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Cape Town City – Bidvest Wits Preview: Benni McCarthy gunning for fifth win over Gavin Hunt Phumzile Ngcatshe Journalist Last updated 1 year ago 18:24 24/2/2018 Backpagepix The Citizens will look to continue their dominance over the Clever Boys Cape Town City will play host to Bidvest Wits in a Premier Soccer League (PSL) match at the Athlone Stadium on Saturday.With the 1-0 win for City in the PSL first round still fresh in Wits’ minds, the Johanesburg side will head to the Mother City in search of revenge.Lehlohonolo Majoro netted the only goal in the league match held at Bidvest Stadium back in August 2017 and that is the result which makes this encounter a highly anticipated one. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The Ladybrand-born hitman has now switched allegiances in favour of the reigning PSL champions and that also throws spice in the clash.With the Clever Boys out to avoid their fifth loss in all competitions against the Benni McCarthy-coached side, Majoro will hope to score against his former employers.Apart from the league defeat in the reverse fixture, Wits suffered three losses against City in the MTN8 Cup and Nedbank Cup competitions.However, a look at their recent run in 2018, Gavin Hunt’s men have only suffered one loss in 2018 which came against their hosts in the Ke Yona and will want to avoid any slip ups as far as their resurgence is concerned.They started their title defence campaign sitting at the bottom of the table and are now moving up the log standings, having beaten Bloemfontein Celtic, Golden Arrows, SuperSport United twice, drew against Kaizer Chiefs and lost to Free State Stars.Occupying the 11th spot on the table with 25 points from 21 games means their relegation concerns are eased for now, but their mission is to keep collecting maximum points.Following their Ke Yona loss, the Telkom Knockout Cup champions went on to bag a win over Mauritian side, Pamplemousses, in the CAF Champions League at home but lost away as they reached the next stage of the tournament.For the hosts, McCarthy has revealed his ambitions regarding this clash and it’s nothing but a win over his mentor, Hunt.While Benni insists they are still firmly in the title race, mathematics show that they have to fight harder and beat their visitors.The Citizens are slowly losing the title race as they sit at number six with 31 points on the standings and a win is what will revive their aspirations this weekend.Ahead of this encounter, the Wafa Wafa finalists lost 1-0 to fellow challengers, Kaizer Chiefs last weekend, but are through to the CAF Confederation Cup first round after beating Swaziland’s Young Buffaloes over a two-legged affair.With a lot at stake for both sides in the clash, there a less doubts that there will be a winner at the iconic Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening, February 24. read more
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 19, 2010November 13, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Policy Series at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC kicked off last week with a full house! The packed room came to join three panelists in discussing various aspects of the integration of HIV and AIDS and maternal health services. The first speaker – Dr. Charles Kamenga of Family Health International pointed out the many good reasons to integrate services and called contraception the “best kept secret in HIV prevention.” He showed that providing HIV positive women who do not wish to become pregnant with contraceptive services can avert thousands of HIV infections among infants. The second speaker, Michele Moloney Kitts of the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, shared her thoughts on the many opportunities to integrate services, including linking family planning services with services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), introducing emergency obstetric care and neonatal resuscitation into PMTCT training, and incorporating cervical cancer screening into treatment services for HIV-positive women. She also suggested that President Barack Obama’s forthcoming Global Health Initiative will put greater emphasis on HIV and AIDS and on maternal and reproductive health services. Finally, Harriet Birungi, from the Population Council, described her research with HIV-positive adolescent girls in Kenya and Uganda. She highlighted findings showing that many HIV positive girls are sexually active, yet the majority are not using contraception and, among those who become pregnant, many do not receive PMTCT services. Integrating HIV treatment services with sexual and reproductive health services for this group should be a programmatic priority. The research also shows that provider attitudes are a barrier as is creating effective linkages between HIV and AIDS centers and maternal and child health clinics.The speakers’ presentations are posted onthe Woodrow Wilson Center website. The event was webcast live, and the webcast will soon be posted on the site as well. You can register on this site to receive the announcement of the next event in this series.Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on August 31, 2010June 21, 2017By: Sara Stratton, Director, MNCH/FP Programs, IntraHealth InternationalClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post was originally published on IntraHealth’s Global Health Blog.To the business world, it’s location, location, location. Here in Delhi, though, at the Global Maternal Health Conference, the mantra is context, context, context. There are many ways to improve and save women’s lives, but the success of any given intervention depends on local context. What works in one country or one community may not work in another. Many people here are talking about the importance and value of understanding how and why an intervention succeeds or fails at the local level. This means investigating and evaluating not just how widely an intervention reaches or the quality of the services, but also the specific, local factors that play into its uptake and impact. How do these realities affect whether an intervention that saved lives in one place would work equally well somewhere else?This idea of the importance of the local context became woven into presentations on the first day of this groundbreaking conference. In one session, a representative of the SEWA Rural Society for Education, Welfare and Action, Rural (SEWA Rural) talked about how they had found that in Gujarat, India, a woman’s decision to deliver at home or in a hospital in her last pregnancy often influences where she delivered in a subsequent pregnancy. The question for us all to ponder was raised: is the key to saving women’s lives to encourage them all to deliver in hospitals? If so, how much would this cost? Can governments really afford this now? How far would women have to travel to a hospital? The reality, though, is that for some communities, encouraging hospital- or health facility-based delivery may be part of the answer, but in others it may still be an impractical approach. This question led to a discussion about home delivery versus institution-based delivery—as well as the value of traditional and trained birth attendants.Whether we are talking about where women deliver, how they deliver, who helps them deliver, what we are really talking about is how we evaluate and minimize a woman’s risk during pregnancy and childbirth. Where distance and a lack of health facilities make facility-based delivery improbable, a community may need programs that improve the quality of care offered by trained birth attendants during a home delivery even though in an ideal world there would be another option. What I’m hearing in Delhi is, in some ways, what I already know. There are no easy answers. We must support communities to succeed within the context of their own limitations in terms of the availability of and access to health facilities and health workers. At the same time, we have to remain committed to helping communities to change these limitations.Sara Stratton is the director of MNCH/FP programs at IntraHealth International.Stay up to date with the conference happenings! Follow the Maternal Health Task Force and EngenderHealth on Twitter: @MHTF and @EngenderHealth. The conference hashtag is #GMHC2010.For more posts about the Global Maternal Health Conference, click here.For the live stream schedule, click here.Check back soon for the archived videos of today’s presentations.Share this:
World Cup Why is David de Gea awesome for Man Utd but awful for Spain following Ronaldo blunder? Kris Voakes in Kazan Last updated 1 year ago 15:00 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) Getty Images World Cup Spain David de Gea Portugal v Spain Iran v Spain Manchester United Premier League The Spain goalkeeper has made a habit of falling short of expectations for his country of late, but what is behind his downturn in form? How many rare errors can somebody make before the word ‘rare’ no longer applies?David de Gea, the absolute model of consistency when pulling on a Manchester United shirt, has suffered the kind of run of form playing for Spain that would see many a fellow goalkeeper thrown to the lions.Mistakes will always punctuate the career of a number one but it is generally the frequency that is considered the ultimate barometer of a keeper’s value. And while on that scale De Gea is possibly the greatest club goalkeeper of the last five years, he is rapidly developing a reputation at national level for failing his side with too great a regularity. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar The high-profile error which saw him spill Cristiano Ronaldo’s speculative effort into the back of his net in the 3-3 World Cup draw against Portugal on Friday is far from the first from the 27-year-old when donning Spain colours in recent times.In March he misjudged the bounce on Nicolas Otamendi’s header for Argentina, allowing it to go between his separated hands as he dived. Then in the warm-up clash with Switzerland earlier this month he failed to hold Stephan Lichtsteiner’s tame cross-shot and Ricardo Rodriguez tapped in.After that error he had told the Spanish press: “Better now than in Russia.” But that not only glossed over the problem, it also did nothing to address the mistakes he had also made in La Roja’s disappointing Euro 2016 campaign in France when he was last on the big stage.With a matter of minutes remaining against Croatia, and Spain destined for top spot in their group, De Gea conceded at his near post to Ivan Perisic when attempting to block with his feet rather than dive towards the strike. And in the very next game he got caught in two minds dealing with Eder’s free-kick and his bungled stop allowed Giorgio Chiellini to sweep home Italy’s first in the Spaniards’ 2-0 quarter-final loss.Whether judging De Gea in the present context or the historical big-game context his record at international level has not been good enough. He has made three vital errors in the last four national team fixtures, three in three in tournament matches.Spain’s new coach Fernando Hierro has insisted that De Gea’s place is not up for grabs ahead of their second Group B clash with Iran in Kazan on Wednesday though, telling the media on Monday: “I see David being very calm and he has all our confidence in full. Players need confidence and support at all times and my decision is clear.”That backing came against the backdrop of concerted negative opinion from the Spanish media in relation to De Gea, particularly one scathing attack from AS’ Alfredo Relano who decried comparisons between the United number one and Spanish legend Iker Casillas.The tone there is quite pointed given that Casillas was for so long the captain and leader of Real Madrid, the club De Gea very nearly joined in 2015 and to whom he has been linked constantly over the three years since.With each inexplicable error that has occurred since then there have come the questions as to whether it is a mental issue, with his head being filled with the Madrid talk rather than the fundamentals of his job. Yet he has turned in season after season of exemplary work for United in that time, and it is in that environment that you would expect his concentration to be most affected if that were truly an issue.In the national team setup there ought to be no such issue, but it is here where he has come unstuck. Some in Spain have spoken of De Gea’s hyperopia – farsightedness – as being a contributory factor in his dip in form, but again that doesn’t explain why it would affect him at a far more frequent rate when playing for Spain than with United.The theory that he just doesn’t feel quite as comfortable playing in front of Spanish audiences might just be the most compelling. De Gea spoke of a distaste for the way the press in his homeland treats him after his error against Portugal.“I don’t feel much support from Spain,” he told reporters. “My own criticism is bad enough. I would have liked them to defend me more in a difficult moment in my life, with an issue from outside the game.”The lack of support on home turf surrounding the 2016 case in which he was accused of sexual assault may well have left a mental scar, one which has created a feeling of unease whenever he dons the Spanish jersey. It would certainly explain why there has been a very different David de Gea keeping goal for his country from the one wowing the world with his club.Whatever the truth of it, United are not about to let De Gea’s difficulties with Spain cloud their judgement of him.“It’s a mistake he doesn’t make with us… Player of the Season, fantastic performances,” United manager Jose Mourinho told RT after Friday’s game. “But that happens to the best. The good thing with the best is that in the next match he will be there, not afraid, confident to go and ready to help the team.”And that is what Hierro and Spain are banking on. The hope is that against Iran and in potentially five more games to come, it will be the David de Gea of Manchester United between the sticks rather than the pale imitation they have had in goal of late.
World Cup Pekerman contemplating unleashing James and Quintero together for Colombia Ryan Benson 23:41 6/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Colombia Poland v Colombia Poland Bayern’s star replaced Quintero in the defeat to Japan, but the two playmakers could work in tandem as the Cafeteros continue their campaign Colombia coach Jose Pekerman is toying with the idea of playing attacking midfielders James Rodriguez and Juan Fernando Quintero in tandem during Sunday’s crucial World Cup clash with Poland.James was unable to start Colombia’s World Cup opener, a 2-1 defeat to Japan, due to a calf issue and came on for Quintero, who scored their only goal, in the 59th minute.With Colombia needing to kickstart their campaign with a victory, Pekerman accepts he is likely to make changes to his team and playing James and Quintero together is something he has considered. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “Definitely, James is a vital player for our national squad,” Pekerman told reporters at his pre-match news conference in Kazan.”James is doing very well and that’s what we’ve seen in training. He played a number of minutes in the last match, giving him confidence, and there were a number of things we had to fine tune.”He worked hard in the last few days and we hope he’ll be in 100 per cent top form tomorrow.”I won’t give a staring XI and I won’t tell you if they play together, there are lots of variables.”I can remark on the past, but I won’t talk about things that haven’t happened yet. They are both important and we can play them together, but we must take into account important things.”Quintero was absent from the national team for a while and then he joined again a while ago.”We know he has many qualities, but we must take lots into consideration [when making selections] like injuries, like the one with James.Entrenamiento de la Selección Colombia en Kazán con la mira en Polonia. #MiCorazónTricolor #Rusia2018 pic.twitter.com/97IMFB5HYz— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) June 21, 2018″All that makes things more difficult, it jeopardises us to think about certain things too much. But definitely they can play together and if they are top form we are tempted to play them together.”Experienced AC Milan defender Cristian Zapata could come into the centre of defence, but Pekerman seems hesitant to do so given his injury problems just before the World Cup.”We are looking at all of this on a daily basis,” Pekerman added. “Zapata hadn’t played that regularly and when he did he got injures.”He recovered gradually but we have that doubt until the last minute. Because of his experience he’s an interesting, important player for Colombia, but we are talking about an important position and can’t make a mistake there.”In that position it’s important to have a player in tip-top shape. He is recovering, but we must assess him.”
World Cup Mane backs ‘mentally strong’ Salah to overcome World Cup disappointment Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 23:59 6/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Mohamed Salah Liverpool Sadio Mané Egypt Japan v Senegal Senegal African All Stars The Egypt star has had a difficult time since the Champions League final, but his Liverpool team-mate is confident he will get over the latest upset Sadio Mane says Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah has the mental fortitude to bounce back from his early World Cup elimination with Egypt.Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat to host nation Russia, combined with Uruguay’s 1-0 success over Saudi Arabia, saw Egypt dumped out of the tournament after only two matches.Salah had missed the opening 1-0 loss to Uruguay as he struggled to recover from the shoulder injury that curtailed his involvement in the Champions League final at the end of May. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Although he started against Russia and converted a consolation penalty, Salah looked far from 100 per cent fit and cut a dejected figure at the final whistle, but Mane says his Anfield colleague is strong enough to recover from the disappointment.”I sent him a message about a week ago, he’s a player who really wanted to play during this World Cup,” Mane told a media conference ahead of Senegal’s Group H meeting with Japan.”Unfortunately, he arrived suffering from injury and I was wishing him the best but he’s a very strong guy mentally.”He did fight hard, he came back to help his country. Unfortunately they struggled but it’s football, you have to live with it.”I wish him all the best for the future and at the moment of course it’s normal for him to have difficulties, that’s football.” Mane will come up against former Southampton team-mate Maya Yoshida in Ekaterinburg on Sunday and revealed how the Japan defender turned down the offer of a reunion ahead of their clash.”I know him very well from Southampton and we were always together, chatting every day,” Mane said.”We have an excellent relationship but this time I said do you want to meet me and he said no but it’s fine, he’s a good guy and that’s fine.”I appreciate he’s a professional and I know he’s going to do everything to defeat me and I’ll do the same on my side.”A win for either side, combined with a subsequent draw between Poland and Colombia, would see the victors through to the last 16.
World Cup Beating England not priority for Belgium boss Martinez Dom Farrell 05:00 6/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images World Cup Belgium England v Belgium England England manager Gareth Southgate has been defiant over his desire to beat the Red Devils in Group G but his opposite number sounded a different tone Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez does not believe beating England in Thursday’s concluding Group G match is a priority for his team.The Red Devils and the Three Lions have arrived in Kaliningrad with six points out of six and passage to the last 16 already secured.Results elsewhere and the way the knockout draw has fallen so far have led to widespread suggestions the runner up out of England and Belgium would be in a better position to blaze a trail into the latter stages. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar It could make for a surreal contest on Thursday, with both bosses expected to ring the changes and protect players from potential suspensions.England manager Gareth Southgate once again reiterated his desire to win the game and continue a fine run of form but at his own pre-match news conference, Martinez stated three points were only part of the equation.”At the moment we are qualified and I think that was the priority that we were chasing for,” he said.”Now we need to look into our individual players. Tomorrow we want to perform well but the priority is not to win.”There are players on yellow cards. I don’t think it would be professional for us to risk those players missing a knockout game.”It’s very important for us to protect and give every player the best possible programme to be in the best condition for the knockout games.”I believe in every player in this squad so it would be quite stupid for me not to believe in these players tomorrow.”Tomorrow is a good opportunity for us to grow. I want a group of players who have a good performance and a group of players who have a better opportunity to contribute to the team”If we can win great, but I think the priority is another one than just winning tomorrow.”Last training before #ENGBEL #REDTOGETHER#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/HZjkpGpdNx— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) June 27, 2018The last time England and Belgium met at a World Cup, David Platt volleyed a famous extra-time winner to send Bobby Robson’s side into the quarter-finals if Italia 90.Although that contest still lingers in the memories of supporters from both countries, Martinez feels the state of play in the group and the fact that 12 of his own squad are British based will lend a very different feel to proceedings”It brought a lot of pain to Belgium people and fans. This is a different game – a celebration game. At that point it was one or the other,” the ex-Wigan Athletic and Everton manager added.”It would have been very different if Harry Kane had not scored in the last minute against Tunisia [England’s opening 2-1 win] – then Platt’s goal might have been a bit more of a memory for everyone.”
Arsenal’s 22-game unbeaten run came to an end against Southampton last weekend and they will be looking to get back on track with a win over Burnley this weekend.The Gunners have lost two consecutive games, with a north London derby loss against Spurs on Wednesday night following defeat to Saints in the league.Unai Emery’s men have scored a total of 37 goals this season, which is only bettered by Manchester City’s incredible tally of 48, but have suffered defensively in recent games due to a number of injuries at the back. Arsenal Injuries Rob Holding will miss the rest of the season after suffering a cruciate ligament knee injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Danny Welbeck is ruled out with a broken ankle following his shocking injury against Sporting CP, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan has now sustained an ankle injury that keeps him out until the turn of the year.Hector Bellerin has been ruled out for at least another two weeks with a calf problem, with Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi likely to be unavailable again after thigh and hamstring problems, respectively.Emile Smith Rowe is still recovering from injury as well, although Dinos Mavropanos is back in light training and expected to be in contention in the coming weeks. Arsenal Suspensions Arsenal have no suspended players for this match. Possible Arsenal Starting Line-UpEmery’s defensive headache means that Stephan Lichtsteiner should start at right-back in place of the injured Bellerin.Mesut Ozil is fit although he wasn’t picked for the defeat against Spurs in the Carabao Cup due to ‘tactical reasons’ while Alexandre Lacazette could return up front.Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka has played at centre-back in recent games and is likely to continue in that role for this one.Burnley Team News Burnley are without Aaron Lennon after the winger had a knee operation, but Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady could be fit after their respective injury problems.Sean Dyche fielded an unfamiliar 3-4-3 formation in the recent game against Spurs, although his side have failed to win on the road since victory over Cardiff in September.TV Coverage & Kick-Off Time Kick-off is 12:30pm GMT (7:30am ET) on Saturday, and the game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBCSN in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Best Opta Match Facts Arsenal are unbeaten in each of their last 10 matches in all competitions against Burnley (W9 D1), conceding just four goals in the process and never more than once in a game. Burnley have lost all four of their Premier League matches against Arsenal at the Emirates by an aggregate score of 13-2. Arsenal are looking to avoid consecutive Premier League defeats for the first time since the opening two games of the season. Burnley boss Sean Dyche has lost all seven of his matches against Arsenal as a manager, with his teams conceding 15 goals and scoring just twice. Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been directly involved in 17 goals in his 16 Premier League home games (12 goals, 5 assists), including two goals and an assist against Burnley in this fixture last season.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Souness insists Pogba should’ve been sent off in Man Utd winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Graeme Souness says Paul Pogba should’ve been sent off during Manchester United’s 1-0 win at Tottenham.The France international set up Marcus Rashford for the winning goal in the first half.But there are claims he should have been sent off for a late challenge on Dele Alli.Pogba’s left boot made contact with Alli’s knee as the ball came across the pair.Souness said, “I think it’s a red card. Sorry Jamie (Redknapp), I disagree with you. It’s a red card. Not one ounce of doubt in my mind. Not one ounce.“He knows what he’s done. Let’s start with what Jamie’s saying. You step over it and use your strength to keep the player away.“But look where the ball is and look where the foot it. When you’re doing that your studs are generally always aiming towards the ground.”