Eleven years after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the 2008 Australian Open, top seed Novak Djokovic bested the Frenchman again at Melbourne Park to reach the third round early on Friday.The world number one Serb claimed a clinical 6-3 7-5 6-4 win over wildcard entry Tsonga in the late match at Rod Laver Arena.While Djokovic is seeking a third successive Grand Slam title, Tsonga has been on a different trajectory, with his ranking slipping to 177 after his 2018 season was cut short by knee injury in April.The gap between the players’ standing was on full show as Djokovic cruised to victory in two hours and four minutes, setting up a mouthwatering intergenerational clash with Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov.
Christmasis a holy day for Christians, a day of commemoration, reflection and sharing in remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ, the man who incarnated hope for mankind. Thousands nationwide, including the majority of Amerindians, will be celebrating by attending mass and church services, and gathering with family and friends to indulge in the season’s festivities.As we go out of our way to make those dear to us happy, let us remember the children who were not so fortunate to wake up to presents this morning, the families who do not have the luxury of sumptuous meals or the company of close ones to look forward to. Let us spare a thought for those who are without families and those who have left us. Let us remember Indigenous peoples around the globe who figure among some of the most impoverished and neglected populations, deprived of decent health care, basic necessities and their human rights. Let us remember the populations trapped in the grips of war and conflict.For if anything, Christmas is the celebration of a man who lived a life of poverty and for the poor.The thriving business built on Christmas is far flung from the stable in which the Son of Man was born, surrounded by his humble parents, shepherds and animals. And so we often forget that the essence of giving which inhibits us this time of the year, is not only in honour of Christ as the three kings had honoured him, but also in acknowledgement of those in need.The late Archbishop of San Salvador Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez on December 24, 1978 said: “No one can celebrate a genuine Christmas without being truly poor. The self-sufficient, the proud, those who, because they have everything,look down on others, (…) – for them there will be no Christmas. (…)”His statement resonates with me in particular this Christmas, after a year of rampant crime and austere measures which plunged our nation into morosity. Social division between Guyanese is increasingly pronounced and the people challenged by poverty, unemployment and other forms of negligence, are often taken for granted by their fellow countrymen and women.I hope that a spirit of solidarity and mutual respect ignites and cements us as a nation, replacing the scorn so often meted out to the small man and woman. It is to these lesser privileged sections of our society that I would like to extend my best wishes for peace and renewed strength to face the challenges ahead. May your Christmas by merry and joyful.Season’s greetings to all.
1 West Ham co-chairman David Gold West Ham co-owner David Gold says the club will take up a spot in the Europa League if they secure one via the Fair Play League.England are to be offered a bonus spot in the Europa League by UEFA due to the Premier League’s excellent fair play record this season.West Ham currently sit second in the Fair Play standings, but with first-placed Liverpool already set to compete in Europe, Sam Allardyce’s side are next in line to gain a spot in the competition.It would mean the east London club beginning the qualifying campaign on July 2 and some have raised concerns about the impact it would have.However, co-owner Gold has now stated West Ham’s desire to be in Europe by saying the club will compete in the Europa League if it is offered a spot.Gold wrote on Twitter: “Absolutely [we will take our spot in Europe]. We see the Europa Cup as an opportunity not a distraction.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set make Marko Grujic his first signing at Anfield this week.The Serbian teenager arrived on Merseyside for talks over the weekend after the Reds agreed a £5.1million deal with Red Star Belgrade before Christmas.Grujic, 19, is now set undergo a medical on Monday before sealing the deal, which is expected to be announced on Tuesday.The youngster will rejoin Red Star on loan until the end of the season before becoming part of Klopp’s first-teamn plans next season.Liverpool fought off late interest from Russian clubs CSKA Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg, who were offering over £7m, to secure Grujic’s signature.The starlet is understood to have opted for a move to Merseyside after personal intervention from Klopp, who was advised about the Serbian Under-21 international by his Serbian assistant Zeljko Buvac.Klopp is also believed to be tracking Schalke defender Joel Matip, who is out of contract at the end of the season, but there is still plenty of work to be done to sign the German-born Cameroon international.However, despite their on-going defensive frailties any deal would be for Matip to join in the summer.According to Press Association Sport, there are at least two French clubs who are ahead of Liverpool in the running for the 24-year-old while Schalke have not given up hope the centre-back will sign a new contract. Jurgen Klopp 1
LATEST on target 3 targets Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Hudson-Odoi has struggled to make an impact so far this season Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Abraham has been brilliant this season, would buying an expensive replacement help or hinder the progress of young forward?Lampard has a choice, to recruit in January and most likely fail to sign his top targets, or stick with his young squad in the hope they can shine and deliver in big matches later on in season.So far this campaign, Chelsea’s record in big games has been telling. Two defeats to Manchester United, two losses to Liverpool and a loss to Manchester City have illustrated the side’s inexperience.With Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham on the rise and Manchester United’s mini-revival emerging in recent matches, one thing is certain, Lampard faces the biggest month of his managerial career in three weeks time – and it could make or break Chelsea’s season. Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future PEP TALK Nevertheless, the transfer ban’s halving now poses a serious danger to Lampard that he hasn’t been confronted with before.The ban effectively gave the Englishman a free ticket to experiment with his young squad this season – and he reaped the rewards of his bold selection, but what happens to the mentality of these players now they know they can be readily displaced by a multi-million pound signing in the line-up?As soon as the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced their verdict, media outlets were sent into a overdrive and dozens of world class players were immediately linked with a move to the club.Chelsea will reportedly have a £150m war chest to spend in the January market, but how will that impact on the squad? Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti What will Callum Hudson-Odoi be thinking knowing his mate Jadon Sancho could be on his way for £100m at the turn of the year, potentially putting his already limited minutes in the first-team under more threat?What will the Premier League’s second top scorer, Tammy Abraham, be feeling now that a world class striker in Timo Werner has been linked with a big-money move to Stamford Bridge?The deficiencies in Chelsea’s squad undoubtedly need to be addressed. But focusing too much on these issues in the mid-season market could ruin Lampard’s first season in charge.Ben Chilwell is flying this season and would be a brilliant acquisition for Chelsea, but there’s no way he is sold by Leicester in January.Would signing an emergency alternative in January be worth it? Probably not. appointed rookie error Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Getty Images – Getty stalemate Lampard will be wary of his side’s recent form latest Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 3 Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son update And the young side’s leaky defence has yet to be resolved.Lampard is still unsure of his best back four. Andreas Christensen was again like Bambi on ice at the weekend, while Kurt Zouma has repeatedly been suspect in recent weeks and there are still question marks over the ability of Fikayo Tomori, despite his promising start to the campaign.Antonio Rudiger’s return from injury cannot come soon enough, but now that the transfer ban has been halved, Stamford Bridge chiefs must surely be on the hunt for a new commanding, experienced central defender to partner the German. statement 3 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS What will Abraham think if a hugely expensive striker is bought in January? Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have been a breath of fresh air this season, but performances have started to dip of late and alarm bells will be ringing for the young English boss.In their last three outings, the Blues have succumbed to disappointing defeats at the hands of two of the most out of form Premier League teams, West Ham and Everton, while in-between was a nervy victory over Aston Villa. AFP or licensors Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Getty Images – Getty
28 December 2005The fastest swimmer, the world cricketer of the year, the surf ski world champions, golfing victories across the globe, an unbeaten run in 20 one-day cricket internationals … we take a look at some of the memorable performances produced by South Africa’s sportsmen and sportswomen in 2005.Roland Schoeman: world’s fastest swimmerSouth African sprint ace Roland Schoeman was in devastating form at the FINA World Championships in Montreal, picking up two gold medals and a silver.Schoeman captured the 50 metres butterfly title in a world record 22.96 seconds, and added gold in the 50 metres freestyle, touching in 21.69 – the second fastest time in history, behind only the 21.64 record of Russian great Alexander Popov.Schoeman then added a silver medal in the 100 metres freestyle, in a time of 48.28. I am an African: Roland SchoemanRoland Schoeman: no one faster Jacques Kallis: World Player of the Year 2005Jacques Kallis, together with England’s Andrew Flintoff, was recognised as World Player of the Year by the International Cricket Council. He was also named World Test Player of the Year.In addition, Kallis was selected for both the World Eleven one-day and test teams.In 15 tests played during the year, Kallis scored 1 497 runs, including six centuries, at the amazing average of 71.28. He also claimed 20 wickets.In one-day cricket, Kallis scored 697 runs at 41 and picked up eight wickets.He is currently ranked the top test batsman in world cricket. Kallis: World Player of 2005 SA u-19 and u-21 rugby teams, SpringboksIt was a great year for South Africa’s under-19 and under-21 rugby teams, with both being crowned world champions.The under-19s laid claim to the title in Durban in April, downing arch-rivals New Zealand 20-15 in the final. In June, the under-21s defeated Australia 24-20 in the final to add to SA’s run of success.2005 was an excellent year for South African rugby overall, with the Springboks also enjoying a good season. They were edged by New Zealand for the Tri-Nations title, but they did hand the All Blacks their only loss of the year, beating them 22-16 in Cape Town, before suffering a tough 31-27 defeat in Dunedin.The Boks also bested Australia three times in succession, and beat Argentina, France, Wales, Scotland, and Uruguay. SA u-21 rugby world champs 2005SA u-19 world champs 2005All Blacks edge brave SpringboksBoks edge All Blacks in thriller Kaizer Chiefs: PSL championsIn a spectacular climax to South Africa’s Premier Soccer League season, Kaizer Chiefs came from behind to sneak ahead of Orlando Pirates right at the death, successfully defending the PSL title they had annexed the previous season.At one stage of the season, the Amakhosi trailed the Buccaneers by 11 points, but in the final round of games they downed Supersport United 1-0, while Pirates drew one-all with Bush Bucks, leaving Chiefs the league winners by just two points.It was a great farewell for coach Ted Dumitru, who won his fourth PSL title, and his second in succession with Chiefs. Kaizer Chiefs: PSL champions The Proteas: 20 unbeaten one-dayersFrom 30 January to 19 November, the Proteas were unbeaten in one-day internationals.They thrashed England five matches to nil with one tie, beat Zimbabwe 3-0, drilled the West Indies 5-0, and crushed New Zealand 6-0.After beating India in the first ODI in Hyderabad, the Proteas finally came unstuck in the second match of the series. It brought the curtain down on a sustained run of success seen only once before, achieved by Australia.The South African surf-ski teamAfter controversially losing out to Australia in the Surf Ski World Cup in 2004, South Africa’s team dominated their southern hemisphere rivals both in Australia and in Tahiti in 2005.Led by the brilliant Chalupsky brothers, Herman and Oscar, and by the multi-talented Daryl Bartho, South Africa proved itself significantly superior to the Aussies this time round.In Perth, South Africa claimed five of the first six places, with Herman Chalupsky taking the win. In Tahiti, it was Bartho who ruled the roost, recording a superb win in very trying conditions. SA’s Bartho wins at Tahiti WCSA blitzes first WC Surf Ski race Ryk Neethling: FINA short course kingRyk Neethling dominated the 2005 FINA World Cup Swimming Series, winning 21 times in eight meetings, which was good for over half-a-million rand in prize money.His season started off with two firsts, three seconds and one third in Durban, but it rapidly picked up momentum in Melbourne when he won five individual titles.In Berlin, he cracked the world record in the 100 metres individual medley, clocking 52.11. In Moscow, he lowered his mark to 52.01. In New York, he then obliterated that record, lowering it to a sensational 51.52.Later in the year, at the FINA World Championships in Montreal, Neethling made it onto the podium twice, claiming bronze medals in the 100 and 200 metres freestyle. Ryk Neethling, king of swim South Africa’s golf starsLed by Retief Goosen, Ernie Els and Tim Clark, South Africa’s golfers continued their fine form of 2004 into 2005.Els, despite spending time on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery, claimed three wins in European/Asian Tour events. He also won just his second time out after returning to action late in the year, capturing the Dunhill Championship by three shots.Goosen won the Linde German Masters, The International, the Volkswagen Masters and the SAA Open for victories in Europe, the US, Asia and South Africa. He also outduelled Tiger Woods in the Presidents Cup.Tim Clark recorded wins at the SA Airways Open and in the Barclays Scottish Open, which was his first victory outside of South Africa. His consistent form saw him finish 2005 at number 20 in the world rankings. Goosen wins SAA Open, edges ElsSo hot! The Goose is cookingGoose wins wire-to-wire in ChinaGoose takes The InternationalClark takes first win in EuropeErnie Els in record-breaking winEls takes Qatar Masters 2005Ernie’s Dubai Desert three-peat The Cheetahs: Currie Cup champsOnly once before in their history had the Cheetahs won the Currie Cup, the symbol of supremacy in South African domestic rugby. They faced a daunting task to win it for a second time, 29 years after their 1996 triumph – facing three-time defending champions the Blue Bulls at their fortress, Loftus Versfeld.Earlier in the season, the power-packed Bulls had beaten the Cheetahs by four points and by 10 points, but the final belonged to the men from Bloemfontein as they triumphed 29-25 in a thrilling climax to the season, sending captain Naka Drotske into a satisfying retirement. Cheetahs dethrone Blue Bulls Alexa Lombard and Donia Kamstra: silver at the World Marathon Canoe ChampionshipsAlexa Lombard and Donia Kamstra produced a stunning performance to claim the silver medal in the women’s K2 race at the World Marathon Championships on the Swan River in Perth.It was a great reward for Lombard, who finished sixth in the women’s K1 race in 2004, but opted to sit out the K1 event in favour of the K2 race in 2005.The pair had dominated the South African domestic scene, and battled Hungary’s Renata Csay and Kornelia Szonda all the way for the world title before settling for silver. The result wasn’t a disappointment, though, with Lombard calling it “the most fantastic race of my life”. Alexa Lombard’s golden yearWorld silver for SA women The Durban ClipperWith the 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race including a leg from Salvador in Brazil to Durban, the city-sponsored Durban Clipper had hoped to capture the honours by arriving in her home port first. It wasn’t to be, however, with Craig Millar and crew having to settle for eighth place in the 10-yacht fleet.However, on the next leg, from Durban to Fremantle, Australia, Millar and his crew led most of the way before edging out the hard-charging Victoria Clipper by just four nautical miles.Clipper Ventures Plc chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnson described the leg as a “real landmark . Our amateur crews are heading into the Southern Ocean for the first time, at one of the most difficult times of the year. The conditions they will face would test professional crews to the limit.”Millar recognised the backing he and his crew had received when he said afterwards: “I would like to give a big thanks to all our supporters back home. You guys have been great.” Durban wins Southern Ocean leg The Bulls: Super 12 semi-finalistsThe Bulls enjoyed a strong run in the 2005 Super 12, reaching the semi-finals after ending third in the points standings. They did it the hard way, however.Starting off with three defeats on the trot, the team from Pretoria dug an early hole for itself, but victory over the Hurricanes in Wellington finally saw them notch a win. Unfortunately, the Bulls suffered a 42-12 pounding at the hands of the Waratahs in their next outing to fall to a record of 1-4.However, with the return home came a return of form. They rattled off six wins on the trot, including an impressive 38-24 win over the Blues and a 75-14 shellacking of the Stormers.Unfortunately, their challenge ended a week later with a loss to the Waratahs in the semi-finals in Sydney. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
The North Star Alliance is a cross-borderHIV prevention initiative that has setup a network of roadside wellnessclinics along key transport routesin Africa.(Image: border-lines.com) A game ranger student with Andrew Muir,executive director of the WildernessFoundation.(Image: www.flickr.com)MEDIA CONTACTS• Abigail NobleSchwab FoundationWilma den HartighAfrica’s five leading social entrepreneurs for 2012 have been announced at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, underway in Ethiopia.Two South Africans, Paul Matthew and Andrew Muir, are among the winners who have applied their entrepreneurial savvy to promote transformation and find creative solutions to challenges facing the country.Social entrepreneurs helping AfricaSocial entrepreneurs in Africa aren’t afraid to drive change and find innovative solutions to challenges in various fields such as education, health, environmental sustainability and enterprise development – just some of the major continental issues identified by the WEF on Africa.Some 700 leaders from government, business, civil society and academia from Africa and the rest of the world are currently in Addis Ababa debating these issues.Africa’s leading social entrepreneurs and 19 other winners from around the world will be adding their voices to the discussions, offering their perspectives on sustainability and social innovation on the continent.According to Hilde Schwab, chairperson and co-founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, these creatives have a valuable role to play when it comes to finding new solutions to challenges such as access to healthcare, education, energy and housing to marginalised communities.“They ensure that growth, such as that experienced in Africa, is and will be inclusive,” Schwab says.New solutions to old problemsSub-Saharan Africa is now home to seven of the fastest growing economies in the world – and South Africa is one of them. The continent has been identified as the next major area of growth for the global economy, but at the same time it also has to attend to its challenges.This is where the creative problem-solving techniques of social entrepreneurs are making a major contribution.Healthcare for mobile workers in AfricaPaul Matthew, director at North Star Alliance, received the award for his foresight in establishing an organisation that addresses the impact of HIV/Aids on mobile workers such as truck drivers in Africa.The North Star Alliance is a cross-border HIV prevention initiative that has set up a network of roadside wellness clinics along key transport routes in Africa. The programme is ensuring that much needed quality health care is available to truckers who use these routes, and also to the communities surrounding them.The project is a valuable addition to the world health care system, and it is in line with the WEF’s objective to find innovative healthcare delivery models in Africa.The centres take care of truck drivers by providing prevention and treatment services such as HIV counselling and testing, as well as treatment for sexually transmitted infections.Truck drivers are considered the backbone of economic growth on the continent and many businesses in Africa rely on them as a resource. North Star’s observation at its inception was that with the incidence of disease being so prevalent, the numbers of drivers available to transport freight has, over time, decreased dramatically.Since opening its first centre in 2005 in Malawi, North Star has set up 22 additional centres in 10 countries across the continent.Conservation and social developmentEnvironmental activist Andrew Muir, executive director of the Wilderness Foundation, has dedicated his life to conservation and social development.Muir describes the foundation as a conservation organisation with a very strong people focus.“We try to find the link between nature and people,” he says.The foundation is set apart by its focus on motivating people to take care of the environment as a means to bring about social change.More than 100 000 disadvantaged and vulnerable young people from all over South Africa have benefitted from the project through its social intervention and environmental education programmes.Thousands have been trained as community leaders and national park rangers while, under the stewardship of the foundation, more than 200 000 hectares of African wilderness have been rehabilitated.Muir spent many years working closely with Dr Ian Player, one of the world’s most respected conservationists and founder of the world-famous Wilderness Leadership School and Wilderness Foundation UK. When he took the baton from Player, Muir assumed the responsibility of managing the various organisations founded by the renowned conservationist.South Africa is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and there are many benefits to using the country’s natural capital to create green jobs.Employment in areas such as restoring degraded land or wetlands; combating soil erosion; removing alien plants; collecting and sorting recycled waste; building fire breaks or conserving woodland areas can support socio-economic development, while protecting the environment.
Follow me on Twitter at: Jonathan__HR__LawTHIS BLOG SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE, AS PERTAINING TO SPECIFIC FACTUAL SITUATIONS OR ESTABLISHING AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP. I agree with leadership maven John Maxwell and others who have stated that that the key to leadership is influence. In my view, leadership is influence.I have read a great deal about levels of leadership and level of influence. For this blog, however, I have divided influence, upon which leadership hinges, into three general categories:First, there is influence based on positional authority. Get it done because I am your boss.This can be effective in getting a particular task done. But because it is based, at least in part, on fear relating to authority, prudent risk-taking may be discouraged and leaders may be followed from too far a distance.Second, there is influence based on intellectual persuasion. Here, the leader uses facts and logical arguments to gain support for the plan, program or initiative. Of course, the positional authority may increase the persuasiveness of the argument, but the request is made based on facts and logic and not authority alone.Intellectual persuasion also can be very effective. It definitely shows respect for the recipient, but it may not be long lasting. The leadership is, in large part, dependent on the logic, not the leader. And do leaders really have time to explain, logically, every suggestion or requirement?Finally, there is interpersonal influence. That is when individuals follow a leader because they personally believe in him or her. Or at a minimum, they are pre-disposed to follow the leader. As John Maxwell aptly states: “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”The question then becomes: “How do leaders in HR create this buy-in?” Maxwell describes many leadership dilemmas, but one of which is the potential tension between respectability and likeability.Like many others, Maxwell believes that both are necessary and that achieving them is an on-going balancing act.It is with great admiration for Maxwell and others that I respectfully suggest that likeability may be the wrong term. Perhaps I am nuancing, but I do not believe that leaders necessarily need to be likeable — I believe that they need to be seen as human beings who demonstrate their humanity by making emotional connections. Of course, in most cases, that makes them likeable!I make this distinction for three reasons.First, aiming for likeability may involve following rather than leading. In some ways, it can become like chasing employee relations polls.Second, many employees will not interact closely enough with a leader to determine whether he or she is truly likable. Authentic assessment often requires some interaction or at least proximity.Finally, likeability carries with it the potential for gender bias. Researcher Marianne Cooper for Sheryl Sandberg’s ground breaking Lean In found some disturbing correlations between likeability and gender.When a man is successful, he is more likely to be liked by both women and men. Sadly, the converse is true for women. A woman who is successful is less likely to be liked by both women and men.This creates a potential vicious circle for women. To be influential, you need to be liked. But to be liked, you cannot be too successful?For these and other reasons, while I agree that leaders should strive to be respected by being respectful, I do not believe that the balancing goal should be likeability. Instead, I think the compatible goal should be to gain respect through a human connection.This human connection includes a strong emotional component, the subject of next month’s blog. To quote John Maxwell but again: “Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.”
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