Man United transfer news: Seven players who could be leaving Old Trafford

first_img 6. Will Keane – Keane scored the first goal of the Mourinho era against Wigan, but, like Wilson, he has fallen down the list of forwards at United’s disposal. At 23 years old, it is likely any move away from the club will now be a permanent one. 7 7 5. Andreas Pereira – Pereira scored against Wigan in preseason but Mourinho has made it clear he is not in his first-team plans just yet. Pereira could be sent out on loan to gain some Premier League experience, but looks like he could make an impact at the club in the future. 2. Adnan Januzaj – Januzaj was once hailed as the heir apparent to Ryan Giggs after he was handed the Welshman’s iconic no.11 jersey. However, after an unsuccessful loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, the Belgian is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. David Moyes is keen to bring him to Sunderland and there is also interest from the likes of AC Milan, but Januzaj is eager to make his exit permanent, rather than another loan deal. 7 7 Paddy McNair and Donald Love both left Manchester United for Sunderland this week as Jose Mourinho begins to trim his first team squad ahead of the new season.Following the signing of Paul Pogba for a world record fee of £89m, Mourinho spoke of having his desired squad size of 23 players, including the goalkeepers.His next job is to cut the rest of his squad, with anyone not included in that 23 at risk of being sold.But which players not in the 23 could be on their way out of Old Trafford, either on loan or permanently?Click the arrow above, right, as talkSPORT looks at seven squad members whose time as a Red Devil could be over. 7 1. Bastian Schweinsteiger – click the arrow, right, to see who else could be on their way out of Old Trafford – Schweinsteiger has been banished from the first team and forced to train with the under 23s as Mourinho looks to move the 32-year-old on from the club. The former Germany captain has yet to speak out on the situation but Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has accused the United boss of a lack of respect. Schweinsteiger is thought to be attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs however. 7 7 3. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – Despite a fantastic breakthrough season under Louis van Gaal, Borthwick-Jackson could be sent out on loan as it appears Mourinho favours Marcos Rojo as Luke Shaw’s back up. 7. Timothy Fosu-Mensah – Like Borthwick-Jackson. Fosu-Mensah made a positive start to his United career at right back, but he is also capable at centre back and defensive midfield. However, despite moving to the shirt number 24, he too could be sent out to gain more experience, with Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian ahead of him for the right back spot. 4. James Wilson – Wilson has not been handed a squad number this season which suggests he is on his way out of the club after being taken over in the pecking order by Marcus Rashford. Birmingham and Fulham are leading the chase for the Englishman but it could just be another loan deal after he spent the end of last season at Brighton. last_img read more

Trade, not aid, say youth

first_imgDr Petrus de Kock of Brand South Africa, left, with Minister Alexander Stubb of Finland. Mandela foundation CEO Achmat Dangor urged Africa’syoung people to make the future their own.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Leo MakgamatheBrand South Africa+27 11 483 0122RELATED ARTICLES• Pupils get a lesson on dignity• Empowering young people in SA• All aboard the Youth Express• Rewarding youth excellenceJanine ErasmusSouthern Africa is hosting a business delegation led by the Finnish minister of European affairs and foreign trade, Alexander Stubb. The emphasis of the trip is to promote exports and boost Finnish businesses already operating in Southern Africa, while looking for new opportunities.Stubb and his delegation are currently in Windhoek, Namibia. In South Africa they visited Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town, where they met Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus and the ministers of transport and higher education, among others.The visit was put together by global organisation Finpro, which promotes and supports Finnish companies in international markets, including South Africa. The company’s local offices are in Johannesburg.Other members of the delegation include Jussi Pajunen, the mayor of Helsinki, and representatives from the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Nokia Siemens Networks, and the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, among others.In Cape Town, the delegation took part in Helsinki Meets Cape Town, an event with a focus on the Mother City as the world design capital 2014 – Helsinki had this honour in 2012. The event is expected to provide more opportunities for partnerships between the two countries through a series of workshops, discussions and social gatherings where experiences from 2012 were shared whilst building anticipation for 2014.Other participants in the Cape Town event included Finpro, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Aalto University, and Finnish and local companies.South Africa is one of Finland’s top trading partners outside the OECD countries, a 34-nation group known as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. In terms of imports and exports, the country is Finland’s biggest trade partner in Africa.Trade is also growing between Finland and Namibia, with the annual value of Finnish exports to Namibia standing at about US$3.2-million (R28-million) over the last few years.From alienation to cooperationIn Johannesburg Stubb visited the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, which is currently undergoing renovations that will see the premises, originally Mandela’s post-presidential office, turned into a public facility with a library, discussion venue, permanent exhibition and state-of-the-art archive for the hundreds of priceless items held there.At a gathering later the same day, Stubb and his delegation took part in a discussion with the theme Africa-European economic relations: from alienation to cooperation.The dialogue was facilitated by Brand South Africa, with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, as part of Brand South Africa’s Shape the Future initiative. A number of students, among them Mandela Rhodes scholars, were also present.“There has been another shift in world politics,” said Stubb, explaining that the first major shifts came after the Second World War and the end of the Cold War. “Now we have a multipolar world, with numerous blocs such as Brics, the G8, G20, Old Russia, Southeast Asia, and so we have to adapt our trade and foreign policies accordingly. I welcome this.”The makeup of the global economy is also changing, said Stubb – currently the US contributes 23%, China contributes 10% and Africa just 2%, but this will change. The world won’t always be dominated by the West.“South Africa is one of the EU’s strategic partners, and Africa is the place where the future lies,” he said. “We in the West need to understand this.”But Africa has historically been alienated from the West because of the policies of interaction driven by paternalism, exploitation and colonialism, whereas they should be driven by cooperation.“We need to link Africa and Europe with what I call a dignified foreign policy,” Stubb asserted. “One that does not have conditions attached or that is driven by the country’s own agenda.”It’s up to the youthThe topic of conversation then turned to Africa’s young people.“Within 10 years, 60% of Africans will be under the age of 35,” said Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “These are the people in which we need to invest – they literally have the future in their hands.”He said that Africans themselves must create an enabling environment for proper investment from the West and the accountable use of funding, but this means that Africans need to change the way they view themselves, so that developed nations will follow suit.“It would be wrong for us to turn away development aid,” said Dangor. “We don’t have 60 years to build up a strong regional bloc, like the EU had.”It’s up to young people to take the lead, he said.Stubb agreed, saying that he personally believed that leaders should not hang on to their posts for decades, but should relinquish them within a reasonable time so that the government does not grow stale and that young ideas are always available.Invest in us, say young peopleYoung Africans at the event then took the floor, identifying several issues that, they felt, were holding the continent back.Among these were the perceived lack of capacity for efficient project and financial management in governments; the fact that foreign aid has, in some cases, had a negative effect because it has not been managed properly or has been used as a political tool; and the continuing conflicts in many countries, which hamper young people and prevent them from becoming empowered.The issue of corruption was also raised, with some saying that all the education in the world won’t help if leaders are taking backhanders from overseas.“What can the EU do for African youth in these matters?” they asked.Impressed that Africa’s young people were so insightful and aware of the challenges facing them, Stubb promised to take their concerns to heart once he was back home. In the meantime he named certain lessons that his own country had learned, sometimes the hard way, which he felt could work in the African context too.“When we went into recession in the 1990s, we had to rethink our policies,” he said. “We poured money into education and research and development, especially in ICT – this has led to the dominance of companies such as Nokia, although that is not so much the case today. So we have to reinvent again. We are now interested in clean technology and sustainable development.”Investment in humanities and human capacity was a solution put forward by many – “invest in our education, in science, in the exchange of ideas,” said one attendee.This is the challenge of the next generation, said Dangor – to create an environment where allies such as Finland will feel comfortable to have dealings.Although there wasn’t enough time to properly unpack all the issues and put forward suggestions to tackle them, the evening’s facilitator, Petrus de Kock of Brand South Africa, promised that there would be follow-up dialogues.last_img read more

South Africa remembers Nelson Mandela

first_img19 November 2014 Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula launches the Unite4Mandela campaign. (Image: Unite4Mandela)Several events to remember Nelson Mandela are lined up as 5 December, the day the world icon passed away, approaches.On Saturday, 22 November, the Union Buildings in Pretoria will host a Departments of Arts and Culture Unite 2.0 campaign in honour of Mandela. The event will include 67 artists and comedians who will entertain thousands of people expected to flock to Union Buildings on the day.Music concertThe Union Buildings’ South Lawns will host a music concert featuring some of South Africa’s greatest artists. Crowds will be entertained by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lira, the Parlotones, Kurt Darren, the Mahotella Queens, Zakes Bantwini, Sibongile Khumalo, AKA, Beatenberg, Sifiso Ncwane, Naima Mclean, Phuzekhemisi, Zahara, Karen Zoid, Desmond and the Tutus, Zandile Mzazi, Supreme I Crew, Botlhale, Kryptonite, Gcina Mhlope, Di Tswina Tsa Ngwao and Mzwake Mbuli.The free concert starts at 12noon and will run until 7pm.Speaking about the arts and culture program, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said his department has been delegated with the special responsibility to lead and coordinate programs on nation building and social cohesion.“We believe this event contributes to the significant initiative to uphold the legacy and promote the values of the late former President and international icon, Tat’ uNelson Mandela. As Arts and Culture, we are privileged to have leadership role and appreciate our partnership with Sports and Recreation,’ he said.Sporting activitiesOn top of the musical and comedy entertainment, this year’s affair will include sporting activities including a cycling and athletics competitions. Amateur and professional sportsmen are welcome to enter the athletics competitions which will be graced by #Unite4Mandela ambassadors including Comrades Marathon legend Bruce Fordyce; Ironman and 1991 Comrades winner Nick Bester; and 2012 and 2014 Comrades Marathon winners Ludwick Mamabolo and Bongumusa Mthembu.The prize monies for the 27km road race will also be as attractive. Both male and female winners of the race will pocket R150 000, with those coming in second getting R100 000 and third place winners will walk away with R50 000. On the other hand, the winner of the 9.4km run will receive R40 000, while the 9.4km walk winner will get R20 000.The 27km road run will start at 6.30am, the 9.4km race starts at 6.45am and the 5km Fun Walk will start at 7am. The Union buildings will be the starting point for all these races.The cycling competition will see professional cyclists like Daryl Impey, Chris Froome and Cherise Stander enter the fray to compete with TV personalities, politicians, comedians and musicians for top honours. This race will start off at Loftus Stadium at 6am and finish the Union Buildings.The 67km cycling race winners, in both male and female categories, will receive a whopping R250 000, second-placed riders will get R150 000, while third-place riders will pocket R100 000.Nelson Mandela Legacy CupThen there is the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup taking place on 5 December at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. On this occasion, the Blue Label Telecoms Proteas will clash with the Springboks T20 match.Organised by the Cricket South Africa (CSA), the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the South African Rugby Union (SARU), proceeds of the match will go to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The Proteas and Springbok team management have promised to play their best available players on the day.Everybody will cherish last year’s match between the Proteas and Springboks in Cape Town when a sell-out crowd enjoyed the rivalry between these two national teams, according to CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “With this match eagerly anticipated by sports fans around the country, we are expecting the same enjoyment from fans who make their way to the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium,’ he said.Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU said the passing of Madiba affected all South Africans and left the nation with a duty to continue his legacy.“He worked tirelessly to bring people together from different communities and in a small way this sporting celebration of his contribution to South Africa does that in a symbolic way. The fact that a donation will be made to his Foundation is our contribution to continuing that work.“The Springboks really enjoyed last year’s encounter and I know that meetings of the selectors have already taken place,’ said Roux.It will not only be cricket only on the day. though. Fans will be entertained by top local artists and fans will be afforded a chance to collect some rare autographs from their favourite players. For those feeling lucky, they can enter the popular Hit a Six competition which be held after the match.Tickets for the T20 match are available from the Ticketpros website and range from R90 to R200.Nelson Mandela ChallengeOn 30 November, the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge featuring high-riding Bafana Bafana and a guest national team take place at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. This year Bafana Bafana will play host to West African giants Ivory Coast and kickoff time has been set at 3pm.Initiated in 1994 when South Africa attained democracy, the Nelson Mandela Challenge is an annual football tournament aimed at raising money for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. In 2013 Bafana Bafana played Nigeria and lost the match 0-2 to the Super Eagles.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Boks’ history against Rugby World Cup group rivals

first_imgSouth Africa’s pool B opponents have been called lightweights and easy pickings, but the Springboks know they should not take any of them for granted. Each side has their own strengths and the Boks will need to be at their best. We take a look at South Africa’s records against each of their group opponents. Note that all fixtures are South African standard time.For more on the Springboks, check out:Rugby’s full story: the Springbok Experience Rugby MuseumSouth Africa’s Rugby World Cup journeySouth African ref to kick off Rugby World Cup Click to view larger imagelast_img

Are there reasons to be optimistic for corn prices?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCThe last USDA report lowered export demand by 75 million bushels, most likely due to the anticipated large corn crops in South America and Ukraine. Unlike the U.S. though, these countries lack adequate storage, which means their corn is priced to move when it is harvested and it will compete with U.S. supply.The USDA also reduced the ethanol grind by 25 million. The recent price set-back, could help ethanol plants’ margins and allow for the grind to remain steady going forward.On a positive note, feed usage wasn’t reduced any further in this report. Some say the long cold winter is causing lower feed efficiency, so some expect feed demand to be adjusted higher down the road. While others in the trade think the much lower wheat prices will encourage end users to replace corn with more wheat in the rations. I’m not sure this will happen though, given wheat’s relatively good carry and strong basis most of the year will keep much of the wheat out of feed.Another positive note from the USDA report was world stock levels for corn were slightly lower. It’s probably not enough to move the market, but at least it wasn’t more negative news.Farmers seem to be tired of talking about the markets. The 3-month sideways market was boring to watch, and the recent 22-cent drop in the last 2 weeks has caused many farmers to just stop watching the market and tune everything out. Many farmers are waiting, hoping a solution eventually presents itself. I too am frustrated and wish I had more sold.Current prices are inconsistent with last year. One year ago, July corn was trading $4, despite a potential 2-billion-bushel carryout. This year with a now 1.8 billion carryout, July futures are trading $3.73. Maybe the market was a little too high last year, and now it may be a little too low.The continued lack of a trade deal is frustrating. Many farmers thought the trade war would be over by now, but there is a sense it could take a long time, maybe until Christmas for a deal to be made. Some say it’s just a matter of time before a deal is made, but no one really knows. That uncertainty is putting downward pressure on prices as some traders are worried about the world economy as the trade deal wears on.While futures prices have dropped below the recent tight range, corn basis has rallied 8 to 10 cents at most end users across the country. This signifies farmers are generally not selling at these lower futures values. While this doesn’t mean a guaranteed rally, it does mean farmers are likely waiting for better prices or at least until more is known about the ’19 crop before they sell the rest of their ’18 crop. Without a futures rally the basis is likely to continue to work higher.There are certainly a lot of unknowns in the corn market right now. Some may have a bigger effect on futures prices than others, but all have the potential to impact prices either higher or lower. Here are just a few of them:Trade with or without China will remain a huge topicSpring weather and if the crop is planted on timeSummer weather and if the crop will be at or above trendline yieldThe number of acres of corn planted by the U.S. farmer this yearAsian Swine Flu or some other disease slowing world feed demandThe world economy and the value of the dollar.Right now, I’m sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what we know in another month. Please email [email protected] with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.last_img read more

Fleming dismisses reports to coach India after World Cup

first_imgFormer New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has dismissed reports about him succeeding Gary Kirsten as the coach of the Indian team after the World Cup in the sub-continent.The New Zealand Herald quoted Fleming as saying that coaching isn’t an important part of his life at the moment.Rumours were rife that the IPL team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach would take over the reins of the national team from Kirsten once the South African’s contract expires after the quadrennial event.Fleming, a veteran of 111 Tests and 280 ODIs, said that cricket is only important for him two to three months a year when he’s looking after the CSK in the IPL.He said he is enjoying his career in business and has made a commitment to spending more time with his family.- With PTI inputslast_img