MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers players, from left, LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love, JR Smith and Jae Crowder take a break during a review in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. James and the Cavaliers are going through their annual January freeze. It’s taking them longer to thaw this year, raising questions about whether they’re still the best team in the Eastern Conference or good enough to make their fourth straight NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)LeBron James says he won’t be traded, though every other move should be on the table for the Cleveland Cavaliers.It’s just unclear if anything can make a difference.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Cavaliers are a team that’s deeply in a rut and badly in need of a change to jump-start a season that shows signs of slipping away. But they’re down to their final hours to find help via trade, with the deadline set for Thursday afternoon.Impact players are traded, but this season the biggest ones may have already been moved. Jimmy Butler, Chris Paul, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony all were dealt over the summer, as was Kyrie Irving — in a move that may have backfired for the Cavs. Their former point guard has led Boston to the top of the Eastern Conference, while Isaiah Thomas has struggled in the brief time he’s been available since returning from his hip injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCleveland also acquired the Brooklyn Nets’ No. 1 pick in that deal, a likely high lottery selection. But the type of names most heavily mentioned in the days before this year’s deadline — such as the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams, and Memphis’ Tyreke Evans — aren’t worth such a coveted asset. They can certainly help teams but maybe not ones who seem as far off track as the Cavs, who have dropped 14 of 21 and are barely hanging on to a spot in the top four of the Eastern Conference.The deadline was moved up this season, with the NBA feeling it would give players who are dealt a chance to use the All-Star break to get acclimated to their new situations. The deadline previously was at the end of the break, and it sure looks like the Cavs wouldn’t want to wait that long this season. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Troy Rosario stretchered off after hard fall Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cleveland has been able to score late-season help in recent years by signing veteran players who had taken buyouts and gone to the waiver wire, but even that kind of move may not be available this time. With so much uncertainty about James’ future, Cleveland may not be an attractive destination to veterans who have other options.But James’ immediate future is clear. He said Tuesday after a 116-98 loss in Orlando that he would not waive his no-trade clause and would finish the season in Cleveland.“I couldn’t give up on my teammates like that. I just couldn’t do it,” James said. “We put too much into the game every single day.”They’re just not getting enough out of it.ADVERTISEMENT
Liberia football giants Barrack Young Controller (BYC) and Fassell departed the country to their respective hunting grounds early Tuesday morning on Air Maroc to honor their respective first leg matches in the continental club tournaments.The Blues – FC BYC are in Banjul, the Gambia to lock horns with Real de Banjul on Saturday, February 14. The Soccer Missionaries — FC Fassell are in Bamako, Mali, to host Horoya FC of Guinea on Sunday, February 15.FC Fassell should have hosted the Guinean team in Monrovia but because of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) the Confederation of African Football (CAF) delocalized football activities in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia thus forcing clubs from these countries participating in CAF competitions to find neutral venues for their respective home matches.Howbeit, the Malian Football Association (MFA) agreed to serve as home ground for Liberian representatives as well as the Sierra Leonean and Guinean teams.FC Fassell is in Bamako to host Horoya FC with the return leg taking place on Friday, the 27th of February also in Bamako.The three-time Liberian courier at CAF will host Real de Banjul in Bamako on Sunday, the 1st of March.Meanwhile, the first timer at the CAF tournament, FC Fassell called up nine players to boast their team. They included Vitalis Gobeoh Sieh, Eddie Wulue, Sam Chaplay Kollie, Aloysius Simujla, and Jeremiah Jlateh Sickey.Others included Bill Gayflor, Albert Nimely, Adama Massaquoi and Terrance L. Tisdell.For BYC, the likes of Mulbah Urey, Benjamin Gbamy, Prince Jetoh, Blamoh Nimely, Sporo Somah, Francis Jalabah, Prince Saydee, Gideon Williams, Samuel Thompson, and George Duada are in the line-up, amongst others.Barrack Young Controllers are supported by Mr. Robert Sirleaf while FC Fassell is bankrolled by diamond broker Cassell F. Kouh, Jr. Both men are the chairmen of the Board of Directors of their clubs respectively.Unlike FC Fassell, which would be their debut appearance in the CAF Confederation Cu, but BYC eliminated Asante Kotoko of Ghana on a 1-0 aggregate, but were also eliminated by Sewe Sports of Cote d‘Ivoire on a 4-3 aggregate in their last appearance. lShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After his appointment a month ago as police chief, Col. Gregory Coleman launched a hundred day operation to rid Monrovia and its environs of criminals, drug users and wayward youth.The exercise resulted in the destruction of the notorious Turtle Base in Red-Light, Paynesville, the enclave of hardened criminals in Monrovia. Scores of delinquents, drug users, and abandoned street youths have been arrested in several police raids across Monrovia.In that direction, WATS Foundation Liberia (WAFOL), a humanitarian outfit, has embarked on a voluntary initiative to rehabilitate drug addicts, criminals and abandoned youth across the country.A year ago, Mrs. Watta Holmes, the Chief Executive Officer of WAFOL and a team of other committed Liberians started a campaign to recruit and rehabilitate drug addicts and criminals from the notorious Turtle Base and other criminal hideouts in Monrovia. According to Mrs. Holmes, the rehabilitation program set up at a camp in the Cotton Tree Community in Margibi County is intended to transform young Liberians who were being destroyed by drugs and other harmful substances into productive citizens.Early last week, WAFOL graduated 26 former drug users who underwent a six-month rehabilitation program at the Cotton Tree camp.Speaking at the program, beneficiary Julius Mator called on Liberians to stand up with one voice against people who are importing narcotics and other harmful substances into the country.Mr. Mator also called on the government to formulate harsh laws that would put a halt to the use of harmful drugs.He said the workforce of Liberia is gradually being eaten up by narcotics and noted that if nothing is done to arrest the situation the future of the country would be compromised.He urged the Liberian government to reinforce the fight against drug abuse and the importation of narcotic substances into the country.In an emotional testimony, graduate and mother of five Tina Fawaz, said she abandoned her children and lived in a ghetto for several years. “I lived on drugs and thought I was enjoying my life. But thank God I have been rehabilitated by WAFOL,” Ms. Fawaz said. She cautioned mothers whose children use drugs not to give up on them, and but continue praying for them because “there is nothing that God cannot do.”Seamus Hollywood, another reformed young man and a father of three children, said because of illicit drugs, his family abandoned him and he lost many relationships. He said he lost a lot of opportunities and his mind because of drugs.WAFOL’s Chief Executive Officer Mrs. Watta Holmes extended her gratitude to God and her family for giving her the support to assist the nation’s unfortunate, drug abusers.Mrs. Holmes said WATS Foundation Liberia (WAFOL) has the expertise to rehabilitate drug users and criminals, but noted that the institution does not have adequate financial resources to cater to more of these youths into its program. She appealed to the government and philanthropists to assist her in transforming youth throughout the country who have become drug abusers.“To run this place is not easy. Sometimes it gets so tough, but by the grace of God, my phone would ring and somebody would say, ‘I have a half bag of rice for the program,’ or ‘I have two bags,’ and so on. That’s how we are gradually making it here,” Mrs. Holmes revealed.She said, in spite of the lack of external support, WAFOL will remain committed to rehabilitating drug abusing youths in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The commission suspended Sturridge from participating in any domestic football for six weeks, with a further four weeks suspended, and fined him £75,000 (Sh9.6mn).Nine of the 11 charges against the striker were dismissed and Sturridge is free to resume his career on July 31, just before the English season starts.The FA said it believed the punishment should have been stiffer and that it would appeal.The England international left European champions Liverpool when his contract expired at the end of June and is without a club.A statement from the FA said: “The regulatory commission found proved charges three and four, which alleged that, in that same transfer window, Mr Sturridge had instructed his brother, Leon, to bet on a possible move by him (Daniel Sturridge) to Sevilla FC.“In issuing that instruction, the regulatory commission found that, as a matter of fact, Mr Sturridge had provided his brother with inside information for that purpose.”It added: “The FA respectfully disagrees with the regulatory commission’s findings and will be appealing against the charges which were dismissed and the sanction which was imposed.”Sturridge ended up switching to West Brom for the second half of the 2017/18 campaign after a move to La Liga side Sevilla broke down.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000After instructing his brother to bet on a move to Sevilla, Daniel Sturridge ended up on loan at West Brom © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 18 – Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been fined and suspended for six weeks for breaching betting rules, the Football Association announced on Thursday.An independent regulatory commission found that 29-year-old Sturridge, capped 26 times by England, had instructed his brother to bet on a possible move to Sevilla during the January 2018 transfer window.
It’s back to the 20s at Voodoo this New Year’s EveTo recall the spirit and vibe of the Roaring Twenties, Voodoo Venue are throwing a Prohibition-themed party to usher in the New Year, Great Gatsby style..Voodoo Venue will host the party through-out the venue in each of the various rooms, inviting guests to travel back to the 1920s with sparkling champagne, vintage cocktails, New York ball countdown, dickie bows and fringe dresses, so dress to the theme of The Great Gatsby and get swept away in the era of class, glamour, mischief…Indulge in the life of the rich and famous of yesteryear at one of the classiest joints in town this New Year’s Eve… VOODOO VENUE.. The ultimate start to the New Year begins in Voodoo Lounge, Celebrate in style at Donegal’s most glamorous traditional NYE parties with residential DJ and champers at midnight.Enjoy premium beverages, and seasonal cocktails made from the freshest ingredients.NYE 2015-2016 – VINTAGE LOUNGEVintage opens its doors at 9pm, and offers various options, including VIP and bottle service packages, have your Havanna chilling on the table for your arrival, strictly over 21’s, Upscale dress code. In keeping with tradition – This year the entire venue will welcome 2016 with a musical countdown – “Auld Lang Syne” Pre-Millennium style like its 1999…Voodoo Venue have all the finer details wrapped up in style!!Join us for the party of the year – the glitz, the glamour, the excess of the 1920s! This NYE we go all out Gatsby with jazz and electro-swing DJs, live music and 20s props. You’ll sip on delicious cocktails served in cut glassware and there’ll be dancing on the tables til the wee hours of dawn.. IT’S TIME TO BRING IN THE NEW YEAR GREAT GATSBY STYLE AT VOODOO VENUE was last modified: December 30th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:20s themeletterkennyNew Year’s EveVoodoo Venue
All-Ireland launch: Pic G DiverGlenswilly GAA Club, home of Michael Murphy, today played host to the launch event to mark the onset of the 2013 All-Ireland Football Series following confirmation of the four provincial winners on the back of last weekend’s activity.Monaghan and Mayo wins over Donegal and London respectively on Sunday allowed them to join Kerry and Dublin directly in the All-Ireland quarter-finals where they await one of the winning teams from next weekend’s round four qualifier clashes.The provincial winners were represented on the day by Jonathan Lyne (Kerry), Owen Lennon (Monaghan), Eoghan O’Gara (Dublin) and Cillian O’Connor (Mayo), while Donegal’s Michael Murphy was also in attendance in his home club on behalf of the reigning All-Ireland Champions. Today’s media event in Donegal saw Glenswilly join a list of clubs to host such an event which now includes Castlebar Mitchells (Mayo), Kerins O’Rahillys (Kerry), St Finbarr’s (Cork), Dunloy (Antrim), Ballyboden St Enda’s (Dublin).GAA Ard Stiúrthóir Páraic Duffy thanked the Donegal club for hosting the event ahead of what promises to be a fascinating conclusion to the All-Ireland Championship.He said: “Already in this year’s football championship we have seen many exciting games across the four provinces and I have no doubt that between now and September we will have more games to savour.“Our four provincial champions will be keen to build on their success so far but previous years have shown that the sides that emerge from the qualifiers are more than capable of causing an upset. “I wish all the players here today and their teams every success in the coming weeks and months and acknowledge these fantastic facilities provided by Glenswilly GAA Club to host this event.”As it stands, there are 11 games remaining (without the possible need for replays) before the destination of the Sam Maguire for 2013 will be known.ALL-IRELAND SERIES LAUNCHED AT GLENSWILLY GAA CLUB was last modified: July 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
A number of raids have been carried out in insurance companies and brokers this morning as part of investigations into alleged price fixing.Officers from the State competition watchdog raided some of Ireland’s main motor insurance as part of a part into cartelism in the motor insurance industry.The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission began the investigation into price fixing last year and a number of industry groups were issued with witnesses summons at the time. Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said news of raids by competition enforcement officials of offices linked to the Irish insurance industry are welcome although they have come late in the day.Deputy Doherty said:“I welcome news this morning of raids being carried out by Competition Enforcement officials investigating possible cartel behaviour. This is good news for consumers that concerns I have voiced for some time about cartelism now are being taken seriously. “The dramatic spikes in insurance prices across the board, and the fact that the Central Bank has accused the insurers of providing false information to it, point to sound grounds for investigation. The industry has been warned before about price signalling.“The news this morning will offer hope to drivers and others reliant on insurance that there is some protection for them even if it is coming very late in the day.”BREAKING: Motor insurance companies raided over alleged price fixing was last modified: July 5th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:insurance
With the recent announcement that the construction of Warren Farm training ground will commence this summer, everyone with any sort of spiritual attachment to QPR is once more daring to dream of better times.The reported estimated cost of £30m for the Warren Farm training site is a real statement of intent from QPR if accurate. With the club also set to meet expense itself, such a heavy investment is a clear sign that the club desires to be the next champion of youth talent. Naturally though, the short-term agenda is to use the new training ground to attract new players, of the calibre required to get QPR back amongst the elite.Breaking new groundHaving a state-of-the-art training ground is one ‘pull factor’ for potential new players, but many would argue that getting the right permanent manager is perhaps the most important flashpoint of QPR’s immediate future. As with any rumours, current links between Tim Sherwood and QPR have been met with a mixed reaction, especially in light of Sherwood’s failure to show Tottenham the way forward, and his inability to save Aston Villa during the club’s horrific calendar year of 2015.While Sherwood’s potential appointment will always be a divisive topic, he knows exactly how it is to be part of a new project that could be just one match away from completely unravelling. His participation in Blackburn’s famous title-winning season of 1994/95 is the obvious highlight in that regard, and if he can bring Kenny Dalglish’s managerial values to Loftus Road in the event of his appointment, then that can only be a positive ahead of 2019/20.Embed from Getty ImagesSherwood’s existing links to a Tottenham side rich in youth talent could also be an extremely helpful element moving forward. Yet, while there are clear signs that the powers at QPR have a very real ‘battle plan’ in the short-term, few could blame any QPR supporter for feeling some degree of doubt.Why so pessimistic?False dawns have become synonymous with QPR over the past three decades. Under Gerry Francis, the Rs were the top London club in the very first Premier League season of 1992/93, and through the prowess of Les Ferdinand, QPR established themselves as a respected force. Sadly, for the West Londoners, that was not to last, and a period of short-term decline – particularly following Ferdinand’s departure to Newcastle – yielded relegation in 1996.There would follow fifteen frustrating years in the wilderness, with a further relegation in 2001 representing a new nadir. Though QPR were able to return to the big-time in 2011, any optimism was quickly withdrawn by the quality of the Premier League, as the promised effects of Tony Fernandes’ ownership failed to truly materialise.Survival in 2012 was rendered meaningless by a disgraceful 2012/13 season. The Rs went down with a pitiful tally, and though a very lucky promotion via the play–offs followed instantly after, another relegation with Harry Redknapp at the helm showed that precisely nothing had changed.QPR in dire need of directionFollowing the relegation of 2015, the mere expectation of yo-yo league jumps was annoyance enough, but recent years have seen the club’s fortunes take an altogether more discouraging turn. The reasons for the club’s second-tier decline are plentiful, but for all the good a new training ground could do, it is leadership that undoubtedly remains the burning issue right now.Ian Holloway’s infectious personality and terrace hero status could not work a second time, and Steve McLaren’s tenure as manager will be forever remembered as a lost time that could have culminated in disaster. Caretaker manager John Eustace has yet to truly make the impact he desires, but a back-to-basics approach has worked in part.That said, there remains plenty of concern about QPR’s overall form, and current sports spread betting news suggests that the West London side remain in danger of the drop, if only by mere dint of mathematics.Perhaps most notably, only the clubs that went into the Good Friday fixtures occupying the relegation places had conceded more goals than QPR’s tally of 65. The unreliable defence could yet see QPR drop into the second tier, but QPR’s home form may be enough, even though Friday’s defeat to Blackburn made it ten home defeats to offset nine victories down in Shepherd’s Bush.With a new ground and a high-profile manager reportedly in the sights of the board, the foundation is there to make QPR’s next top-flight campaign the one that brings glorious memories. Though recollections of Ferdinand, Impey, Wilkins and Classic FM sponsorship become more distant with each passing year, the promise of progressive change in multiple areas of QPR’s operation provides an injection of fresh hope amongst the long-suffering Loftus Road faithful.For if QPR – or any other club – cannot have hope, then existence is futile. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? 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19 June 2012 Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu and South African platinum producers, including leaders from the Mining Industry Growth and Development Task Team (MIGDETT), met in Pretoria on Monday to thrash out the challenges facing the industry. According to the department, the minister and industry representatives held a “frank and open” discussion. “As a result of the meeting, all parties agreed on a process to address current challenges facing the platinum sector, with a view to putting in place a short-term and medium- to long-term plan for the sector,” the department said in a statement. The department will convene a task team that will lead the effort and its first meeting will be held shortly, with very tight time-frames to report back to the broader MIGDETT principals’ meeting, which will be convened by the minister soon. The government and industry representatives agreed to engage on ideas to enrich the work of the task team. MIGDETT has been mandated to come up with ways of making South Africa’s mining industry more competitive and sustainable, and to identify the negative perceptions that investor circles worldwide have about the country’s mining industry. Source: BuaNews
(Back, l to r) Yunus Carrim, Jacob Zuma, Connie September, Kgalema Motlanthe, Lechesa Tsenoli. (Front, l to r) John Jeffery, Pamela Tshwete and Michael Masutha. President Zuma and Deputy President Motlanthe congratulate Minister Tsenoli on his new appointment. Constitutional Court judge Johan Froneman watches as Yunus Carrim signs the oath of office. Zuma and Motlanthe congratulate Connie September, the new minister of human settlements. Deputy science and technology minister Michael Masutha reads the oath of office in Braille.(Images: GCIS)MEDIA CONTACTS • Neo MomoduChief director, media engagement, GCIS+27 12 473 0200• Tommy MakhodeChief director, communications,Dept of Science and Technology+27 12 843 6793 or +27 82 379 8268• Nghamula NkunaChief director, communications,Dept of Co-operative Governance+27 12 334 0711 or +27 76 227 5907RELATED ARTICLES• Cabinet reshuffle welcomed• Gordhan: we can do better• Zuma: better local government• No stopping Africa’s growth: ZumaMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterPresident Jacob Zuma announced changes to his cabinet this week, replacing or redeploying nine ministers and deputy ministers. The new ministers were sworn in on 10 July.“Twenty years of democracy have changed the face of our country,” said Zuma, making the announcement. “To take that change forward, I have decided to make some changes to the national executive.”This is the fourth reshuffle in as many years, and unlike the previous occasions, Zuma has declined to give reasons for the move – analysts say in doing so, he has missed an opportunity to take the nation into his confidence.However, they have lauded the appointment of the three new ministers, as all are individuals who have exemplary records of service and have shown strong commitment to the welfare of the country. Comments have also shown confidence in their ability to carry out their duties in a more efficient way than their respective predecessors.The new appointees are as follows:Minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, Lechesa Tsenoli,Minister of human settlements, Connie September,Minister of communications , Yunus Carrim,Minister of energy, Ben Martins,Minister of transport, Dipuo Peters,Deputy minister of justice and constitutional development, John Jeffery,Deputy minister of science and technology, Michael Masutha,Deputy minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, Andries Nel,Deputy minister of rural development and land reform, Pamela Tshwete.Of the nine appointments, four are sideways moves and five are promotions. Analysts and opposition parties have noted that none of them pose any political threat to the president, and that other ministers who have been under-performing retained their positions, meaning that Zuma did not fully address all the problems that exist at the moment.“Focus must remain on consolidating the effectiveness of governance and meeting the needs of our people, the majority of whom are working class and poor,” the South African Communist Party said in a statement, congratulating its members Carrim and Tsenoli – who both sit on the central committee – on their achievement.Meanwhile, the board of the South African National Roads Agency has wished former transport minister Ben Martins well in his new position as energy minister, and welcomed his predecessor Dipuo Peters as the new minister of transport. As these two ministers have performed relatively well, the reason for their redeployment is unclear.The Democratic Alliance has voiced its approval of Tsenoli’s appointment, urging the new minister to focus on issuing regulations that will prescribe minimum qualifications and skills for municipal managers.Our new cabinet ministersBut who are these new – or not-so-new, in some cases – leaders who have been tasked with taking our country forward?Lechesa Tsenoli: Solomon Lechesa Tsenoli is the former deputy minister for rural development and land reform. He has years of experience in dealing with local government matters, and replaces Richard Baloyi.He has a certificate in adult education from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a certificate in development planning for community leaders from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a certificate in public policy management from the University of Western Cape.Between 2004 and 2011 he served as the chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on co-operative governance and traditional affairs.He has been a member of numerous bodies and organisations, including the National Housing Finance Corporation, the Institute for Local Government Management, and the Joint Rent Action Committee, and is a founder member and former president of the South African National Civic Organisation.Tsenoli is also a student leadership, organisational and life coach.He has been replaced by Pamela Tshwete, the widow of former safety and security minister Steve Tshwete, who passed away in 2002 of complications related to a recurring backache followed by pneumonia. Pamela Tshwete is a member of the national executive committee of the African National Congress Women’s League.Connie September: Cornelia “Connie” September is the new minister of human settlements. She replaces Tokyo Sexwale, who was the first premier of Gauteng province.September is a former deputy president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, and was the national treasurer of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union.She is a member of the portfolio committee on trade and industry, and chairs the portfolio committee on water affairs and forestry. She holds a master’s degree in economics from Warwick University in the UK.Yunus Carrim: Carrim holds a master’s degree in sociology from Warwick University and a diploma in journalism from the Darlington College of Technology, also in the UK. He was a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He replaces the controversial Dinah Pule, who was sworn in as minister of communications on 25 October 2011.He chaired several portfolio committees, including justice and constitutional development (2007 – 2009), public enterprises (2004 – 2007) and provincial and local government (1998 – 2004).Carrim, the former deputy minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs, is described as a leading advocate of initiatives to eliminate corruption in the government.In a radio interview the day after being sworn in, Carrim said that he was committed to working with his deputy minister in making the department more unified and “far more developmental in service delivery and orientation”.He also acknowledged the need to stabilise the volatile board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, and improve its performance.He said that he doesn’t feel at a disadvantage for not having an ICT qualification, adding that the role of the minister is to bring together the technical people who do have the necessary skills, and to provide strategic and political guidance.He spoke of a revival of the communications department, but with elections coming up in 2014, the department’s new focus and energy would only come into play after voters go to the polls.Carrim is replaced by Andries Nel, the former deputy minister of justice and constitutional development, who is himself replaced by John Jeffery.Nel has a degree in civil law from the University of Pretoria. He has also been active in Parliament, holding the position of house chairperson in the National Assembly from 2008 to 2009, and acting chief whip of the ANC in 2006 and 2007, while serving as deputy chief whip between 2002 and 2008.Nel was the co-ordinator for the Lawyers for Human Rights’ capital punishment and penal reform project from 1990 to 1994.New deputy ministersBesides Nel and Tshwete, the other two new deputy ministers are John Jeffery – justice and constitutional development – and Michael Masutha – science and technology. The latter position has been vacant since October 2012.Masutha, an advocate, is the former head of the Disability Rights Unit of Disabled People South Africa, and played an important role in developing the organisation’s constitution and charter. He holds law degrees from Wits University and the University of the North.In Parliament he served on several portfolio committees, including justice and constitutional development, social development, and constitutional review. He was also the chairperson of the standing committee on the auditor-general.Analysts have commented on Masutha’s lack of suitable qualifications for the science portfolio, but say his experience on portfolio committees and his legal background could contribute positively to issues of compliance, and boost the economic and financial management of the department.John Jeffery is a member of the justice and constitutional development portfolio committee in the National Assembly.He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Natal (now the University of KwaZulu-Natal), as well as an LLB and a postgraduate diploma in environmental law from the same institution.