Henry says QPR have ‘no excuses’ not to challenge for promotion

first_imgKarl Henry has told QPR’s website “there are no excuses” now the likes of Charlie Austin and Matt Phillips have stayed at Loftus Road.Rangers anticipated a season of consolidation in the Championship, with Phillips and particularly Austin heavily tipped to be snapped up by a top-flight club during the summer transfer window.Midfielder Henry believes a strong challenge for promotion now has to be their aim.“We’ve got a really strong side and in terms of the players we managed to keep, that transfer window is probably the best the club has had in the time I have been here,” he said.“For us in the changing room to see them still here is really huge. It makes us now think that we can have a real good go.“There are no excuses now. We’ve got a squad worthy of getting in that top six and having a really good promotion push.”Henry is expected to retain his place in the side for Wednesday’s home match against Blackburn.Keeper Alex Smithies is set to make his full league debut for the R’s as Rob Green is suspended after being sent off during Saturday’s defeat against Nottingham Forest.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

From security guard to CEO

first_img30 June 2003Some 20 years ago, a young Mogwailane Kenneth Mohlala left his rural homestead on the outskirts of Steelpoort in Limpopo Province for the beckoning lights of Johannesburg, City of Gold. Today Mohlala is acknowledged as the man who has made the city lights glow even brighter.His has been a spectacular rise – from a security guard to president and CEO of a company with an annual turnover in the region of R2.5-billion. Since his appointment two years ago as head of City Power, Johannesburg’s electricity utility, the company’s performance has improved dramatically.Mohlala’s achievements have not gone unnoticed. In 2002, the man known affectionately as MK scooped the Impumelelo Businessman of the Year Award and the African ICT Public Service Delivery Achievers Award.In 2001, when he took charge of City Power, Mohlala found staff morale at an all-time low. “There were a lot of inefficiencies in the system in terms of cost management and customer service management,” Mohlala recalls. “There was no expenditure on the network, as the operating and capital budgets were slashed.”With Mohlala at the helm, the company has recorded a dramatic turnaround, from an indifferent performance to a healthy R12-million profit after tax in its first year as a corporatised entity. The company’s capital expenditure in the 2003/2004 financial year is a massive R246-million.Mohlala attributes his success to his “street-wise” management style. “You can’t manage an organisation through textbooks,” says Mohlala. “You must apply your learning to your context. You must think on your feet and be decisive.”There is nothing like consensus management for Mohlala. “Managers fail because they are not decisive.” But he qualifies this: “Of course, you will be working within the rules of the organisation at all times.”Mohlala has also cultivated good relations with employees, and restored staff morale. “When I came in, I made sure that I met each of the 2 000 employees in person. Even today, I eat in the company canteen with the rest of the staff. Trade union leaders know my door is always open.”Mohlala started his working career as a security guard at Eskom College in 1984, where he powered his way through the ranks, reaching the position of customer service regional manager for the North West, Northern Cape and Free State. At the same time, he was studying through correspondence, completing a Bachelor of Administration degree. He is now on the verge of completing his MBA.Mohlala is also a non-executive director of seven companies and a chairman of two others. His activities are not confined to the boardroom, though. He is a gym fanatic, keen golfer and avid reader. “I read a lot of management books and magazines,” he says. He is also a regular speaker at conferences.A religious manOn Saturdays though, Mohlala can be seen clutching a Bible and dressed in a grey designer suit, white shirt and maroon tie – full church uniform – as he makes his way from his home in Glen Vista to the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Zuurbekom, west of Johannesburg. This African independent sect advocates strong family values underpinned by polygamy.A profoundly religious man, Mohlala follows the teachings of the church to the letter. “I don’t smoke and I don’t drink.”Quizzed on whether he would consider taking a second wife, his response is categorical. “Absolutely. I believe in polygamy. It is better than cheating. It’s honest. I intend practising it.” But when asked whether he has anyone in mind, he responds with a chuckle: “No, I’m still searching.”According to Mohlala, his wife Melita, a highly qualified entrepreneur in the furniture business, would not object to him taking a second wife.Asked how he manages to juggle his diverse roles, Mohlala waxes philosophical: “If you want to get work done, give it to a busy man.”Changing mindsets at City PowerBut it is City Power that takes up most of his time and energy. “When I arrived, the company was structured as a city department, and the workers thought of themselves as municipal workers. They had a different focus and a different organisational culture.”Mohlala set to work, giving the organisation a corporate look and feel. He notes with pride the progress the company has made.“We have created a key customer section to service 11 000 of our major clients. Our call centre is up and running. There has been a substantial improvement in street lights across the city. We have converted our accounting system from Municipal Accounting to the General Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP). We are also working on activities such as the management of overdue accounts. We have improved our database and the quality of our data management.”The company has also implemented a new billing system called SAP, which has led to revenue collection increasing to more than 95 percent.Proud of empowermentBut it is the company’s empowerment record that is the source of most pride to Mohlala. “We have put new structures in place and successfully positioned the company in relation to the government’s transformation agenda. We comply with the skills legislation and have made affirmative appointments.”He is quick to point out that City Power has exceeded the requirements of the Black Economic Empowerment Commission’s scorecard. According to Mohlala, the company spent R220-million in products and services procured from black companies in the last financial year, an improvement of some R40-million over the previous year.Most of the services engaged were in fields as varied as information technology, power restoration, meter reading and security. Mohlala expresses overall satisfaction with the performance of black companies contracted by City Power.In terms of City Power’s staff profile, Mohlala says 60 percent the staff in senior positions are now black. He expresses regret, however, that women still constitute only 18 percent of management in the organisation.He fiercely defends the virtues of affirmative action. “Oh yes, I’m a product of affirmative action,” he asserts. “I give tribute to those who died so that we can have a better life.”But Mohlala is not about to rest on his laurels. “We must continue to improve service delivery and satisfy customer service.”Mohlala is quick to acknowledge the challenges facing the company. The company loses over R200-million as a result of non-technical losses – losses incurred as a result of illegal connections to the system and cable theft. Defaulting ratepayers also owe some R270-million to City Power, and “a more concerted effort must be made to collect the debt”, Mohlala says.But Mohlala is unfazed by these challenges. “I’m a workaholic and I have a passion for life. But I also make time to be on my own. It helps me to reflect, to take stock of what I do. I only participate in activities that add value to my life.”Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

Trial will decide if RP Act applies to Maharashtra CM’s omission of case: SC

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday said the alleged omission by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis of information about two criminal cases against him in his election affidavit for the 2014 Assembly polls may be decided in trial.A Bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, reserved verdict on an appeal filed by one Satish Ukey seeking prosecution of Mr. Fadnavis under the provisions of the Representation of the People (RP) Act for failing to furnish details of two pending criminal cases, in which the trial court had taken cognisance. The Bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, said, “We are concerned with a limited issue whether prima facie Section 125A of the RP Act is attracted or not.”The provision deals with the penalty for filing a false affidavit and says if a candidate or his proposer fails to furnish or gives false or conceals any information in his nomination paper on issues like pending criminal cases, the person may be awarded six months’ jail term or fine or both.“You had the window, you could have disclosed the cases where the court has taken cognisance (of the offence). Whether the omission is liable under Section 125A of the RP Act may be decided in trial,” the Bench said.Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Chief Minister, said the stage of cancellation of nomination papers for alleged concealment of information was over and the question was only if the lawmaker can be prosecuted. He said the Bombay High Court had rightly rejected the plea.‘Missed details’The Bench said that the “long and short of the matter is that you had to disclose the pending cases where charges have been framed. You did it. But you missed out in giving details of two cases (where court has taken cognisance).Senior advocate Vivek Tankha, appearing for Mr. Ukey, said the Chief Minister filed a false affidavit by not disclosing the two criminal matters and yet the trial court and the HC held that there was no prima facie made out for the prosecution of the Chief Minister.last_img read more

Cam favorite Vicencio helps lift PH archers

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PSC: Children’s Games should be blueprint for nationwide program Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Vicencio, who was part of the men’s compound team event, was often in the large screen at the far end of the range. He was teased by teammate for being the “favorite of the camera.”But it’s something that escaped the marketing senior at De La Salle University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was very nervous, I kept thinking just make the shot and not drag the team down,” said Vicencio.His managed to control the jitters and the Philippines, also composed of Earl Benjamin Yap and Paul Marton Dela Cruz, went perfect in the last two ends against Vietnam. View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “I was being confident and tried to execute what we do in practice,” added Vicencio, who also won bronze in the recent US Open foreign division.He picked up the sport to “get fit” and made the national team three years ago.“I’m looking forward to more chances of playing for the country,” said Vicencio.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH Men’s Archery of Earl Benjamin Yap, Joseph Vicencio and Paul Marton Dela Cruz bags the Bronze medal at the 2017 SEA Games in KL, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—Joseph Benjamin Vicencio only had one thing on his mind in the bronze-medal match against Vietnam: “Don’t drag the team down.”And it didn’t matter that a big part of the crowd at Synthetic Turf Field—a sprawling, artificial grass area designed specifically for archery at the heart of KL Sports City—had its eyes on the 21-year-old novice Filipino archer.ADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Gameslast_img read more

9 days agoMan Utd linked with Juventus midfielder Emre Can

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd linked with Juventus midfielder Emre Canby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Emre Can, according to reports.The Germany international has endured a tough season at Juve, with new boss Maurizio Sarri leaving him out of the club’s Champions League squad.Calcio Mercato says United are fans of the 25-year-old and would welcome his arrival at the club.Can, of course, played for United’s bitter rivals Liverpool between 2014 to 2018.He made 166 appearances for the Reds before joining Juve as a free agent. last_img read more

Star Bulk Narrows 2Q Loss as Revenues Rise

first_imgzoom Greek dry bulk shipping firm Star Bulk has managed to reduce its loss for the second quarter of this year to USD 10.3 million from USD 32.9 million posted in the same quarter a year earlier.Net loss for the first half of this year stood at USD 26.2 million, against a net loss of USD 81.7 million recorded in 1H 2016.In 2Q 2017, total net voyage revenues were USD 62 million, compared to USD 34.9 million seen in the second quarter of 2016. This increase was primarily driven by the increase in charter hire rates, which led to a TCE rate of USD 9,746 compared to a TCE rate of USD 5,609 in the same period last year, representing a 74% rise.“Given our Q2 2017 average OPEX and net cash G&A expenses per vessel … we have an adjusted EBITDA of USD 25.7 million, compared to an adjusted EBITDA figure of USD 1.6 million in Q2 2016. This marks the fifth consecutive increase in our quarterly Adjusted EBITDA since the first quarter of 2016 when the dry bulk market troughed,” Petros Pappas, Chief Executive Officer of Star Bulk, commented.In July, the company took delivery of MV Diva, a Supramax vessel with carrying capacity of 56,582 dwt, built at Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industry China in 2011.Furthermore, in August, the company paid USD 3.6 million to all parties under its restructuring agreements, representing the 20% of the equity used for the acquisition of Star Charis, Star Suzanna and Diva.Star Bulk inked in June a new loan agreement with ABN AMRO Bank for USD 30.8 million to partially finance the acquisition of two Kamsarmaxes bought earlier this year and to refinance all of the outstanding debt under the Heron Vessel CiT Facility.“On the financing front, we have drawn down the full facility amount to partially finance the acquisition of the 2 … Kamsarmaxes …, which along with the successful refinancing in full of one of our bank facilities, demonstrates the solid support from the company’s lenders and enhances our financial flexibility going forward,” Pappas concluded.Currently, Star Bulk’s fleet includes 71 operating vessels and 3 newbuilding vessels under construction in China. All of the newbuilds are expected to be delivered during 2017 and 2018. Additionally, the company has one chartered‐in Supramax vessel, under a time charter expiring in September 2017.last_img read more

Baseball No 7 Ohio State survives elimination game with 53 win over

OSU sophomore Seth Kinker (37) fires a pitch during a game against Morehead State at Bill Davis Stadium on April 12. OSU won 1-0.Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer had been through this game before. Navigating through the loser’s bracket of the 2016 Big Ten Tournament, the right-handed pitcher started Ohio State’s 11-4 win over Michigan to continue its championship run. As the Buckeyes faced another elimination game against the Wolverines in the 2018 tournament, Niemeyer took the mound again, coming to the same result with No. 7 Ohio State defeating No. 3 Michigan 5-3 on Friday afternoon. In the first meeting between Ohio State and Michigan in 2018, Niemeyer allowed one run on five hits, walking one batter with five strikeouts. Even though the Wolverine offense had opportunities to score, Niemeyer and the rest of the pitching staff limited its production with runners on base, allowing three hits in 20 plate appearances with runners on. The first time through the order, Ohio State could not get anything going against Michigan left-handed starter Ben Dragani. With only two base runners, including one walk, the Buckeyes recorded five flyouts in the first two innings of the game, striking out only once. As the lineup turned over, so did the outlook for the Ohio State offense. Starting with sophomore designated hitter Dominic Canzone hitting a double down the left field line, the Buckeyes recorded four hits on four consecutive pitches, scoring their first two runs of the day on an RBI double by senior left fielder Tyler Cowles and an RBI single by senior right fielder Noah McGowan respectively. After a three-run sixth inning, including senior first baseman Bo Coolen’s first home run of the season, the Buckeyes finished the day with five runs on nine hits, hitting .364 with runners in scoring position. Michigan cut Ohio State’s lead down to two in the seventh inning on a two-RBI single by Brock Keener. However, senior right-handed pitcher Seth Kinker closed the door on Michigan with 1.2 scoreless innings. Ohio State will face No. 1 Minnesota in the tournament semifinal at 10 a.m. Saturday. read more

Hirving Lozano already has a price at PSV Eindhoven

first_imgAfter his match against FC Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven has decided to put a price tag on winger Hirving Lozano in case any club wants to buy him.All we needed was to watch Hirving Lozano doing that sprint next to Jordi Alba in the Champions League match between PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona, that was more than enough to realize this is a very special player because pretty much no one is faster than the Catalan left-back. But Lozano was able to get past him on that sprint and everybody at Camp Nou stadium was in awe with this display of speed, the player had recently spoken about the Catalan club asking for his services during the summer but there was no deal struck before the World Cup. After the summer tournament, Lozano had already scored a very important goal against Germany and he presented himself as a very promising player that was just starting his career in European football. Even if he wasn’t able to score a goal against Barça in the Champions League last week, Hirving has remained very relevant in the Eredivisie and he just keeps scoring goals with the ‘Farmers’ week after week. This fantastic level has made the club decide to put a price tag on the player, because they know that one of the big clubs in European football will soon come after him and they want to be ahead of the curve in case any offer comes.Eeeel Chucky Lozaaano! 😈#PSVAJA pic.twitter.com/m5SKO92lHQ— PSV (@PSV) September 24, 2018According to Fox Sports from Mexico, Lozano’s price tag has been elevated from €20 million to a staggering €60 million which would turn him into the most expensive Mexican player in history. If he keeps this game level up, Lozano can rest easy because Barcelona won’t be the only squad that will come after him next summer. Although PSV Eindhoven would like to keep the player for at least another season after this one, they know that he is growing too quickly to remain with the Dutch champions for longer. This club is very famous for having some of the best players in modern football on their ranks like Brazilians Ronaldo or Romario, and many other Mexican players who triumphed with the ‘Farmers’. But even if Lozano has only been at PSV for a little over a year, we can already say that he has become the best Mexican player who ever represented the club’s colors, his stats are on par with the more legendary players from the club and he just keeps growing. Should he keep this momentum going nonstop, Lozano will quickly be worth even more than those €60 million the Dutch club has decided to place him inside the scale of expensive players from their squad.Día de partidooo! 🇲🇽@HirvingLozano70 🤝 @GutiGalaviz#EXCPSV pic.twitter.com/kspy68YQpm— PSV International (@psveindhoven) September 26, 2018David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Clubs that would be interested in Lozano.We already stated that FC Barcelona is not currently interested in Hirving Lozano, but that doesn’t mean there are not clubs that would love to have him on their ranks for next season. In Spain, there are two clubs that would be very keen on having Hirving playing for them in the near future, those clubs are Valencia and Atletico Madrid. In England, the clubs that would like having Lozano in their ranks are Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Everton FC, Liverpool FC, and also West Ham United where ‘Chicharito’ currently plays. There are currently no clubs in Italy who are interested in the player, but Germany could also be a great destination for him as Eintracht Frankfurt and Stuttgart would be among the clubs that have asked for him. But with this new price tag that Lozano has according to Fox Sports, his agent Mino Raiola will have a more difficult time finding him a proper squad that can help him keep growing his already impressive career as a player in European football. Lozano’s time in the Old Continent is going by quickly, and he just keeps on delivering incredible performances that will only make more clubs interested in his services for next summer during the transfer window.– Chucky Lozano🇲🇽 @HirvingLozano70 con PSV:44 partidos26 goles10 asistencias– Arjen Robben🇳🇱 con PSV:75 partidos21 goles17 asistencias pic.twitter.com/gGfPSNENIE— Sir Raúl Jiménez (@PapitoRaul_) September 24, 2018Which will be the first club to come after Hirving Lozano? Please share your opinion in the comment section below.last_img read more

Warnock We shot ourselves in the foot

first_imgCardiff City boss Neil Warnock was disappointed with the officials after his team suffered a 3-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur.The Bluebirds are three points above the relegation zone, after losing heavily at home to Manchester United and TottenhamHowever, Boss Warnock was dismayed that no action was taken against Spurs midfielder Moussa Sissoko for a first-half challenge, and he was just as unhappy with the sloppy nature of Cardiff’s early play.“I don’t think it was a game too far, I just thought we shot ourselves in the foot,” Warnock disclosed to RTE.“Man United, it was two-and-a-half minutes, today one-and-a-half minutes.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“You can’t give quality players like that a lift.“We wanted to put them under pressure after their (Wolves) result and really it was a stroll.“I was pleased we didn’t just fold in the second half.“We had to play for pride and, all credit to them, they battled well in the second half when it would have been easy to roll over.”last_img read more

May Day for Workers focuses on Job Safety Health

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Apr 2015 – Coming onto May Day, May 1st and the Department of Employment says the Turks and Caicos will join the rest of the world and observe World Day for Safety and Health at work. The Department said it is all to bolster the priority which is establishing a culture of prevention. Minster Employment Hon. Donhue Gardiner explained a need to “increase awareness of on the job hazard and risks, and understanding of their prevention and control.” The goal is to equate decent work with safe work and all ILO constituents, said Minister Gardiner, “must create the partnerships that are needed…” There will be a week of activities. Nearly 1000 Participate in Immigration Bill Consultations Recommended for you PDM Chairman says North & Middle Caicos MP ignorant of law, fails to remove voters Related Items:donhue gardiner, for safety and health, may day, world day Baptist Union President Makes Recommendation on Status and Immigration Billslast_img read more