Clips of Faf de Klerk cavorting about the South Africa dressing room in his patriotic ‘budgie smugglers’ and Frans Steyn encouraging Prince Harry to chug bottles of beer had hardly had time to circulate on social media before attention turned to the future. The Springboks’ historic victory over England in Saturday’s World Cup final in Yokohama was a wonderful, historic moment for rugby. And for South Africa as a nation. The sight of Siya Kolisi, the Springboks’ first black captain, leading his multi-racial team in the post-match celebrations was an image to compare with Nelson Mandela congratulating Francois Pienaar all those years ago. Indeed, speaking at the world rugby awards, Pienaar described... … [Read more...] about ‘Planning for the Lions begins now’: South Africa are already shaping next phase to build on World Cup glory
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Chennaiyin won the 2017-18 Indian Super League but had a disastrous outing in the just-concluded season as they finished at the bottom of the table. They redeemed themselves a bit by finishing runners-up in the Super Cup. The Chennai-based side lost 1-2 to FC Goa in the Super Cup final on April 13 but they would look to forget that disappointment and score their maiden win in the AFC Cup, against the Nepal league champions, at the TransStadia Arena here. John Gregory's side need a win on Wednesday, given that it played out a goal-less draw against its Indian counterpart Minerva Punjab in its opening AFC Cup Group E match on April 3 at the same TransStadia Arena, which serves as the club's home venue. Chennaiyin have a fully fit squad available with Jerry Lalrinzuala and Dhanpal Ganesh getting some minutes during the Super Cup after being injured for the majority of the ISL campaign. Anirudh Thapa has stamped his class in midfield during the last few games while Mailson Alves has been … [Read more...] about Chennaiyin FC look for maiden AFC Cup win as they take on Manang Marshyangdi of Nepal
CK Vineeth gave Chennaiyin the lead in the first half, but a second half goal by Abahani's Kervens Belfort, who played for ISL outfit Kerala Blasters, triggered a comeback. Masih Saighani scored soon after to give Abahani the lead only for Isaac Vanmalsawma to score an equaliser in the 73rd minute. But an 88th minute strike from Mamunul Islam eventually turned out to be the difference between the two sides on the night. A back and forth contest that went right down to the wire. 🤐#ABAvCNY #CFCinAsia #AFCCup2019 #PoduMachiGoalu pic.twitter.com/us6NsFGxNk — Chennaiyin FC 🏆🏆 (@ChennaiyinFC) May 15, 2019 Despite the loss, Chennaiyin stay top of Group E with seven points from four matches. Abahani have the same number of points but possess an inferior goal difference compared to the two-time ISL champions. This is how Group E looks after matchday four.#ABAvCNY #CFCinAsia #AFCCup2019 #PoduMachiGoalu pic.twitter.com/IfzUlHAYIo — Chennaiyin FC … [Read more...] about Chennaiyin FC suffer first AFC Cup loss to Abahani Dhaka
Russian oligarchs. A fashion magnate turned cider maker. A theatre impresario. An online gambling entrepreneur. The wife of a Syrian-born arms trade fixer.These are some of the big donors pouring hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of pounds into the political parties, and they are an intriguing bunch. Their largesse pays for the increasingly important online messaging, the battle buses, the rallies, stunts and all the paraphernalia of a 21st Century election campaign. All the parties hoover up smaller donations from supporters of more modest means, but these big donations from the mega-wealthy can transform the parties' striking power.Why do they do it? Some reach into their wallets out of genuine support and conviction. But others may do it hoping for influence and access, and there's genuine concern around public policy being shaped behind the scenes by special interests which can splash the cash.Donations of more than £7,500 have to be registered with the watchdog body, … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Who is paying for the election?
With voters preparing to go to the polls on Thursday, we asked people in the North East to get in touch with questions about their constituencies. Among those to contact us using Your Questions Answered was Anthony Gabriele, who asked: "Why hasn't the local Labour MP [Helen Goodman] fought harder to keep the hospital wards open in Bishop Auckland?"Mr Gabriele, who has blood cancer and Parkinson's disease, added: "The people of Bishop Auckland need this hospital."County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust closed the hospital's A&E unit in 2009 despite thousands of people signing a petition opposing the move and criticism from unions and patient groups.The organisation stated at the time that focusing casualty facilities in Durham and Darlington while offering rehabilitation services at Bishop Auckland would provide the best quality of care.However, figures from April 2019 show Darlington Memorial Hospital and the University Hospital of North Durham missed their target of … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Could Bishop Auckland Hospital’s A&E reopen?