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Monaco royal couple meets with Zuma

first_img7 July 2011 There was a light-hearted atmosphere on Wednesday when South African President Jacob Zuma and his wife Thobeka Mabhija briefly hosted the Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco. Zuma met with the royal Monaco couple at the King’s House presidential residence in Durban for a “courtesy call”. There was no time for questions, as Prince Albert had to rush back to the International Olympic Committee meeting to vote for the 2018 Winter Olympic hosts, which eventually went to Pyeongchang. “As we all know that the Prince is here as part of the International Olympic Committee, but also because of the programme that could not allow me to attend the royal wedding, I felt that I should invite them,” said Zuma. Prince Albert was pleased to be in the city: “Durban is very close to Charlene’s heart, so it’s great that I have the chance to get to know it. It has been an incredible pleasure and really momentous. It’s a wonderful coincidence that the 123rd IOC conference happening at the time of our visit.” Zuma was delighted to spend time with “a very important couple, a very fresh couple who have just been married. “We have had a wonderful time, though the time was short,” Zuma said. “We’ve had a good discussion about a number of things, including understanding Monaco, because it is quite a unique country.” There were no words from Princess Charlene, who smiled graciously throughout the media briefing. “The internationally acclaimed wedding also served as a happy signal of the nature of the close and warm relations between South Africa and Monaco,” Zuma said. The President reaffirmed South Africa’s commitment to building on the positive foundation that exists with the tiny European principality. The royal couple will host a gala dinner for around 450 guests at Durban’s exclusive Oyster Box on Thursday. Zuma joked with reporters that they couldn’t attend the Monaco wedding, but he had brought the couple to King’s House to give the media a chance to see them. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Wet weather pattern into spring

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The wet pattern arrived this fall and continues. It has resulted in flooding and harvest delays.It does look like for the rest of November it remains colder than normal with only light precipitation events every few days. However, it will not be cold enough to freeze the ground and make better traction for equipment in the fields.For winter and spring, it looks wetter than normal. Temperatures will trend from warmer than normal to start winter in December to slightly colder than normal by late winter into spring.This is all based on the current La Nina advisory that the NOAA Climate Prediction Center has issued.http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/enso_advisory/ensodisc.pdfhttp://www.cpc.noaa.gov/For the next two weeks, rainfall will average 1-2 inches with most of that coming after Dec. 1.last_img read more

Cuadrado still has not fully recovered

first_imgJuventus will be facing AC Milan in the battle for the Coppa Italia on Wednesday and will need to bring all their guns to the fight as the game will be held in Rome.Mario Mandzukic and Mattia De Sciglio are certainly going to be part of the starting squad since they both completed two full training sessions recently with their teammates.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.De Sciglio sustained a foot injury at the game with Real Madrid on the 11th of April and returned to full training just yesterday, raising concerns if he will be fully present and ready to take on his former club on Wednesday.“At the beginning the pain was increasing every day. I still feel pain now but I try not to think about it. I try to help the team. I am happy, I hope we can win as much trophies as possible now,” Cuadrado, on the other side shared, according to Calcio Mercato, after recently returning following a groin surgery which he underwent in January.last_img read more

Pepe Reina eyes improvements at AC Milan

first_imgAC Milan new signing Pepe Reina is “looking forward” to integrating into the club and hopes that they will be able to build on their results from last seasonThe veteran goalkeeper joined from Serie A rivals Napoli on a free transfer earlier this month and has travelled with his new teammates to America, where they will be participating in the International Champions Cup.Reina had a successful spell at Napoli, whom he joined in a loan deal from Liverpool in 2013 and won the Coppa Italia that season, before rejoining the Light Blues on a permanent deal in the summer of 2015 from Bayern Munich.And three years later with 153 appearances under his belt, Reina chose to end his stay at Napoli in favour of joining Milan after coming so close to winning the Serie A last season.The 35-year-old told the club website: “I’m very happy. I’m really looking forward to adapting to the team quickly and contribute. I want to improve and help the team to become even stronger and overcome what was achieved last year.Reina’s experience will undoubtedly prove to be an invaluable asset for Milan alongside their teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and his 28-year-old brother Antonio Donnarumma.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I already had a good relationship with both before (the Donnarummas). It will be a fun year. All three of us feel we are number one. We are in a very important Club: we will all give our best, then coach Gattuso will decide,” he said.Reina could make his debut for Milan on Thursday in their first game of their US tour against Manchester United.Pepe Reina arrives at Milanello just in time to join the #DevilsInUSA! [email protected] per la prima volta a Milanello, pronto a volare con noi negli Stati Uniti! ?? ¡Bienvenido al equipo, Pepe! ?⚫#weareacmilan pic.twitter.com/SPozJoe76b— AC Milan (@acmilan) July 22, 2018last_img read more

Mark van Bommel relishing Inter Milan derby in Champions League

first_imgPSV Eindhoven boss Mark van Bommel is looking to a mini-derby ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Inter Milan in the Champions LeagueThe 41-year-old former midfielder enjoyed a successful two-year spell at AC Milan between 2010 and 2012, which saw them dethrone Inter to the Serie A title in his first season.But Van Bommel was also a part of the Bayern Munich team that lost 2-0 to Inter in the 2010 Champions League Final.Which is evidently something that still haunts him to this day.“I lost the Champions League Final to Inter in 2010,” said Van Bommel on Football-Italia.“Facing them with PSV is special. It’ll be a small derby for me. It’s been eight years since that night in Madrid, but it still hurts.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Mourinho’s Inter were tactically perfect. But when I joined Milan in January 2011, I took my revenge.“We beat Inter 3-0 in the derby, went five points clear of them and won the Scudetto at the end of the season.”Van Bommel was announced as Phillip Cocu’s replacement at PSV this summer in his first ever senior level managerial role.The Dutchman has impressed observers in the role with PSV having won all seven of their Eredivisie games to date.last_img read more

We will be fine Mark Noble

first_imgThe West Ham United captain says his team will be okay and could finish as high as seventh place in the English Premier LeagueFor West Ham United captain Mark Noble, the English Premier League is very difficult, but he thinks his club could end up in the top part of the table.“I think the league is so tight. Apart from really the top six that are going to run away, I think the rest of us are in a battle for between 13th and ninth, or probably a little bit higher – maybe seventh – so we will see,” he said to Sky Sports.“As long as we keep winning games, we will be fine. After the tough start we had, we had a lot of people saying – which you get – a lot of negative comments.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“But I think the way we are playing football now and way we are taking the game to teams as well – Chelsea at home and Manchester United at home – we played fantastic in those games,” he added.“Not at all really. As long as the team is winning. It is a long season, we have so many games. It doesn’t fuss me at all.”“Obviously I’m not injured, so I train every day and obviously I miss the games, but that’s the price you pay when you make tackles and you play the game the way I do,” he commented.“You are going to mistime a tackle sooner or later and I did that.”last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo will  be on bench tomorrow– Juventus coach reveals

first_imgJuventus face Atalanta on Boxing Day in Bergamo for the first time after 47 years.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that Portuguese star International Cristiano Ronaldo will not be featured in the clash on Boxing Day but will watch the match from the bench.Speaking to Sky Sport as quoted by Juventus official website on Christmas Day, Allegri bared his thoughts on the upcoming match, saying:Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“Cristiano Ronaldo will not play tomorrow. However, he is available and will be called up, so for the first time we will watch the game together from the bench! Joking aside, I’m very happy with what he’s doing. I was reading some statistics and this year is his best start to a debut season, but must have him still in top shape come March, when there will be the Champions League and he will have to be decisive, as he has always been.”“The gifts I would like to receive are at the end of the season. We will try to collect one present on January 16, the Italian Super Cup. Then we will have the opportunity to pick up more presents later, but we will have to be playing well to make it happen for ourselves.”last_img read more

Raffael set to extend stay at Borussia Monchengladbach

first_imgBrazilian midfielder Raffael is understood to be edging closer to signing a contract extension at Borussia MonchengladbachThe 33-year-old will be out of the contract come to the end of the season and, due to recurring injury problems, his long-term future at Borussia-Park had been in doubt.Raffael’s long absences in the first half of this season have restricted him to just seven appearances in the Bundesliga.But the Brazilian remains committed to Gladbach and is allegedly prepared to take a pay cut in order to extend his stay.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“My heart is attached to Gladbach, and my family also feels well here. That’s why. There is no reason for a change,” Raffael told Kicker.After starting out his European football career in Switzerland with FC Chiasso, Raffael has also played for FC Zürich, Hertha BSC, Dynamo Kyiv and Schalke 04.The veteran Brazilian has been at Gladbach since 2013.last_img read more