Harry Redknapp accepts he may be fighting a losing battle to sign Loic Remy from Marseille.The QPR boss, who also wanted Remy when in charge at Tottenham, has hinted that a move to Newcastle may be a more attractive option for the striker if he decides to leave France.Newcastle are keen to capture him as a replacement for Demba Ba, who recently quit St James’ Park to join Chelsea.Remy has made it clear he does not want to join Rangers, but they are still hoping that a lucrative offer could change his mind.“I don’t know where he’ll end up. I think Newcastle are interested but he’s also thinking about staying at Marseille,” said Redknapp.“He’s not playing [regularly] at Marseille and I think it would have been good for him to come and play in the Premier League and try to help us stay up.Fernandes is keen for QPR to make signings.“If the worst comes to the worst and we couldn’t survive, at least he’s in the shop window and the big clubs would want him.“And if he does score the goals we would hope he would score, then there’s every chance we would stay up.”He added: “Newcastle are in a similar position league-wise, but Newcastle is one of the great clubs – 50-odd thousand Geordies every week in their black and white shirts – a fantastic football club.”Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes is keen for Redknapp to make signings during the transfer window and Remy was one of the club’s top targets.But the 25-year-old declined to even meet Redknapp when the R’s boss recently travelled to France in the hope of holding talks with him.Redknapp explained: “He didn’t want to come to us. He didn’t even want to speak about coming.“I went over last week to watch him play, not that I needed to as I watched him about seven times when I was at Tottenham.“I couldn’t even get a meeting with him. I was hoping to talk to him to encourage him to come.“I think he was in a position where, when I was at Tottenham, he was interested in coming and I got on well with the lad so he would have felt embarrassed coming to say he didn’t want to come to QPR.“He wasn’t being disrespectful. He was just in a position he didn’t know how to handle, so I’ve got no problems with him.“He may change his mind, you don’t know. I wouldn’t write him off completely. I’d like to get him if possible but it’s not going to be easy.”Meanwhile, Redknapp says he is unsure whether QPR have a realistic chance of signing Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila.Click here for our QPR v Tottenham quizSee also:Rangers boss back in France for talks over Remy and M’VilaQPR set to table formal bid for French 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Intelsat New Dawn taking off from the French Guiana on 22 April. (Image: Space) The satellite is specifically designed to improve Africa’s communication. (Image: Intelsat) MEDIA CONTACTS • Portia Sibugodi Communications Convergence Partners +27 11 550 5320 RELATED ARTICLES • Intelsat New Dawn set for take-off • SA company selling tickets to space • Blast-off for space weather centre • SA space agency to launch soonBongani Nkosi Intelsat New Dawn, Africa’s new communications satellite, finally blasted into space via the Ariane 5 rocket, which to date has lifted off almost 60 times with satellite payloads.The satellite took off successfully on 22 April from commercial space transport company Arianespace‘s rocket complex in Kourou, French Guiana. Its initial launch on 29 March was aborted.Ariane 5, one of the world’s most successful launch vehicles, also took the Yahsat 1A satellite to space on the same day. This communications satellite will serve the Middle East primarily, and will also offer services to customers in Africa and Southwest Asia.Intelsat New Dawn is specifically designed to improve communications within the African continent. According to its owners, because it operates from a geostationary orbital slot at 32.8° east, it’s well placed to bolster Africa’s telecommunications capacity.Its 28 C-band and 24 Ku-band 36 MHz transponder units are tailor-made to provide critical communications infrastructure for African customers, Intelsat said.“Intelsat New Dawn will be ideally positioned to serve Africa through a payload optimised to deliver new capacity for voice, wireless backhaul, fixed line and wireless infrastructure, broadband and media,” said Intelsat’s statement.New Dawn will be part of Intelsat’s well-established satellite fleet that caters for almost the entire world.“Intelsat New Dawn will be integrated with the resilient Intelsat fleet, allowing us to expand and enhance the vital communications services that are provided by our customers to business consumers throughout Africa,” Intelsat’s CEO Dave McGlade said in the statement.With a life span of at least 17 years, Intelsat New Dawn comes at a time when the continent’s telecoms sector needs to take full advantage of upcoming long-haul submarine and terrestrial broadband cables, following the recent launch of others like Seacom and Eassy.Intelsat owns a 10% stake at New Dawn after it provided the bulk of the 15% equity investments. African investors hold a combined 90% majority.The local funders, which include financial provider Nedbank, the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa, the African Development Bank and investment management firm Convergence Partners, provided both equity and debt funding.“The satellite will not only deliver crucial services specifically tailored for Africa, it will also herald the dawn of a new era where Africans enjoy far greater involvement in the space communications industry,” said Convergence Partners’ chairman Andile Ngcaba.Terrestrial fibre cable partnershipConvergence Partners is also a partner in Johannesburg-based FibreCo Telecommunications, a venture that plans to implement a new long-haul terrestrial fibre-optic broadband network in South Africa. Local companies Cell C and Internet Solutions are the other investors in the 12 000km open-access cable.The first phase of construction will see a 4 500km redundant core ring, which will link Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban, being completed by the end of 2012. The entire project will be finished off in two more subsequent phases.“The project is on track, with good progress being made on the key activities supporting the development of FibreCo’s network, including negotiations with local and international network implementation partners, government authorities and various other market players,” said Arif Hussain, the consortium’s CEO.
For many South Africans, rugby is a serious matter, a source of bursting pride – or shattering disappointment. Here’s a guide to the game of rugby in South Africa.Nelson Mandela in his No 6 shirt with rugby player Francois Pienaar shortly after the Springboks’ win the Rugby World Cup on home turf in 1995. (Image: Rugby World Cup)Brand South Africa reporterRugby is one of South Africa’s big three sports, alongside soccer and cricket. For the many South African fans of the game, rugby is a serious matter, a source of bursting pride and joy – or shattering disappointment.The country has traditionally fared extremely well on the world stage, and South African fans expect their national team to win every game it plays.To help your understanding, here’s a quick guide to the game of rugby in South Africa:The changing face of SA rugbySpringboksTri-NationsSuper RugbyCurrie CupVodacom CupThe changing face of South African rugbySport, like no other South African institution, has shown it has the power to heal old wounds.When the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup on home turf in 1995, Nelson Mandela donned the No 6 shirt of the team’s captain – Francois Pienaar, a white Afrikaner – and the two embraced in a spontaneous gesture of racial reconciliation that melted hearts around the country.A single moment, and 400 years of colonial strife and bitterness … suddenly seemed so petty.For the disadvantaged people of the old apartheid South Africa, rugby was the white man’s game, and even more so the game of the Afrikaner. Traditionally, most communities of colour played soccer while, for white communities, rugby was the winter sport of choice.Things have changed in South Africa since 1994, however, and the South African Rugby Football Union has been working hard to make rugby the game of all South Africans, mainly through an active development programme throughout the country.At provincial age-group levels, players of colour are playing an increasingly prominent role as the development programme and the quota system begin to bear fruit.Through the quota system, players of colour are being given the opportunity to compete at the higher levels of the game, and a growing number are showing that they belong there by securing places in Super 14 teams and – the highest honour for a South African rugby player – in the Springbok side.The SpringboksThe Springboks are the national rugby team and traditionally one of the sport’s international powerhouses. Every talented South African youngster dreams of one day wearing “the green and gold”.The Boks have an outstanding international scoresheet, and for many years enjoyed a winning record against all other nations, until a slight slump in performances after South Africa’s return from international isolation in 1992.New Zealand’s All Blacks now hold a slight edge in head-to-head meetings with the Springboks, but the South Africans retain a winning record against all other countries.There have been five big highlights since South Africa’s return from international isolation. The first of these took place in 1995 when the country hosted rugby’s biggest tournament, the World Cup.The Springboks made it through to the final at Ellis Park where, spurred on by a frenzied home crowd, and with the whole of South Africa willing them on, they trumped the All Blacks 15-12 in extra time to lift the sport’s most coveted trophy.The Boks’ display, opening with a win over defending champions Australia and finishing with victory over favourites New Zealand, united the country, bringing people of all colours together just a year after South Africa’s first democratic elections.The second highlight occurred in 1998, when South Africa broke New Zealand’s hold on the Tri-Nations, a competition that matches up the “big three” of the southern hemisphere, with Australia completing the trio.The Kiwis had won the first two competitions without losing a match, but Gary Teichmann’s 1998 side showed spirit and poise in winning all four of their matches to lift the title for the first time.The third highlight included the Springboks’ 1998 Tri-Nations title and went beyond it. It was a run of 17 victories in succession, equalling the world record run by New Zealand between 1965 and 1970 (which, appropriately, was halted by South Africa).During their 1997/98 run, South Africa defeated Australia, New Zealand, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy – all of them, with the exception of Italy, teams rated amongst the world’s elite.After a rough period, during which Springbok coaches came and went with alarming rapidity, Jake White was appointed coach in 2003. He would go on to lead the team in more matches than any other Springbok coach. He was also at the helm when the fourth great highlight was achieved.In October 2007, South Africa beat England 15-6 in the final of the World Cup in Paris, after advancing through the tournament unbeaten, to join Australia as the only two-time winner of the William Webb Ellis Trophy.Not long afterwards, Jake White was named International Rugby Board (IRB) Coach of the Year and Bryan Habana IRB Player of the Year. The Springboks were named IRB Team of the Year and, at the Laureus Sports Awards in February 2008, World Sports Team of the Year.The following year they captured their third Tri-Nations title, defeating the All Blacks three times on their way to the title. They also beat the British and Irish Lions 2-1 in a three-match series.In New Zealand, in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the Springboks won all of their pool matches, defeating Wales, Namibia, Fiji, and Samoa. They exited the tournament at the quarterfinals stage, falling 11-9 to Australia, which, incredibly, was the sole statistic they trailed the Wallabies by when the match was over.Tri-NationsThe Tri-Nations was an annual competition that took place in July and August from 1996 to 2011 to decide the top international team in the southern hemisphere.The competition was born of a demand for more regular competition between the southern hemisphere superpowers following the success of the 1995 World Cup.Between them, the three competing countries – New Zealand, South Africa and Australia – have won six out of the seven World Cups contested since 1987, so to be crowned Tri-Nations champion was a great honour.Tri-Nations champions:2011: Australia2010: New Zealand2009: South Africa2008: New Zealand2007: New Zealand2006: New Zealand2005: New Zealand2004: South Africa2003: New Zealand2002: New Zealand2001: Australia2000: Australia1999: New Zealand1998: South Africa1997: New Zealand1996: New ZealandThe Rugby ChampionshipIn 2012, the Tri-Nations competition was expanded to include Argentina and became known as the Rugby Championship.Reigning World Cup champions, New Zealand, became the first winners of the new competition.The Rugby Championship champions:2012: New Zealand2013: New ZealandSuper RugbyThe Super Rugby competition features 15 regional teams from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, with each country providing five teams.The forerunner of the competition was the Super 10, contested by provincial teams from the three countries as well as Samoa in 1993 and 1994 and Tonga in 1995.In 1996, the competition became the Super 12, featuring provincial and regional teams from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, with the Tongans and Samoans falling out. Two more teams were added in 2006 and it became the Super 14.The Super Rugby competition begins in February and runs through until August.Five South African teams are selected from the Sharks (made up of players from the Natal Sharks), the Stormers (made up of players from Western Province and Boland), the Cheetahs (made up of players from the Cheetahs, Griquas and Griffons), the Lions (made up of players from the Lions, Pumas and Leopards), the Bulls (made up of players from the Blue Bulls and Falcons) and the Southern Kings (made up of players from the Kings, Bulldogs and Eagles)Back in 1993, the team then known as Transvaal (now the Lions) beat New Zealand team Auckland to win the first Super 10 competition.But it was to be a long wait for local fans for the next South African Super rugby winner: until 2007, when the Bulls scored a converted try after the final hooter to sneak a 20-19 win against the Sharks in Durban.Super Rugby champions:2012: Chiefs (NZ)2013: Chiefs (NZ)Super 14 champions:2011: Reds (Aus)2010: Bulls (SA)2009: Bulls (SA)2008: Crusaders (NZ)2007: Bulls (SA)2006: Crusaders (NZ)Super 12 champions:2005: Crusaders (NZ)2004: Brumbies (Aus)2003: Blues (NZ)2002: Crusaders (NZ)2001: Brumbies (Aus)2000: Crusaders (NZ)1999: Crusaders (NZ)1998: Crusaders (NZ)1997: Blues (NZ)1996: Blues (NZ)Super 10 champions:1995: Queensland (Aus)1994: Queensland (Aus)1993: Transvaal (SA)Currie CupThe Currie Cup, the premier provincial rugby competition in South Africa, was first contested in 1892. The format of the Currie Cup varied from year to year, and finals were held intermittently until 1968, after which the final became an annual event.Up to and including 2011, the most successful province in the history of the Currie Cup is Western Province with 32 titles (four shared), followed by the Blue Bulls with 23 (four shared), the Lions with 10 (one shared), the Natal Sharks with six, and the Cheetahs with four (one shared). Other teams that have lifted the trophy include Griquas (three times) and Border (twice, both shared).For many years the biggest rivalry in South African rugby was between Western Province and the Blue Bulls. During the early to mid-1990s this was superseded by a three-way rivalry between Natal, the Lions and Western Province.The Blue Bulls have returned to Currie Cup prominence, however, while the Free State Cheetahs won three titles in succession, from 2005 to 2007, including sharing the Currie Cup with the Blue Bulls in 2006.The Currie Cup takes place roughly between July and October. The format divides 14 teams into eight Premier Division and six First Division teams.The teams, in alphabetical order, are: Blue Bulls, Boland Cavaliers, Border Bulldogs, Eagles, Falcons, Free State Cheetahs, Golden Lions, Griffons, Griquas, Leopards, Mighty Elephants, Natal Sharks, Pumas and Western Province.Currie Cup champions (since 1994):2013: Natal Sharks2012: Western Province2011: Golden Lions2010: Natal Sharks2009: Blue Bulls2008: Natal Sharks2007: Free State Cheetahs2006: Blue Bulls / Free State Cheetahs2005: Free State Cheetahs2004: Blue Bulls2003: Blue Bulls2002: Blue Bulls2001: Western Province2000: Western Province1999: Golden Lions1998: Blue Bulls1997: Western Province1996: Natal Sharks1995: Natal Sharks1994: TransvaalVodacom CupThe Vodacom Cup has become an important competition on the South African rugby calendar. It takes place at the same time as the Super 14 competition – starting in late February and finishing in mid-May – and thus creates a platform for talented young players who might otherwise not get a chance to make their mark.It has also been a fertile breeding ground for strong players from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, thanks to the enforcement of quotas. Quotas, successfully implemented lower down, now extend through the higher levels of South African rugby, including the Super 14.The Vodacom Cup is divided into two sections – North and South – with the top two teams advancing to the semi-finals and playing cross-section matches of one- versus-two for a place in the final.The North is made up of the Griffons, Pumas, Golden Lions, Griquas, Blue Bulls, Leopards XV, Valke, and the Limpopo Blue Bulls. The South’s teams are the Sharks XV, Free State XV, Western Province, Tusker Simba XV (Kenya), SWD Eagles, EP Kings, Boland Cavaliers, and Border.Since the first Vodacom Cup season in 1998, up to and including 2014, the Golden Lions have won four titles, including a hat-trick from 2002 to 2004, while Griquas have also claimed four titles.The Golden Lions have taken the honours on five occasions, while there have also been titles for and Blue Bulls , the Falcons, Western Province, Griqualand West, Free State Cheetahs and Argentina’s Pampas XV.Vodacom Cup champions:2014: Griquas2013: Golden Lions2012: Western Province2011: Pampas XV (Arg)2010: Blue Bulls2009: Griquas2008: Blue Bulls2007: Griquas2006: Falcons2005: Griquas2004: Golden Lions2003: Golden Lions2002: Golden Lions2001: Blue Bulls2000: Free State Cheetahs1999: Golden Lions1998: Griqualand WestWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
At the first Lead SA #ChangeMakers Conference, held in Johannesburg, leaders in business and community projects spoke about how they had made a success with their initiatives. The Lead SA Heroes were also announced. Stafford Masie, an entrepreneur, was one of the speakers at the Lead SA #ChangeMakers Conference. His message was about humanity being more important than technology. (Image: Melissa Javan) • South African feminist a global voice for women • Mentors dared to be different • New push for careers in science and innovation • Social enterprises set up to change lives • Grootboom tells tales of Khoi-San through recycled material and artwork Melissa JavanConsidering others and working together would help to change South Africa positively; this was one the messages to come out of the first annual national #ChangeMakers Conference, held at the University of Johannesburg on 15 August.About 1 000 people from non-profit organisations and youth groups as well as business leaders attended the event, which was organised by Lead SA. It featured several speakers from business and social initiatives.Lead SA was started by media groups Primedia Broadcasting and Independent Newspapers in August 2010. It aims to boost nation-building and encourage South Africans to make a positive impact on society. This campaign calls on South Africans to keep a sense of goodwill alive in their communities and become leaders for change.The heroesProvincial Lead SA Heroes (winners) were also announced at the #ChangeMakers Conference. Marlon Parker, founder of RLabs, was named the Lead SA National Hero of the Year. Jenna Lowe of Get Me to 21 was posthumously named the Lead SA National Youth Hero of the Year. Both of them are from the Western Cape.Parker founded Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs) in the Cape Flats community of Athlone, Cape Town, with the aim of “reconstructing communities through innovation”.Among RLabs’ numerous activities are the Reconstructed project, which works to rehabilitate former gangsters and drug users through mentoring and training; Mom 2.0, which teaches women how to use computers and social media tools such as Gmail and Facebook; and the Seniors Mobile Session, which teaches the elderly how to use their mobile phones efficiently.Lowe was diagnosed with a life-threatening lung disease, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) when she was 17 years old. She needed a new set of lungs, and set up an initiative to help people in need of organ transplants. In her video, You are invited to Jenna’s 21st birthday party, she said that she was already planning her 21st party.She invited everyone who watched the video. To join her party, individuals had to sign up to be organ donors. More than 5 300 people have signed up as donors on Lowe’s blog. The 20-year-old died in June this year.Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, the founder and chairman of humanitarian group Gift of the Givers, was honoured with the Lead SA Inaugural #Leadership Award. Jenna Lowe’s parents, Gabi and Stuart Lowe (far right on photo), accepted the Lead SA #ChangeMakers Youth Hero of the Year Award on their daughter’s behalf. They are with representatives of RLabs, Brent Williams and Conrad Petersen. RLabs won the Lead SA #ChangeMakers Hero of the Year Award. (Image: Melissa Javan)Defining #ChangeMakersTerry Volkwyn, the chief executive of Primedia Broadcasting and the founder of Lead SA, defined a changemaker as an individual, organisation or group that used their time and resources to make a positive change. “They are fearless, persistent… They don’t lie down. They stand up and try again and again.”She encouraged people to let their voices be heard.Another speaker, Ella Bella, a representative of Miss Earth SA and founder of the organisation Generation Earth, said networking and engaging with others towards the same goals, was key. “Collaborate with what is existing. Funding comes in when there is affiliating with people.”She encouraged individuals to join the revolution to consider people and the planet. “Every generation has something to fight for. In our generation, our home [planet] is what we are fighting for.”Stafford Masie, a South African technology entrepreneur and founder of Thumbzup, spoke about how technology was continually changing. He explained how technology products became outdated and lost their value when a new product replaced it.Thumbzup sells products such as payment devices for entrepreneurs.“Forget technology, it’s going away and it moves quickly,” he said. “For leadership in business, it is important to know that as much as it is about technology, it’s more about humanity.”Understanding humans, Masie stressed, was more important than understanding technology.Watch former Lead SA Heroes talk about their experiences:
Out of contention for a place in the play-offs of the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), spoiling the party for top teams is Delhi Daredevils’ aim heading into their last three matches.But with skipper and mainstay Virender Sehwag out of the tournament, even that seems far-fetched as they take on Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.Sehwag had been the lone performer for the Daredevils, who have chopped and changed their side time and again in search of the right combination.With the talisman bowing out, it will be the perfect platform for the youngsters to rise to the occasion against a strong Chennai outfit led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.David Warner has failed to provide a good start at the top of the order, forcing the management to drop him for the match against Deccan Chargers before recalling him for the match against Mumbai. But Warner managed a solitary run before Harbhajan Singh got the better of him. Only new skipper James Hopes, among the foreign recruits, has managed to consistently contribute to the team’s cause.But with nothing to lose, Delhi would look to just go out and enjoy themselves and there could be quite a few changes in the playing XI with the likes of Roelof van der Merwe and Shahbaz Nadeem being given an opportunity to spin a web around the Chennai top-order on a turning track.The Super Kings, on the other hand, will look to avoid an upset and earn the win required to book their places in the play-offs. Having put up a professional show in their last match against Rajasthan Royals, Dhoni and his boys will guard against complacency.advertisementWith the national selectors set to meet on Friday, the likes of Murali Vijay and Subramaniam Badrinath – a consistent performer for Chennai along with Michael Hussey – would look to catch the eyes of the men who matter.Chennai’s consistent run has been helped by the fact that all the other toporder batsmen have flourished with Hussey – 388 runs from nine matches – and Suresh Raina – 320 runs from 11 matches – leading the way.Even the bowlers have been impressive with pacers Doug Bollinger and Albie Morkel – 13 wickets apiece – being ably backed by spinner R Ashwin – 12 wickets from 11 matches. The basic difference between the two sides this year has been that while CSK’s foreign recruits have repaid the faith shown in them, the foreigners in the Daredevils outfit have failed to fire throughout the tournament with even Morne Morkel’s line and length going haywire in the last few matches.During training, Delhi coach Greg Shippered could be seen talking to Irfan Pathan, Warner and Venugopal Rao – Delhi’s most prolific batsmen after Sehwag with 290 runs from 11 matches.Rao also bowled for a long time. He could be an option considering the nature of the wicket.Chennai were relaxed during their session. While the likes of Dhoni and Raina went for big hits, Badrinath played some classy drives and flicks before stepping out to the spinners.