Studying the form

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Smithies believes there could be ‘plenty more’ from Washington

first_imgAlex Smithies has told QPR’s website he believes Conor Washington can start to find the net regularly now the striker is finally off the mark.Washington’s deflected effort in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Fulham was his first league goal for Rangers, who signed him from Peterborough in January.“We have all been dying for Conor to score that first league goal because he works so hard for the team. Everyone can see the amount of effort he puts in,” R’s keeper Smithies said.“I think, for him, it’s just a case of getting the first one or two, and then he will crack on. Hopefully now there are plenty more to come for him.”Washington put QPR ahead in the derby at FulhamSmithies played a major part in QPR’s first victory at Fulham since 1980, saving a penalty early in the game at Craven Cottage.Sone Aluko later fired a spot-kick against the post, meaning just two of the seven penalties Smithies has faced during his time at Rangers have been scored.“I’ve always got that confidence about me when it comes to facing penalties,” he said.“I don’t know why that is, but I seem to go the right way more often than not and when I do that I expect to save it.”Is Alex Smithies in our West London Championship XI? Click here to find out. Click here for today’s QPR quiz Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Youth urged to get involved

first_imgYouth members from the President’s Award were involved in various service projects, including the refurbishment of desks at Meyerton High School, which is under-resourced.(Images: Romaana Naidoo) Lerato Funeka, an ex-pupil at Meyerton High School, was delighted to help restore the desks at his old school.MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122• Janine HansenOperations DirectorThe President’s Award+27 46 622 7273RELATED ARTICLES• Youth urged to build a better future• Implement NDP in everything you do• To SA youth: ‘make NDP yours’• Investing in African youthRomaana NaidooThe quality of questions and input coming from the young people at the Dialogue and Action Workshops have impressed all the partners, says Brand South Africa’s chief executive office, Miller Matola. “It shows that many of our youth are serious about understanding the NDP National Development Plan and becoming involved in its implementation. South Africa has recently improved in terms of innovation on the World Economic Forum Innovation Pillar. Young people are ideally placed to participate in a knowledge-based economy, which is the trajectory South Africa is pursuing.”Brand South Africa teamed up with the President’s Award for Youth Empowerment – which this year celebrated its 30th anniversary – to organise three Youth Dialogue and Action Workshops to acknowledge those youngsters who are playing their part in building a better South Africa. The most recent of the Brand South Africa Play Your Part – National Development Plan Outreach workshops was held at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Meyerton, in Gauteng, on 14 September.It was the third in a series in which youth have interacted with representatives from the President’s Awards, the NDP and Brand South Africa. The first two were held in East London and Cape Town on 31 August and 7 September, respectively. Speaking at the third, Leo Makgamath, the programme manager for civil society at Brand South Africa, pointed out that the youth were not leaders of tomorrow but rather leaders of today.The purpose of the workshops was to expose President’s Award participants to The National Development Plan (NDP) which was presented to Parliament last year by the Minister in the Office of The President, Trevor Manuel. The aims of the NDP, its broad objectives, and practical ways that young people can be involved in the realisation of its Vision 2030 were a common theme at each of the workshops. Voluntary community serviceAt each, delegates were also involved in service projects, which included a literacy project, a second-hand clothing distribution project and refurbishing desks for an under-resourced school. Marius Gwebu, from Barberton Correctional Services, was on hand at the third workshop to help the youngsters work on the desks for Meyerton High School, and about 150 desks were refurbished by the participants and their parents. Gwebu belongs to an initiative in Barberton that restores desks at the correctional facility for schools in Mpumalanga.Makgamath, who worked on a few desks, took the opportunity to interact with the youngsters. He spoke to them about shaping their future today and not waiting for tomorrow. Lerato Funeka helped him with some of the desks and the 22-year-old spoke with pride about restoring old desks for Meyerton High School, which he attended. “I believe that I’ve been through a lot with that school and the projects that are being done through the President’s Award will not only help with desks but will also help with books in the library, among others,” he said.An Mpumalanga project had stood out for him, Makgamath added. It involved a group of 32 children and teachers, who planted food gardens in impoverished areas that were not only used for the schools, but for the community at large. Apart from their feeding schemes, the group also cared for the elderly in the community by clothing them, feeding them and cleaning their homes for them.Another standout project, he said, was a stationery drive run by two Tshwane residents. Charl and Ella van der Merwe run the Write Project, which involves collecting stationery and distributing this to disadvantaged youth. Makgamath said it was initiatives such as these that broke the boundaries between groups and encouraged social cohesion among different races and social classes. This, he said, was laying the foundation for a cohesive nation. The National Development PlanThe NDP offers a long-term strategy of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030. South Africa can realise these goals, it says, by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment has over 15 000 active participants drawn from schools, community youth groups, residential youth facilities and correctional services. Its aim is to provide a holistic framework for purposeful self-development of young people between the ages of 14 and 24. These awards are affiliated with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Association and the patron-in-chief is President Jacob Zuma.Through these awards, Youth Dialogue and Action Workshops have been running since 2008, encouraging participants from a broad diversity of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to engage with themes relevant to their lives as young South Africans. The chief executive officer of the President’s Award, Martin Scholtz, said the programme demanded young people take responsibility for their own development and the development of those around them.“Engaging young people in their role in the realisation of Vision 2030 is critical. The award programme is about action and we are excited to make the link between what award participants are already doing on the ground and the objectives of the NDP, through these Dialogue and Action Workshops. The NDP is not a government initiative – it’s a citizen’s initiative,” said Scholtz.last_img read more

13-year-old Luke Robinson bags six wickets in an over

first_imgLuke Robinson, a 13-year-old English schoolboy cricketer, produced a perfect over as he bagged six wickets in six balls, all of which were clean bowled.Robinson achieved the feat for Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Under-13s in a cup game at Langley Park, near Durham City.Interestingly, Luke’s family was all on the crease to witness his remarkable match-winning performance.While his father Stephen was umpiring at the bowler’s end at the time, the schoolboy’s mother Helen was scoring the match.Luke’s younger brother Matthew was fielding in the match while his grandfather Glenn was watching from the boundary.Stephen, who plays for the senior side, admitted that it was a surreal experience.”It was surreal. I have been playing for 30 years and have taken hat-tricks but never anything like this. Time stood still and I thought, ‘is this really happening?,” Sport24 quoted Stephen as saying.According to reports, the club officials are now finding out that if the record has ever been achieved in its 149-year history.last_img read more

Arsenal January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Arsenal January transfer news LIVE: Ozil and Wilshere deals close Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:42 1/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Transfers Arsenal Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Gunners as the January transfer window heats up Ozil & Wilshere deals closeMesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are set to hand Arsenal a welcome boost by committing to new contracts, reports The Sun .The Gunners duo are among those heading towards free agency at Emirates Stadium, with no fresh terms agreed as yet.Both are, however, locked in talks and are ready to bring the uncertainty surrounding their respective futures to a close by putting pen to paper. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal’s Auba comments irk DortmundPierre-Emerick AubameyangArsene Wenger’s willingness to discuss Arsenal’s links to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “disrespectful”, says Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.The Gunners boss was quizzed once again on Thursday about his reported interest in the prolific Gabon international.Zorc has hit back by saying: “We consider it disrespectful to speak about players from other clubs. We assume that Wenger has enough to do dealing with his own players.”Read the full story on Goal.Welbeck on Besiktas’ shopping listDanny Welbeck ArsenalArsenal striker Danny Welbeck is on Besiktas’ shopping list, according to Bleacher Report .The Turkish outfit recently sold leading forward Cenk Tosun to Everton, and they are also monitoring Islam Slimani, Javier Hernandez and Kelechi Iheanacho.No offers for EvansJonny Evans West BromWest Brom boss Alan Pardew says the club have not yet received an offer for centre-back Jonny Evans.The Northern Ireland international is reportedly a target for Manchester City and Arsenal in this transfer window, with rumours placing his value at around £23 million.Read the full story on Goal.Auba possible, but Arsenal out of Malcom racePierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsene Wenger is keeping his plans to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal “secret”, but admits a move for Malcom will not happen.The Gunners have been heavily linked with attacking talents at Borussia Dortmund and Bordeaux, but only one of those mooted deals is now a possibility.Find out what Wenger has had to say right here. Alexis & Mkhitaryan deals closeHenrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexis SanchezArsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan could happen in the next 48 hours.The Gunners boss has said on Alexis: “I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years. It’s likely to happen but things can break down at any minute. As long as it’s not over the line, these kinds of things are never guaranteed.”He added on Mkhitaryan: “This will be an exchange of players. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes.”Read the full story on Goal. Wilshere talks ongoingJack Wilshere ArsenalArsene Wenger insists Arsenal still want Jack Wilshere to stay at the club, as talks over a new contract are ongoing.As well as Gunners stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, the midfielder faces an uncertain future as his current deal expires at the end of the season.Wenger has said: “We know what we want. We want him to stay.”Read the full story on Goal. Dortmund in contact over GiroudOlivier Giroud, ArsenalBorussia Dortmund are in contact with Arsenal over a deal for Olivier Giroud, who the Bundesliga club want as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to RMC . The report claims that BVB only want the French striker as a stop-gap for the rest of the season, with a long-term replacement to come in this summer. ‘Mkhi will be fantastic for Arsenal’Henrikh Mkhitaryan Manchester United Derby FA CupHenrikh Mkhitaryan will be “a fantastic signing” for Arsenal, says Phil Neville, with a Manchester United exit making a lot of sense for the Armenian.The midfielder appears to be heading towards the out door at Old Trafford, with a proposed switch to Emirates Stadium set to form part of an agreement to take Alexis Sanchez in the opposite direction.Read the full story on Goal. Juve plot Bellerin bidHector Bellerin ArsenalJuventus are ready to make a move for Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, reports Tuttosport , with discussions having already been opened.The Serie A giants are eager to refresh their defensive ranks over the summer and see the Spaniard as an ideal addition.Malcom to snub Gunners?Malcom ArsenalArsenal are in danger of missing out on Bordeaux forward Malcom, according to The Times .The Gunners are eager to land the 20-year-old Brazilian amid uncertainty regarding the respective futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.They have, however, been unable to agree personal terms with the youngster, while a compromise on a fee is also yet to be reached.Walcott sends message to Arsenal fansHD Walcott League CupTheo Walcott sent an emotional message to Arsenal supporters after his 12-year spell at the club came to end following his move to Everton.Walcott completed a £20 million switch to Goodison Park on Wednesday, putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal.Check out what he had to say to Gunners fans right here! Juventus eye Ozil and EriksonMesut Ozil ArsenalJuventus are hoping to add Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen as options to be their new No.10, according to  Corriere dello Sport .Erikson is keen on a new deal with Spurs, while Ozil will hit the open market this summer. The Sun reports that the Serie A champions would end up paying a combined total of £62 million for the pair.Walcott: Rooney conviced meTheo Walcott ArsenalEverton signing Theo Walcott revealed Wayne Rooney played a big role in his decision to make the move to Goodison Park.”I had numerous chats with Wayne and that was one massive factor which really tempted me to come to Everton,” Walcott told  evertontv .Read the full story on Goal! Arsenal players want Alexis goneAlexis Sanchez Arsenal ChelseaArsenal’s players want the Alexis Sanchez transfer saga to be resolved before their game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, reports the Evening Standard . Manchester United are hoping to conclude a deal for Alexis after Manchester City pulled out of the race, although it appears to hinge on Henrikh Mkhitaryan agreeing to move in the opposite direction .Speaking after Arsenal’s defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday, Arsene Wenger stated he was expecting Alexis’s future to be decided within 48 hours .However, with no resolution reached, the Arsenal are squad are determined to see the Chilean on his way before their next match at home to Palace at the weekend.Walcott joins Everton in £20m dealTheo Walcott ArsenalEverton have completed the £20 million signing of Theo Walcott from Arsenal.The 28-year-old makes the switch from the Gunners and becomes Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the January transfer window, following Cenk Tosun’s arrival from Besiktas.Read the full story on Goal! Walcott deserves praise for Arsenal careerHD WalcottTheo Walcott’s impressive stats warrant praise instead of criticism after his 12-year stint with Arsenal ended with a move to Everton on Wednesday, writes Goal ‘s Chris Wheatley.Read the full story on Goal! Alexis agrees £14m-a-year Man Utd contractAlexis Sanchez ArsenalAlexis Sanchez has agreed a deal worth £14 million a year after tax to sign for Manchester United on a contract until the summer of 2022, claims the Daily Telegraph .  United appear to have won the race to sign the Arsenal attacker after Manchester City ended their interest in the Chile international, who is out of contract at the end of the season.Jose Mourinho’s side are now waiting on Henrikh Mkhitaryan to accept a move to Arsenal before finalising the capture of Alexis on a four-and-a-half year contract.Chelsea not in running to sign AlexisAlexis Sanchez, Arsenal, 17/18Chelsea are not in the running to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.The Blues have decided not to rival Manchester United for the Chile international, who interested Manchester City prior to them pulling the plug on interest of their own.Alexis is understood to want between £350,000-£400,000-per-week to leave the Gunners, and Chelsea have baulked at the costs involved in pursuing the 29-year-old.Read the full story on Goal! Auba’s father in London as Dortmund eye BatshuayiPierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia DortmundPierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father, who also acts as his agent, is travelling to London for talks with Arsenal, with Dortmund wanting Michy Batshuayi as his replacement, according to Bild . The Gunners have been strongly linked with the Gabon international and it appears negotiations are progressing well, while the Bundesliga club see Batshuayi as a decent option to replace their star striker.last_img read more