Mata: Facing Leeds and their fans at Elland Road was tough

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first_imgChelsea’s Juan Mata admitted his side found it tough playing Leeds in the cauldron of Elland Road.The atmosphere was electric – not least because of the long-standing rivalry between the two clubs – and Leeds led at half-time through Luciano Becchio’s opener.Chelsea stormed back to win 5-1 and take their place in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.But Mata told Sky Sports: “It is tough to play against a team like Leeds. It is a difficult stadium to play in and they have a physical team.”Blues midfielder Frank Lampard added: “We upped it in the second half. We were slow in the first but when we played with pace, you could see the difference.“We had a word with ourselves at half time and the early goal gave us an impetus to go on and win it.“Every trophy is a big deal for us, when we look back after our careers finish, we will look back on all our trips to Wembley.”Click here for our Leeds v Chelsea quizSee also:Chelsea strike back to demolish 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


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first_img14 July 2011 South African hospitality group Singita Game Reserves is now firmly at the top of the industry after walking off with the honours in the 2011 US Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. Singita’s safari hotels and lodges were rated against top competition from around the world. Its Grumeti Reserves, situated close to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, came in at number one on Travel + Leisure World’s list of 100 top hotels. Also, Singita’s flagship Sabi Sand, located within the greater boundaries of the world-famous Kruger National Park, was ranked at number two. Sabi Sand features Singita’s original lodges, Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders, as well as the Singita Castleton, an exclusive-use facility. As if this wasn’t enough, the Singita Kruger National Park, overlooking the N’wanetsi River in the park’s northern region, rounded off the honours for the group by taking the 39th spot on the list, and was also named the best Hotel Spa in Africa and the Middle East. The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards are given to top hotels, destinations, airlines, cruises, outfitters and transportation companies in the world. The winners are chosen by readers in a survey where they are rated on a scale of one to five, with five being excellent. The winners of this year’s survey, the 16th edition, were announced on 7 July on US television channel NBC’s Today Show. They were due to receive their awards at a ceremony in Los Angeles on 14 July.Practising modern conservation Singita Reserves’ chief marketing officer, Lindy Rousseau, said: “Singita today manages and is responsible for 570 000 acres in Africa. We operate ten lodges in four destinations in three countries.” The group practises so-called modern conservation, said Rossouw. She described the concept as “a finely tuned relationship between wildlife, local communities and tourism”. Singita is committed to tourism that delivers a high value but leaves a low impact on the environment, meaning that habitats are sensitively managed. As a result, animal populations are thriving in Singita areas. As an example, said Roussouw, a mere eight years ago hardly an animal was seen in Grumeti, but today it boasts the most prolific game populations in East Africa. “We spend more on wildlife projects and community development than anyone else,” said Rousseau. She expressed her gratitude at the honour of being voted a world leader by some of the most discerning travellers to be found anywhere.African splendour The results of the survey attest to the splendour of Africa’s natural scenery, the attraction of its great hospitability, and the enchantment it leaves on those who have travelled and stayed there. Singita describes the impact of its destinations on guests as “nothing short of life changing”. The group’s luxury lodges can be found in South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. In South Africa, the Singita Ebony and Singita Boulders lie within the world’s best leopard viewing area, while the Singita Castleton, a private six-roomed villa, is situated close to one of the most frequented waterholes in the Kruger National Park. Guests can spot the Big Five – lion; leopard; rhino; elephant and buffalo – at these locations. In Tanzania, home of the world’s best hotel; millions of wildebeest can be seen during the migration season as the hotel is located on a prime viewing site along the animals’ annual route. In Zimbabwe, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is a haven for endangered species like the black rhino. The reserve has a vast collection of baobab trees and offers breathtaking views of the Malilangwe Dam. Rousseau said: “When it comes to hotels, the new world order is very different from just five years ago. Today it is about authenticity, integrity and being real. I think this is why more and more guests identify with what we are doing.” First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more


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first_img23 March 2015The government is urging South Africans to use Human Rights month as a vehicle to foster social cohesion, nation building, national identity socioeconomic developement – as well as an end to xenophobia and homophobia, Justice and Correctional Minister Michael Masutha said at an official event held to commemorate Human Rights Day in Uitenhage on Saturday.Masutha urged communities to stop looting shops owned by foreign nationals: “We need to root out the new habit of looting shops owned by immigrants. These shops render services to the very communities that end up looting and destorying them.”He encouraged people to report complaints about illegal activities in immigrant communities to their councillors or to the police. “Don’t vent out your grievances by looting shops and destorying property,” Masutha said.Addressing the crowd at Rosedale Field in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape, Masutha paid tribute to those who died in massacre that took place there 30 years ago.On 21 March 1985, 28 people were shot dead by police in Langa, a township on the outskirts of Uitenhage. The demonstrators had gathered to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre.Mashuta said 21 March was now a day to reaffirm the rights of all the people of South Africa. This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Freedom Charter, enjoying Equal Human Rights for All”.“We should go back to the tradition of caring for each other’s children and young people. We should go back to the traditon of caring for each other’s aged grannies,” the minister said.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


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first_imgWith all due respect to inbound, outbound is greater.Eliminates Waiting: Outbound eliminates you waiting by the phone or living in your inbox, hoping that a lead finally arrives. It eliminates the need for you to wait for your marketing department to deliver that lead. And don’t have to wait for your dream client to engage with you. Inbound assumes that your dream clients are going to beat a path to your door. Outbound assumes that no such thing is going to happen. Outbound eliminates your need to wait for something to happen or someone else to give you a lead to work. Inbound makes you a dependent. Outbound makes you self-reliant.Eliminates Need for Luck: A “Bluebird” is an opportunity that comes to you completely sold and ready-to-buy. It’s nice to catch a bluebird. But it’s lucky, and luck isn’t a strategy. If it were, you could repeat it–and you can’t. How much luck is necessary for your dream client to Google a search term that leads them directly to you? However much luck that takes, you don’t have enough of it. Outbound eliminates the need for luck. The Gods of Sales smile on salespeople who consistently prospect. Those same Gods mock the salesperson who waits for luck.Establishes Presence: You want to be known as a value-creator before your dream client establishes that they have a need. You want the people who are going to initiate change to know who you are, to have spoken with you, and to have experienced your shared ideas that prove you have chops. The earlier you establish your presence, the more likely your dream client will call on you when they need something. You also want your dream client to know with great certainty that you are pursuing them. The further in front of an opportunity, the better.Control Your Destiny: Inbound puts your destiny in someone else’s hands. A lot of someones, in fact. Outbound is how you take control of your destiny, your future, your results.Inbound marketing is wonderful. So is content marketing. But outbound is still greater.last_img read more


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first_imgUttar Pradesh Cane Development Minister Suresh Rana said on Monday that the State will ensure the entire cane arrears of around ₹10,000 crore are paid to farmers before the start of the new season from October. A proposal to provide ₹5,535 crore for the purpose of clearing cane dues of both cooperative and private sector will be placed before the Cabinet in the coming week, he said. Sugarcane crushing season in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s leading sugar producing State, starts from October 20 and continues till November 5. “Cane arrears have come down to around ₹10,000 crore. We have kept a target to bring the dues to zero before the start of the new season from October 20,” Mr. Rana told reporters on the sidelines of 59th annual general meeting of the National Federation of Sugar Factories Ltd here. The State government will place a Cabinet proposal seeking approval of ₹5,535 crore funds, which was allocated in the State budget for sugar sector, he said. As per the proposal, Mr. Rana said the State government will provide ₹1,010 crore to cooperative mills, ₹25 crore to a state mill and ₹500 crore to private mills for direct payment of cane dues.Soft loan Another ₹4,000 crore will be made available through a soft loan to private mills for clearing cane payment. The modality of the soft loan is being worked out, he added. He did not elaborate further. Earlier speaking at the AGM, he said the State government is committed towards cane growers.last_img read more



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first_imgzoom China’s announced cut in the handling tariff for import and export containers is credit negative for Shanghai International Port (Group) (SIPG), Moody’s rating agency said.However, the cuts, unveiled by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) earlier in November, will not immediately affect SIPG’s A1 issuer rating or the A2 backed senior unsecured bond ratings of Shanghai Port Group (BVI) Holding. The ratings outlook remains stable.“The reduction in tariff will negatively impact SIPG’s profitability and cash flow generation capability from 2018 onwards, and reduce the financial headroom for its standalone credit profile,” Osbert Tang, a Moody’s Vice President and Senior Analyst, and the Local Market Analyst for SIPG, said.On November 15, the NDRC revealed that the import and export handling tariff for non-transshipment containers at the Port of Shanghai will be lowered by 19.4% to CNY 480 per TEU, effective January 1, 2018.The NDRC also ordered tariff cuts of between 11% and 21% at several other ports, including Tianjin, Ningbo-Zhoushan and Qingdao, that enjoyed dominant market positions in their respective servicing regions.The tariff adjustment was prompted by the Chinese government’s antitrust review on the business operations of coastal ports, with the aim of reducing overall logistics costs and promoting a fairer operating environment for shipping companies. Other announced measures included a further opening of tugboat, tallying and shipping agency markets, and cancellation of unreasonable contract clauses.Moody’s estimates that, as a result of the tariff reduction, SIPG’s container handling revenue will fall by CNY 1 to CNY 1.5 billion in 2018, resulting in a lower gross profit margin of 52%-53% for this business segment during the same year when compared with the 57% achieved during the six months between January and June 2017.Accordingly, Moody’s estimates that SIPG’s adjusted funds from operations (FFO)/debt and FFO interest coverage will soften to 20%-21% and 6.0x-6.5x, respectively, in 2018 from earlier projections of 22%-23% and 6.5x-7.0x.Such revised projections will reduce SIPG’s financial headroom against the downgrade triggers for its baseline credit assessment, namely, adjusted FFO/debt below 20% and/or FFO interest coverage below 6.0x on a sustained basis.Shanghai International Port (Group), the dominant player in the Port of Shanghai, handled 29.9 million TEUs between January and September 2017.last_img read more


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first_img State Rep. Shane Hernandez has introduced legislation to clarify Michigan law and protect local charities from unnecessary harassment.Hernandez, R-Port Huron, sponsored a bill to allow charitable organizations to continue longstanding practices of collecting money in public roadways under strict guidelines.“What we’re attempting to do is simply remove laws from the books which are often ignored anyway,” Hernandez said.  “I want to thank Senator Phil Pavlov for helping bring this issue to my attention.  His request for an Attorney General opinion really helped us pinpoint the problem which we are trying to fix.”Under the legislation, anyone wishing to solicit funds on or near Michigan roads would have to be doing so for a charitable or civic organization.  They could do so only during daylight hours, and must maintain at least $500,000 of personal liability insurance in order to protect local municipalities from potential lawsuits.“In the communities I represent, local fire departments, police departments, and charitable organizations really depend on fundraising drives to help pay for important programs for the community,” Hernandez said. “As a lawmaker, I believe in eliminating unnecessary and often unenforced regulations whenever possible.”### 02Feb Rep. Hernandez introduces legislation to reduce unnecessary restrictions on charities Categories: Hernandez News,Newslast_img read more


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first_img State Rep.  Mary Whiteford announced the start of her summer reading program throughout the community, which encourages children to read over the summer months and win a chance to join Rep. Whiteford in Lansing for a day.“I encourage children to participate and read as many books as possible this summer,” Whiteford said. “This contest highlights the importance of early literacy and the many benefits that reading provides to our students.”The contest is open to any child in first through fifth grades.  Participants should complete a Rep. Whiteford Summer Reading Contest bookmark for every 10 books they read and drop it off at participating libraries before Friday, Sept. 1. Students may submit multiple entries.The winning bookmark will be chosen randomly and the lucky winner and their family will join Rep. Whiteford in Lansing as Rep for a Day this fall.  Bookmarks with contest rules are available on Rep. Whiteford’s website.Participating libraries include:Allegan Public Library, 331 Hubbard St. in Allegan;Salem Township Library, 3007 142nd in Burnips;Saugatuck-Douglas District Library, 137 E. Center St. in Douglas;Fennville District Library, 400 W. Main St. in Fennville;Hopkins Public Library, 118 E. Main St. in Hopkins;C. Wheeler Public Library, 1576 S. Main St. in Martin;Otsego District Public Library, 401 Dix St. in Otsego; andCharles A. Ransom District Library, 180 S. Sherwood Ave. in Plainwell.For more information on the contest, contact Rep. Whiteford’s Lansing office by phone at 517-373-0836 or email at MaryWhiteford@house.mi.gov. Categories: Whiteford News 22Jun Rep. Whiteford announces summer reading contest for local studentslast_img read more


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first_imgTeliaSonera International Carrier is to deliver NHL ice-hockey games to Viasat Broadcasting in Stockholm under a five-year deal.TeliaSonera will deliver 35 match feeds to Viasat. The company chose Snell to supply of its Alchemist frame rate convertors for fast motion HD sport broadcasts. Encompass Digital Media was chosen to provide the US contribution feeds.last_img