Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has opted not to give Michy Batshuayi his first Premier League start despite Diego Costa being suspended. Pedro starts, with Eden Hazard expected to operate in a central role.With N’Golo Kante also suspended, Cesc Fabregas comes into the starting line-up.Bournemouth, who cannot select on-loan Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake, give starting places to Andrew Surman and Brad Smith.The fit-again Junior Stanislas is back in the Cherries squad and is named among their substitutes. Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Fabregas, Matic, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro. Subs: Begovic, Ivanovic, Aina, Zouma, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Batshuayi. Bournemouth: Boruc, A Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, B Smith, Surman, Arter, Gosling, Wilshire, King. Subs: Federici, Mings, Stanislas, Fraser, Ibe, Wilson, Afobe. Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
As Bumgarner joins D’backs, Giants officially bid farewell with tribute video In the end, the Giants’ latest offer may have marked the third time Bumgarner felt he was being short-changed by the team. After the failed 2017 negotiations, the Giants were set to engage Bumgarner again before the 2018 season. But, Bumgarner was hurt again — breaking his pitching hand on a line drive off the bat of Kansas City’s Whit Merrifield — and the Giants never made an offer.Related Articles Madison Bumgarner leaving the Giants for the Arizona Diamondbacks didn’t surprise one of his former teammates, who said the star pitcher’s exit from San Francisco may have been more than three years in the making.Michael Morse, who played with San Francisco in 2014 and again in 2017 and is a close friend of Bumgarner’s, said on KNBR’s “Papa & Lund” show Wednesday the left-hander received what amounted to an insulting contract extension offer from the Giants after his infamous dirt-bike accident in 2017.“The biggest thing that I think is when they did offer him an extension, it was very, very short of what he was thinking, to the point that it might’ve been even a slap-in-the-face kind of thing,” Morse told KNBR of an offer extended after Bumgarner’s accident and with two years left on his existing deal. “Madison is the kind of guy, if you mess with Madison one time, that’s it, it’s over. I think after that he kind of saw the direction the team was going and he said, ‘I’m going to put my head down and work and bust my butt, and I see now that my time here might be done.’ “Bumgarner, who was introduced in a press conference in Arizona on Tuesday after signing a five-year, $85 million dollar deal, did receive a final offer from the Giants before agreeing to leave town. The Giants offered Bumgarner a four-year contract worth a little more than $70 million recently, according to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic. Kurtenbach: Madison Bumgarner needed San Francisco more than the Giants needed him If you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. Why Madison Bumgarner left Giants for Arizona: Taxes and horses How Madison Bumgarner took control of his free agency and left the Giants for the D’backs The Giants shook up their front office last year, bringing in former A’s and Dodgers executive Farhan Zaidi to run baseball operations, and re-signing the three-time World Series champion never seemed like an organizational priority.“It’s pretty obvious that there really wasn’t communication between him and San Francisco and re-signing, and I think it could go back to the dirt bike accident, because after that there was a lot of talk of, ‘Oh, his velocity is not there anymore and he’s not the pitcher he was,’ ” Morse said. “You’re talking about a guy that rehabbed harder than any guy I’ve ever seen to get back and better than he was before, and it just so happens the team wasn’t as good.“I know him, I know Ali, his wife, and they love, love, love San Francisco. If it was in the cards, he would’ve definitely signed back. The whole thing about Arizona was his number one choice, that tells me San Francisco was out.”SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFER Our Top 5 memories of Madison Bumgarner’s Giants career
“The changes to the women’s rules are a huge step in the right direction, but maybe there are ways we can tweak the race structure to get the women more involved with the guys who paddle as fast as we do.” WomenMichele Eray 19:06.02Robyn Kime 19:26.00Jen Hodson 20:01.28Hillary Pitchford 20:22.54Jean Wilson 20:40.45 “I am super stoked,” said McGregor. “I have raced all over the world and there is no doubt at all that this is the toughest race on the planet.” McGregor started the 62 kilometre final stage from Zoutkloof to the coastal resort of Port Owen in Velddrif with a 10-minute lead and dominated a four-boat bunch that finished together to wrap up the victory. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material He finished 16th overall but, when combined with McGregor and Rabie’s podium finishes, it was just enough to get his team home against the potent Trueb Kitchens team and the Gauteng Veterans. “It was about time I had some good karma after the dramas of the first two days,” said a relieved King, who had finished second in the two previous editions of the race. “This was the toughest Berg I have ever been involved in,” he added. Lance King finished the four-day race on a high, mixing it up at the front bunch to wrap up third place, which helped erase memories of a nightmarish finish on day two when a mistake in the trees above Misverstand Dam saw his separated from his kayak and paddle, dropping him from second to a distant sixth. ‘He won it in style’“Hank didn’t just win it, he won it in style,” said Rabie, whose flawless race was a tribute to his determined training and diligent work scouting the river. RESULTS Raised the barPlettenberg Bay-based Olympian Michele Eray raised the bar of female Berg racing with a rampant 20-minute victory over two-time defending champion Robyn Kime. Inaugural winnersIn amongst the finishers were a number of paddlers from the inaugural race in 1962, including former champions Willem van Riet and Jannie Malherbe. Stellenbosch University student Pierre-Andre Rabie wrapped up the race of his canoeing career with a well-deserved second, and heaped praise on the eight-time champion. “I was out to see how far up the field [I could finish] against the men’s field that had the benefit of racing together in groups with paddlers of similar ability,” said Eray. 18 July 2011 The race’s 50th anniversary was celebrated by a record field of over 350 paddlers, and enjoyed four unseasonably warm clear days on a medium level river. Jen Hodson eventually finished well off the pace in third with a gutsy performance. She had entered the race only two weeks earlier after suddenly retiring from sprinting. “I played with the big girls and they beat me up!” she said. “Mich (Eray) was brilliant throughout the whole race,” said Kime. With three team members counting towards the lucrative team prize, the pressure fell on Mynhardt Marais, who was well off the front bunch’s pace. On each of the stages she started the day alongside Kime and lightning fast sprinter Jen Hodson before gradually dropping her adversaries and then, not unlike McGregor, racing away alone. Hank McGregor romped to a record eighth victory in South Africa’s Berg River Canoe Marathon on the weekend. Michele Eray dominated the women’s event to win her maiden title in the tough four-day race from Paarl to Velddrif in the Western Cape. Sweet victoryThe victory was particularly sweet for McGregor because, after asserting his authority on each of the first three stages, he elected to race away on his own to truly stamp his authority on the race when he would have been fully justified to paddle in a bunch and preserve his lead. The boat that won that inaugural race, dubbed “Kelkiewyn” was also successfully paddled to the finish by Lionel “Lonkie” Ekermans. Team raceThe team race was thrown wide open on the final stage with the sudden withdrawal of Hank McGregor’s team mate Marc Holtzhausen. The Durban stalwart, who paddled a heroic third stage, could not continue due to severe pain from the blisters on both hands. MenHank McGregor 16:59.25Pierre Andre Rabie 17:09.40Lance King 17:13.24Heinrich Schloms 17:19.29Jacques Theron 17:19.29Graeme Solomon 17:22.12Robbie Herreveld 17:26.10Edgar Boehm Jnr 17:40.47Tom Schilperoort 17:46.59Mike Stewart 17:51.36Donnie Malherbe 18:01.15Nick Longley 18:06.04Paul Marais 18:07.51Graham Monteith 18:13.32Ian Trautmann 18:20.02Mynhardt Marais 18:23.12Andrew Birkett 18:25.28Gert van Deventer 18:26.06Chris de Waal 18:28.38Ernst van Riet 18:28.43 “I guess I was out to prove a point by pushing it at the front,” said McGregor. “It wasn’t always like that. On the final stage I found myself 60 metres behind the guys, and they were pushing the pace, and I had to grind back onto the bunch.” “To win against the field of legends that has been assembled this year is a real privilege for me,” he added. “It’s right up there with the best of my wins.” SAinfo reporter ‘Really special’“The win is massive for me,” she continued. “I had set my heart on winning this race, and to do it in the 50th anniversary is really special. It was brilliant racing against such a strong women’s field, as well.”
22 October 2015 This year’s Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award has gone to Athol Williams for his poem Streetclass Diseases.Portrait of a Mother and Indiscretion by Sindiswa Busku-Mathese was awarded second place, with Baleka, What do you Know by Jim Pascual Agustin coming in third place.The winners were presented with their awards by the head judge and chairperson of the Jacana Literary Foundation, Mongane Wally Serote, and the EU ambassador designate, Marcus Cornaro, at a ceremony hosted by Poetry Africa on 17 October, in [email protected] Am feeling so much love from my @WordNSound family, thank you— Athol Williams (@athol_williams) October 17, [email protected] Thank you SO MUCH Toni, I am overjoyed!!— Athol Williams (@athol_williams) October 17, 2015The awardThe award is handed out annually and is in its fifth year. It is named after South African journalist, linguist and writer Solomon (Sol) Tshekisho Plaatje (1876-1932) to recognise his life and vision as a social and political activist.Poems that made it on to the long list were published in an anthology. “Like Plaatje’s works did in his time, these poems reveal the political and social attitudes of our time,” reads the Jacana website.The works are written in numerous South African languages, including English, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Sesotho, Xitsonga and isiZulu.Watch this to find out more about Plaatje:Winner profileWilliams grew up in Mitchells Plain in Cape Town, but has lived in Johannesburg, Boston and London. He holds five degrees from local and international universities such as Harvard, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of the Witwatersrand. He is currently reading political philosophy at Oxford University in the UK.He said he loved to experiment and learn. “My poetry leads my pursuit of understanding just as imagination leads my efforts in social development,” Williams states on his website.“My work seeks to explore new structural processes and social institutions that may put humanity on a path to greater harmony and I delve deeply into the prospects of a new (or renewed) human consciousness that might make us all evolve to live larger, fuller lives.”He has published three collections of poems – Bumper Cars, Talking to a Tree and Heap of Stones – and two children’s books – Oaky, the Happy Tree and Oaky and the Sun.“I have a passion for reading and education personally, and I recognise the vital role education plays in the pursuit of freedom and human development, hence my involvement in social change through education,” he said. “I co-founded Read to Rise, an NGO that promotes youth literacy.”Watch this to learn more about Read to Rise:The organisation offers children suitable reading material fitting for their age groups, in an attempt to instil a love of reading early on in life.SouthAfrica.info reporter
The bifurcation of Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories came into effect at midnight on October 30. Girish Chandra Murmu and Radha Krishna Mathur will be sworn in as Lieutenant Governors of J&K and Ladakh respectively at two separate ceremonies on October 31.J&K Chief Justice Gita Mittal will administer the oath to Mr. Mathur at 7.15 a.m. in Leh district of Ladakh. Around 12.45 p.m., she will swear in Mr. Murmu in J&K’s summer capital Srinagar. A special plane has been kept ready in Leh to meet the deadlines of the two ceremonies. Multiple security layers have been finalised for both the UTs to ensure peaceful and smooth ceremonies.Ms. Mittal arrived in Leh on October 30, while the Lieutenant Governor-designates also reached their respective stations. It is not clear who will administer the oath to Ms. MittalSources said no senior political dignitary will participate in these ceremonies, which will be a low key affair. As many as 298 invitations will be sent to local member parliaments, high court judges, heads of commissions and the head of departments of the administration and the police.Incarcerated National Conference leader Dr. Farooq Abdullah and MP from Srinagar is also in the list of the invitees as per the protocol. It remains to be seen if Dr. Abdullah or any of the two other NC MPs from Kashmir will be invited to attend the ceremony in Srinagar or not.Sources said the tenure of the five advisers to Governor Satya Pal Malik, including K. Vijay Kumar, Khursheed Ganai, K. Sikandan, K.K. Sharma and Farooq Khan, will come to an end. Sources said Mr. Khan is tipped to continue as adviser to the Lt. Governor, who is likely to constitute a political council to oversee the governance issues instead of a group of advisers.The status of J&K was reduce to UTs after the Centre passed the Reorganisation of J&K Bill in the Parliament in the first week of August, immediately after the state’s special status was revoked. Since then a cumbersome process of the division of assets and human resource between the UTs was undertaken.Sources said the IAS and the IPS officers, working in J&K, will continue to work here. In the future, the new bureaucrats will be appointed from the AGMUT cadre.Sources said the J&K Bank will continue to act as an agent of Reserve Bank of India to conduct its agency banking business in both the UTs. The UTs will also get two separate animals as symbols on the lines of the State animals.PTI adds:Union Home Ministry replaces State of J&K with ‘UT of Jammu and Kashmir’ in notificationThe Home Ministry in a notification on October 30 replaced the State of J&K with the “Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir” and announced omission of “permanent residents or hereditary state subjects“.In the late night notification, the Ministry’s Jammu and Kashmir division announced a slew of measures, including application of central laws to the state.”…There are references in the state laws that have been applied to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, and the Union Territory of Ladakh to the expressions ‘permanent residents’ or ‘hereditary state subjects’.., wherever they occur, shall be omitted,” it said.The references, by whatever form of words, to the “State of Jammu and Kashmir” or “Jammu and Kashmir” or “State” shall from October 31 be construed as “Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir” or “Union Territory of Ladakh”, as the case may be, it said.It said any reference in any existing law to the “legislature of the state or any House or Houses” shall be construed as references to the legislative assembly or legislature of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.No lawsuit will be maintained for any action taken, including any notification issued or order, rule or appointment made during the period between August 5 and October 31 as these shall be deemed to be valid and operative as if such things had been done or actions taken in accordance with law, according to the notification.It said any person who has taken an oath or made an affirmation before holding office or position as such under the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution or other laws in force in the existing state of J-K immediately before the appointed day shall be deemed to have taken oath or affirmation under the Indian Constitution or law applicable to the two union territories, and shall continue to hold office or position as such till October 31.