Marcelo under fire for diveMADRID (AP):Real Madrid left back Marcelo has been widely criticised for diving against Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.The Brazilian defender appeared to kick and headbutt Maximilian Arnold, then threw himself to the ground after pretending he had been hit in the face by the German midfielder.His antics in Real Madrid’s 2-0 loss in Germany on Wednesday led to a yellow card to Arnold, who could miss the semi-finals if he is booked again in next week’s second leg and Wolfsburg advance.Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking was still upset by the incident after the match and reportedly had an angry exchange with Marcelo in the tunnel to the changing rooms.Marcelo was booed off the field by fans at Wolfsburg Arena, while Arnold, who scored the second goal, said afterwards the incident was “part of football”.US women rout Colombia 7-0EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP):Allie Long scored her first two international goals, and the United States routed Colombia 7-0 Wednesday night in the Americans’ first exhibition since five players filed a wage-discrimination action against the US Soccer Federation (USSF).Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe, and Becky Sauerbrunn filed an action last week with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accusing the USSF of unlawfully paying them less than members of the US men’s national team. The union for the women’s national team is in a legal battle with the USSF, claiming it can terminate its labour contract. The USSF claims the deal runs through December.”We weren’t really thinking about all that stuff because at the end of the day, that stuff will work itself out,” Lloyd said. “We have to continue to make sure we are putting a good result out on the field.”The US team was not the only one fighting money issues. The Colombian team has not been paid in two months, Philly.com reported last week.Kerber in last eightCHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP):Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova at the Volvo Car Open yesterday.Kerber is the defending champion after winning the title in last year’s Family Circle Cup. The second-ranked German star was not at her best but was good enough to put away Kucova, who is ranked No. 142. Kerber broke her opponent’s serve seven times, including the final game.Kerber needed a third-set tiebreaker to win her opening match at the Volvo on Tuesday night. She quickly gained control over Kucova and won 10 of the final 13 games.
The official funeral of Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane, who died tragically in a car accident last weekend, will be held on Saturday 21 March at 9am in Limpopo. A memorial service will be held this Thursday in Pretoria.Minister of Public Affairs and Administration Collins Chabane, who died in a traffic accident last weekend. (Image: GCIS)On Sunday 15 March 2015 South Africa woke to the tragic news of the passing of Minister of Public Service and Administration Ohm Collins Chabane. He died in a car accident with his two protectors, Sergeant Lawrence Lentsoane and Sergeant Lesiba Sekele.The officers’ funeral arrangements are being handled by the South African Police Services, as they died in the line of duty.The Inter-Ministerial Committee on State Funerals met on Tuesday 17 March in Cape Town to plan the official funeral for Chabane.An official funeralMinister Chabane will be accorded an Official Funeral Category 1, an honour given to serving ministers, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces and provincial Premiers. President Jacob Zuma has ordered all national flags to be flown at half-mast throughout the country on Saturday 21 March, the day of the funeral.Memorial serviceThe venue for Chabane’s memorial service has been changed from the Pretoria City Hall to the Tshwane Events Centre, formerly known as the Pretoria Show Grounds. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the keynote address.Date: Thursday 19 MarchTime: 12 noonAddress: 205 Soutter Street, PretoriaFuneralChabane’s funeral will be held at 09h00 on Saturday 21 March at the late minister’s home village of Xikundu, in the Vhembe District of Limpopo. President Zuma will deliver the oration.Media accreditationMembers of the media are invited to apply for accreditation via firstname.lastname@example.org or 082 440 5656, or by calling Tshegofatso Modubu on 083 276 0786.The Department of Communication and GCIS will facilitate the issuing of media accreditation. The media are asked to bring their identity document or press card when collecting their accreditation.Condolence booksThe public are invited to write messages to the Chabane family in the condolence books at these venues:• Tuynhuis, Parliament, Cape Town• Union Buildings, Pretoria• Offices of the Department of Communication and GCIS, 1035 Francis Baard Street, Hatfield, Pretoria• Offices of Department of Public Service and Administration, 116 Johannes Ramokhoase Street (formerly known as Proes Street), Pretoria• School of Government (formerly known as Palama) , ZK Matthews Building, 70 Meintje Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria• Office of the Premier in Limpopo, 40 Hans van Rensburg Street, PolokwaneSocial mediaThe public are asked to send messages to email@example.com. All messages will be collated into a book, which will be given to the Chabane family. This email message channel will be open until Sunday 22 March 2015.The social media campaign on Twitter and Facebook will run from 17 March to Sunday 22 March. Members of the public are requested to address @PresidencyZA on Twitter and post on the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa Facebook page. The hashtag is #RIPMinChabane
About 100 donors in Meghalaya have contributed nearly ₹4 crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for flood assistance in the state, officials said. The funds will be used to provide relief to flood- affected people in West Garo Hills district, they said on September 2.“We have collected ₹4 crore through donations to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund,” a senior official at the Chief Minister’s Office told PTI. He said that the funds would be used to buy mosquito nets, school books, bags and blankets for distribution to the affected families.School children have also contributed to the CMRF, he said.Floods in West Garo Hills district and South West Garo Hills district in July caused death of five people, besides damage to public and private properties.