Fulham have offer for winger Jarvis rejected by Wolves – report

first_imgFulham have had a £4.5m bid for winger Matt Jarvis rejected by Wolves, according to The Sun.West Ham are also believed to want the England international, but Wolves appear determined to keep their top players.The Daily Mirror suggest Fulham are leading the chase to sign Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone from Spanish club Levante.The 28-year-old is reported to have snubbed moves to Russia and Qatar because he is keen to play in the Premier League.The Daily Mail report that Blackburn are close to signing Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu and have moved ahead of the Whites in the race for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes.Meanwhile, former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to sign Ashley Cole for Paris St-Germain, the Mirror say.There has been speculation about the England left-back’s future because he is now in the final year of his Chelsea contract.And it is claimed that Ancelotti is looking to capture him on a three-year deal.Raheem Sterling is again linked with a move from Liverpool to Tottenham – this time by The Sun.It is suggested that Spurs will offer £7m for the 17-year-old from Harlesden and that he would welcome a return to the capital.Sterling was recently linked with a loan move back to QPR, who lost him when he left Loftus Road to join Liverpool in 2010.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SA welcomes SADC infrastructure plan

first_img20 August 2012 South Africa has welcomed the adoption of a regional infrastructure master plan by Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders who met in Maputo at the weekend. The SADC Heads of State approved the plan, which is expected to boost regional trade, following their two-day summit in the Mozambican capital. The plan, to be implemented over a 15-year period beginning from next year, will serve as a key strategy to guide the creation of efficient, cost-effective trans-boundary infrastructure connecting all SADC member states in areas of energy, water, ICT and transport. The region’s infrastructure in critical sectors is said to be so poor that a deficit was estimated to be to be about US$100-billion. Speaking to SAnews in Maputo, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies noted that the new plan would put emphasis on the cross-border infrastructure that South Africa identifies in its own Strategic Infrastructure Plan, adopted recently by the government. “Our own infrastructure programme, particularly the 17 SIPs, will be strongly supporting the SADC plan, and we have already identified a few projects that we are highlighting, and the SADC plan will help us to get a bigger broader picture,” Davies said. He welcomed the fact that a connected SADC infrastructure would strengthen regional integration and add meaning to the free-trade area agreement that many countries in the region were battling to implement. “As South Africa we have always argued that the biggest barriers to promoting a more equitable pattern of inter-regional trade … has always been a lack of a common plan that links all of us. “We think that the way forward now is to address the supply capacity issues as well as infrastructure challenges that are blocking inter-regional trade,” Davies said. “This means we have to find agreement on a whole host of things within the SADC region as part of SADC’s supported infrastructure programme, with the main focus on cross-border projects.” It’s still not clear how funding for the infrastructure plan will be structured, considering that countries are still battling to put together even the Regional Development Fund (RDF) that was agreed to in previous summits. The RDF was intended as a financial mechanism to mobilise resources from member states and the private sector to finance projects for regional development and integration. Last week, the African Development Bank proposed that a funding mechanism in the form of an infrastructure bond be established to speed up the plan. The bank asked SADC countries to put five percent of their foreign reserves, estimated at US$22-billion, towards the establishment of the initiative. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

IPL 2011: Kochi aim for upset against Super Kings

first_imgThe stunning win over Mumbai Indians gave Indian Premier League new comers Kochi Tuskers Kerala the fillip they desperately needed and the side would be aiming to spring a surprise once again when they take on defending champions Chennai Super Kings in Kochi on Monday.Kochi upstaged Mumbai by a comprehensive eight wickets to clinch their maiden IPL win after facing defeats in their opening two matches.Captain Mahela Jayawardene said the win should now ensure that rivals take his team more seriously.The destructive Brendon McCullum came into his own against Mumbai and with some crucial support from Jayawardene and all- rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Kochi managed to pip Mumbai despite a century by their captain Sachin Tendulkar.” We have to keep fighting till the last. I think the rival teams will take us a little more seriously now following this victory.It gives us confidence as well,” Jayawardene had said after the shock win.The Sri Lankan veteran would hope for a similar performance from his team against Chennai at the Nehru Stadium.The bowling, however, is a big concern for Kochi as pace spearhead Sreesanth and spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan have both been off colour, prompting Jayawardene to drop the duo in the match against Mumbai.RP Singh also continues to struggle to not just take wickets but also stem the flow of runs in the fourth edition of the league.R Vinay Kumar and Sri Lankan medium- pacer Thisara Perera can also expect to put through a tough test the formidable Chennai batting, bolstered by the return of Michael Hussey.advertisementBesides the prolific left- hander from Australia, Chennai, with the likes of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, veteran New Zealander Scott Styris and South Africa’s Albie Morkel, have the firepower to bat any opposition out of the game.Chairman of selectors Kris Srikkanth’s son S Aniruddha has also been in good form this edition of the league.Chennai have had a fairly successful campaign winning two of their three matches far – the only defeat being result of Paul Valthaty’s brilliance with the bat.Their bowlers too have been putting up decent performances with Morkel, Tim Southee, Ravichandran Ashwin and Suraj Randiv sharing the wickets among themselves.Going into Monday’s match, Chennai certainly have the momentum but Kochi too have a spring in their stride after the win over Mumbai.And given the unpredictability of the Twenty20 format, doesn’t take much for change in momentum.last_img read more