re all ready to go,” Davis told reporters via a videoconference call on Thursday.”If anything, our chances got higher and it’s going to be about just who wants it more.”Be part of this team: Wear Your Mask pic.twitter.com/e0fUDcqRp0— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 2, 2020Davis added: “It’s been good for me to kind of let some of them lingering injuries I had towards the time when the NBA stopped to kind of recover and heal and get back into the best version of myself.”I feel 100 percent healthy. Well, I don’t feel, I am [100 percent healthy]. I feel like I’m ready. Ready to go.”MORE: Key dates, schedule and everything to know about NBA restartThe Lakers had gone 8-2 after the All-Star break, with James and Davis leading the way.last_img read more

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Clinton Foundation Report A Call to Action

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has described a recent report compiled by the Clinton Foundation as timely and impressive and a call for formidable action towards the achievement of gender equality, as well as the promotion of the well-being of women globally.According to a dispatch from New York, President Sirleaf made the remarks on Monday, March 9 when she served as Chief Launcher of the Clinton Foundation Report at the Best Buy Theatre in New York.The Report gave a vivid account of what has been achieved since the Beijing Conference 20 years ago, and provides an insight into the gaps, as well as measures the world can perform in achieving the lofty goals established in Beijing, China, she stated.The compiled report, titled: “Not There Yet,” is a Data-Driven Analysis of Gender Equality on a global scale and takes into consideration what has been achieved since the Beijing Conference on gender equality in 1995.That conference’s Platform for Action is an agenda for women’s empowerment and aims at accelerating the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women and at removing obstacles to women’s active participation in all spheres of public and private life through the equal share in economic, social, cultural and political decision-making.This means that the principle of shared power and responsibility should be established between women and men at home, in the workplace and in the wider national and international communities.She pointed out that several reform processes have been carried out with laws instituted to give more economic power to women. As a result, more women in different parts of the world are now in Parliament; while others are competing vigorously in professional areas of science and business once dominated by men.“Despite these gains,” President Sirleaf said, “the gaps are clearer, and the global community must endeavor to eradicate social inequality and enhance women’s participation in development processes.”Sharing the platform with President Sirleaf, the President of Croatia, Madam Kolinda Grabar-Kifarac, said that the promotion of women’s rights and the creation of opportunities for the realization of their potential is vital to the advancement of every society.“As such,” she stressed, “no effort should be spared towards championing women’s empowerment.”The Bill, Hilary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation launched “No Ceiling: The Full Participation Project” in 2013 to advance and inspire the full participation of women and girls around the world.Meanwhile, the Clinton Foundation, through former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, joined by Melinda Gates, the co-host of the program, expressed thanks and appreciation to President Sirleaf for honoring their invitation to participate in the launch of their book, the dispatch said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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