Rossview Interiors along with Donegal Tile Centre at Rossview Business Park, Letterkenny are having a Massive Clearance Sale this weekend!If you are building or renovating then Letterkenny is the place to be and their prices won’t be beaten.The Donegal Tile Centre have a large range of First Quality Wall and Floor Tiles clearing at Less than HALF Price – Wall Tiles from € 3.95 sq yrd and Floor Tiles from € 6.95 sq yrd There are vanity units from € 89, Quadrant shower enclosure and tray for only € 230 with massive savings throughout the store.There is huge savings in Rossview Interiors with a large range of Furniture at never to be repeated prices.Some examples of this are Gas Lift Storage Beds reduced from € 530 to € 260, Dining Sets from € 595 and 40% Off a large variety of occasional furniture, light fittings and picturesSo come along to the Massive Marquee Sale today up to 5.30pm and tomorrow Saturday from 9.30am to 5pm Just watch for the large Marquee from the Polestar Roundabout and take the time to browse …. You never know what you may see! Why you need to get along to the Big Marquee this weekend! was last modified: October 18th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)
Richard Maponya will feature on the next instalment of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part TV series on Sunday 24 August on SABC2 at 9pm. It has always been Richard Maponya’s dream to see Soweto grow. (Image: Facebook/ Richard Maponya) Maponya Developments +27 861 333 264 [email protected] • Agoa opens up opportunities for Africa’s female entrepreneurs • Soweto: from struggle to suburbia • South African businesses honoured • Boost for black-owned firms in South Africa • South African business magazine the best in the worldRomaana NaidooIt has always been Richard John Pelwana Maponya’s dream to see Soweto grow its own flourishing economy.Born in Limpopo Province on 24 December 1926, Maponya is a property developer best known for building a business empire despite the restrictions apartheid imposed on black South Africans. He was fiercely determined to see Soweto develop economically.Aged 24, Maponya – a teacher at the time – took a job as a stock taker at a clothing manufacturer. The manager sold Maponya soiled clothing and offcuts, which he then resold in Soweto. He eventually saved enough capital to open a clothing retailer in Soweto, despite being denied a licence under apartheid laws restricting business ownership for black South Africans. He had even hired the law firm of Mandela and Tambo to help him obtain the licence.Undeterred though, he continued his life’s journey towards entrepreneurial greatness.In the early 1950s, Maponya and his wife Marina (a cousin of Mandela) established the Dube Hygienic Dairy, which employed boys on bicycles to deliver milk to customers – who didn’t have access to electricity or refrigeration – in Soweto.In the 1960s, Maponya was a founding member and first president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (Nafcoc), and the founder and chairman of the African Chamber of Commerce.By the 70s, his clothing empire had grown, and he had begun to branch out into other areas: general stores, car dealerships and filling stations. His most recognisable development though has been Soweto’s Maponya Mall.On 27 September 2007 Nelson Mandela officially opened Maponya Mall, one of the largest shopping centres in the country.Maponya secured the land on which the mall is situated in 1979, first on a 100-year lease. Then, in 1994, after several attempts, he acquired it outright.Continuing to grow Soweto’s economy, Maponya also established Maponya Motor City on Klipspruit Valley Road in Orlando East. The development included a Volkswagen and Toyota dealership respectively.At that time former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said the development was “another milestone for Soweto by the Maponya Group as they continue to build sustainable world-class businesses in Soweto”.Maponya Motor City was the first such business in the south of Johannesburg, and now the Maponya Group’s ventures include property development, horse racing and breeding, retail, automotive sales, filling stations and liquor stores.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP). Serena Williams opened defense of her Olympic singles gold medal with a patchy-at-times 6-4, 6-2 victory over Australia’s Daria Gavrilova.Sunday’s match at the Rio de Janeiro games was Williams’ first since she won her Open-era record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title at Wimbledon last month.The American, seeded No. 1, was hardly at her best in the 91-minute contest, compiling 37 unforced errors to 27 winners, and she got broken at love while serving for the first set at 5-3. But Williams broke right back in the next game.Williams is scheduled to play doubles with her older sister Venus later Sunday.The younger Williams owns four gold medals — in singles at London four years ago, and in doubles in 2000, 2008 and 2012. TweetPinShare0 Shares
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Jorginho reveals Sarri importance in Chelsea moveby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJorginho has admitted Maurizio Sarri made it easier for him to join Chelsea over Manchester City.The midfielder joined the Blues from Napoli at the last second following Sarri’s appointment also from the Serie A giants.And the 27-year-old says he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to reunite with his former manager.He said: “I think it is easier for me because I know how he [Sarri] works and I know what he wants from me on the pitch. It has made me coming here easier.”I think he has already changed a lot. You can see that on the pitch, we’ve improved but there is still room for improvement. We need to keep going, keep improving but keep our feet on the ground and who knows, hopefully, we’ll be able to win something.”
Germany1,429527 Many of these players have passed their prime, like Team USA stalwart Brian Gionta, who has more than 1,000 career NHL games on his resume. Others are simply out of NHL work: James Wisniewski, who last played significant NHL minutes in 2014-15, was released by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016 after failing to impress on a tryout contract. He’s playing abroad now — in the second tier of the German league.To be fair, much of the age disparity can be accounted for by the fact that those early rosters had to be comprised of amateurs, which largely meant college players.1The IOC changed the rule to allow professionals in 1988, although the NHL didn’t agree to stop its season and release players until 10 years later. And it’s not as though those kids were stiffs — the 1988 team alone boasted players like Brian Leetch, Chris Terreri, Kevin Stevens, Craig Janney, Tony Granato and Mike Richter. The 2018 team features some college players who have the potential to go on and have fruitful NHL careers — Harvard’s Ryan Donato, for example — but the majority of the roster is made up of guys who’ll never get another sniff (or never got a sniff at all).This trend is worldwide: Each team has at least one skater with NHL experience on its roster, and six teams (Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Russia, Sweden and the United States) can count at least 1,000 combined NHL games played in their ranks. In total, the tournament boasts a combined 17,419 NHL games played. Czech Republic1,330649 You probably know this by now, but when the puck drops next week in Gangneung, South Korea, there will be no current NHL players on the ice. And whether it’s the NHL’s fault for being overly cautious and stingy or the International Olympic Committee’s fault for being stubborn — to be sure, it’s a mix of both — the fact remains the same: Pyeongchang 2018 will be the first Winter Olympics since Lillehammer ’94 not to feature a men’s ice hockey tournament stocked with players from the world’s best hockey league.The dearth of North American household names in the men’s tournament has a lot of people wondering if the games will even be worth watching. Every game will be contested while Americans and Canadians are about to go to sleep, are already asleep or are just waking from sleep. North Americans have been forced to ask themselves some important questions, such as: Is it really worth sacrificing sleep to watch a bunch of players you’ve never heard of battle it out for gold? And who are these guys anyway?This decision by the NHL, of course, makes Olympic hockey closer to what it was for decades when the league didn’t release its professionals. In 1980 in Lake Placid, the U.S. rallied behind a bunch of largely anonymous kids from the ranks of college hockey, and it became the country’s greatest Olympic moment. So maybe this is a good thing?A closer look at the rosters in South Korea this month will put a damper on such optimism. Teams are not exclusively bringing a collection of their brightest youngsters from the amateur ranks. They’re bringing something else: players plucked from the NHL scrap heap.You might think that the exclusion of the NHL would bring the average age of Team USA down from previous years, but the 2018 roster is older on average than those from Sochi in 2014 and Vancouver in 2010 — 29.4 versus 27 and 26.6, respectively. In fact, this is the third-oldest Team USA roster in the past 38 years. Canada5,4442,140 Switzerland67157 Olympic Athlete from Russia2,5651,955 Slovenia364 Total IN NHL No current NHLers, plenty of former NHLersOlympic rosters with the most NHL experience and points accumulated Norway14530 Source: NBC Olympics, Hockey-Reference.com TEAMGAMESPOINTS Total17,4197,379 Slovakia593377 United States3,0831,216 Finland48452 South Korea272 Sweden1,612370 Team Canada leads the way with 2,140 NHL points and 5,444 NHL games among their Olympians. Those numbers may seem impressive until you realize that the equivalent numbers from the Canadian team in Sochi — the one with Sidney Crosby and Co. — were 8,400 NHL points and 12,936 NHL games.2Through the 2013-14 season.The Olympic rosters are clearly lacking star power. The one exception is the roster for Team Russia — er, Team Olympic Athlete from Russia — which boasts two forwards who each played more than 800 NHL games and scored more than 800 career NHL points: Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk.Kovalchuk is a former Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy winner, and Datsyuk won three consecutive Frank J. Selke Trophies between 2008 and 2010 as the league’s best two-way forward. Each Russian has some very good hockey left in his legs. They’re also the reason the Russians are the odds on favorites to win the tournament.Team Russia is also bringing Kontinental Hockey League star Sergei Mozyakin along to South Korea. Aside from current NHL sniper Alexander Radulov, no other player has won the KHL scoring title in the past decade. The KHL isn’t exactly the NHL, but it’s not exactly a beer league either: It’s the world’s second best hockey league, and 91 of the tournament’s 300 players currently play there. Russia’s games alone should be reason enough to tune in next week.As for the rest? Among the non-KHL cadre, 203 players play across 17 professional leagues spread throughout North America, Europe and Asia; five play NCAA Division 1 hockey; and one — Gionta — is currently not playing any competitive hockey at all. Some teams rewarded players who choose to play their professional hockey on home soil: Every Russian player plays in the KHL, every South Korean player plays in Asia League Ice Hockey, and every Swiss player plays in the National League.3A lot of NHL superstars — including Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Joe Thornton, to name a few — skated in the National League during the lockout of 2012-13. They did so because it is a very good hockey league.But other teams seem to prefer a more well-rounded bunch: The U.S. roster features players from seven professional leagues and a handful of college studs.4And Gionta. And the Slovenian roster features players from 11 leagues across Europe — from the Alps Hockey League to the Czech Extraliga (they know how to score pretty in the Czech Extraliga) to all three divisions of professional German hockey.5This tournament may not feature the world’s top talent, but no one could argue it’s not well-traveled.The NHL’s absence dictates that this won’t be the deepest or most talented group of hockey men ever assembled at an Olympics, but those North Americans willing to stay up late or wake up early will get to see a lot of players they’d never otherwise get to see.
The Ohio State women’s gymnastics team snagged another win with an overall score of 195.8 after their home quad-meet against No. 11 Michigan, Washington and Kent State on Saturday evening.The team started strong in their first rotation event on vault, scoring a total of 49.12. Junior Alexis Mattern received the highest score and career best of 9.9, tying for first on vault with Michigan’s Olivia Karas.“Person after person, and being the sixth person up on vault, it’s, it’s kind of tough,” Mattern said. “So you have to wait and watch your teammates, and you just wait in the wings until it’s your turn. And for me to do the vault that I’ve been training all week, right in the moment, when it really counted, was just really great to start that off.”The Buckeyes gained the lead after the first rotation and continued with momentum to the second event on uneven bars. Sophomore Kaitlyn Hofland placed second overall with a score of 9.85.After the third rotation on beam, OSU still held the lead before entering their fourth and final event on floor.“As much as we try not to focus too much on the scores, we could see that we were still in the lead going into the last event,” Hofland said. “Floor is a strong event for us. It’s a fun event. It’s an awesome event and we knew we all could do it.With the team placing first in their Saturday meet and Mattern finishing third in the all-around with a 39.125, Ohio State received their first conference win against Michigan.“To beat them at home when all the odds were really stacked against us just means so much more, especially because we worked so hard,” said Mattern.After riding a wave from their second victory, the team said it won’t take the win for granted. A few minor performance issues were seen during the meet, such as two girls receiving a one-tenth point deduction for stepping out of bounds on their floor routines.Although coach Carey Fagan took these performances as something to improve upon in preparation for their next meet on Jan. 28 against Iowa, she holds a strong positive outlook for the coming meet and the season as a whole.“Starting off in the conference 1-0 is going to be huge for my team, and beating — Michigan is a great team,” said Fagan. “They’re historically strongest in the conference, so I think the confidence that my team will get knowing that they compete with the best will really set us up for the rest of the season.”
The Buckeyes take to the field prior to the start of the game against Michigan State on Nov 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFollowing a 26-6 victory against then-No. 18 Michigan State, Ohio State (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten) remain at No. 10 for the third straight week in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.With the Spartans fell out of the overall rankings, the Buckeyes join No. 4 Michigan, No. 14 Penn State, No. 22 Northwestern in the playoff rankings, giving the Big Ten four teams in the Top 25.On Sunday, Ohio State moved down a spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and the Amway Coaches’ Poll to No. 9 and No. 8, respectively.No. 10 Ohio State faces Maryland on the road at noon on Saturday.Here are the full current rankings:1.) Alabama2.) Clemson3.) Notre Dame 4.) Michigan5.) Georgia6.) Oklahoma7.) LSU8.) Washington State9.) West Virginia10.) Ohio State11.) UCF12.) Syracuse13.) Florida14.) Penn State15.) Texas16.) Iowa State17.) Kentucky18.) Washington19.) Utah20.) Boston College21.) Mississippi State22.) Northwestern23.) Utah State24.) Cincinnati25.) Boise State
Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi has refused to blame any of his players following their shock exit from the Europa League against RB SalzburgFollwing their 4-2 victory in the first leg last week, Lazio were in a promising position to progress with Ciro Immobile putting them in the lead at the Red Bull Arena.Yet Munas Dabbur’s goal afterwards appeared to have stirred a comeback in Salzburg with the hosts scoring three goals in the space of just four minutes to win the second leg 4-1.The result of the return leg ensured that it would be Salzburg, not Lazio, who progressed to the semi-finals of the Europa League with a 6-5 aggregate win over the Italian side.But Inzaghi, brother of the legendary AC Milan star Filippo Inzaghi, refused to hold any of his players accountable for the defeat and instead hopes that it will be a valuable experience for the young squad.Match Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“The difference is that we had the same number of shots on goal today, they scored four and we got one. We’ll learn from this and it’ll help us to grow.”said the 42 year-old, according to Goal.“It was an emotional journey. It’s a shame we couldn’t give them this semi-final, which was right there in front of us.“I don’t think we were defensive this evening at all. We had the scoring opportunities and simply didn’t take enough of them. The two goals they scored in Rome were also somewhat fortuitous, but we move on.“I am sure it’ll be another step in the growth experience, as let’s not forget we have many young players in their first European campaigns.”Lazio will now return their focus to the Serie A with Inzaghi’s side being involved in a tight battle for a spot in the top four. Currently the capital club are in third place in the Serie A standings ahead of rivals Roma, Inter Milan and AC Milan.
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly joined Manchester United in the race for the Brazilian midfielder Fred this summer, claims Manchester Evening NewsThe Shakhtar Donetsk player has been a subject of interest for both United and local rivals Manchester City throughout the season, although it is believed that the latter has now officially ended their interest in signing Fred.However, the free-spending PSG have joined United after deciding that the 25-year-old would make a valuable addition to their squad.The Ligue 1 champions are currently looking for a mobile defensive midfielder in order to ease the burden that has been placed on Adrien Rabiot’s shoulders this term.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Vice-captain Thiago Motta is now 35 years old and the 33-year-old Lassana Diarra left PSG in the January transfer window for Abu Dhabi outfit Al-Jazira.Shakhtar is unwilling to allow Fred to leave for nothing in the summer with the Brazilian’s five-year deal with the Ukrainian club including a release clause of €60m.Although United may be prepared to match the asking price due to Marouane Fellaini’s uncertain future and captain Michael Carrick’s retirement.
In his autobiography, Zlatan Ibrahimovic admitted to feeling betrayed by Milan when they sold him to PSG for €20 million in 2012.According to reports, Ibrahimovic is going back to San Siro, where he never wanted to leave.The 37-year-old Swede revealed details in his new book titled ‘I am football’. He gave an insight regarding his experience with former Milan CEO Adriano Galliani.In excerpts from the book were published by La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Ibrahimovic wrote: “Galliani told me: ‘Ibra, you have nothing to be worried about, we won’t sell you.’“A few weeks later, I was in my holiday home in Vaxholm. I had just returned from water skiing and saw there were five missed calls on my phone from Mino Raiola.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I’d made him swear not to call me during my vacation, so I knew something was going on. ‘We have to talk,’ he told me. ‘Leonardo will call you.’“I wondered who this Leonardo was, then put it together. Leonardo… the director of sport at PSG. ‘Listen, I don’t want to talk to him. There’s nothing to talk about, seeing as Galliani promised I wasn’t for sale.’“Raiola replied: ‘Well, see, in reality, they’ve already sold you…’ ”