Ospreys put up a real fight in a bid to keep their unbeaten record going, as they battled back from trailing 18-3 at half-time to narrow the home side’s lead to 18-16 in the final 20 minutes. A Martin Roberts score and the boot of Sam Davies had brought the Ospreys right back into the game, but Cave’s 78th-minute try settled the game for a relieved Ulster. The conversion of Cave’s effort by Ian Humphreys proved a real sting in the tail as it denied the Welsh side a losing bonus. Even with the rain driving down, Ulster showed their attacking intent from the off and after showing they had an edge in the scrums the home side shunted the Ospreys off the ball in their own 22 and from the attack, Cave got the try from close range after 10 minutes. Paddy Jackson nailed the conversion and Ulster were up and running at 7-0, and the margin became 10-0 after 20 minutes when Jackson kicked a penalty, adding another just after the half-hour mark following a driving maul from the home side were disrupted. The Ospreys finally got off the mark in the 32nd minute when Sam Davies landed a penalty which came straight after the restart. At 13-3, the next score looked crucial and it fell to Ulster when their scrummaging power again resulted in a penalty, and after they kicked for the corner the home side launched a driving maul which made it to the line with second row Van der Merwe scoring in the 39th minute. Jackson missed the conversion and the half ended with Ulster leading 18-3. Ulster climbed to second place in the Guinness Pro12 table as they halted leaders Ospreys’ 100 per cent start to the campaign. The Ospreys needed to respond and did so three minutes into the second period, after their line-out maul drove over the Ulster line and scrum-half Martin Roberts got the touchdown which Davies converted to narrow the home side’s lead to 18-10. Momentum had swung the Ospreys way and two penalties from Davies shortly before and after the hour mark narrowed Ulster’s lead to just 18-16, with the second strike following just after Jackson was forced off with what appeared to be an arm injury. It was nerve-jangling and the conditions were worsening, Ulster somehow found a way to relaunch their line-out maul late on and after a series of pick-and-gos, Cave got the ball with space and stepped inside to just make the line, the vital score coming courtesy of the TMO. Humphreys, on for Jackson, converted which not only secured the game but denied the Ospreys any reward. A hard-fought 25-16 win at rain-lashed Kingspan Stadium came at the expense of a side who had launched their league season with seven straight victories. Two tries from Darren Cave – one in each half – and a first-half effort from Franco van der Merwe brought Ulster the four points. Press Association
Italian giants, Juventus have completed the signing of 19-year-old centre-back Mathijs de Ligt from Ajax.The Dutch international had been linked with several top clubs like Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris-Saint Germain but Juventus snaps the teenager.The deal is worth £67.5m and the player will earn €460,000 a week after add-ons at the Turin club.Mathijs de Ligt has signed a five-year contract with the Serie A giants as they look to fight for the UEFA Champions League.The defender made his Ajax debut in 2016 and rose to become the clubs youngest ever captain in March of 2018.De Ligt scored eight goals in 77 appearances, winning the Dutch domestic league and cup double last season and also helped the club reach the champions league semifinals last season.He also reached the Europa League finals a season before where Ajax lost to the English club, Manchester United.The young centre-back also made his Netherlands debut in March 2017 and helped his country reach the UEFA Nations League finals losing the trophy to Portugal.(L-R) Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, Matthijs de Ligt of the Netherlands during the UEFA Nations League final match between Portugal and The Netherlands at Estadio do Dragao on June 09, 2019 in Porto, Portugal(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
Mathiba MolefeMasego “Maps” Maponyane says he wants to make lasting difference in the lives of as many people as he can. So much can be achieved through active citizenship, he adds. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Maps Maponyane, the Play Your Part ambassador, entrepreneur, TV presenter and model, has set into motion an initiative to help promising students pay for their education and pursue their dreams.The Bursary Network was prompted by issues brought to light by the #FeesMustFall movement, which voices the concerns of students about the costs of education at South African universities.Many students find their road to success blocked by the cost of further education. It is this need that is at the heart of the crowd-funding initiative, which is involving the public and giving them an opportunity to make a telling difference.The network uses crowd-funding to raise the money needed for students to enrol at colleges and universities. People are encouraged to play their part and help South Africa’s youth fulfil their potential – in other words, contribute to the fund.“I think Bursary Network fits in very well with being a Play your Part ambassador because it’s a way that myself and a couple of my partners have decided to pick up whatever pieces we can and figure out a way that we can play our part in helping alleviate those issues,” Maponyane explains.HOW IT WORKSThrough the Bursary Network, students can appeal to the public for help. They upload their profiles to the website. Potential donors can then go through the list of students and choose to whom they want to donate.“What we’ve created is an opportunity for students who can’t get access to education because of funding,” says Maponyane.“It’s an opportunity for them to come on to the site, put up their profiles telling people who they are, where they’re from, what they want to study, where they want to go, how much money they need and what they’ll do with those studies afterwards.”To date, the Bursary Network has funded 10 students with the help of some 358 donors who have all contributed R100 or more.All the students registered on the site undergo background checks to ensure they are suitable beneficiaries and the money donated is paid directly to the institutions involved so the funds cannot be used for other purposes.The network uses crowd-funding to raise the money needed for students to enrol at colleges and universities. People are encouraged to play their part and help South Africa’s youth fulfil their potential – in other words, contribute to the fund. (Brand South Africa’s Tshepiso Malele (left) and Keineloe Phakathi (right) alongside Play Your Part ambassador Masego Maponyane.) GET INVOLVEDIf you would like to help these promising students chase down their dreams, visit the Bursary Network website and register to donate.The minimum donation is R100. You can track the progress in reaching the target and how your contributions are helping to change the lives of South African youth.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through business? Do you know of any business person who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
Tottenham boss Pochettino: Everyone wants to beat usby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes his team is the one everyone wants to beat!Spurs are the outside bet for the title, sitting six points behind leaders Liverpool in third place.But Pochettino is proud of his team’s showing this season and insists they are often seen as the biggest scalp in the league.”We’re the team to beat,” Pochettino told Standard Sport ahead of tonight’s FA Cup third-round tie at Tranmere. “It’s not arrogant, it’s realistic. “[People say], ‘How are Tottenham there?’ — a club like Chelsea can spend big money on a transfer [Christian Pulisic] and then send him on loan. “Do you think Tottenham can do this? No. But in the last few years, Tottenham are fighting with this type of club. “That’s why no-one likes Tottenham much, that’s why everyone wants to challenge us. “It’s a massive game for us every time. Wolves beat us and they behaved like they won the Premier League. Then on Wednesday they lost to Crystal Palace. It’s because Tottenham have created something special — and now we are a target. “When we fought with Leicester, everyone wanted to kill us! For many people we’re not very successful because we haven’t won a trophy [but] people respect the way we’re doing it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Portimonense president Sampaio waiting on offers for Man Utd, Southampton target Nakajimaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePortimonense president Rodiney Sampaio insists they’re still waiting on offers for Shoya Nakajima.The Japan international has been watched by Manchester United and Southampton, while he also attracted an enquiry from Leicester City.However, speaking with O Jogo, Sampaio says “no concrete offers” have arrived for the midfielder.Nakajima has returned to Portugal after being injured while with Japan at the Asian Cup.Sampaio added: “It is annoying for the player and the club, but Nakajima is calm and now there is little to do but to recover.”Very quickly, he will be back on the pitch and in our team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoomImage Courtesy: Green Maritime Methanol Dutch shipowners, shipyards, manufacturers and ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam have joined forces to study methanol as a marine fuel ahead of the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap.The consortium, supported by Maritime Knowledge Centre, would look into the feasibility of methanol as a sustainable alternative transport fuel in the maritime sector.“As part of the project, the partners will look at concrete possibilities to adopt methanol as marine fuel on either newbuilds or conversions of the existing fleet,” Pieter Boersma, Business Director Maritime & Offshore of TNO, said.Shipowners Boskalis, The Royal Netherlands Navy, Van Oord and Wagenborg Shipping will take part in the consortium, together with shipbuilders, Damen Shipyards, Feadship, Royal IHC and engine manufacturers Pon Power and Wärtsilä together with VIV, as well as equipment suppliers Marine Service Noord and service providers C-Job Naval Architects.Work to study the infrastructure and supply chain for methanol is also addressed by the participation of The Netherlands’ two largest ports, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, as well as methanol suppliers BioMCN and Helm Proman and trade organization The Methanol Institute.The Netherlands’ research institutes, including TNO, TU Delft, NLDA and Marin, also invest in this theme and provide knowledge-building and research capacity for the project.The Green Maritime Methanol project, supported by TKI Maritime and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, is expected to be completed within two years.
ST. LOUIS — Vermont’s population is among the smallest in the U.S., but a study from United Van Lines indicate people are moving to the New England state.The suburban St. Louis-based moving company on Wednesday released its 42nd annual National Movers Study, which tracks customers’ state-to-state migration patterns.Vermont has the second-smallest population among states, exceeding only Wyoming. Yet Vermont saw the highest percentage of inbound moves in 2018.Four Western states filled out the top 5: Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona.New Jersey had highest percentage of outbound moves, followed by Illinois, Connecticut, New York and Kansas.The study showed that Americans continue to move west and south. The Mountain West and South regions saw high percentages of inbound moves. The Northeast and Midwest had high percentages of outbound moves.The Associated Press
Manchester: Fernando Llorente’s goal, bundled in from a corner and confirmed by VAR 17 minutes from time, gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side victory on away goals on a night of tension, attacking quality and defensive frailty that ended City and Pep Guardiola’s quest for a historic quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. In a game of relentless drama, City even thought they had won it in injury time only for Raheem Sterling’s goal to be ruled out for offside by VAR. Spurs were protecting a 1-0 lead from the first leg but an opening 21 minutes of chaotic brilliance saw City lead 3-2 on the night as both teams exchanged goals at will. Sterling lit the blue touchpaper on a thunderous atmosphere when he curled in a precision finish from the edge of the area after only four minutes, but Spurs responded with a double from Son Heung-min as he took advantage of errors by Aymeric Laporte. Bernardo Silva put City level on the night with a shot that deflected past Hugo Lloris, then Sterling arrived on the end of the outstanding Kevin de Bruyne’s cross to score at the far post. It left City effectively needing to win the second half and they looked on course when Sergio Aguero crashed home their fourth after De Bruyne sliced Spurs open before Llorente, on as a first-half substitute for injured Moussa Sissoko, bundled in from a corner via his hip — the goal given after a VAR check for handball. In one last extraordinary twist, City thought they had snatched victory and Sterling a hat-trick, but emotions switched instantly as VAR had the final word once again, ruling that Aguero was in an offside position as Bernardo Silva diverted the ball into his path. Spurs go on to face Ajax at the end of unforgettable encounter that left everyone involved stunned and breathless. For Spurs, this was the rollercoaster night to top them all, their players and coaching staff dragged through every possible emotion before joining their supporters in joyous celebration at the final whistle. After such a bright start, Pochettino’s side struggled to weather a City storm that culminated with Aguero putting them ahead in the tie, before Llorente’s goal renewed hope once more. They then had to deal with the gut-punch of Sterling’s stoppage-time goal, only to be hit by a wave of relief and joy at VAR’s final decisive intervention. This was all done without striker and talisman Harry Kane, but once again Son rose to the responsibility, the classy South Korean typifying their bold approach with his superb movement and those two vital early goals. Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris — rightly criticised after his mistake gifted Liverpool victory at Anfield recently — also deserves huge praise after his penalty save from Aguero in the first leg and crucial stops from the Argentine and De Bruyne in the return. This was a Spurs side, it should be remembered, who needed a draw in Barcelona to reach the group stage after a damaging defeat at Inter Milan and draw at PSV Eindhoven. It is a tribute to the resilience of this squad — and Pochettino’s management of his resources — that they not only achieved that but now stand two games away from their first Champions League final. They survived an all-out assault from City to achieve it. How they deserved those celebrations.