Thursday, 10 August 2017

A salute 4 a hero

Botswana will hold a national holiday in honour of Isaac Makwala if he wins 200m gold at the World Championships. Makwala, whose exploits in London have been a major talking point this week, races in the final later on Thursday. On Tuesday he was barred from the 400m final, as officials tried to halt a "very virulent" norovirus outbreak. But he returned and progressed from an individual 200m time trial on Wednesday - he was quarantined for Monday's heats - and celebrated by doing press-ups. The 30-year-old, who said he is "still running with a broken heart" will be going up against South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk, who on Tuesday dominated the 400m race for which Makwala said he had been training.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Athletics' governing body has defended its decision to deny a World Championship medal favourite entry to London Stadium amid attempts to control a "very virulent" norovirus outbreak. Botswana's Isaac Makwala, 30, had hoped to run in Tuesday's 400m final, but was barred from competing. His country's Olympic boss, Falcon Sedimo, said that was "disturbing". But the IAAF said it was under instruction to quarantine athletes who showed symptoms of the virus. It acknowledged Makwala's absence was "a sad case" but said its medical staff examined the athlete and notes taken by a doctor showed he had been vomiting over an 18-hour period. Pam Venning, head of medical at the IAAF, told BBC Sport: "I have to trust my doctors. My role is to ensure the healthcare of all the athletes here and it's a very infectious and very virulent disease." Makwala had been considered the main threat to Olympic champion and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk, who retained his world title by winning Tuesday's race.

Friday, 16 June 2017


Lyon have begun talks with Arsenal over an exchange between Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette, Le10 Sport say.
Lacazette was set to join Atletico Madrid, but their transfer ban has ended the possibility, and Arsenal are hopeful of capitalising on it and snapping up their long-term target. Giroud is being pursued by West Ham, but a move back to France may be more alluring as Lyon are hoping to add him to part of the deal.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Grenfell Tower on fire

More than 50 are in hospital after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block, a fire chief says. Eyewitnesses described people trapped in the burning Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington, screaming for help and yelling for their children to be saved.
Firefighters rescued "large numbers", but London Mayor Sadiq Khan said "a lot" of people were unaccounted for. The BBC’s Andy Moore said the whole 24-storey block had been alight and there were fears the building might collapse. London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said there had been “a number of fatalities” but she could not say how many because of the “size and complexity” of the building.
Paul Munakr, who lives on the seventh floor, managed to escape. “As I was going down the stairs, there were firefighters, truly amazing firefighters that were actually going upstairs, to the fire, trying to get as many people out the building as possible,” he told the BBC. He said he was alerted to the fire not by fire alarms but by people on the street below, shouting “don’t jump, don’t jump”. “Now, honestly I don’t know for certain if people jumped off the building to get away from the fire, but the main thing for me with this incident is the fact that the fire alarms didn’t go off in the building,” he said.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Theresa May refuses to quit despite hung parliament

By Nqobile Mafu Theresa May is refusing to quit as Prime Minister despite her disastrous election night as the UK voted for a hung parliament. Mrs May’s decision to call a snap election backfired in spectacular fashion as she lost the Conservatives’ majority in the House of Commons as Labour made significant gains. Mrs May is now scrambling to try and form a government, potentially with the help of the Democratic Unionist Party and while the DUP has signalled a willingness to do a deal its leader Arlene Foster has expressed doubts that the Prime Minister can "survive".The prime minister has said the country needs stability after the inconclusive election result and the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said Mrs May intended to try and govern on the basis that her party had won the largest number of votes and seats. while Jeremy Corbyn also says he is "ready to serve". Mr Corbyn, speaking after being re-elected in Islington North, said it was time for Mrs May to "make way" for a government that would be "truly representative of the people of this country". and is calling for the prime minister to resign so that he can be given a chance and prove that his capable to be the Labour leader.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Cheick Tiote dies at the age of 30

Former Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has died at the age of 30 after collapsing during a training session in China. Ivory Coast international Tiote moved to China in February to play for second division side Beijing Enterprises and he was training with his club when he collapsed.
Newcastle United and manager Rafa Benitez led the tributes after the news that Cheick Tiote had died. Tiote left St James' Park last February to join Beijing Enterprises, and he was training with the second division club when he collapsed on Monday morning. Benitez said: "It is with great sadness that I have this afternoon learned of Cheick's death. "In the all the time that I have known him, he was a true professional, dedicated, talented, and above all, a great man. Our hearts go out to his family and friends at such a sad time."
Ariana Grande is expected to raise more than £2 million for the victims of the Manchester terror attack with her One Love benefit concert.
Early estimates showed more than £2 million had been raised for the victims of the terror attack at the American singer's Manchester concert less than two weeks ago. All the artists performed on Sunday at Old Trafford for free and Live Nation has underwritten the cost of the event. The line up of the concert was amazing with the likes of Robbie Williams and Take That. Grande later joined a choir from Parrs Wood High School on stage, who sang their own version of her song, My Everything, it was an emotional moment.Ariana Grande consoles a 12-year-old schoolgirl as they sing together during Manchester concert performance watched by 14million people before she welcomed her boyfriend Mac Miller on to the stage saying "Tonight is all about love, am I right?"
The pair danced together as they performed their 2013 collaboration The Way and Miller's track Dang! British singer Marcus Mumford held a moment of silence before performing at the Manchester benefit concert.

Englandxit and dumped by Iceland

Gary Lineker labelled England's shocking 2-1 defeat by Iceland as “the worst defeat in our history” as Roy Hodgson's side crashed out of Euro 2016, prompting the manager to resign minutes after the full-time whistle. Playing a country which boasts a population of little over 320,000 people, England were expected to cruise past Iceland and set-up a Euro 2016 quarter-final clash against tournament hosts France, but it wasn’t to be. England’s early lead through a Wayne Rooney penalty was immediately cancelled out by Ragnar Sigurdsson, with the defence failing to deal with a trademark Icelandic long throw, and just 12 minutes later the so-called minnows were in front through Kolbeinn Sigthorsson's shot that threaded its way under Joe Hart’s arm and across the line. Iceland's players, including the 33-year-old ex-Rotherham defender Kari Arnason, cannot claim to have superior skills. This was not an example of England being outpassed - they had 68 per cent of the possession. Even the familiar excuse of wilting in the summer sun was rendered absurd by the identity of their opponents.
Instead it was organisation that was England's enemy, in particular when conceding the early equaliser from a long throw. Even Hodgson himself might wonder how he ended up with Gary Cahill as a makeshift target-man with no fewer than four forwards - Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge - attempting to play off him.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Manchester in Blast

Twenty-two people, including children, have been killed and 59 injured in a suicide attack at Manchester Arena. The blast happened at 22:35 BST on Monday at the end of a concert by the US singer Ariana Grande
Greater Manchester Police said the lone male attacker, who died in the blast, was carrying an improvised explosive device, which he detonated. Relatives are using social media to hunt for missing loved ones. Police have set up an emergency telephone number in response to the attack. It is 0161 856 9400. Sixty ambulances attended the incident and those wounded are now being treated at six hospitals around the city. The explosion occurred shortly after Ariana Grande left the stage at the arena - the city's largest indoor venue with a concert capacity of around 21,000. Grande - a 23-year-old American TV teen actress-turned-singer - has a strong following among teenage girls and children. She tweeted: "broken. from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don't have words." Home Secretary Amber Rudd said it was "a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable".

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Who said Lundi's Dead?

By Nqobile mafu
Lundi got sick after a trip to China in November. He didn't receive any medical attention because we believed that it was the Asian climate and diet that may have affected him negatively." The singer was hospitalised for a few days and spent his 38th birthday in hospital and his now recovering at home. His illness had forced him to cancel a few performances His management company, M&E Media told ngiyesabanews ; “is still recovering in hospital, despite fake news reports that Lundi had died. “ “I cannot reveal details about Lundi’s health without informing his family first”. He said that he would release a statement soon.