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THE 2015 FOCAC SUMMIT AND AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the head of a high level Liberian delegation, participated in the Forum for China – Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) on December 4-5 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Government of the Peoples Republic of China and African partners established FOCAC in October 2000 as an official forum to strengthen China-Africa development relations.This was a logical outing of the Liberian leader’s earlier trip to China, where she renewed Liberia’s bilateral cooperation with President Xi Jinping and discussed the modalities for ongoing and potential projects, including procedures for accessing China’s Lines of Credit to finance roads and power. It was the second time since FOCAC’s founding in 2000 that China and Africa was coming together to discuss a win-win development agenda. Leaders and representatives from China and 50 African countries and the Commission of the African Union attended the Summit.The Chinese President pledged $60 billion in credit line to African countries for development projects. And the innovative thing about this new funding is that it would not interfere with the Brenton Woods procedures of development assistance to African countries.This year’s FOCAC theme was “Africa-China Progressing Together; Win-Win Cooperation for Common Development.” The Forum devised new measures to promote China’s comprehensive cooperation with Africa were announced by the Chinese leader. In announcing the $60 billion soft loan, the Chinese President provided assurance of China’s firm support to Africa’s pursuit of independent sustainable development. He said China would support African countries to address their regional affairs in an independent way. President Xi Jinping said the package would also include zero-interest loans as well as scholarships and training for thousands of Africans. China is also keen to continue its long-term investment in building factories and roads. The Chinese President also promised to provide assistance to help upgrade African health care facilities, which would be very important to Liberia and its neighbors who have been hard hit by Ebola Virus Disease. The training of hundreds of journalists and provision of satellite reception in 10,000 African villages is also part of this novel package.The main focus of the $60 billion aid fund is infrastructure construction, investment and trade facilitation as well as agriculture, green development, poverty reduction and people’s welfare to help independent development capacity, improve public governance and raise the quality of life of the African people. This is welcome news for African development. Earlier and the current generations of African leaders have for long visualized the interconnectivity of the Continent to provide access to the comparative advantages of individual states in commodities and trade. That the current FOCAC plans are aimed at addressing inadequate infrastructure and the lack of professional and skilled human resources are indeed a welcome development, indeed.In an upbeat mood, President Xi told the African Heads of State and representatives that the 2nd FOCAC was his seventh visit to Africa, and his second as Chinese President. He said on each trip he saw progress and change. “The late Nelson Mandela of South Africa once said: ‘We stand at the dawn of an African century, a century where Africa will take its rightful place among the nations of the world. I couldn’t agree more with this statement and I am convinced that African countries and people are embracing a new era that is truly theirs,” the Chinese leader said to the Summit.South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, who served as co-host of the Summit thanked President Xi. He said there was concrete evidence that Africa-China relationship was different from others in that it was stronger than ever before in their deepening partnership. On behalf of other African leaders, President Zuma recalled that China has been investing its finance and personnel in Africa for more than a decade. In 2009, China became Africa’s largest trading partner. The strengthened ties have led to approximately $220 billion in Chinese investment in Africa up to 2015.South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Madam Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, said of the Summit: “This Summit has exceeded our expectations. We have upgraded our partnership to a higher level. “ She further elaborated how the ten major China-Africa cooperation plans announced by President Xi Jinping will enable Africa to address the needs of its people and accelerate its development, adding that African leaders subscribed to the ten-point plan. “In the past, the assistance we have been getting had some conditions attached to them. We welcome our partners like China who promised to respect our sovereignty and the sovereignty of the individual states they will be dealing with,” she emphasized.African Union Commission’s Chairperson, Madam Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma praised President Xi Jinping for identifying urgent development sectors of Africa in meeting the Continent’s development Agenda 2063. “Those are areas we are going to cooperate on and take this relationship to new heights,” she said. She also intimated that African states were ready to cooperate with China in order to promote economic growth and social transformation. “We are going to cooperate with China in modernizing agriculture, Infrastructure, energy, training of the young people and culture,” Zuma said. She added that the partnership with China was critical in helping African countries implement infrastructure projects. “The cooperation with China will enable us to implement the three network projects which include highways, railways and aviation,” she said.For her part, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Liberia would benefit from increased support from China under FOCAC. She disclosed that there would be accelerated development programs in road construction, rehabilitation of airports and other key infrastructures.Job creation has also been identified for the unemployed youth, as a result of Chinese assistance. This will help accelerate national development and economic development. The Liberian leader said the amount allotted to Africa from China has doubled from 30 million USD to USD 60 million.Africa needs investment and trade from China. China has become Africa’s largest trade partner, and Africa is now one of China’s major import sources and fourth largest investment destination. FOCAC has devised a policy of economic and trade cooperation with Africa that serves the latter’s needs. It not only serves as a Forum to give loans and assistance, it will help prepare skilled workers to be well trained and diligent with no conditions attached to capacity development. The partnership between Africa and China, therefore, will only yield further positive results for African development.Long Live China-Africa relations!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Honouring black dead in Boer War

first_img26 September 2005Black South Africans who lost their lives in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902 are finally to be honoured. This is part of a memorandum of understanding signed by the British and South African governments to renovate and maintain the graves of some 25 000 Commonwealth soldiers who died in the war. The deal was signed in Tshwane on Friday.Supported by the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand High Commissioners, responsibility for the upkeep of the graves was officially handed over to the South African government at Heroes Acre Cemetery in Tshwane. The memorandum was signed by Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan and British high commissioner to South Africa Paul Boateng.According to the deal, over 200 cemeteries throughout South Africa will be renovated, with the UK government and private sponsors providing the £800 000 (R9.05-million) required over the next four years. A further £150 000 (R1.7-million) will be made available every year for maintenance.While black South Africans largely played a noncombatant role in the Anglo-Boer War – also known as the South African War because it involved more than the British and Boers – their contribution has largely been ignored.Jordan hailed the memorandum as a step towards finally honouring their role. He said their graves will be located and proper tombstones erected, and a monument built for those whose graves cannot be identified.“There is no memorial to blacks who lost their lives in the concentration camps,” he said. “That’s going to be one of the first big steps to commemorate them.”Norvalspont concentration camp, one of the notoriouscamps set up by the British in the Anglo-Boer War(Image: Anglo-Boer War Museum)Boateng described the signing as a historic occasion to give fallen heroes the respect and dignity they deserve.“We welcome the support of the South African government in continuing the restoration and maintenance of Commonwealth war graves in South Africa,” he said. “It is important that we do not forget all those of many lands and all races who have lost their lives in the fight for freedom and democracy.”Personal sacrifice and courageThe deal follows a 2003 report by the UK Ministry of Defence and the South African Department of Arts and Culture that revealed a need to recognise and honour those who died in the war.Boateng said there would also be an exchange programme between UK and South African schools to educate youngsters about historic wars and conflicts, and the importance of their commemoration.“The significant aspect is for children and young people in the UK and South Africa to be able to understand the story that lies behind these graves – a story of personal sacrifice and courage,” he said.Although both the British and Boers initially agreed that black people were not to be used in a combatant role in the war, at least 15 000 blacks were armed by the British and served in mobile columns to track down Boer commandos. A further 25 000 served as armed blockhouse guards.Black South Africans were also used on the Imperial Military Railway system, and served as scouts, agterryers and wagon drivers. They also became refugees of the war, had their homes and livelihoods destroyed in the British scorched earth policy, and were interned in the notorious British concentration camps.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Chris Gayle

first_imgSkipper Chris Gayle, though remained unpicked during the IPL auction, but he is man to watch out for. He can destroy the best of bowling sides on his own.Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo, Ryan Hinds, Ramnaresh Sarwan are the other names to watch out for.last_img

Lady Eagles soar past Tigresses

first_imgWintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Muntinlupa nears semis Kat Tolentino ofAteneo towersover UST star SisiRondina for a kill.—SHERWINVARDELEONBrandishing the fighting heart that mattered when the chips were down, Ateneo negated the massive firepower that University of Santo Tomas packed behind star hitter Sisi Rondina.Facing match-point and the prospects of seeing their six-game winning streak snapped via a straight sets loss, the Lady Eagles came charging back to score a come-from-behind 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11 victory on Wednesday night at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director Rondina also had help, with rookie Eya Laure chipping in 21 points.But the offense was not enough for UST to extend a three-game winning streak as the Tigresses absorbed their third loss in eight games.Earlier, University of the East got a big jolt in the third set but still managed to keep its poise and turned back National University, 25-16, 25-18, 24-26, 25-16.Poised to take the win in just three sets, the Lady Warriors found the going rough in the third frame as the Lady Bulldogs raced to a 24-18 lead and forged a fourth set.Veterans Me-Anne Mendrez and Judith Abil put things in order in the fourth set to secure UE’s second victory in eight games, tying NU.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img It was a revenge of sorts for the Lady Warriors, who bowed to the young Lady Bulldogs in the first round.Maddie Madayag scored 23 points, 11 of them on kill-blocks, to frustrate UST’s vaunted gunners, including the heavy hitter Dimdim Pacres, the designated third option who was limited to six points.When Madayag heard of her stats, she was surprised: “Serious? Oh my gosh. I just played my game and did whatever I can to contribute to the team.”Kat Tolentino added 20 points, and Ateneo also got big games from team captain Bea de Leon and libero Dani Ravena.The Tigresses were never the same after failing to wrap it up in the third set, although Rondina continued her scoring binge.The two teams exchanged leads several times until Ateneo took advantage of Eya Laure’s service error at the 10-10 score line and took it up a notch for the 13-10 advantage after Kat Tolentino’s ace.Rondina matched the league record of Alyssa Valdez for Ateneo in 2013.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Their seventh win in eight matches kept the Lady Eagles firmly entrenched at the top while sending a message across the field that no one player can beat them.The win also allowed Ateneo to keep its mastery of UST, extending its streak in their head-to-head rivalry to 15 games dating back to Season 74.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRondina equaled a league record held by one of the league’s most illustrious stars, dropping 35 points on the Ateneo defense.But the Lady Eagles were simply up to the challenge and refused to just fold up and die. Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snaglast_img read more

Japan website offers anonymity for variety of grievances

first_imgTOKYO – A cartoon cat in a purple robe brandishes a tiny gavel as it comforts another cat yowling from abuse: The images welcoming visitors to Sorehara, a Japanese website for anonymous complaints about harassment and other grievances, are deceptively endearing.“You don’t have to suffer alone. Get help from the cat who seeks justice,” it says.Sorehara, an abbreviation of the Japanese for “That’s harassment,” was devised by a 21-year-old college student and, like many #MeToo apps and websites, is meant to help victims of abuse safely fight back against their tormentors.It allows users to send anonymous complaints by email, without registering any personal information and is gaining popularity in Japan, despite some concerns over the potential for its misuse.On-the-job harassment is gaining attention as the #MeToo movement slowly takes root here. Sexual harassment claims have brought on recent resignations of high-profile officials, pop stars and professors.But the website doesn’t focus just on sexual misbehaviour. Sorehara goes to very Japanese extremes in allowing users to register their disapproval electronically to those who offend them in all sorts of ways, including indulging in garlic, wearing excessive perfume or smelling too strongly of cigarette smoke.Victim blaming can be severe in highly conformist Japan so anonymity is essential for helping them feel safe, says Tatsuki Yoshida, 21, who developed Sorehara and founded his start-up Quaerere last year.“In Japan, companies don’t like to deal with harassment issues. People who raise their voices about harassment usually just get moved to a different department or maybe given a raise. Or they get fired,” he told The Associated Press in a recent interview in Fujisawa, southwest of Tokyo.A college sophomore, he is taking time off from his studies to work on Sorehara.Inappropriate behaviour and unwanted sexual advances, repugnant and dangerous as they can be, are just part of a universe of gripes people might have about their co-workers.So Sorehara offers users various options, including “power harassment,” bullying, alcohol harassment, sexual harassment and even “smell harassment.”Next, they chose the level of severity, ranging from mere annoyance to threatening legal action. They fill in the email and a name or nickname of the person accused of the misbehaviour, but not their own email or name. The Japanese-language site gives an option to delay sending the message for up to two months, to reduce the possibility of the accuser being recognized.Recipients get an email politely notifying them of the harassment claim, asking if they recognize it and giving a choice of responses such as: “I will reflect on my behaviour,” or “I have done nothing wrong.”An English version was released recently, and a Korean-language version is in the works.The #MeToo era has inspired companies, colleges and support groups to devise all sorts of apps and other online support for victims of sexual harassment and other abuses.Some, like Protibadi in Bangladesh, HarassMap in Egypt and bSafe use mapping and GPS technology to help protect people by identifying potentially unsafe locations or notifying a user’s friends if the person seems to be in trouble. AI-powered chatbots like Spot, developed in California, automate harassment reporting. Others focus on support and counselling for victims. Few combine anonymity with direct online complaints the way Sorehara does.Some worry that this anonymity could invite abuse because the claims can’t be verified, and because many Japanese tend to view simple annoyances like body odour as grievous social transgressions.“There’s a possibility that the person you say is a harasser is not really harassing,” said Yoko Iwasaki of Cuore C Cube Co., a business management consulting company in Tokyo that focuses on harassment and diversity issues.“That person who receives that email from Sorehara might feel very weird and attacked. Sending that kind of message can also be harassment,” she said.But Hiroaki Morio, a professor at Kansai University, says he just believes the website is meant to be “light-hearted.”“They’re trying to make harassment easier to deal with,” Morio said.Despite the wider recognition of sexual harassment as a problem, Japanese thinking has not changed much and as most people still feel unable to speak up, so anonymous outlets like Sorehara can help, says Mayumi Haruno, who became the first Japanese woman to sue alleging on-the-job sexual harassment after she was forced out of her job in the 1980s. She won 1.65 million yen ($15,000) in damages in a lawsuit that she filed in 1989.Social media that allow anonymity, like Line, Twitter and Mixi are popular in Japan and in neighbouring South Korea, where Blind, an anonymous message board app for employees, launched a #MeToo message board early this year.“I think people are still afraid to make things public because they’re afraid of a backlash,” said Kyum Kim, co-founder of TeamBlind, which started the Blind app in 2013 and has offices in San Francisco, Seoul and Tokyo. “I think that’s the culture right now in Japan and Korea.”Sorehara says it sends about 50 complaints a day. Most people who get them accept or at least acknowledge them, suggesting most claims are genuine, Yoshida said.He says Sorehara is meant more to open lines of communication and raise awareness than to provide a formal way to report or solve harassment cases. Different people draw social lines in different places, Yoshida says, so he wants Sorehara to help people educate each other.Several companies, including one with about 200 employees, are working with Sorehara to use the service internally, and Yoshida says he is also collaborating with counselling services.“I don’t think companies are really changing internally,” Yoshida said. “But they are scared about their image, so at least they are paying more attention.”___Follow Nicola Shannon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nicolavshannonHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/Nicola%20Shannonlast_img read more

Canadas housing affordability has reached the worst level in 28 years RBC

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s housing affordability has reached its worst level in 28 years and is bound to deteriorate even further, say Royal Bank of Canada economists.The share of income a household would need to cover ownership costs hit 53.9 per cent in the second quarter of 2018, the economists said in a report released Friday.Based on their analysis, the cost of owning a home in the country hasn’t been this bad since 1990, when the share of income a household would need to cover ownership costs was 56 per cent.“After years of worrying about deteriorating affordability, this trend has continued and unfortunately, when you look at where interest rates are going ownership affordability will continue to deteriorate for at least the next little while,” said Robert Hogue, a senior economist at RBC.The lack of affordability can largely be blamed on rising interest and mortgage rates, he said.He also found the entire country’s affordability is being dragged down by the Vancouver, Toronto and Victoria markets, where affordability has hit 88.4, 75.9 and 65 per cent respectively.Vancouver’s rate is at a “never-seen-before level anywhere in Canada” and “calling it is a crisis is no exaggeration,” Hogue and his fellow economists noted in the report.They found that buying a single-detached home in the city is becoming something only the rich can afford because it would take almost 120 per cent of a typical household’s income to cover ownership costs. Settling for a condo is increasingly become a luxury for many, they added.In Toronto, they discovered that the relief buyers got around affordability late last year and early this year was “small and short-lived,” because the market continued its upwards trajectory.The Toronto Real Estate Board previously said the average selling price in the region in August was $765,270, while the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver said its composite benchmark price for the time period was $1,083,400.Both markets were coincidentally identified by the Union Bank of Switzerland on Friday as having some of the world’s biggest housing bubbles, with affordability risks that were on par with Hong Kong, Munich, London and Amsterdam.RBC’s economists are predicting that affordability levels will continue to deteriorate if interest rates keep rising, but they expect household income increases to soften the blow for buyers.The RBC report also revealed the share of income a household would need to cover ownership costs was 28.4 per cent in Edmonton, 38.6 per cent in Ottawa, 43.9 per cent in Calgary and 44.1 per cent in Montreal.“We have seen deterioration over the past year in affordability, but still in the vast majority of markets outside of Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria, we don’t see affordability being at an unmanageable level,” Hogue added.“Generally, affordability is okay.”last_img read more

Muslims unite to free Waqf land from encroachment

first_imgNew Delhi: To free the Waqf land from the encroachments all over the country, the eminent Muslim personalities from both Shias and Sunnis sects vowed to come together and fight for it without any differences. Addressing a large gathering of around 5000 people at Karbala Jor Bagh in Delhi’s Lodhi Colony, Maulana Kalbe Jawwad also gifted a ‘sword’ to senior lawyer Mahmood Paracha and asked him to lead the fight to free Waqf properties from of the encroachers. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe programme was organised under the banner of ‘All India Waqf Protection Conference’ on Sunday after land worth around Rs 50,000 crore was freed from encroachment at Karbala Jorbagh including a nursery. Bot Maulana Kalbe Jawwad and lawyer Mahmood Paracha together with eminent Muslim personalities have vowed to fight against encroachment at Waqf properties. “It is time that all Muslims come together to free the Waqf land from encroachments, this is a pan India movement and we wish to fight it legally with the help of Muslims across the country,” said Bahadur Abbas Naqvi, General Secretary Anjuman- e Haideri Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsInterestingly, the photo of BR Ambedkar also found its space on the poster with Shia scholar Kalbe Jawwad who called for the conference. “The photo of Bahasahab indicates that we are going to take this fight legally across the country, also we have called both Shias and Sunnis to aid each other in the liberation of the Waqf land from encroachments,” said senior lawyer Mahmood Paracha who played an instrumental part in freeing the Waqf land in Jorbagh Karbala.last_img read more

PSBs continue with 180 days to resolve Jet issue

first_imgNew Delhi: Public sector banks, led by State Bank of India, have given themselves 180 days to resolve the Jet Airways account even though the time limit has become irrelevant post Supreme Court order that quashed an earlier RBI circular on debt resolution. Official sources in the Finance Ministry said that banks have informed the ministry that they were not ready to wait endlessly to restore health of the beleaguered airline and if attempts to bring in a strategic investor fails or is not completed by June 30, lenders may immediately initiate bankruptcy proceedings against Jet. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”All attempts are being made to see that Jet Airways does not fail and its operations are maintained albeit on a smaller scale. Banks, including SBI and Punjab National Bank (PNB) have already decided to provide interim funding support of Rs 1,500 crore to Jet,” a source in the finance ministry said. “Now effort is on to bring in a strategic investor. But if there are no satisfactory bids, banks would not wait anymore and refer the airline to National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for resolution,” the source added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostJet first defaulted on loan repayment on December 31. Going by this, the 180 day period from default will end on June 30. Once the matter lands in NCLT, banks get another 180 days to find a resolution of the stressed asset with an extension of 90 days, if required. Post this, if banks fail to resolve the account, liquidation process starts. “We will go by the 180-day deadline that was being followed as per now defunct RBI circular. With each day the problem at Jet seems to be multiplying and if a resolution is not achieved immediately, there is no point to drag the issue any further but to take the account for bankruptcy. Otherwise, the airline account can become a further drag on the banks,” said an official of public sector bank asking not to be named. The Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed the February 12, 2018 circular of RBI that asked banks to start resolution of an account even if there was one day default in repayment of loans. This resolution would have to be completed in 180 days failing which it would be mandatory upon banks to refer it for bankruptcy proceedings. Following this order from the apex court, it was widely believed that banks would use extra time now available with them for resolution. But for Jet, PSBs are in no mood for extended period of resolution. Meanwhile, the lenders on Saturday invited expression of interest (EoI) from investors looking to pick up majority stake in Jet. The EoI would have to be submitted by April 9. Extensions could be considered, if bids are not satisfactory. A statement issued on Thursday by a consortium of lenders led by the State Bank of India (SBI) said : “The lenders intend to pursue the bank-Led resolution plan for sale of stake in the company in a time-bound manner under the present legal and regulatory framework and intend to invite expressions of interest.” Jet Airway’s former Chairman Naresh Goyal has said he has cooperated fully and facilitated the bank-led resolution programme for the company. On March 25, Goyal had stepped down from the board of the airline and ceded majority control to the SBI-led consortium. Under the debt resolution plan, the lenders would inject up to Rs 1,500 crore working capital into the airline and convert their debt into equity, to revive the airline and then sell their stake in it. The airline owes over Rs 8,000 crore to lenders. At present, the airline is hard-pressed for funds. It is expected to receive the first tranche of the Rs 1,500 crore promised by banks as part of the debt resolution plan. Industry sources informed that the first tranche of fund is expected in a day or two. However, without further funding the airline’s fleet size is expected to shrink further. It has already shrunk to 26. Jet Airways has been struggling with cash flows for the past six months because of rising fuel costs and intense competition. It has even delayed payment to lessors, airport operators and oil marketing companies besides a part of its workforce to keep the company running. On Wednesday evening, the airline informed employees that salaries for March will be delayed. Salaries are pending since January.last_img read more

Christian Benteke to be sold in the summer

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has reportedly decided to sell Christian Benteke for the upcoming summer transfer window, reports the Daily MailThe Belgium has struggled to make an impact at Selhurst Park this season with Benteke only having found the back of the net two times in his 27 appearances in all competitions.In light of these continued disappointing performances, Hodgson appears to have finally run out of patience with the 27 year-old and has decided to put him on the transfer list.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Benteke joined Palace in the summer of 2016 for a club record fee of £30m from Liverpool, but the club fear that they may face a struggle to get a deal worth anything close to what they paid if they are to be relegated at the end of the season.Another stumbling block for Palace could be Benteke’s wages with the forward earning £120,000-a-week.Currently Palace are 16th in the Premier League and are just six points clear of the bottom three.last_img read more

Bicyclist 66 Struck By Vehicle and Killed in San Diegos MidCity Area

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:31 AM KUSI Newsroom, Bicyclist, 66, Struck By Vehicle and Killed in San Diego’s Mid-City Area KUSI Newsroom center_img Posted: February 13, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 66-year-old bicyclist was killed after falling off his bike and being run over by a car in the Ridgeview/Webster neighborhood, police said Wednesday.The collision was reported about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of Fairmount Avenue, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.The 66-year-old man was riding a mountain bike southbound in the northbound lane when he lost control of the bike and fell to the ground in the left lane of Fairmount Avenue, Buttle said.A 61-year-old woman driving a 2001 Toyota Camry northbound in the left lane of Fairmount Avenue did not see the man and ran over him, the officer said.The man, whose name was withheld pending family notification, was pronounced dead at the scene, Buttle said.The Toyota driver remained at the scene and cooperated with officers, he said.Intoxication was not believed to have been a factor in the crash, Buttle said.Officers from the San Diego Police Department’s traffic division were investigating the crash. February 13, 2019last_img read more