BY DOUG McKENZIEStaff Writer CHRIS KELLY staff Matawan’s Andy Denardo tries to control Holmdel’s Pat Murray during their 140-pound consolation bout at the District 21 Tournament in Manalapan on Saturday. MIDDLETOWN — The Ocean Township Spartans have faced more than their share of adversity this season. From injuries to illness, the Spartans have suffered one obstacle after another this winter — a season in which they were predicted to emerge as the Shore’s top team and one of the elite squads in the state. But despite some disappointing losses this year, Ocean remained the team to beat in last weekend’s District 22 tournament at Middletown South, and proved it on the mats with a convincing team championship, outscoring second-place Christian Brothers Academy, 212-182. The Spartans were led by six individual champions, and will send seven grapplers into this week’s Region VI tournament at the Ritacco Center in Toms River. That tournament got under way last night with preliminary-round match-ups and will continue on Friday. Leading the way for the Spartans was sophomore Mike Berardesco, who won the 103-pound title with a dominating 17-1 technical fall over CBA’s Dave Cioffi. That win was followed by Zac Coulas’ pin of Keansburg’s Adam Boyle in the 112-pound weight class in 1:08. After freshman J.P. Palandrano dropped his 119-pound title match to defending champion T.J. Mitchell of Raritan, 21-8, Dan Lopes was the next Spartan wrestler to take to the mats, cruising to a 130-pound title with an 8-4 win over Raritan’s Bill Voutsinas. Andrew Van Dyk then claimed the 135-pound title with a 10-4 win over Raritan’s Dave Seidenbeg, before Joey Falco made it four out of five for Ocean with a 6-3 win over CBA senior Dave Chirichello at 145. Senior Gaetjens Lezin dropped his 152-pound title to CBA’s Anthony DeLeo, 6-2, before Kyle Kiss became the fifth champion for the Spartans, beating CBA’s Anthony Chirichello, 15-4, in the 171-pound final. CBA actually had a slight lead over Ocean (101.5-98.5) entering Saturday’s action, but could not match the Spartans’ success in the late rounds. The Colts did crown four individual champions in DeLeo, Mike Beshada (125), Ollie Ferraro (189) and Chris Finley (160). Beshada’s 8-7 win over Monmouth Regional’s Kyle Christiansen was one of the more exciting matches of the day, as the Colt recorded a takedown with just two seconds remaining in the bout to steal the win. Meanwhile, Ferraro beat Keansburg’s Sean Yeneic with a pin at the 3:05 mark of their bout, while Finley beat Raritan’s Kevin Gilgannon, 6-2, in their 160-pound final. The four Colt champions will advance to Friday’s Region action, while six other CBA wrestlers — Cioffi, Dave Chirichello, Anthony Chirichello, Charles Favia (third at 119), John Menafra (third at 130) and Greg Dube (third at 215) — needed wins last night to advance to Friday’s action. Raritan sent eight grapplers into the region tourney, led by Mitchell and District 22 heavyweight champion Jeff King. The senior needed double overtime to post a 2-1 win in the final. Freshman Dan Seidenberg made his District 22 debut a memorable one by claiming the 140-pound title with a hard-fought 5-3 overtime win over Monmouth’s Anthony Bongarzone. The three district champs, along with Voutsinas, Dave Seidenberg, Gilgannon, freshman Cody Moone (third at 112) and sophomore Bob Kolb (third at 145), will look to extend their seasons this week as well. Host Middletown South finished in fifth place (70) in the team standings, highlighted by Andrew Poulson’s impressive win over defending 215-pound champ Derek Maldonado of Keyport, who was 26-0 coming into the bout. Poulson, who was a member of the state’s top football team of the last two years at South, took control of this bout from the start, powering his way to an 11-1 lead after the first period. The lead grew to 16-5 in the second before he put the Red Raider to the mat and recorded a pin at the 5:20 mark. South also got a solid finish from Kyle Worsley, who took third at 171 to advance to last night’s action. The only other local grapplers to advance to the Region VI tourney were Middletown North sophomore Robert DiMaiolo, who bounced back from a semifinal loss to Berardesco to post a 9-8 win over Raritan’s Greg Alexander in their consolation bout, and his teammate, junior Mike Shope, who won his 160-pound consolation match, 4-3, to advance. In District 21, held at Manalapan High School, a pair of local grapplers advanced to regions — Matawan’s Vic Mabin and Holmdel’s Pat Murray. Mabin, a junior, rebounded from a loss in the 130-pound semifinals to post a 7-4 win over Freehold’s Miguel Arroyo in their consolation bout, while Murray, a senior 140-pounder, won his consolation bout, 4-3 over Matawan’s Andrew Denardo. Jackson took its domination of District 21 to a new level Saturday as all 14 of their wrestlers advanced to the finals. They held a dual meet against the District and won. The Jaguars rolled up 291 points on the way to their ninth straight championship and crowned eight individual champions. “It’s a great way to cap being the No. 1 team,” said Goodale. “They want to be remembered as the school’s best team.” BY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer Slew of local grapplers advance to this week
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Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina appeared to have the shot covered but somehow allowed the ball to skid under him to give City a 1-0 lead.City doubled their tally on 33 minutes, when Toure met a David Silva corner with a powerful glancing header which flew past Reina.Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish attempted to revive his side’s fortunes in the second half after introducing Steven Gerrard and Craig Bellamy from the bench, but it was to no avail as City maintained their grip on the contest.City had Gareth Barry sent off for a second bookable offence on 73 minutes but the setback was only temporary as City made it 3-0 with Milner’s well-taken penalty after Martin Skrtel brought down Toure.The victory saw Roberto Mancini’s City go three points of clear of second placed Manchester United, who play Newcastle at St James Park on Wednesday.City captain Vincent Kompany paid tribute to the way his side had bounced back from their Sunderland defeat 48 hours earlier.“It was massive for us, we didn’t deserve to lose against Sunderland but we were incredibly efficient today,” Kompany said.“For us it was very challenging, playing two games in 48 hours, and it was a great three points.”Reds boss Dalglish bemoaned his side’s failure to make the most of the few chances that came their way.“If you want to be a successful team — and they are — then you’ve got to be clinical. We’ve got to get that into our make-up and tonight we never had it,” Dalglish said.“We’ve got to be more clinical if we’re going to get to where we want to go. But it’s a lesson learned and we’ve got to take it on the chin.”In Tuesday’s other games, third-placed Tottenham downed West Bromwich Albion 1-0 while Sunderland’s Martin O’Neill-inspired revolution saw the Black Cats register yet another victory with a 4-1 win at Wigan.West Brom managed to frustrate Spurs for long periods at White Hart Lane before the deadlock was finally broken on 63 minutes by Jermain Defoe.Rafael van der Vaart released Gareth Bale on the left flank and the Welsh winger’s cross was met by Defoe who evaded the attention of several Baggies defenders to score.“We didn’t make as many chances as we normally do. Full credit to West Brom because they made it hard,” Redknapp said.The result left Tottenham in third, six points adrift of leaders City, and three behind second-placed Manchester United.At the DW Stadium, Craig Gardner’s superb free-kick in first half injury time set Sunderland on the path to their fourth win in six games since O’Neill took over in December following the dismissal of Steve Bruce.Northern Ireland Under-21 international James McClean added a second on 55 minutes to seal a win which lifted Sunderland to 10th in the standings.Wigan pulled a goal back through Hugo Rodallega to give the Latics hope but Sunderland’s third from Stephane Sessegnon on 73 minutes snuffed out any chance of a fightback from the home side before David Vaughan added a fourth.O’Neill meanwhile praised the way his side had responded to the physical challenge of playing a second match in two days.“Players were out on their feet against Man City a couple of days ago, but they summoned energy and courage and that was fantastic,” O’Neill said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, January 4 – Ten-man Manchester City went three points clear at the top of the Premier League on Tuesday after goals from Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and James Milner set up a 3-0 victory over Liverpool.Liverpool — missing striker Luis Suarez after the club confirmed they would not appeal his eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra — were always struggling after City struck twice in the first half at Eastlands.City, who had suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Sunderland on Sunday, opened the scoring on 10 minutes when Argentine star Aguero unleashed a speculative dipping effort towards the Liverpool goal.
The Nigerian said he is ready to offer the owners of Arsenal “a price they won’t want to resist.”“I still hope, one day at the right price, that I’ll buy the team. I might buy it, not at a ridiculous price but a price that the owners won’t want to resist. I know my strategy,” Dangote told Bloomberg.Dangote, who is a tycoon in cement and commodities, explained that he wants to focus on his business having invested around $16 million into it, and will make another attempt at pricing Arsenal away by the time he builds his business empire to “a certain level.”“We have $16 billion-worth of investments in the next few years. Right now I want to take my own business to a certain level. Once I finish on that trajectory, then maybe [an offer will follow.”In 2010, Dangote had made attempts to acquire a stake in the English club but discussions broke down.According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Dangote is worth three times more than the current major shareholder at Arsenal, Stan Kroenke.Kroenke, who holds 67 percent of Arsenal, is reportedly worth $5.6 billion while Dangote is valued at $15.7 billion.But Dangote will have to convince Kroenke to give up his 67 percent shares of Arsenal as well as 30 percent owned by Red and White Sec Limited under the control of Uzbek billionaire Alisher Usmanov and Farhad Moshiri.-The Mirror-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ABUJA, May 5 – Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has expressed interest in becoming the owner of English top flight giants, Arsenal FC.But the plan to buy the North London club is not an immediate priority for the Nigerian billionaire, as he hopes he can convince the owners to sell “at the right price” in the future.
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Adrian celebrates West Ham’s goals By Andy Lloyd-WilliamsAn early strike from Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho’s bundled second were enough to claim another remarkable away victory for West Ham in a season that has already seen them humble Liverpool and Arsenal in their own back yards.City’s much-hyped record signing Kevin De Bruyne pulled one back just before the break but the men who had started the season with five straight Premier League victories had nothing to show for their second half onslaught.Moses did his parent club Chelsea a big favour by stunning the hosts with a sixth minute opener. When the West Ham loan man embarked on a run and was not challenged, he opened up his body and caught England goalkeeper Joe Hart cold with a shot that snuck in the near post from a good 25 yards.That was the first goal City had conceded in the league this season, sending a shockwave right through the Etihad Stadium.Even their brightest star Sergio Aguero was affected by this unexpected turn of events, as he shot wide after he’d given Adrian the slip just minutes later. He snatched at another chance when De Bruyne – making his first start for the club – did well to overlap Jesus Navas and cross.Pellegrini’s men looked hesitant at the back without club captain Vincent Kompany, and incredibly with half an hour on the clock, West Ham went two up. When Winston Reid nodded a corner towards goal, the ball was not cleared and Sakho bundled it into the net.But where Aguero seemed unable to finish, Manchester City’s £54m purchase, De Bruyne was able to weigh in with a crucial goal to close that gap in first half injury time. The Argentina forward showed great vision to keep the ball alive with a flick to his Belgian team-mate, who showed great control with his left foot before powering low to Adrian’s right to send them into the break 2-1 down.Although Sakho went close to netting a third for the visitors when he rounded Hart but stroked wide, the men in sky blue did make their inevitable second-half onslaught.First Raheem Sterling freed Yaya Toure, whose chipped effort was repelled by the onrushing Adrian, then on the hour mark Aguero was felled by Winston Reid in the box, but penalty appeals were waved away. Then Toure turned smartly to shoot wide and Adrian blocked a cross from Navas as the home side threw the kitchen sink at the Hammers.But their heels were firmly dug in, and Adrian was there to palm a Nicolas Otamendi header over the bar from close range in a breathless defensive effort which saw Carl Jenkinson subbed off with cramp as West Ham held out for a win to send them second in the Premier League table. 1
Manchester City 4-1 BurnleySergio Aguero struck twice in two minutes as Manchester City came from behind to overpower Burnley 4-1 in the FA Cup third round.Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva also got on the scoresheet as City responded impressively to the shock of conceding a half-time lead to Ashley Barnes’ superb opener at the Etihad Stadium.The comeback, which will only increase talk of a City quadruple bid, was inspired by Ilkay Gundogan, the German setting up Aguero for both his game-changing goals in the 56th and 58th minutes.Aston Villa 1-3 Peterborough UnitedPeterborough pulled off a stunning FA Cup upset as three goals in the final 15 minutes earned them a 3-1 win against Aston Villa at Villa Park.Villa had looked set to cruise to victory when Keinan Davis gave then the lead after only eight minutes.But League One Peterborough produced a storming fightback against the Championship side and leading scorer Jack Marriott drew them level in the 75th minute.The towering Ryan Tafazolli then gave them the lead with a header seven minutes from time before Marriott struck for the 23rd time this season in stoppage time with his fifth FA Cup goal of the season.Birmingham City 1-0 Burton AlbionSam Gallagher scored the only goal as Birmingham continued their recent revival with a 1-0 victory over Burton in the FA Cup.Gallagher’s 57th-minute strike earned Blues a place in the fourth round and a third successive victory without conceding a goal, having also toppled Leeds and Reading to move off the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship.Burton were in good form themselves, picking up three wins and a draw in their previous five games, and they can feel aggrieved not to have got anything from their trip to St Andrew’s.Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Hull CityOla Aina’s first senior goal gave Championship strugglers Hull a 1-0 win at League One Blackburn in the FA Cup.The on-loan Chelsea defender rose highest in the 58th minute to head home the goal which ended a five-match winless run.Paul Caddis hit the crossbar for the hosts and Danny Graham missed a gilt-edged chance as Rovers exited at the third-round stage for the first time since 2014.Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Huddersfield TownRajiv van La Parra and Danny Williams struck second-half goals barely a minute apart as Huddersfield booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win at Bolton.Substitute Van La Parra stabbed home the opening goal soon after the interval and Williams crashed a deflected 30-yard shot beyond home goalkeeper Mark Howard as a turgid cup tie ignited after a dismal first 45 minutes.Bolton pulled one back with 26 minutes remaining through a header from Derik Osede, who went close to firing an equaliser soon after in front of a disappointing crowd of 11,574.Bournemouth 2-2 Wigan AthleticSteve Cook headed an injury-time equaliser as Bournemouth battled back from two goals down to scrape an FA Cup third-round replay with League One leaders Wigan.The Cherries looked to be heading out of the competition to lower-league opposition for the second successive season before Cook spared their blushes by making it 2-2 at the death.Lys Mousset’s first Bournemouth goal had given Eddie Howe’s men hope after Paul Cook’s in-form Latics built a two-goal first-half lead thanks to Will Grigg and an own goal from Emerson Hyndman.Brentford 0-1 Notts CountyVeteran striker Jon Stead’s second half goal sent League Two Notts County into the fourth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Championship Brentford.The big striker pounced on a slip by left back Ilias Chatzitheodoridis to run on unchallenged and fire an unstoppable drive into the far corner after 65 minutes.New Brentford signing Emiliano Marcondes almost levelled with an injury time header from Josh McEachran’s corner but the Bees’ luck was out, and it bounced back off the upright.Cardiff City 0-0 Mansfield TownMansfield earned an FA Cup third-round replay against Cardiff by forcing a goalless draw in the Welsh capital.Stags goalkeeper Conrad Logan kept the scores level at half-time before a host of second-half chances went begging for both sides.Alex MacDonald and Paul Anderson had chances to seal a famous victory at a near-empty Cardiff City Stadium, but Steve Evans’ side will at least be in the hat for the fourth-round draw.Carlisle United 0-0 Sheffield WednesdayA resilient Carlisle performance earned them an FA Cup third round replay with a 0-0 draw against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.Wednesday failed to make the most of their chances and were unable to provide interim boss Lee Bullen with a win in his last game in charge before new manager Jos Luhukay takes over on Monday.Coventry City 2-1 Stoke CityJack Grimmer’s winner left Stoke boss Mark Hughes on the brink after Coventry dumped the Potters out of the FA Cup.Defender Grimmer struck in the second half to push Hughes closer to the exit following the Sky Blues’ 2-1 third-round win.Charlie Adam had cancelled out Jordan Willis’ opener but Sky Bet League Two outfit Coventry outfought and outfoxed Stoke at the Ricoh Arena.Doncaster Rovers 0-1 RochdaleCalvin Andrew’s first-half goal was enough to send Rochdale into the FA Cup fourth round after a 1-0 win at Doncaster.Andrew headed home in the 18th minute as Dale gained revenge on Rovers for a 2-0 League One defeat at the Keepmoat Stadium only last Friday.It was Andrew’s fourth goal of the season as the striker glanced home Joseph Bunney’s wicked free-kick from the left.Exeter City 0-2 West Bromwich AlbionAlan Pardew claimed his first win as West Brom manager with a 2-0 FA Cup victory at Exeter.First-half goals from Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez secured Albion’s safe passage to the fourth round and gave Pardew a first win in nine games since succeeding Tony Pulis at the end of November.Albion could even afford the luxury of a Hal Robson-Kanu penalty miss just before half-time, the Welshman sending his tame attempt too close to Exeter goalkeeper Christy Pym.West Brom had gone 21 games without a win since beating Accrington in the Carabao Cup in August.Fulham 0-1 SouthamptonSouthampton eased the pressure on manager Mauricio Pellegrino with a deserved 1-0 victory at Fulham in the third round of the FA Cup.The club slipped to 17th in the Premier League on Tuesday after losing 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace in what was their ninth fixture without victory.Championship Fulham had also won their previous four games at Craven Cottage, increasing the potential threat involved for an out-of-form side, but they instead progressed to the competition’s next stage with a James Ward-Prowse goal.Ipswich Town 0-1 Sheffield UnitedNathan Thomas’ first-half goal earned Sheffield United a 1-0 FA Cup third-round win at Ipswich.Thomas’ superb long-range effort in the 25th minute which flew into the top corner extended Ipswich’s miserable recent record in the competition.The hosts have not won an FA Cup match since January 2010 and did not like ending that run on Saturday, failing to record a shot on goal in the 90 minutes.Millwall 4-1 BarnsleyAiden O’Brien fired Millwall into the fourth round of the FA Cup as his brace inspired Neil Harris’ side to a 4-1 win over 10-man Barnsley.After the visitors had gone ahead early on, the game turned during a 20-minute spell either side of half time, as O’Brien scored two goals and created another while Joe Williams saw red to remove any hope of a comeback.Fred Onyedinma added a fourth to make sure as Millwill ended a run of five straight defeats against Barnsley in emphatic fashion.Newcastle United 3-1 Luton TownAyoze Perez set Premier League Newcastle on their way into the FA Cup fourth round as they launched a first-half blitz to see off battling Luton 3-1.Perez struck twice from close range before Jonjo Shelvey helped himself to a third inside nine minutes to send the Magpies in at the break in compete control.The League Two leaders launched a concerted second-half fightback after Danny Hylton had replied four minutes into the second half and then seen a second ruled out for offside, before substitute Elliot Lee rattled the crossbar with a curling free-kick.But despite the impressive onslaught, Rafael Benitez’s men saw the game through to complete a more than satisfactory festive programme.Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Milton Keynes DonsOusseynou Cisse scored the winning goal as League One’s MK Dons knocked Sky Bet Championship side QPR out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory at Loftus Road.Cisse scored on the hour mark courtesy of a farcical mistake by Rs midfielder Josh Scowen.Scowen chased a misplaced pass from team-mate Grant Hall and by nudging the ball away from the right-hand touchline in order to keep it in play, he inadvertently sent Cisse through on goal.Cisse took full advantage, shooting beyond keeper Alex Smithies and into the far corner of the net – the Mali international’s first goal in English football.Stevenage 0-0 ReadingOut of form Sky Bet Championship side Reading are now seven games without a win after they were held to a 0-0 draw by League Two’s Stevenage in the FA Cup third round.Watford 3-0 Bristol CityTroy Deeney’s diving header snuffed out any threat of an upset as Watford eased past giant-killers Bristol City 3-0 and into the FA Cup fourth round.Captain Deeney toasted his return from a four-match ban with his third goal of the campaign, adding to Andre Carrillo’s drilled strike and Etienne Capoue’s neat finish.Bristol were unable to repeat the heroics that saw them dispatch Manchester United 2-1 on December 20 to reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals, amid a clinical Hornets performance.Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Swansea CityWolves were unable to claim another Premier League scalp in the FA Cup as their third round tie against Swansea at Molineux finished goalless and 10 aside.Wanderers have an impressive record against top-flight opposition in the past 12 months, having won at Stoke and Liverpool in the FA Cup last season. Nuno Espirito Santo’s runaway Championship leaders have also beaten Southampton this campaign in the Carabao Cup and took Manchester City all the way to penalties in the same competition.Hopes were high in the Black Country that they could add Swansea to that list of victims and Wolves did have the better chances to score, until their momentum was interrupted by Ruben Vinagre’s red card five minutes before half time.Swansea came into the game a bit more thereafter but they were also reduced in number after 67 minutes when Leroy Fer was sent off.Neither team could make a breakthrough and they will replay at the Liberty Stadium later this month.Wycombe Wanderers 1-5 Preston North EndJosh Harrop and Alan Browne both scored twice as Preston crushed Wycombe 5-1 at Adams Park in an FA Cup third round tie they controlled almost from start to finish.Yeovil Town 2-0 Bradford CitySouthampton loanee Marcus Barnes had a debut to remember for Yeovil as he scored in a 2-0 FA Cup third-round victory upset against Bradford.The Glovers were the stronger side in the first half and Bradford had to put bodies on the line as Matt Kilgallon chested a fiercely-struck Tom James half-volley away inside the six-yard box.The visitors improved after the break but it was Yeovil who made the breakthrough on 61 minutes. Otis Khan played in Barnes one-on-one on the counter and the man who only joined on Friday coolly slotted in. talkSPORT’s round-up of Saturday’s FA Cup action 1
Tottenham line up bid for West Ham star who was labelled a ‘monster’ by Mourinho Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Juventus are prepared to offer Manchester United THREE players – including Paulo Dybala – to bring Paul Pogba back to Turin 3 talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Tuesday’s papers and online… The Gunners were also linked with an interest in 25-year-old Juventus defender Daniele Rugani – but Wolves have made a £30m bid for the Italy international. (The Times)Liverpool winger Harry Wilson is set to join Bournemouth in a season-long loan deal, following his success in the Championship with Derby County last season. (Daily Mail)Leicester City will NOT sign Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake in this transfer window, with the Cherries valuing the 24-year-old at more than £75m. (Sky Sports)Norwich City are interested in 29-year-old Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mail) Everton have put together a package of £100m plus TWO players to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. Turkey forward Cenk Tosun and Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy, both 28, have reportedly been offered to the Eagles. (The Sun)Laurent Koscielny has left Arsenal to join Bordeaux in a £4.6million deal – FULL STORYArsenal have now turned their attention to RB Leipzig’s 20-year-old French centre-back Dayot Upamecano. (Daily Mirror) GETTY Dayot Upamecano, 20, is a target for Arsenal as they look to replace captain Laurent Koscielny LATEST LATEST TRANSFER NEWS AND GOSSIP Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham all want to sign Philippe Coutinho will Barcelona agreeing to loan out the midfielder – FULL STORYWayne Rooney has agreed an 18-month deal with Derby County to join as a player-coach in January 2020 – FULL STORYJuventus are preparing to offer THREE players in a stunning swap deal to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Juve are reportedly willing to give United Paulo Dybala, Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi in exchange for the World Cup winner. (Daily Mirror)Meanwhile, Manchester United are said to be close to signing Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen, after Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes made it clear he would prefer to join Spurs over the Red Devils. (AS)Spurs are preparing for European clubs to make cut-price bids for midfielder Eriksen if the 27-year-old is not sold before Thursday’s Premier League transfer deadline. (Daily Telegraph) Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LIVING THE DREAM target three-way race Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 3 moving on TOP WORK 3 getty Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing targets targets
Share This!Disney’s Wilderness Lodge always has an impressive lobby Christmas tree (soon to be installed) and new this year is the addition of a gingerbread log-style cabin. The cabin is currently under construction, but you can get a good sense of its size and shape from the photos below.The cabin is not nearly as large as the Grand Floridian gingerbread house or as elaborate as the Beach Club gingerbread carousel, but the petite rustic charm here is just right for the setting.While there is no signage for this yet, we can all but guarantee that the cabin will soon be flanked by a table selling gingerbread shingles and other delicious holiday treats. Stay tuned! Photos: Christina Harrison
Marié Botha believes she is impacting South Africa’s economy and tackling social issues with her career. (Images: Supplied)Marié Botha is one of just a handful South Africans who has met Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon. It was a meeting that might not have happened if she had not decided to change her career field when she was at university.In her first semester in her first year, Botha recalls, she made a life-changing decision to turn to science. Looking back years later, she is grateful that she is a professional in this industry, because she believes she is making a difference to South Africa’s growth and development.Botha, who grew up in Pretoria, is a researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), a leading scientific and technology research, development and implementation organisation in Africa. “The CSIR is committed to supporting innovation in South Africa to improve national competitiveness in the global economy,” it explains.She was studying business commerce at the University of Stellenbosch, which she enjoyed, Botha says, when she was bitten by the science bug. “During my first year the realisation dawned on me of how much more the science field could offer, and how you could develop your own personal interest to really impact on the South African economy and its society.”GETTING STARTEDIn 2006, Botha completed her Bachelor of Commerce honours in logistics management; she went on to receive her Masters of Science in the field in 2008. “I graduated in 2006, started work in 2007. I did my Masters in my first year of work,” she says.“I got this incredible opportunity to start my career at the CSIR, as well as further my studies. This I have to attribute to my parents, who took the time to expose me to the absolutely incredible organisation that the CSIR is.”Botha started her career at the organisation as a researcher in the field of operations research, logistics and quantitative methods. From there, she moved to supply chain management, lean manufacturing and the aerospace industry.The 32-year-old explains that the decision to change career fields also had to do with the science field being stimulating and unpredictable. “It also afforded me the opportunity to further my academic qualification and my career development on a continuous basis.”Botha got involved in managing the supplier development programme for the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI). The main focus of the initiative is enabling and co-ordinating industry to be integrated into global supply chains.She has authored numerous scientific papers and developed strategies for the aerospace and non-aerospace industries. In addition, Botha is a member of the International Astronautical Federation’s Workforce Development for Young Professionals Committee and the Royal Aeronautical Society. She also serves on the council for the Aeronautical Society of South Africa.As the manager of the aerospace and composites initiatives, Botha runs a small and highly effective team of what she calls “a dedicated technical and administrative staff with support from other functions within the CSIR”.“My main responsibilities are to manage the Department of Trade and Industry’s Aerospace Industry Support Initiative, as well as the Department of Science and Technology‘s composites initiatives,” she explains.“I am also the key account manager for CSIR aerospace, which requires me to co-ordinate the internal CSIR aerospace functions.” With this profile she liaises with local and international aerospace organisations and companies.“International colleagues are intrigued by our history, our journey and our people, and in my field of work, how we managed to achieve the technological excellence we have.”SOUTH AFRICA’S ACHIEVEMENTSBotha says the South African industry has a strong history based on excellence through products such as the Rooivalk helicopter, the Seeker unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and the SumbandilaSat.Work in the industry in South African currently ranges from research and development institutions and manufacturers that supply directly to Airbus’s A350 and A400M programmes, among others, to a large defence industry as well as a network of small medium and micro enterprises supplying these organisations.“The main benefit of the industry to address the societal needs of South Africa is assisting with safety and security. This is obtained through the obvious defence applications, but also through additional not-as-evident cases such as UAVs safeguarding our borders, or even assisting with [curbing] rhino poaching.“The aerospace sector also assists with food security through crop management by satellite remote sensing, utilising satellite data to monitor natural fires, and developing an early warning system to assist with preventing and fighting these fires.”Aerospace is a key element in the government’s industrialisation strategy, she explains. “As such, our work contributes to the Department of Trade and Industry’s Industrial Policy Action Plan. This focuses on key areas to boost the country’s industrialisation capacity and participating economic base.”And one job created in an advanced manufacturing industry creates multiple additional jobs, she adds. “In doing so, a major societal benefit to South Africans is indirectly addressed.”Marié Botha says it was such an honour to meet Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon.PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTSBotha is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. In 2014, she received the Collaboration Award and in 2012, she was received the Outstanding Contribution by a Team Award. She also received the Promising Young Researcher Award in 2008.Golden Key is the world’s largest honour society, connecting high-achieving individuals globally. The society focuses on academic excellence, leadership development and community service.About her meeting with Aldrin, Botha says it was an incredible experience. “It was a humbling experience meeting and talking to such a science icon, discussing South Africa, and its impact and future growth. I now have the photo of a lifetime.”