‘Second chance’ for SA’s unemployed

first_img18 May 2010Despite losing her job as a facilitator last year, 24-year-old Mphafi Mamapepe’s determination to support her family set her on a different path. Today, she is one of hundreds of beneficiaries of the government’s Training of the Unemployed project which aims to minimise the negative effects of the recession.The Department of Labour launched the Training of the Unemployed project early this year, one of its objectives being the re-skilling of retrenched South Africans.South Africa’s unemployment rate rose to 25.2 percent in the first quarter of 2010, with close to one million jobs have been lost as a result of the global economic recession.The project currently trains people as electricians, boiler-makers, welders and mechanics, with more than 750 registered trainees in Gauteng province.Department of Labour spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi said the department was looking at the possibility of rolling the project out to other provinces.“People who are currently on training were drawn from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) database, and once they have completed the training another group will be called in,” Mkhwanazi said.Mkhwanazi said that while the project was earmarked for UIF beneficiaries, those who were not UIF beneficiaries also qualified.He added that the department would also assist with placement once the trainees had completed their training.A second chanceMamapepe, originally from QwaQwa in the Free State, said the project had given her a second chance.She had been employed as a facilitator by the Education with Enterprise Trust, an NGO working with schools in the Free State. Now, she is training as a boiler-marker at the Sam Andrew Johan Training Institute in Wadeville, near Johannesburg.While boiler-making is dominated by men, Mamapepe told BuaNews that she was determined to make a mark in the male-dominated trade. “While this job is mostly done by men, I am determined to prove that even though I am a woman, I can do what men can do,” she said.Asked where she sees herself in five years, she said: “I would love to see myself being a Drafter.”According to the Department of Labour, the qualifications the trainees would obtain at the end of their course met the requirements of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority.Facing the world with confidencePatrick Sekgobela, 26, from Phalaborwa in Limpopo, who now trains as a boiler-maker, was previously employed at Hydro Sebenza in Boksburg, where he worked as a semi-skilled boiler maker.Sekgobela says he is optimistic that, once the training is complete in June, he will have a good job. “Now I’m going to face the world with confidence, with the right qualifications. Hopefully one day, I will own my own company,” he said.The UIF and other government entities contributed almost R50-million to train the candidates. All those in the project are paid a stipend of R2 100 a month. UIF beneficiaries get their UIF benefits as well as the stipend.Mark Johaar, 32, who lost his job in 2005 and is also a trainee at the Sam Andrew Johan Training Institute, sees himself as an employer upon completion of the training as welder.“I want to start my own company and employ many people to help me,” he said. “When I lost my job, I did not know what to do, I was just frustrated.” Now, Johaar says he is optimistic about the future.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Leased Solar Panels May Complicate Home Sales

first_imgLeased photovoltaic (PV) systems that come with long-term contracts are proving to be a problem for some homeowners when they try to sell their homes, in some cases killing deals when potential buyers get cold feet, a report in the Los Angeles Times says.Although the article didn’t quantify the problem, it suggested the number of problem real estate transactions is growing as the number of leased PV installations increases.Lynn Farris, a real estate agent in Vacaville, California, a city of 94,000 between Sacramento and San Francisco, said that disputes over leased panels are “becoming an increasing problem” and predicted it would get worse.The article cites the example of homeowners Nora and Andrew Barber who were having trouble selling their house near Fresno, California, because potential buyers didn’t like the terms of the existing PV lease, or because of credit qualifications they’d have to meet to take over the lease. In the end, the Barbers paid $22,000 to get out of the lease so they could sell the house.“It was a nightmare,” Nora Barber told The Times. “We were in a panic.” Leasing companies say the problem is minorClean Power Finance, the company from whom the Barbers were leasing the panels, didn’t comment directly on their predicament but did say there were only “very few instances” of potential buyers balking at a sale because of leased PV systems.A company executive told the newspaper that in 95 percent of sales, the buyers take over the lease agreement, or the sellers prepays the agreement or purchases the panels.SolarCity, the largest PV leasing company in the country — a company doing business in 16 states — says that it has a 12-person team in place to facilitate the transfer of PV leases and has so far arranged nearly 3,000 transactions.But the problem has been reported elsewhere, including this 2014 report from Bloomberg that was picked up by PV Magazine. Owning a PV system can add valueWhile leased PV systems can be a problem for homeowners trying to sell, purchased systems add value, a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found.Researchers studying sales records for 22,000 homes concluded buyers were willing to pay an average of $4 per watt, or $15,000, for an average-sized PV system of 3.6 kilowatts.It didn’t seem to make much difference whether the PV panels were on a new house or added to an older house.last_img read more

Gunfight reported in Sopore

first_imgAn encounter has erupted in north Kashmir’s Sopore where militants fired upon a search party of security forces on Thursday night.Security forces came under fire at Astan Mohalla of Warpora area of Sopore of Baramulla district, an official said. “The area was placed under a cordon on Thursday afternoon and a search was on in the area when the hiding militants opened fire,” said the police.Initial reports suggest two to three militants may be hiding in the area.Officials said lights were installed in the area so that militants do not escape from the cordoned off area.last_img

Dream the impossible

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The phrase “To Dream The Impossible,” coined by organizers as the Azkals’ battlecry, couldn’t be more perfect as they relish their first Asian Cup experience in the Emirate.Considering that just a decade ago, they were nowhere near this competition, being here is already a milestone in itself—a fact not lost on players like Phil and James Younghusband, who have been representing the country since 2005.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion‘Surreal’“It’s been an incredible journey and I think reaching the Asian Cup is a great way to mark a great milestone of what we’ve really achieved,” said Phil, the country’s top international scorer with 52 goals and also holds the record for most appearances with 105. Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETDUBAI—The bus that takes the Philippine team to training and to the stadium for its matches in the AFC Asian Cup here is covered with black decal with red, white and green linings depicting the logo of the continent’s biggest football tournament held for only the second time in the United Arab Emirates.On each side of the bus and on the windshield, the word “Philippines” is written. But as you look closer, the phrase printed on each side immediately strikes a chord to a team that has gone through so much just to be among the 24 nations participating in this competition.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Ex-PBA star Adducul joins Blackwater as ‘teacher’ for Elite big men “It’s surreal when you put everything in perspective and you start to realize what an achievement it has been over the last 14 years. But we’re excited to be here and feel the Asian Cup vibe.”“Still can’t believe we’re here,” James admitted. “It felt so recent that we qualified when we beat Tajikistan [last March] and Phil got his 50th goal. I still have emotions from that night.”The first time Phil and James suited up for the country was in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games in Bacolod City and the Philippines failed to make it to the medal round.The year before, the Philippine team that pulled off the so-called Miracle in Hanoi in the AFF Suzuki Cup was starting to take shape under coach Aris Caslib, who then had the likes of Aly Borromeo, Anton del Rosario, Chris Greatwich and Chieffy Caligdong in the AFF Championship.“When I first wore the Philippine kit, all I was thinking about was the Southeast Asian Games and the AFF Suzuki Cup because we were qualifying in 2006,” Phil said.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening It may be a stretch for the Azkals to change the country’s sporting landscape, but they are more than happy to showcase not just the Philippines’ footballing pedigree, but their uncanny fighting spirit here.“What we’ve always done, we had the Philippine fighting spirit,” said Phil. “When it comes down to the pitch, we’re all fighting for each other, fighting for the country, that means a lot.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments “At that time, I didn’t really process or think about the long-term future and I think after that you start thinking how the Philippines can really go when you start creeping up the rankings; when we start qualifying for semifinals of the Suzuki Cup, then you really start thinking how far can this team really go.”The recruitment of talented players with Filipino lineage who have played in leagues overseas much like the Younghusband brothers slowly changed the fortunes of the team and in 2010, with businessman Dan Palami as manager, the Azkals finally took off.A stunning win in Vietnam triggered a wave of support back home, and also renewed interest from foreign-based Filipino players. When the Azkals qualified for the Asian Cup back in March in Manila, Palami candidly joked that the victory was worth his dwindling bank account.“Somehow, it’s a relief that  your belief of what the team can do has been rewarded with this participation [in the Asian Cup], but I think we can even do more,” said Palami. “We try to set our goals higher but at the same time we try to enjoy the moment being here in the Asian Cup right now and I think this is what the players are doing.”Tournament debutThe Azkals begin their debut campaign in the Asian Cup on Monday against South Korea, a regular Asian representative in the Fifa World Cup. The two countries have not played against each other since 1978, when the Koreans beat the Filipinos, 5-0, in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match in Manila.The Azkals will also play China and Kyrgyzstan in the group stage and while they may be outsiders to reach the round of 16, the team has already set the benchmark for Philippine football.“Somehow you try to expect and try to hope that you make something out of this,” said Palami. “You try to surprise Korea, maybe get out of the group stages.”Swedish coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, who took England to two World Cup quarterfinals in 2002 and 2006, isn’t lacking in belief in his players.“The players are very good,” he said. “One of the problems is that the Philippines is not a great football country. Basketball is [more] popular than football, but I think this generation of players have a golden opportunity to change that.”last_img read more

Alaska rookie Jesper Ayaay no pressure in PBA debut

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte RR Pogoy lifts TNT over Magnolia in OT View comments MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ayaay, however, was different since he said that his much-awaited debut was just another game for him.“It was a normal feeling and I felt that I was just playing in an outside league,” joked Ayaay after the Aces’ 85-72 loss to Rain or Shine. “I just don’t put any pressure on myself and I just did the best I can when I was called off the bench.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I just focused on what I can do especially on defense.”Ayaay was the ninth overall pick of the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft in a stunning selection since he was a role player with the Pirates for most of his stay in the NCAA and it was this humble upbringing at Lyceum that ultimately molded his mindset.center_img The rookie wingman said he’s not putting much focus on his offensive game, let alone being the focal point of the system, but he would rather be that one guy that works hard in practice and help his teammates get better.“I’m a rookie so I’m here to work hard and challenge my teammates in practice,” said Ayaay, who had six points and two rebounds in his first professional game.“I never really look at the offensive numbers I put up and I just look at what I can do on defense and on what I can do to help my team.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Debuts usually leave a lasting impression on anyone especially if it’s the culmination of a lifelong dream.Alaska rookie Jesper Ayaay experienced that one on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena when he played his first PBA game after spending his collegiate days with Lyceum.ADVERTISEMENT Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Kaka called up for Brazil’s Centenary Copa America squad

first_imgBrazil have called on Kaka as a late addition for next month’s Centenary Copa America in the United States, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Thursday.The Orlando City midfielder will replace Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa, who was cut from the squad because of an injury to his left thigh.Former AC Milan and Real Madrid player Kaka has been a regular in coach Dunga’s squads without getting much game time.The 34-year old has not played a full match for the national side since 2012.He is the second player to be added to the squad because of injury, with Benfica’s Jonas replacing striker Ricardo Oliveira, who also dropped out.Brazil are in the Copa Group B with Ecuador, Haiti and Peru. They will face Panama in a warm up friendly on Sunday in Denver.last_img

School for educating underprivileged children opens in Delhi’s Mansarovar Park

first_imgA new school for educating the underprivileged kids of Delhi’s Mansarovar Park was opened on Sunday under the Youth Awakening Mission of Rishikulshala, a charitable trust providing quality education to downtrodden kids in the city.”Children are the invaluable assets of our country and it is our responsibility to make their lives better. To educate destitute is in itself a service to the nation, said Shriguru Pawan Sinha, founder of the mission.Main aim of this project”The main motive of this project is to make these children feel they are an important part of the society. This would make them stay away from crimes and addictions, would allow them to accept things rationally, help them in using language effectively and would enable them to ask questions in their daily lives,” he further said.The curriculum designed by the school would focus on developing skills in children that would help them lead a quality life.The syllabus of Rishikulshala includes mathematics, science, social science, general knowledge, Indian history, English, Hindi and Sanskrit languages, among other subjects.Other benefits of this schoolThe school also plans to provide children with vocational education and classes on hygiene, theatre, music, dance, and sportsThe children would be given studying kits with copies, books, pencil, water bottle and other required thingsAlso read: 50% students enrolled in free UPSC coaching at Jamia stood successfullast_img read more

Did Klopp snub chance to manage Man Utd?

first_imgJürgen Klopp Did Klopp snub Man Utd? German admits to turning down ‘historical’ post before joining Liverpool Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 16:53 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Getty Jürgen Klopp Liverpool Manchester United Premier League Prior to taking the reins at Anfield, the highly-rated coach concedes that he knocked back an approach from another leading Premier League team Jurgen Klopp hs revealed that he turned down a “historical English club” before joining Liverpool because the job “didn’t feel right”.Having enhanced his reputation during a productive spell at Borussia Dortmund, the German coach was a man in demand back in 2015.Liverpool 11/10 for top four finish Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Around that time, Manchester United were stagnating under Louis van Gaal while Chelsea were preparing to part with Jose Mourinho.Both clubs would have been expected to express an interest in Klopp, having seen him walk away from his role in Dortmund, but neither got a deal done as Liverpool swept in to make a high-profile appointment as successor to Brendan Rodgers.“Why Liverpool? I had an offer of another historical English club two years ago, but I never felt comfortable with how they understood football,” Klopp told a live audience at a football charity event in Hout Bay, Cape Town.“It didn’t feel right. When Liverpool called, I can’t explain it. It was right.”Jurgen Klopp Liverpool turned down rivalIf he did turn down United, then that decision will have come as a surprise to many, with Klopp’s predecessor at Mainz, Eckhard Krautzun, having revealed that Old Trafford had always been his favoured destination in England.He told The Set Pieces on Klopp: “When it comes to his favourite club, however, Liverpool weren’t always number one.“It would be his dream to go to England one day and his favourite club would be [Manchester] United. That’s what he said.”Having opted to head for Merseyside over Manchester or London, Klopp is now charged with the task of returning former glories to Liverpool.He has experienced mixed fortunes after taking on that challenge, with the Reds still waiting on a first piece of silverware since 2012.Klopp is, however, convinced that he will deliver success, with his sights still set on the Premier League title.He added while in South Africa: “We have to improve, 100%. But we will.“We are fine and the owners are happy. Liverpool is a fantastic club, and my aim is to win the Premier League with it.”Liverpool sit fifth in the English top-flight at present, 12 points adrift of leaders Manchester City. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Report: Juventus 0 Barcelona 0

first_imgJuventus 0 Barcelona 0: Messi benched but Valverde’s men in last 16 Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 05:36 11/23/17 lionel messi - cropped Getty Images Barcelona drew 0-0 with Juventus to seal their spot in the Champions League knockouts, despite starting without Lionel Messi. Barcelona benched Lionel Messi but sealed their place in the last 16 of the Champions League regardless with a 0-0 draw at Juventus.The LaLiga leaders were largely untroubled by last season’s beaten finalists at the Allianz Stadium as they claimed a result that guarantees they go through to the knockout phase as winners of Group D.Head coach Ernesto Valverde sprung a shock before the match by naming Messi among the substitutes, with Paulinho selected in the number 10 role in a robust-looking system. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Barca official Guillermo Amor explained pre-match that Messi was simply being rested before the weekend clash with LaLiga’s second-placed side Valencia, and his absence did little to upset Barca’s rhythm as they controlled the game for long spells in Turin, albeit without troubling Gianluigi Buffon too often.Messi came on in the second half to try to unlock a Juve defence that was without the injured Giorgio Chiellini, but there was no way through against the Serie A champions, who are a point above third-place Sporting CP in the group ahead of the final matchday.For Barca, attention can now turn to the top-of-the-table clash at Mestalla on Sunday, with their knockout spot secure.6 – Andres Iniesta is the sixth player with the most appearances in #UCL history (126), surpassing Clarence Seedorf (125). Legendary. pic.twitter.com/8eyPuvonV3— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 22, 2017Douglas Costa shot straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen from inside the penalty area after only two minutes but Barcelona were largely in control of the first half-hour, the midfield quartet of Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Paulinho dictating the play well.It was Rakitic who came closest to a first-half breakthrough, sending a deep free-kick off the right-hand post, before Paulinho failed to turn the rebound on target.Barca had shouts for a penalty in the 30th minute when Paulinho went over a challenge from Miralem Pjanic, but the referee showed a deserved yellow card to the Brazilian for a fairly blatant dive.Paulo Dybala had struggled to get involved in the first 45 minutes but he came close to giving Juve the lead just before the break, collecting Alex Sandro’s pass on the break before surging into the box and firing narrowly over the crossbar.0 – Luis Suarez was the player with the fewest passes attempted (9) and touches (14, none in the opposite box) in this first half. Alone. pic.twitter.com/vVZurYkQkX— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 22, 2017Barca resumed their control of proceedings after the break, with Luis Suarez going close with a free-kick, but Valverde nonetheless introduced Messi for Gerard Deulofeu in the 55th minute.Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain lashed half-chances wide but Barca’s control of possession was almost unchallenged, with Juve apparently content to sit deep and hold on for the draw.Messi almost provided the killer pass to give Barca the breakthrough, with Juan Cuadrado messing up his attempt to head the Argentine’s long pass back to Buffon, but Lucas Digne failed to capitalise on the opportunity.Juve showed more attacking endeavour in the closing stages and Ter Stegen made a fine low save to deny Dybala in stoppage time, but the draw means Massimiliano Allegri’s side must beat Olympiacos on December 5 to ensure they stay above Sporting and reach the last 16. Key Opta stats:- Barcelona have failed to win in all of their six away games against Juventus in European competitions (D3 L3).- The Blaugrana have recorded goalless draws in back-to-back games in Champions League for the first time ever. – Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 18 games in all competitions, their best run since March 2016, when they registered their longest ever run (39). – Marc-Andre ter Stegen has kept more clean sheets than any other LaLiga goalkeeper this season in all competitions (12). – The German goalkeeper has saved 23 of the last 24 shots on target he has faced for Barcelona in all competitions (96%).- Lionel Messi has equalled Roberto Carlos as South American player with the most appearances in the Champions League (129 apiece). read morelast_img read more

It is time for female footballers to be treated as equals

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Facebook comment Topics Read more Share on Messenger Steffi Jones has lost her job as Germany’s head coach. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images Facebook Twitter Women’s football • The Football Writers’ Association has announced the appointment of a panel to select a Women’s Player of the Year for the first time. The panel includes England internationals Rachel Brown-Finnis and Alex Scott and the winner will be announced at the awards dinner on 10 May.• Liverpool defender Amy Turner will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery to remove loose cartilage. Turner joined from Notts County following the club’s collapse and has made five appearances.• Sheffield United have submitted a bid to play in the newly named women’s Championship (second tier) from next season. Tier two will be semi-professional and admittance would see the Blades jump two divisions and play at the same level as their men’s side are this season.• England have been drawn alongside holders North Korea, Mexico and Brazil in Group B of this summer’s Under-20 Women’s World Cup. Hosts France will play Ghana, New Zealand and the Netherlands in Group A. Full draw here. Share on Pinterest Lieke Martens, Alex Morgan and Lucy Bronze named in women’s world XI Pinterest Although equality in sport may seem trivial alongside the wider issues faced by women in society, how women view themselves, how they move and how they interact with their bodies says much about their position in, and relationship to, society. That is why it is no accident that in the Commons IWD debate both sides referenced sport in their wider discussion on equality, and in particular a need for greater equality for female footballers as the game develops. Because fit, confident, healthy, empowered women who have reaped the rewards of team sport are proven to do better in workplace teams, in boardrooms and will challenge things.The growth of women’s football in England in recent years is to be applauded but there is still a mountain to climb if it is going to claw back to the height it reached before the FA’s 50-year ban in 1921.And it is clear that although there are plenty of good initiatives, from school to adulthood, football – and society – is not doing enough to engage women with sport and transform attitudes.Because even those at the top of the game still find that being a professional is a struggle. Last December a FifPro survey of women footballers revealed that 88% of Women’s Super League players earn less than £18,000 per year and that 58% have considered quitting for financial reasons. There are huge resources within football and yet a majority of top professional women footballers are paid less than the top Fifa eSports players – the top 10 earning an average of £55,911 in 2017 – despite women’s football providing the biggest pound-for-pound return on FA investment.As the England Lionesses returned from their most successful finish at the SheBelieves Cup in the United States, new manager Phil Neville outed the fact that the team have to fly economy outside of major tournaments. It is a decision now under review. But it is a position that should never have existed. FA chief executive Martin Glenn makes much noise about it being not for profit and “for all”, yet its travel arrangements for the national women’s and men’s teams shows a more successful women’s team being treated as second best, in this case for no discernible reason other than financial.The same scenarios crop up time and again in the women’s domestic game. The Continental Cup final between Arsenal and Manchester City is taking place at 7pm on Wednesday at Wycombe Wanderers’ Adams Park. It’s hard to envisage such an anti-social set-up for a cup final in the men’s game. Yet this is not the flagship Women’s FA Cup, and heaven forbid we aim to make every major women’s final a showpiece event.Money holds the power in football. It’s the elephant in the room for growth in the game. Until those in charge of women’s football are willing to challenge the power and financial muscle of the Premier League, TV rights deals and wealthy club owners and stand up against the idea that football should be run for profit instead of serving the communities they grew from, then pushes towards equality will get only so far and women’s football will have to continue surviving off crumbs from the table.So although we can and should celebrate the gains being made, it is important to remember how empowering sport and football can be, and why those looking to cling on to the status quo fear the rise of active, empowered, sport-playing women.Talking points• Germany have parted company with head coach Steffi Jones. Horst Hrubesch will take over on an interim basis for April’s games against the Czech Republic and Slovenia. International Women’s Day saw clubs putting their women’s teams front and centre. There were powerful messages from players and moving videos from the Football Association about different journeys taken into the national game. Manchester City even went as far as changing their Twitter handle to Womanchester City for the day – joining other organisations across the city.And it is right that, on such an important day for women globally, those invested in women’s football promote both the game and those who have fought over the years for the right to play. Because if you look beyond the newest generation of players, every woman that has laced up boots in the past century has done so against a backdrop of hostility. Read more Christen Press: how did a World Cup winner end up at a club she didn’t want to join? Share via Email Share on WhatsApp • FifPro has announced its women’s world XI for 2017. Lyon’s Lucy Bronze is the first England player to be included in the list and Chelsea’s Hedvig Lindahl was named best goalkeeper. The surprise omission was Sam Kerr, who became the NWSL’s all-time leading goalscorer as she scored more than any other player in a season and has led the line for an impressive Australia team. Reuse this contentlast_img read more