Lukaku left with goal burden as Inter aim to stay with Juve

first_img0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez have struck up an exciting strike partnership at Inter © AFP / Miguel MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Dec 19 – Inter Milan will have to rely on Romelu Lukaku for their goal threat on Saturday as the Serie A title challengers aim to move level with Juventus without striking revelation Lautaro Martinez.The pair have struck 18 of Inter’s 32 league goals this season as Antonio Conte has led them into their first serious title in nearly a decade, but Belgian Lukaku could be partnered by teenage rookie Sebastiano Esposito, who is set for his first Serie A start following a series of promising appearances from the bench in recent weeks. Two draws in a row have put the breaks on Inter, with Dusan Vlahovic’s last gasp equaliser for Fiorentina last weekend allowing Juve to stay level on points before moving three ahead on Wednesday.A late booking in that draw for Argentine Martinez, who is reportedly a target for both Barcelona and Manchester City, looks to have given Esposito his big chance for an Inter side missing key players like midfielders Stefano Sensi and Nicolo Barella.An incredible Ronaldo leap gave Maurio Sarri’s side a 2-1 win at Sampdoria earlier in the week as they prepare for this weekend’s Italian Super Cup clash with Lazio, who made it a three-way title race on Monday with two added-time goals to beat Cagliari by the same score.Third-placed Lazio play their week 17 match against Hellas Verona in early February due to their trip to Riyadh to face Juve, leaving Inter with a chance to move six points away from the Rome club.On Friday, Lazio’s local rivals Roma can also put some pressure on Simone Inzaghi’s side and steal a march in the race for the Champions League when they travel to struggling Fiorentina, whose draw with Inter was their first point in five matches.The Tuscan outfit haven’t won in Serie A since the end of October while Paulo Fonseca’s Roma have lost just once in the league since late September and can move to within a point of Lazio with a win in Florence.They welcome Chris Smalling back from a knee injury, who along with Lukaku was the subject of the now infamous “Black Friday” Corriere Dello Sport front page as Italian football continues to grapple with racism in the stands and boardrooms.Serie A attracted widespread condemnation and ridicule after launching an anti-racism campaign that featured monkeys, with the league seemingly unable to beat back a tide of racist incidents.The league’s managing director Luigi De Siervo said Serie A’s commitment to fighting discrimination was “not in question” despite him being recorded last month telling club bosses he had asked for stadium microphones to be turned off so racist chants can’t be heard.Player to watch: Sebastiano EspositoThe 17-year-old Esposito has made five substitute appearances for Inter in Serie A and the Champions League and has impressed coach Conte in those short outings.An Italy under-19 international, Esposito has moved ahead Matteo Politano in the pecking order in the absence of first choice Martinez.“I still struggle to realise what’s going on. It all happened in such a short time,” said Esposito in an interview with the Gazzetta Dello Sport last month.“Conte is awesome. An extraordinary coach. Lukaku is a humble guy but out of the ordinary. He welcomed me into the dressing room as if I were his little brother.”Key stats71 – The height in centimetres Cristiano Ronaldo was calculated to have jumped when heading home his incredible headed winner at Sampdoria which put Juventus top on Wednesday.48 days – Lazio will have to wait the best part of two months to catch up with their title rivals after their match against Verona was moved to February due to the Italian Super Cup.4 – The number of points Fiorentina are away from the relegation zone amid their winless run and the absence of Franck Ribery to an ankle injury.FixturesPlaying FridayFiorentina v Roma (2245)SaturdayUdinese v Cagliari (1700), Inter Milan v Genoa (2000), Torino v SPAL (2245)SundayAtalanta v AC Milan (1430), Lecce v Bologna, Parma v Brescia (both 1700), Sassuolo v Napoli (2245)0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mavericks Barbers have solved all your Christmas ‘Gift for Him’ worries

first_imgMAVERICKS BARBERS: Ladies and Gentlemen, this week we are bringing you some quality solutions and ideas for “what to get him for Christmas”. Be it your brother, dad, husband, boss, boyfriend, bit on the side or Kris Kindle, Mavericks Traditional Barbershop has the perfect gift for him. We are stockists of premium grooming products for gentlemen. We will only stock products that are the best in their market or sector, products that we can stand by and we know that it’s the best our customers can get. Our range includes Proraso, Layrite, Dapper Dan, Kent, Pinaud, Dr. K and many more.Our No. 1 gift for Christmas: Maverick’s gift voucherEvery gentleman needs to sit in the red leather seat and get the Mavericks treatment at least once. Be it a traditional hair cut, beard trim or luxury hot towel shave, he is sure to be impressed. A coffee while he waits, some live football, great atmosphere, unrivalled customer service not to mention quality workmanship is the reason men are returning to Mavericks time after time. A gift voucher was out best seller last year and sure to be a winner once again this year.Stubble to Short BeardProraso Beard Grooming Kit €55For the gent that sports anything from stubble to a short beard. This will help keep it fresh, hygienic, soft and in tip top condition with some of the best beard grooming products available. Includes 200ml Beard Soap, 100ml Beard Balm 30ml Beard Oil and a complementary Mavericks voucher!Medium to Long BeardDear Barber Grooming Kit €40A stunning gift set for a complete beard and moustache grooming experience. Supplied in an attractive ‘cigar’ box giving an authentic and classic look to the complete gift range. Includes: Dear Barber Beard Oil, Dear Barber Moustache Wax, Luxury Apricot Wood Beard Comb and a complementary Mavericks voucher.Hair CareMavericks Hair Care Kit €25Mavericks hair care kit is all a man needs to maintain his look, starting off with a complementary Mavericks voucher to get him looking his best it comes complete with Mavericks hair gel, and Mavericks Matt clay, two great products that will shape anything from bed head to short and crop. Includes a complementary voucher for a traditional hair cut!The Man Who ShavesProraso Shaving Tin €30The ideal gift for the man who shaves! This fantastic presentation tin is full of the best shaving products from Proraso. It contains the essential products for the perfect wet shave, Eucalyptus Shaving Cream Tube 150ml, Eucalyptus Pre and Post Shave Cream 100ml, Eucalyptus After Shave Balm 100ml.Something different:Marvis Toothpaste Flavour Collection €25We are just after introducing the Marvis toothpaste range. A range of seven masterpieces of taste that conquer at the first sampling. Marvis has combined unique flavours, maximum protection, an unmistakable fresh sensation and extraordinary whitening. This range is capable of capturing those who are curious and open minded. For Christmas we have got our hands on a Marvis flavour collection of their toothpastes which includes whitening, liquorice mint, jasmine mint, ginger mint, classic mint, cinnamon mint and aquatic mint.Grooming HamperMavericks Deluxe Hamper €160The Mavericks Deluxe hamper is the Rolls Royce of male grooming. Get him this and he is putty in your hands, you will officially own him! Complete with grooming products such as a luxury Haryali cut throat razor and derby blades, Proraso aftershave, Mavericks hair gel, vines hair tonic, styptic matches, Marvis 75ml classic mint toothpaste and many many more. Not to mention a complementary gift voucher worth €40.If it is a dapper gent you are buying for then we have the products for him, you can even call in store and see if there is a selection of products you would like us to put together for him!!!!Also follow us on Facebook on www.facebook.com/Maverickstraditionalbarbershop/Mavericks Barbers have solved all your Christmas ‘Gift for Him’ worries was last modified: November 9th, 2016 by Mavericks BarbersShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘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

Leslie Century Farm grounded in faith and perseverance

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseJim Leslie was born in 1928, the youngest of six and 14 years younger than his next oldest brother. Being so much younger, as a boy Jim learned, mostly on his own, the hardships, joys and constant change of life on the Wyandot County farm purchased by his grandparents in 1882.Jim still has scars on his foot from when he disobediently scooted his tricycle through the kitchen and put his foot in the hot, fresh apple butter his mother was making with neighbors. He can remember the community gathering on the farm and butchering for the winter.“We used to butcher here at this farm for the neighborhood. We had a Model A Ford. We’d jack up the rear wheel and put a belt on the spokes of the wheel. We’d start the car, the wheel would turn and that would run the meat grinder,” Jim said. “We’d hang the meat in the summer kitchen. Mom would go out and slice the mold off the outside of the meat to cut out the steaks and cook them. We’d throw the moldy meat she cut off in the pigpen. People today wouldn’t eat that meat, but if you want a pretty good steak, that was good stuff.”The days of his youth went slowly, but the years flew by, as did the changes on the farm through the last century.“The farm is one field today, but at that time it was in six fields. We had a hog lot, we had a cattle lot and a woods with a pond in it. We had a well clear in the back so we could water the sheep. The cows were sold when my brother was in high school,” Jim said. “I can remember when they wired the house for electricity. I was in the fifth or sixth grade. We had one light in the kitchen on a wire that hung down from the ceiling, the same thing in the living room and one plug-in in the kitchen. I was sick home from school the day they turned the electric on and the lights came on in the house. That was a big deal. I can remember when they put the indoor plumbing in too. I was out of high school then. I didn’t enjoy running out to the outhouse in December. It was no fun to clean that thing out either. The first radio we had ran on batteries and that was a big deal too, but we only could get one or two stations.”As much older siblings moved away from home, Jim took on more of the farm duties, especially after eighth grade when he got a Ford Ferguson tractor and a plow for Christmas.“We owned 80 acres and rented other ground to get 220 acres. There were a lot of late nights and early mornings,” Jim said. “If you got 20 acres a day plowed with that Ford tractor that was a big deal from morning to night. Now our lawnmower has more horsepower than that Ford tractor.”Jim’s father died when he was a senior in high school. It was just Jim and his mother at home. Times were tough, but Jim made it work as he took over the farm. The farm was rented out to cousins for a couple of years while Jim was in the service, stationed in Germany in the 1950s. Jim came home and the first thing he did was buy a farm.“When I came home from the service, this farm was for sale at an auction. I paid cash and used all my money. Then I couldn’t get a loan to buy the seed and fertilizer. I was up a creek without a paddle,” he said. “I ran into a friend who worked with farm credit and they loaned me the money to plant crops.”In 1957, Jim married Dorothy, a farmer’s daughter from southeast of Columbus.“When we got married, we looked at the house on the farm I’d just bought and Dorothy said that we’d need to do something to the house before we lived in it,” Jim said. “So, we sold her car and put a roof on it.”Their first years together on the farm were tough, and many people had doubts about whether the Leslies could prevail. Jim’s mother still lived at the home farm, but was getting elderly and needed care as well.“The first couple of years were tight,” Dorothy said. “The first year we were married was the only year we didn’t get everything planted. It rained and rained and rained. I would go out barefooted to pick the garden because it was too muddy to wear shoes. We were on our own. Either we made it or we broke it. We had no family to help us. It was do or die for us. We were going to make it go or try something else.”Even when the crops didn’t grow, the bills had to be paid.“My mom didn’t have any income except for the farm. I bought the farm from her so she had that money and we took care of her. Dorothy is a registered nurse and she kept us in business for a while,” Jim said. There were a couple of years there that lenders told us we should maybe look at different options of things to do, but we got the job done. There wasn’t a choice. We just did it. With Dorothy’s help, things worked out. I can’t stress that enough.”After years of constant toil on the farm, things finally started looking up and Jim was really coming into his own as a farmer in 1965. It was late winter of that year though, when life took another challenging turn that set the stage for the future of the farm.“I was driving home from bowling on the church bowling team one night. A drunk ran me off the road and I rolled the pickup truck multiple times. There were no seat belts in those days. My back was badly hurt and my scalp was peeled open and laid over,” Jim said. “I was too injured to plant the crop that spring. It was pretty discouraging.”The Leslie’s previous perseverance on the farm, though, had made an impression on the community.“Our ag credit manager asked me what we were going to do. I told him I wasn’t sure, and a few days later he came out and worked the ground and planted oats for us. That same year, around 20 farmers in the community got together, brought all of their own equipment and helped plant everything else for us all in one day. There were so many tractors out here. We were buying fuel from the Marathon Corporation at that time and they supplied the fuel for the tractors that day. I never got a bill for the fuel that was used. The wives all fixed dinner. We set up tables in the backyard and all of the wives made food. They stopped for lunch and at about 6:00 they were done planting everything,” Jim said. “The Ford dealer in Upper Sandusky even brought out a little Ranger so I could drive around the farm and see everything. Another neighbor came out a day early to get stuff all lined up.”That day changed the farm, and the farmers.“They didn’t expect anything back,” Dorothy said. “How do you thank someone who does that for you? Farmers still do that today. I don’t know how many places do that anymore.”“I vowed after that that I would help everybody else out. I never made it around to help everybody, but I have gotten the chance to help many of them. We have tried to help families in a lot of ways, but we don’t like to make a lot of to-do about it,” Jim said. “It gave us a boost and we managed to pay our bills that year. I was still wearing a body brace for harvest that fall and I had some part-time help come in. I don’t remember how the crops were, but we paid the bills and had money to put out the next crop. We were able to rent more ground after that and grow the farm.“It went from an old general farm to a commercial farm. Every year there is always something new and the last 10 years things have really changed. Now you need a book to know how to run this equipment. The physical stress now is a lot less. The technology has been a big thing. No-till has been a big change too. We plant all of our soybeans and wheat in no-till and there is minimal tillage for the corn. No-till has been a godsend for us. I’ll be 91 in October and I’m still able to go out and run the tractor and do a lot of work. That is where the technology has come in. If I had to do things the way we used to do them, I couldn’t do it. It has been a miracle. The combine cab is air conditioned and it drives itself.”The Leslies have four boys and three of them live nearby and work on the farm.“The farm is a good place to raise children. They learn responsibility and accountability, even though you get tired you don’t quit, you just persevere until the job is done,” Dorothy said. “Watching the sun rise and set with family leaves a lasting impression on all of us.”With rented ground, the farm expanded to over 2,000 acres through the years. This spring was the first since 1957 where some of the farm’s acres were left unplanted because of wet weather. The Leslies know they have been lucky, but there is more to a successful Century Farm than luck.Jim said looking at Dorothy with the sincerest of grins, “You need a wife that’ll stick with you.”Dorothy returned the grin and said, “You have to have faith. He said He will give a time to plant and a time to harvest. Where there is a challenge, you can’t just give up. That faith and persistence has worked for us all these years.”In May of 1965 farmers from around the community came to help get the Leslie’s crop planted after Jim was injured in an automobile accident. In this picture they are taking a break for lunch.last_img read more

Kin donate organs of accident victim

first_imgKolkata: A private hospital in the city has started harvesting organs on Wednesdayfrom a woman, who was declared brain dead by the state health department on Tuesday. The family members of the victim, Manisha Rai, agreed to donate her organs and made a pledge to the private hospital authorities in this regard. The hospital then contacted the state health department. The officials from ROTTO visited the hospital and declared the patient brain dead after conducting necessary tests. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to a hospital official, the process of harvesting organs from the victim started in the evening and would continue till late in the evening. Manisha was riding pillion when her friend Abhishek Roy (21) lost control over the motorcycle he was riding on. It rammed into the median divider on EM Bypass on Saturday night. Abhishen died as he received a fatal injury while the girl received serious injuries after she fell on the road. She was taken to a private hospital on EM Bypass and she was under treatment since Saturday night. According to police, the incident occurred around 1:50 am on Saturday. They were heading towards Ultadanga when the accident took place. The police came to know during the course of investigation that the bike was moving too fast and as a result of which he lost control.last_img read more