QPR manager Mark Hughes is considering signing David Bentley on loan from Tottenham next season, according to The People.Bentley, who has been out of favour at Spurs for some time, played under Hughes at Blackburn.The England international currently has a knee injury but has been tipped to be fit for the start of next term.The People also suggest that Chelsea are interested in signing Uruguay international Álvaro Pereira from Porto.Pereira, 26, is a left-sided player who can operate at full-back or further forward.It is claimed that Porto rate him at £23m and that Chelsea may offer £13m plus one of their young players.Click here for the QPR v Stoke quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The rooms are open from 7am to 6pm seven days a week and it have amenities such as a kitchen, sitting areas and televisions; some refreshments are also provided. (Image: Ronald McDonald House Charities)Mothers of young children hospitalised at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto have had the use of two family rooms for almost a year, where they are able to rest and recuperate during the stressful time of caring for their sick children or premature babies.The rooms were sponsored by Ronald McDonald House Charities South Africa (RMHC SA), which says global research show that a family presence in hospital helps sick children heal and cope better. In trying to keep mothers and children together during such periods, the charity opened two family room programmes on 28 November 2013 at Bara, as the massive hospital is fondly known.These provide care and support for more than 100 mothers each day. Here, mothers of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit and neonatal ward can rest and regroup.Reggie Skhosana, the charity’s chairperson, said: “Through our family rooms, RMHC SA allows families to be supported and to stay together during their most trying times. Staying so close allows parents to better communicate with their child’s medical team and improves adherence to complicated treatment plans.”Open from 7am to 6pm seven days a week, the family rooms have amenities such as a kitchen, sitting areas and televisions; some refreshments are also provided. RMHC SA is in negotiations with other hospitals to open such rooms at their facilities.Nonhlanhla Dlamini’s premature infant daughter is in the intensive care unit at Bara. “It was like half my heart was taken out of my body; it is not a good feeling,” she says of her baby’s health. “The family room has become my home away from home. I’m surrounded by mothers who are going through the same thing and we end up motivating each other to stay positive.”Cleopatra Khumalo’s premature son is underweight, and his lungs are not fully developed. He too is in the hospital. “There are no places at the hospital that cater to our needs while our babies are resting,” she says, “so it is nice to come to the family room and rest on the couches and watch television to take our minds off what we have to deal with.”VOLUNTEERS ESSENTIALSkhosana explained that although the charity’s largest corporate donor was McDonald’s South Africa, RMHC SA relied on donations from other big companies, individuals and foundations to fund a portion of the operating costs of the programmes.“Over and above this, it depends heavily on the charity of the public and other corporates to help grow and raise funds for its various programmes. Volunteers are the backbone of our chapter and critical to our success in serving the children and families that require our support.”While Bara only has rooms for family support, the first full Ronald McDonald House was opened in 1974 in Philadelphia in the United States. The first house in South Africa will be built at Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, which will open in 2016. Campaigning for construction funds has already begun. The house will accommodate 28 families of sick children being treated at the hospital.Research is also being undertaken for a Care Mobile programme that will provide health care education and screenings for children in rural and peri-urban areas.For more information about the family rooms at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital or the charity, visit its website.
High on a hill overlooking the nation’s capital, and facing the Voortrekker Monument, sits Freedom Park. Together they two tell the story of the nation, from the beginning of time through colonisation and on to democracy.The great questions – who am I and why am I here; what comes before birth and after death – are explored at the park, which recounts the history of Africa and celebrates South Africa’s heritage.But it is more than that. Freedom Park is also a cultural institution housing a museum and a memorial dedicated to chronicling and honouring the many who contributed to South Africa’s liberation. The museum aims to preserve and narrate the story of the African continent, and specifically South Africa, from the dawn of humanity, through pre-colonial, colonial and apartheid history and heritage, to the post-apartheid nation of today. It is a long walk here on Salvokop, spanning some 3.6 billion years.Freedom Park is a national and international tribute to, and advocate of, liberty, diversity and human rights; it inspires reconciliation and nation-building; encourages reflection on our past to improve our present and build our future as a united nation; and, contributes to better understanding and co-operation among nations and peoples.And it is a repository for South Africa’s indigenous knowledge. It:Tells the South African story as it unfolds;Honours those who gave their lives for South Africa’s freedom;Is a place to experience the diversity of our history and remember loved ones who played a role in that history;Is a place where South Africa’s unique heritage and cultures can be remembered, cherished and celebrated;Fosters a South African community spirit, by being a symbol of unity through diversity; and, Works with African and other international institutions to tell the story of Africa from an African perspective.Language is a crucial element in understanding South Africa, and weight is given to the nation’s official tongues. S’khumbuto, the central memorial, is named for the siSwati word signifying a place of remembrance and one to invoke the ancestors’ assistance. Mveledzo is the Tshivenda name given to the spiral path that wends between S’khumbuto and Isivivane, itself named to bring to mind the Zulu and Xhosa practice of paying homage to Earth for good luck.Uitspanplek is the Afrikaans translation of “a place to relax”, and the //hapo museum pays tribute to the Khoi people.//hapoA comprehensive African story 3.6 billion years in the making, from creation through the great struggles faced by the people of the continent is unpacked in //hapo, the museum at Freedom Park. The story starts with African creation legends and combines indigenous African knowledge and contemporary scientific thought.//hapo is a Khoisan word pronounced with a click, as Xapo. It means “a dream”. It gives a holistic view of the history of the African continent. Speaking at the opening in April 2013, then deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe said //hapo “is the product of our collective history, it also resonates with the imperatives of the present, as well as the edicts upon which our nation is founded”.Africa’s story is divided into seven epochs: Earth, ancestors, peopling, resistance and colonisation, industrialisation and urbanisation, nationalism and struggle, nation building and continent building. As complex as the story can be, the narrative blends culture, history and spirituality.The story is brought to life using touch screens with information readily available, flat screen monitors that play pre-recorded interviews with various experts and ordinary people, and use of objects such as fossil and rocks. Story tellers are also on hand, and to enhance the stories films, animation, interpretive and archival, are also used.Engraved on the walls in the reception area are the words: “//hapo ge// hapo tama // haohasib dis tamas ka I bo”, which means “A dream is not a dream until it is shared by the entire community.”The epochs give a holistic view of events leading up to liberation, such as Codesa. Pictures of freedom fighters such as Govan Mbeki, Solomon Mahlangu, Robert Sobukwe, Steve Biko, Nelson Mandela and many others are splashed on the walls.But //hapo is not the only element at Freedom Park; there is also S’khumbuto, Isivavane, Moshate, Tiva, Uitspanplek and Pan African Archives. All of them are designed to blend into the landscape, using stone, copper and natural materials to bring a calm, earthen feel.Garden of RemembranceFreedom Park is a place of celebration. Its Garden of Remembrance is a tribute to African and human dignity, and a place for the renewal of the human spirit. The garden symbolises the final resting place of all those who gave their lives in the conflicts which shaped South Africa. It is a tranquil space, filled with monuments, statues and sculptures, and invites reflection and prayer.It contains soil and a plant from each province, in honour of those affected by each of the conflicts.The tranquil garden houses S’khumbuto, the park’s main memorial; Isivivane, the boulders; and Uitspanplek.S’khumbutoS’khumbuto bears testimony to the various conflicts that shaped present-day South Africa and remembers those who died during these struggles. It comprises:Wall of Names, inscribed with the names of those who played a significant part in the conflicts;Gallery of Leaders recognising international and local leaders who inspire everyday heroism;Amphitheatre, a terraced venue for major cultural celebrations and national events;Sanctuary, a serene space for prayer and meditation;Eternal Flame for the heroes who played a role in shaping the country; and,Reed sculpture, comprising almost 200 ascending metal reeds to signify the rebirth of the South African nation. It is visible from across the capital.IsivivaneIsivivane is the spiritual resting place of those who played a role in the freedom and liberation of South Africa. It houses the Lesaka and the Lekgotla.The Lesaka is a burial ground dotted with boulders from each of the provinces. There are another two boulders that represent local government and the international community.The Lekgotla is a semi-circular structure built around the bole of an uMlahlankosi tree. It is a place to meet and hold discussions in the age-old traditional African way. The uMlahlankosi trees were donated by each of South Africa’s provinces.Water plays a significant role in cleansing and healing in many belief systems, and visitors to the Garden of Remembrance are asked to wash their hands when they leave each area.UitspanplekOverlooking the city of Pretoria, Uitspanplek’s green lawns and pools offer a place to reflect after leaving the Garden of Remembrance.The park was built bearing in minds the words of Nelson Mandela: “The day should not be far off, when we shall have a people’s shrine, a Freedom Park, where we shall honour with all the dignity they deserve, those who endured pain so we should experience the joy of freedom,” he said in 1999.Freedom Park is a monument to human rights, dignity and freedom, and a memorial to those who sacrificed their lives to secure liberty. It focuses on heritage as an essential building block of nation-building and challenges visitors to reconcile the trials of South Africa’s past with its new successes, to nurture understanding and compassion, to foster reconciliation.It was established as the government’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and took into account the public’s need for a memorial to honour those who sacrificed their lives to win freedom. It also celebrates and explores the country’s diverse peoples and common humanity, through compelling stories, performances, exhibits and architecture.Thabo Mbeki, as president of South Africa, gave his blessing to the park in June 2008, saying it was “a monumental tribute to freedom”. For all time, it would live on as a representative of:Human freedom from the blind dictates of the forces of nature;Freedom from ignorance and superstition;Freedom born of knowledge that gives birth to technological revolutions;Freedom occasioned by socio-economic advancement;Freedom from political oppression; and,Freedom from the alienation of human beings, one from the other.SAinfo reporterReviewed: April 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan president Zhang delivers passionate Christmas address: Stars want to join us!by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan president Steven Zhang is convinced they can dominate the world.Zhang made a passionate speech at the club’s Christmas dinner.“We’ve improved a lot in every respect, compared to five years ago, and we must continue like this, as a team and as a club,” declared Zhang.“We’ll crush everyone on and off the field. The objective must be back to talking about trophies and aiming for victory.“We’ve had a great 2018 and there were some extraordinary moments for Inter, like the return to the Champions League thanks to Vecino’s goal, which everyone remembers.“We’ve been competitive against some of the best teams in the world and, compared to four or five years ago, we’ve shown a marked improvement.“I think we’re invincible in some of our games and so many players want to join us. They fear us!“As a club and team, we have everything to win the title. It’s not arrogance, but rather confidence and conviction.“We’ll try to beat everyone both on and off the field and, after many years of waiting, we have the chance of winning things.”
Real Sociedad striker Isak: Spanish football suits me wellby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexander Isak admits he’s enjoying his football with Real Sociedad.The young Swede moved to La Real this summer from Borussia Dortmund.Isak said, “Spanish football suits me well and I have been able to adapt well and I get a lot out of my game. “It feels good and it feels like I will be able to develop.”Isak admits he is a little surprised at Real Sociedad’s fine start to the season. The team is fifth in La Liga.”I’m a little surprised. I arrived fairly recently and did not have a great look. Although I know it is a good team, the start has been surprisingly good.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Tom Herman Haters Gonna HateTom Herman may now the head coach at Houston, but he certainly hasn’t forgotten his roots with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Friday night, Herman, who coached at OSU under Urban Meyer from 2012 to 2014, came to the defense of his former colleague Zach Smith, who was portrayed negatively in a recent Michigan recruiting pamphlet. He wasn’t messing around either.In the pamphlet, which you can check out here, Michigan lists a number of statistics meant to prove that its assistant coach, Jedd Fisch, is a better alternative to Smith when it comes to player development. Smith responded on Twitter with a number of tweets, trashing the Wolverines program. Herman chimed in with some tweets trashing Fisch. Check this out:Gloves are off. I’d be proud to have @CoachZachSmith coach TD or Maverick. How many Gold Pants does that guy have? https://t.co/5cnV2mLV9H— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith #TheChampIsHere pic.twitter.com/YbIRjQHfKN— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith pic.twitter.com/hlrLQyGHOl— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith, 5 yrs full-time=52-14. TTUN guy, 6 yrs=41-60. I want my son to play 4 a winner & Nat. Champ #Facts pic.twitter.com/o8n2YrJamA— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015If you’re wondering, Fisch’s 41-60 record is a combination of the years he’s put in with the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Hurricanes and Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s an odd stat.Forget Ohio State vs. Michigan. Can we get a Houston vs. Michigan game sometime soon?
August 10, 2007 The back of the East Crescent shows us four completed Light Scoops. Each has a finished and occupied studio apartment on the second level. From the left, behind the three cypresses we see the back of the S.O.T. Building. Next to that is the back of Unit 10, Unit 9, the round stair-case tower of Unit 8, Unit 7 and Unit 6. The back of the East Crescent shows us four completed Light Scoops. Each has a finished and occupied studio apartment on the second level. From the left, behind the three cypresses we see the back of the S.O.T. Building. Next to that is the back of Unit 10, Unit 9, the round stair-case tower of Unit 8, Unit 7 and Unit 6. [Photo & text: sa] On the first floor of Unit 10 is an apartment with the living room in the Light Scoop space. On the first floor of Unit 9, the apartment has been designed for handicapped access. [Photo & text: sa] Construction team of volunteers and workshop participants is currently working on interior finishing of both apartments. This report continues on 8/22 and 8/24. [Photo & text: sa]
Netflix has said it will pass on the cost of a new ‘cloud tax’ that will come into force in Chicago later this year to its subscribers.The 9% tax, which will be levied on streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify but not download-to-own services such as iTunes, was approved approved by City authorities last week and comes into force in September.“We will be adding it to the cost we charge subscribers,” a Netflix spokesman told DTVE sister title TBI.“Jurisdictions around the world, including the US, are trying to figure out ways to tax online services. This is one approach.”The new charge is effectively an extension of Chicago’s ‘amusement tax’, which is applied at cinemas and concerts.The new tax, which was enacted last week and comes into force in September, will be levied on ‘electronically delivered amusements’, covering Netflix and its media streaming counterparts. It applies to all Chicago residents.The city already charges an ‘amusement tax’ at cinemas and music concerts and the new tax is an extension of this to account for new technology, City officials said.The new rules only apply to streaming services, dubbed ‘rentals’ in the official documentation, not electronic sales, or permanent downloads.The tax will generate about US$12 million a year, according to estimates.
Deutsche Telekom’s US subsidiary T-Mobile US is to merge with rival Sprint to create a mobile telco with a combined value of US$150 billion in an all-shares deal.The combination will take the form of a takeover by T-Mobile US of Sprint in a stock swap that will see Deutsche Telekom hold about 42% of the combined company with Japan’s Softbank, Sprint’s majority shareholder, will have a 27% stake. The remaining shares will be free-floated.The merger agreement will give Deutsche Telekom majority voting rights, with control of 69% of voting shares. The German company will be able to appoint nine of the 14-strong board, including two independents. T-Mobile CEO John Legere will be CEO of the enlarged company will Deutsche Telekom CEO Timmotheus Höttges will be chairman.Deutsche Telekom currently owns 62% of T-Mobile US while Softbank has an 83% stake in Sprint.According to Deutsche Telekom, the merger will create synergies with a net present value of US$43 billion.The combined company will have about 127 million customers and generate expected revenues of about US$76 billion this year, which Deutsche Telekom said would put on the same level as rivals AT&T and Verizon.The company said the combination would enable Deutsche Telekom to benefit from growth opportunities in the US while maintaining its strong fixed and mobile business in Europe.“This is an exceptional deal, which will strengthen Deutsche Telekom’s presence in the leading markets in the Western World,” said Höttges.“No other company in the industry is represented as strongly in both the USA and Europe as we are. 90 percent of our revenue comes from countries with particularly strong economic conditions. Deutsche Telekom benefits from growth on both sides of the Atlantic.”
Middle East pay TV provider BeIN Media is to take legal action against its erstwhile content partner the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after the latter agreed to air content already contracted to BeIN free-to-air in Saudi Arabia.The AFC said that it would stream matches featuring Saudi Arabian clubs in the AFC Asian Champions League for free into Saudi Arabia on the AFC’s own digital channels, which BeIN says is in breach of its multi-million dollar broadcast agreement with the sports organisation.BeIN accused the AFC of colluding with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) to unilaterally live-stream matches into Saudi Arabia geo-blocked on the AFC’s Facebook Live and YouTube channels.Saudi Arabia’s government forced Qatar-based BeIN out of the Kingdom a year and a half ago, following the collapse of relations between the two Gulf countries.BeIN Media Group condemned the AFC’s move, which it said undermined the exclusive rights agreement it had earlier struck for the region with the Qatar group.The broadcasters said it would immediately launch international legal proceedings against the AFC and would continue to broadcast all its rights, including all AFC tournaments and matches, on its channels across the MENA region.BeIN further accused the AFC of implicitly supporting the Saudi-sponsored pirate organisation BeoutQ, which has aired content contracted to BeIN illegally within Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the region, and therefore of undermining the business model that sports rightsholders rely on. Every game of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup was broadcast illegally by BeoutQ.Yousef Al-Obaidly, CEO, beIN Media Group, said: “The AFC’s decision to live-stream directly into Saudi Arabia on the AFC’s own digital platforms is a material breach of our multi-million dollar regional broadcast agreement and we will immediately be launching a major international dispute to recover damages and protect our position. The AFC’s decision is not only a self-harming commercial decision and a clear political play with Saudi Arabia, but most damagingly it will impact rights holders across sports and entertainment around the world. There is now no guaranteed protection of intellectual property in the region due to the AFC in effect endorsing Saudi Arabia’s theft of world sport and wholesale disregard for the international rule of law.”