Here are all the top transfer-related stories and football headlines in Friday’s newspapers…Bayern Munich are preparing to make Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez their highest-paid player. The German giants are reportedly ready to offer £40million for the Chile striker, plus wages of £350,000 per week. (Daily Mirror)Meanwhile, the Gunners are confident of keeping defender Hector Bellerin at the club this summer, despite interest from Barcelona. (London Evening Standard)Manchester United are reportedly ready to return for Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann after their move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata hit a snag. (Daily Mirror)Virgil van Dijk will not be heading to Liverpool, and Southampton have reportedly insisted it will cost other clubs £70million if they want to sign him. (Daily Mail)Chelsea and Manchester City are reported to have stepped up the race to sign the Dutch defender after Liverpool pulled out. (Daily Mail)Liverpool are getting no closer to signing Roma attacker Mohamed Salah, with the Reds refusing to meet the Italian club’s £35million asking price. (Liverpool Echo)Diego Costa has pleaded with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to save his Stamford Bridge career, after claiming he had been told by boss Antonio Conte that he has not future at the club. (The Sun)Costa is prepared to re-sign for former club Atletico Madrid this summer and not play until January, due to their transfer ban. (@SportWitness on Twitter)Paris Saint-Germain are favourites to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, who is also a reported target for Liverpool. (France Football)Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs is set to leave the club this summer, with Brighton, Newcastle, Watford and Stoke all ready to pounce. (London Evening Standard)Real Madrid have reportedly received a €200million bid from an unnamed Chinese Super League team for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese superstar is said to have been offered €120m-a-year to move to the Far East. (@DeadlineDayLive on Twitter)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines and transfer stories:??Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has taken a swipe at Liverpool for their alleged under-hand tactics in their pursuit of defender Virgil van DijkCould Van Dijk still sign for Liverpool this summer? ‘Still a possibility’Transfer news: Alvaro Morata’s agent says striker ‘wants to play more’ and will make decision over future in ‘coming days’Transfer news: Borussia Dortmund new boy Mahmoud Dahoud reveals why he snubbed interest from Premier LeagueArsenal transfer news: ‘Sell Hector Bellerin to Barcelona and sign Monaco’s Fabinho, he is 10 times better’ – Fan reactionEverton could make their move for Arsenal target Stephane Ruffier after tracking the Saint Etienne goalkeeper throughout the seasonSchalke insist that Arsenal and Tottenham target Leon Goretzka will NOT be sold this summer – despite his perilous contract situationLazio have joined the race for Arsenal and Chelsea target Hakan CalhanogluEverton and West Brom have been joined by Torino in the hunt for Sassuolo hotshot Diego Falcinelli
Bright Kagiso Malatjie competing in the traditional pan finals. Team SA in celebratory mood during the opening ceremony in Poland. (Images: SA Gold Panning Association) MEDIA CONTACTS • René Reinders South African Gold Panning Association +27 13 768 1060 or +27 84 755 7807• Marius Brummer Pilgrims Rest Business Chamber +27 82 780 7309 RELATED ARTICLES • Mines, headgear and the mind • Joburg: from mining camp to big city • SA’s junior mining vibrant • Team SA takes Bushmills trophy• Jock to grace SA screens againEmily van RijswijckAlthough the term gold panning evokes centuries-old images of dusty shanty towns and hopeful prospectors, the activity is still very much part of the new millennium – and even practised as a national sport in South Africa.The national team recently participated in the 2011 World Gold Panning Championships in Zlotoryja, Poland, and – although they did not return with prized nuggets – they won over Polish hearts during their stay, says Sibongile Nkosi, spokesperson for culture, sport and recreation in Mpumalanga province.South Africa fielded a squad of 32 members, among them Surprise Thulelo who was crowned junior champion in Italy in 2009. Despite not reaching the podium this year, more than 10 South Africans made it into the finals of the different panning categories, including that for proficient men and women.More than 150 panners from 22 countries – Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, UK, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the US – participated in the 2011 event.MEC for Culture, Sport and Recreation in Mpumalanga Sibongile Manana attended the competition and said the team gave it their all in the different categories.“We are extremely proud of the men and women who represented the country well at the championships.”Hosts in 2012South Africa will host the 2012 World Gold Panning Championships in Pilgrims Rest, as it did in 2005. Before kicking off this year’s event, the South African delegation showcased the country and its many attractions to fellow participants and spectators.A multicultural ensemble from Mpumalanga gave spirited performances of Shoshaloza and Impi, two traditional Zulu songs today strongly associated with sporting events, much to the delight of the 500-strong crowd.The delegation also used the opportunity to entice visitors to the province, which is one of South Africa’s prime tourist destinations.They highlighted popular spots like Pilgrim’s Rest, Blyde River Canyon and Kruger Park among other choice options available to local and overseas visitors.Manana said South Africa was excited about welcoming spectators to the 2012 championships.“Our people are waiting to share their hospitality with all of you. South Africa is ready for you. Wozani!” (isiZulu, meaning “come”).Italy and Sweden will be the host countries in 2013 and 2014 respectively.Competition panning Gold panning is a recreational sport with a strong family-fun component to it. Everybody can participate, from five- to 80-year-olds, says René Reinders, South African Gold Panning Association representative.The South African Gold Panning Association (Sagpa) was formed in 1997, and at the same time joined the World Gold Panning Association. The local organisation aims to promote and maintain the tradition of gold panning in South Africa.Sagpa also feels gold panning has great potential as an all-inclusive heritage activity, which can valuably contribute to nation-building and cross-cultural understanding.Working closely with the Mpumalanga Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation, Sagpa holds the annual South African National Championships, from which a team is selected to participate in international competitions.Reinders says the sport is gaining popularity steadily, with panning associations now represented in almost all nine provinces.“We are trying to build up participant numbers as we go along. It is a heritage activity which stays alive through these competitions and which we would like to continue to see taking place for years to come.”How to panParticipants receive a gold pan and a bucket full of sand in which a specific number of gold nuggets are hidden. The amount of nuggets in each bucket is only known to the judges. Participants enter pools of water and start washing the sand in search of the nuggets.The winner is the participant who finds the most nuggets in the shortest space of time. Panners are also penalised for lost nuggets.“Once participants step into the pool of water, they become very serious, often competing with their own, custom-designed boards which they swear by,” adds Reinders.In international competitions, panning takes place in several categories and also includes the use of various types of pans, such as the traditional klondike pan which was used by prospectors of old, the bateau pan which originates from Eastern Europe or the less-familiar wooden Japanese yurita pan.Pilgrims RestTaciturn Alec “Wheelbarrow” Patterson, the opportunistic prospector and discover of the first gold nugget in Pilgrims Creek in the 1870s, would probably have frowned upon these modern-day panning effortsPatterson was so nicknamed after he arrived at the Mac Mac digs near Sabie in Mpumalanga, at the time the only viable prospecting field in the area, accompanied only by his wheelbarrow in which he pushed his worldly belongings.As he was secretive and reticent, not much is known about the man, but it is believed he became so encumbered after he sold his donkey – because the animal had kicked him.Loner Patterson soon found the crowded Mac Mac site too much for his liking and decided to try his luck elsewhere. He opted for the small, tree-lined Pilgrims Creek, which eventually joins the mighty Blyde River. Here he struck gold.But it was another prospector, William Trafford, who is credited with starting the rush to Pilgrims Rest and for inadvertently naming the village that would spring up as a result.After following Patterson to Pilgrims Creek, he also found gold in the little stream and immediately registered his claim at the Mac Mac office of the Gold Commissioner.He is quoted as saying at the time: “Here a pilgrim can come to rest.”On 22 September 1873 Pilgrims Rest was officially proclaimed a gold field.Gold prospectors there first stayed in tents, but by 1876 most of these were replaced by more permanent structures of zinc and wood. These dwellings can still be seen today, almost intact, making Pilgrims Rest a favourite tourist attraction in Mpumalanga.A visit there is not complete without staying, or at least having a drink, at the rustic Victorian Royal Hotel. Pilgrims Rest also offers a nine-hole golf course, museums, tours and, of course, gold panning excursions.In 1986 the entire village of Pilgrims Rest was declared a national monument, a living tribute to South Africa’s gold-rush days of the 1800 and 1900s.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tickets are now on sale for the Delaware County Farm Bureau’s “Benefit in the Barn, A Symphony on the Farm.” This celebration of agriculture and music happens Saturday, August 20, 2016 with all proceeds benefitting partners of the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. For the second year in a row, guests will enjoy a fun and unique concert along with dinner, Ohio beer, wine and spirits, and special surprises throughout the night.The event takes place on Hardscrabble Farms at 2514 Skinner Road, Delaware. The farm has been operated by the Skinner family for more than a century. Tickets include a picnic-style dinner compliments of All Occasions Catering beginning at 6 p.m. and music by the Central Ohio Symphony commencing at 7:30 p.m. and playing until dusk. Guests are encouraged bring a lawn chair for open seating in the barnyard. Tents will be erected to provide cover in the event of inclement weather.To purchase your tickets online, visit: BenefitInTheBarn.org. General admission is $30 per ticket and includes the concert and dinner. Farm Bureau members will receive a $5 discount per ticket when entering their Farm Bureau member number. A limited amount of tickets will be offered, so be sure to get your tickets early. For additional assistance regarding ticket purchases, please call the United Way of Delaware County at 614-436-8929. If you have questions about the event in general, please call the Delaware County Farm Bureau at 740-363-1613.Proceeds from the Benefit in the Barn will benefit the Delaware County Hunger Alliance. The members of the Hunger Alliance are committed to increasing access to fresh produce, food pantries, meals for the homebound, and nutrition education. To learn more visit www.DelawareCountyHunger.org.Those who cannot attend the Benefit in the Barn but would still like to support the Delaware County Hunger Alliance, can visit: https://www.liveuniteddelawarecounty.org/take-action/hungeralliance/empty-plate-campaign.The event would not be possible without the support of sponsors. Sponsors already committed to this year’s benefit include the Delaware County Foundation’s Robert Weiler Family Fund and Charles H. and Betty J. Sheets Fund, Delaware County Bank, First Citizens National Bank, POET, Trillium Farms, Wright Moore Law Office, and Farm Credit Mid America.
Saurav Ghosal is on a high. The country’s leading squash player is going through the best phase of his international career. The 24-year-old reached the quarter-finals of the British Super Series this month, in the process becoming the first Indian to do. Not only that, he stretched reigning world champion Amr Shabana to five games in the Hong Kong Open in July.Saurav Ghosal is going through best phase of his career.Speaking to Mail Today, after his first practice session at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in the Capital, Ghoshal said he was happy with the conditions.”It is the first time that I have stepped on to these courts. It was a very good feeling. In terms of lighting and other factors, these courts are comparable to the best in the world. The ASB courts, which are used on the Professional Squash Association ( PSA) circuit are also being used in this competition,” he said.At the same time, Saurav cautioned that there were minor things that needed to be done.”Well they are some minor glitches which can be sorted out. These glitches occur in most tournaments so it is nothing surprising,” he said.About the level of competition at the Games, Saurav said it was going to be a tough one. “We have the likes of Nick Mathews ( world No. 3), James Willtstrop (No. 6) and Peter Barker (No. 7). It is going to be a very formidable one,” he said.Speaking about his performance this year, Saurav, who’s ranked 26th – his best ever so far – said that his good showing was due to his self- belief and conviction.advertisement”When you have the belief that you can beat the top players then it becomes that much easier for you to win against the leading players,” he said.He came up with a couple of sterling performances this year. In May, he stretched former world champion and current world No. 3 Amr Shabana to five games at the Hong Kong Open. “That was one of the best matches I have played this year. Initially, I had some blues playing against Amr. He is my idol and here I was up against him,” he conceded.But once he got over the blues, Saurav matched the Egyptian shot for shot. ” In the end, what separated him from me was just a couple of crucial points which he won,” he said.Thereafter, Saurav came up with his terrific performance at the British Super Series event – one of the top ranked events on the PSA circuit in September. The Indian made it to the quarterfinals where he lost to Englishman James Willstrop.”I was extremely satisfied with my performance at this event in Manchester. It was the first time I made such a progress in a tournament of such a magnitude,” he said.Saurav feels his decision to base abroad – in Leeds, England – has got him the desired results.”Initially, I had some hesitation.But then five years down the line, I am convinced that I made the right decision. The competition in England is very tough. In fact, I am practicing with Willstrop almost on a daily basis,” he said.SAVOURS ASIAD BRONZESaurav has very vivid memories of the bronze medal won at the Asian Games in 2006. ” I have very fond memories of Doha. The most unfortunate part was that my opponent in the quarter- finals happened to be my good friend Ritwik ( Bhattacharya). It ( the bronze) was my first major medal at the international level and I will treasure it for the rest of my career,” he said.Meanwhile, national coach Cyrus Poncha was satisfied with the way his wards shaped up during the two practice sessions.”They arrived from Chennai only on Saturday afternoon and got a feel of the courts today. I am happy with the way they were hitting the ball,” he said.