Liverpool will offer Raheem Sterling a contract worth around £30,000-a-week, the Daily Mirror say.There has been speculation about Sterling’s future, with other clubs reported to be showing an interest in him.It was previously claimed the 17-year-old from Harlesden wanted £50,000-a-week, which he dismissed on Twitter as ‘stirring’.It is now suggested that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to offer him an improved deal with his salary rising according to how he progresses.It comes after Rodgers responded to the speculation about Sterling by insisting the player would be staying at Anfield.Meanwhile, Mark Hughes is fighting to heal a dressing-room rift as well as save his job as QPR manager, according to The Sun.Several senior players believe the blame for Rangers’ problems lies with their more recent signings, the paper reports.A source is quoted as saying: “The players who have been here a while resent the new boys coming in and not shaking a leg for the cause.“They actually do not resent the new boys coming in and accept the club have to sign new players to become established in the Premier League.“But they believe that some — by no means all — have taken the p*** with their performances and attitude this season.“A lot of boys have sweated blood to get this club into the Premier League and keep us here.“And they are angry that some of the new boys are only here for the money and don’t care about the club or the manager.”The Mirror report that QPR owner Tony Fernandes is expected to fly into London this week to tell Hughes his fate.The Daily Mail say Fernandes was upset at the manner of Saturday’s loss to Southampton but is leaning towards giving Hughes more time, unless other directors can persuade him otherwise.The Daily Telegraph also suggest Hughes is likely to be granted a stay of execution until at least the game against Manchester United on Saturday.Meanwhile, Roberto Di Matteo is fighting to save his job as Chelsea manager, according to the Mail.It is claimed the Blues’ recent run of three wins in their last seven games is causing owner Roman Abramovich to lose his patience.And goalkeeper Petr Cech is said to have been at the centre of a heated dressing-room row following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at West Brom.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The BBC News reports that a female bar-tailed godwit flew 11,500km (almost 7200 mi) nonstop from Alaska to New Zealand. The journey took about a week. Observers at Massey University used electronic tags to catalog the birds’ flight. This distance is nearly double what ornithologists used to consider an “extremely long” flight. This makes the godwits the new champions of avian migration. “Unlike seabirds, which feed and rest on their long journeys or swifts which feed in flight, the godwits make their long journeys without feeding or drinking.” Even more amazing, some of the young follow weeks later without adult guidance. Then, come January and February, the birds will fly back, completing their annual victory lap around the world.Animals are never-ending sources of amazement and wonder. Thank goodness the article spared us an evolutionary fable.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
DBSA has provided a critical loan to Zimbabwe’s emerging cotton farmers. (Image: C S Monitor) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lesetsa Matshekga Investment Officer DBSA +27 11 313 3289 or +27 78 800 9146 RELATED ARTICLES • Botswana revives ostrich farming • SA store shows new way to farm • Congo welcomes SA farmers • Zambian hydro projects in full swingBongani NkosiZimbabwe’s small-scale cotton farmers have received a major financial boost from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to improve their output.DBSA announced the R104.6-million (US$748 000) loan to the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) on 23 November 2010.The funds will go towards Cottco’s inputs credit scheme, which facilitates funding for the emerging farmers.“This is a first ever landmark investment in Zimbabwe by the DBSA,” Admassu Tadesse, group executive for the international division at DBSA, said in a statement.“Through this investment communal and small-scale farmers will have access both to credit and capacity-building programmes which will empower them to grow more cotton.”Cottco supports thousands of small-scale producers, who farm about 242 000ha of land in the Southern African country. DBSA said the organisation works with a wide network of farmers, and provides access to skills and infrastructure.It provides farming inputs such as fertiliser, seed and chemicals through its credit scheme. These are made available during the growing season, under recommendations from Cottco’s agronomists.Zimbabwe’s cotton farming sector has been negatively affected by a lack of funding in recent years, as has all other facets of the country’s agricultural industry.DBSA said lack of access to foreign currency has stalled progress in reviving Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector.Before the recent loan, funds had dried up for Cottco, which meant local farmers battled to access much-needed finance for their capital expenditure needs and day-to-day duties.Recovery programme The developmental bank’s loan is meant to support the Zimbabwean government’s Short Term Economic Recovery Programme. The programme has identified agro-processing and agriculture as key priority sectors to drive the recovery of the domestic economy, Tadesse said.The agricultural sector is the major backbone of Zimbabwe’s economy, and when it began to collapse in 2000, the entire country took a hard knock.Widespread government seizure of commercial farmland through a controversial land reform act was at the heart of the crisis.According to the DBSA, agriculture contributes up to 17% of Zimbabwe’s GDP, 60% of manufacturing inputs, 35% of foreign exchange earnings and 15% of formal employment.“The Zimbabwean economy is heavily dependent on agriculture,” Tadesse said, adding that the bank believes that its loan to Cottco will be significant in supporting the revival of the industry, protect existing jobs in the sector and create new employment opportunities.Cottco is expected employ more than 5 000 Zimbabweans during the next buying season, which will generate about R25.6-million ($3.6-million) in wages, according to DBSA.Development mandateDBSA aims to invest in projects that have potential to boost the economies of Southern African nations. It recently contributed R748 000 ($105-million) towards the expansion of Zambia’s Kariba North Bank hydro power station.“The Zimbabwean investment is in line with the bank’s mandate and strategy to support development and viable projects in key economic sectors such as agriculture,” said Tadesse.“Building sustainable regional economies remain a priority area that the DBSA will aggressively pursue to ensure that the region is prosperous, integrated and progressively free of poverty and dependency,” he added.
India has registered its first golden success in Asian Games 2010 with Pankaj Advani topping in the English Billiards singles event of the Asian Games on Sunday.Advani won his first world championship title in 2003 IBSF World Snooker Championship in China. Advani, who is the only player to have achieved a ‘grand double’ of winning both the points and timed formats at the IBSF World Billiards Championships 2005, repeated the same feat at the 2008 Championships held in Bangalore.The ace cueist, however, failed to defend his title in the Point format, going down to nine-time world champion England’s Mike Russell in a one-sided final in August this year.With PTI inputs