‘Brave’ Man City youngster praised after Saddlers win

first_imgWalsall boss Sean O’Driscoll has praised the maturity of Manchester City youngster George Evans and wants to extend his loan deal.Evans, 21, was signed by O’Driscoll’s predecessor Dean Smith and played a key role as the Saddlers knocked Smith’s new side Brentford out of the FA Cup.It is the third League One loan spell for Evans, who has spent time at Crewe and Scunthorpe, and the Walsall boss is impressed with his attitude.He said: “A lot of kids at his age don’t play any [first-team] football.“Sometimes they turn their nose up at League One because they all want to play in the Championship or the Premier Division, but this is a difficult league to play in.“I think the more they get experience of it the better they become. He took a brave decision and that’s a sign of maturity which will stand him in good stead for his career.”O’Driscoll was pleased with the result at Griffin Park, which secured Walsall’s place in the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in 10 years, but admitted they were indebted to keeper Neil Etheridge for a clean sheet.He said: “I thought we were clever with what we did, especially in the first half.“We got a goal, something to hang on to, and we were grateful to the goalkeeper in the end.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

RED Door opens for small business

first_img21 February 2006The Western Cape’s RED Door initiative for developing small business in the province has grown to 10 centres – including one mobile centre – that offer budding entrepreneurs a range of services to help them get new businesses off the ground.The Real Enterprise Development initiative, or RED Door, aims to harness the entrepreneurial drive of unemployed and self-employed South Africans. The concept is supported by international research revealing the power of the small business sector to reduce unemployment.The first RED Door offices were opened in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain in November 2004. Since then, seven other RED Doors have opened across the Western Cape: in Atlantis, Beaufort West, Hermanus, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Paarl and Vredenberg.And on 20 February, the first mobile RED Door was launched in Cape Town. The unit travels between the Bellville Interchange, Sivuyile College and the Wynberg Library, taking the RED Door’s services to people, such as those with disabilities, who don’t know about, or have difficulty reaching, the stationary offices.The provincial government plans to have 30 RED Doors across the province by 2007, for which it has budgeted in the region of R110-million. Whether or not some of these are mobile units will depend on the success of the first mobile unit, which is running as a pilot project for six months.The RED Door is a one-stop shop for new and existing businesses looking for help and advice, from the most basic to the most sophisticated.Business mentors and advisers speaking Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa offer a range of support, including help with writing a business plan, identifying weak areas in a business, accessing finance, finding accountants and lawyers, taking advantage of government incentives and tenders, improving general business skills and learning how to import and export.Going through the RED Door also means getting access to the internet, to a growing network of business service providers, and occasional use of small conference facilities.Since November 2004, the RED Door project has helped small business owners win tenders worth about R11-million.Delegates to the World Economic Forum’s Africa Economic Summit paid a visit to Khayelitsha’s RED Door in June 2005.Speaking during the visit, Haiko Alfeld, the WEF’s director for Africa, said that while small enterprises were an important driver of growth and poverty reduction in Africa, “many small businesses face serious constraints to growth, including the lack of access to capital, business skills and information, infrastructure and technology.“The RED Door concept perhaps offers a way out of this logjam,” Alfeld said. “We have heard very good news about this concept, and wanted our delegates to experience it first-hand.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

‘Confident’ Rene Catalan vows to beat Yoshitaka Naito

first_img“Definitely, this is the toughest and biggest match of my career,” said Catalan, who has the edge in striking but is also ready the moment Naito takes the fight to the ground. “Naito is a former world champion, well-experienced and we all know how dangerous he is on the mat, but I’m confident with my skills and I will do whatever it takes to win and get my title shot.”“I’ve been training for these kinds of guys for so long, and I’ve been training hard almost everyday.” he said. “I feel good and confident about this match. I will win in Yangon and put myself closer to my dream of becoming a world champion.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCatalan is still going strong at 40. In fact, he claims to be coming off “one of the best” training camps he’s had.“This is definitely one of the best camps I had, which is just in time for the most important match of my career,” he said. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Rene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino Rene Catalan vows to win ahead of the biggest fight of his career against former strawweight world champion Yoshitaka Naito of Japan in ONE: Reign of Valor on Friday in Yangon, Myanmar.Catalan is putting his five-match winning streak on the line against Naito, who is eager to bounce back from a tough loss at the hands of another Filipino in Joshua Pacio six months ago.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Depleted UST stuns La Salle in 3 sets for share of 3rd spot Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View commentslast_img read more