Construction workers contracted by the Chinese company, CICO, are complaining of traffic violations and insults hurled out to them by drivers as they pave the road between Red Light and Fendell.Some of the workers, who spoke to the Daily Observer on February 26, complained that drivers and owners of vehicles— specifically those bearing RL, SEN and REP plates— failed to observe signs on the road and throw derogatory languages at them (workers).According to the workers, though they are not clothed with the authority to speak for the company, disrespectful treatment towards them from government officials are an abuse of their rights as citizens of Liberia; and as such, they are compelled to express their feelings to the press under the cloak of anonymity.CICO is responsible for the portion of the Red Light-Ganta Highway from Red Light to Gbarnga. This portion has been assigned to one group of workers between Coco Cola Factory and Fendell while the others are spread out along the highway.Workers usually install signs on the part of the road they are paving while directing vehicles to use a different route in order to avoid inconvenience for motorist.In spite of these efforts, the workers claimed government officials plying the road insult them without any regard for their humanity.“As we stand by with signs to direct cars coming to where we are working, drivers and owners of these cars put their heads out of their windows and insult us. They tell us that we are useless laborers without technical knowledge who are ‘following behind the Chinese’ doing unskilled work. They refuse to go along the path on the road we prepare for them to follow. They want to use the part of the road we are fixing because they do not want their cars to get dusty,” one worker complained.According to them, Police vehicles are also involved in the violations. “Even the police who we expect to help us enforce the rules break them. They use their power to drive past the sign, this is causing embarrassment for us,” he said.The workers noted that they could be like any other Liberian who chooses to sell cold water or anything else for a living, but they respect their work with the road construction company because it is meant to help the reconstruction process of the country.“We are not doing bad by working with CICO to pave this road. We are helping because they cannot do everything alone. That is why our officials should not see us in wretched clothes working on the road and treat us as if we are not human,” the anonymous worker said.CICO officials’ contacted Wednesday, February 26, afternoon about the alleged abuse said they have not received and formal complaint from their workers. Efforts made to contact the workers’ Chinese supervisors along the road proved fruitless as they do not speak English and there was no one present to interpret from Chinese to English.The aggrieved Liberian contractors said their relationship with the company itself is very cordial one. “Only our Liberian brothers and sisters in big positions see it fit to cuss us on this road since we’ve been working here. Let them know that it is for their own good we stand here to direct them. They must not cuss us just because they are in big cars,” another worker noted.Giving some backgrounds on how the work is done, one contractor said, “aside from the base made of crushed rocks; two additional layers of coal tar are laid upon it (the base) before smoothening it out.The contractor said the construction work would last for three years and seven years would be used for maintenance before turning it over to the country.He also disclosed that the portion between Fendell and Red Light would be completed this Dry Season.Meanwhile, the road from Red Light to Ganta is sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).Two Chinese construction companies including CICO and CHICO are carrying on the construction for a period of three years.CICO takes on the road from Red Light to Gbarnga, while CHICO begins from Gbarnga to the Guinea-Liberia border in Ganta, Nimba County.The two companies have begun intensive work on the road as there are various sub groups in separate locations working.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Gareth Southgate congratulates England defender Harry Maguire © AFP / Johannes EISELENIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – England coach Gareth Southgate was keeping his feet firmly on the ground after England’s 6-1 World Cup group-stage rout of Panama, declaring “I didn’t particularly like the performance”.With a grin Southgate explained to the BBC: “I’m being hyper-critical, but I didn’t like the start, I didn’t like the goal at the end. The bits in the middle were pretty good though!” Southgate was speaking after a hat-trick from Harry Kane, a double from John Stones and another from Jesse Lingard saw off Panama and qualified England into the knockout stages.As it stands England are level on goal difference with also-qualified Belgium but top the group by virtue of yellow cards — two compared to the Belgians’ three.The countries meet in Kaliningrad on Thursday.Asked about possible changes to his XI to face Belgium, Southgate commented: “I want to keep the momentum, we have to think about the team we want to put out, it’s an opportunity for players who need a match who haven’t played for a while but on the other hand we want to keep winning.“It’s a nice decision to have!”Reflecting on a record World Cup win for England — their previous best result was 3-0 — he added: “I was a bit anxious at the start, they (Panama) had six at the back and three in middle, but once we worked that out I thought we played some really good stuff for 35 minutes.Southgate’s main gripe was his defence allowing Felipe Baloy to score Panama’s first ever World Cup goal in the 78th minute.“At half-time we talked about one more goal to be top of the group, that’s why the goal at the end was disappointing,” he said.“We’d rather be in control of the group than not, and confidence wise it’s important to score goals.“It was a big moment for Lingard and great for the captain (Kane) to score a hat-trick, that way he didn’t have the hump when I took him off!”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Northwest Garden Show and sunshine are coming your way May 24th and 25th in CPI Castlefinn! The North West Garden Show usually attracts thousands of visitors.So make sure and give them your no.1 preference by enjoying free gardening advice and workshops, entertainment, fashion, live food theatre and gardening experts over the two days, you won’t be disappointed in this new design show for 2014 with events for all the family to enjoy!We will be bringing you the up to date news and schedule during the week but the big news is that ALL tickets booked online until next Tuesday are only €5, with children going FREE! Book your tickets on www.northwestgardenshow.ie TODAY.Some of the highlights from this year are: Free gardening advice and workshops, 12 Show Gardens, Organic Centre Show Gardens, Energy Efficient Sector, Crafternoon Tea and Live Cooking Theatre, Antique Roadshow, Trash n Fashion and lots of opportunities to buy some plants and shrubs for your gardening pleasure!There will be a vast array of dining options for you and all the family, plus free petting zoo talks/demonstrations and entertainment on each day over the weekend.So book NOW for North West Garden Show May 24th/25th for a great day out. Further details and to book go to www.northwestgardenshow.ie or North West Garden Show Face book and twitter or telephone +353 (0)74 91 43976DD DEAL OF THE DAY: TICKET FOR NORTH WEST GARDEN SHOW JUST €5 was last modified: May 16th, 2014 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsnorth west garden showNotices
huge blow 1 shining Speaking after his side moved back to within five points of league leaders Hearts after claiming a 3-1 win over Craig Levein’s team, Gerrard said: “I know the CEO at Brighton [Paul Barber] very well. I used to work alongside him at the FA. He’s got my number and he knows where I am.“But he best go to the owners and ask for an awful lot of money if he wants James Tavernier.“That goes for any CEO, any owner, any club that wants my captain. They best go to the bank and get an awful lot of money out – or he’s not going.“I would be surprised if teams don’t come [for Tavernier] because he’s been absolutely fabulous for me. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday cracker REVEALED REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City no dice Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won “Every player has their price but if the price is not right then he does not go anywhere. He stays as my captain.”Gerrard added: “All my players are for sale. Let’s get it out in the open. Every single one of my players is for sale. They have all got a price.“But they are not the old prices. It’s the new prices. So if you want them then come with loads of money and you can have them.” Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Rangers manager Steven Gerrard admits every one of his key players is available to buy, but warned any suitors they will need to break the bank to buy any of them in January.Brighton are reportedly tracking Gers skipper James Tavernier but the Liverpool legend has now stated it will take a huge bid to land him, or any other members of his squad. Latest Premier League News tense deals Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REAL DEAL silverware Rangers star James Tavernier is a wanted man.
THE DONEGAL Summer School of Music 2011 finished with a bang on Saturday when children took part in a range of performances at Loreto College in Letterkenny.More than 150 children who took part in the week-long Donegal Summer School of Music in Letterkenny from July 11th to July 16th 2011. Our donegaldaily.com video features one performance by 70 of the children as they show off their percussion skills with Afro/Celt and Samba rhythms in the Lobby of Loreto Convent under the guidance of tutors Peter Crann and Tom Duffy.DDTV: WATCH OUR VIDEO OF CHILDREN PERFORMING AT THE DONEGAL SUMMER SCHOOL OF MUSIC was last modified: July 17th, 2011 by gregShare 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:DDTVdonegal daily TV channel YouTubedonegal summer school of music 2011letterekenny
The 54-hole event will feature 14 teams, including; Indiana (host), Charlotte, Toledo, Oakland, Evansville, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, Illinois State, Drake, Youngstown State, Western Illinois, Bradley, Detroit, Valparaiso and Oklahoma State who will have three individuals. Live Results The teams will play 36-holes on Saturday starting at 8:45 a.m. ET and 18-holes on Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m. ET. Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa — The Drake University men’s golf team is set to play at the Hoosier Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., April 1-2. Following the Hoosier Invitational, the men’s golf team will travel to Colombia, Mo., for the Tiger Invitational on April 10-11. Print Friendly Version In the Bulldogs’ last time out, the team finished 12th-place out of 22 teams at the Kingsmill Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Va. Freshman Chase Wicklund led the team the final round, shooting a three-over par, 73, to finish the 54-hole event with a score of 234 (78-83-73). Sophomore Tommi Avant finished tied for 13th-place after firing a 74 in the final 18 holes to end up six-over par for the event (216= 72-70-74). Junior Matt Lavery also shot a 74, ending with a total score of 225 (76-75-74).
Jim McGuinness WILL stay on as manager of the Donegal GAA team for 2014.Jim McGuinness – is staying on as Donegal managerAfter a number of weeks considering his role, the Glenties man has confirmed his intention to stay on as manager this afternoon.The chairman of the Donegal GAA, Sean Dunnion, met with the manager this morning. A message posted on the Official Donegal GAA Facebook confirmed the deal had been done.The message read “Following a meeting earlier today between Chairperson of Donegal GAA Sean Dunnion and Donegal Senior Football Team Manager, Jim McGuinness, Donegal GAA are delighted to confirm that Jim Mc Guinness will continue as senior football team manager for the 2014 season.”McGuinness had met with county board officials recently and also a number of senior clubs outlining his position.The manager said he wanted reassurances on a number of matters before agreeing to continue as manager. Earlier this week a meeting of the clubs decided that the senior football championship in the county would be delayed until Donegal’s finished their participation in next year’s All-Ireland championship.McGuinness, whose wife Yvonne gave birth to twins last week, will continue to work for Glasgow Celtic FC from Monday to Thursday. IT’S A DEAL – McGUINNESS AGREES TO STAY ON AS DONEGAL MANAGER was last modified: September 14th, 2013 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) Tags:donegalJim McGuinnessManager
Deputy Padraig Mac LochlainnSINN Féin Spokesperson for Justice Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has urged the Government to scrap water charges immediately, in the face of mounting public dissent over the hardship the measures will bring.Speaking on the Water Services Bill the Dáil today Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “This Government has come under massive public pressure on water charges. They have been forced to introduce the proposed lower rates. This isn’t something they wanted to do. It’s something they had no choice on. Next Wednesday, however they will be faced with even larger protests.“Today they can take the opportunity to do the right thing and scrap water charges here and now. I am calling on you to do that. Sinn Féin will be opposing the Government’s Bill as it stands as the only acceptable solution is to abolish water charges, and to dismantle Irish Water. “Water is a right for all our citizens, the charges being implemented by this Government are unnecessary, unjust and will cause huge hardship to families and communities who have already been devastated by the Government’s relentless pursuit of the austerity agenda.“These families simply can take no more. You are pushing people over the edge. We have heard so much talk about democratic revolution. There is no democratic revolution in the Dáil. The democratic revolution is on the streets and at the ballot box by ordinary people who say that enough is enough. The continuing trends in the polls show that.“I am making this call today to urge as many people as possible to turn out for the peaceful protest planned in Dublin on 10 December. I look forward to standing in solidarity with the citizens of this State on Wednesday.“This Government should own up, admit it is wrong, abolish Irish Water and water charges immediately.” Mac LOCHLAINN TELLS DÁIL: ‘ONLY SOLUTION IS TO SCRAP WATER TAXES’ was last modified: December 4th, 2014 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:ABOLISHDail debatePadraig Mac Lochlainnwater charges
Enceladus: Titan’s equal in scientific interest if not size is the little moon Enceladus. The BBC News and Jet Propulsion Lab both reported more evidence of activity on the surface. Careful perusal of patterns in surface cracks led Paul Helfenstein of the Cassini imaging team to theorize that Enceladus has spreading centers comparable to those at Earth’s mid-oceanic ridge – only these operate like a one-way conveyor belt. One-way spreading is rare on Earth and not well understood, he commented. “Enceladus has asymmetric spreading on steroids. We are not certain about the geological mechanisms that control the spreading, but we see patterns of divergence and mountain-building similar to what we see on Earth, which suggests that subsurface heat and convection are involved.” Earth, however is a lot bigger. Enceladus is about the width of Arizona. In addition, the famous geysers emanating from the “tiger stripe” fissures at the south pole must be on the move. There are no geological differences along the cracks at the spots where ice is shooting out now. It may be that the orifices get plugged, only to reopen at other spots along the fissures. Ice appears to have fallen symmetrically on both sides of the cracks along their entire length. This suggests the geysers continually move up and down along the tiger stripes. A Cassini press release last month provided more evidence that the geysers are coming from a subsurface ocean of liquid water. An amazing upshot of this activity is that it affects Saturn itself:Enceladus’ output of ice and vapor dramatically impacts the entire Saturnian system by supplying the ring system with fresh material and loading ionized gas from water vapor into Saturn’s magnetosphere. “The ions added to the magnetosphere are spun up from Enceladus’ orbital speed to the rotational speed of Saturn,” said Cassini magnetometer science team member Christopher Russell of the University of California, Los Angeles. “The more material is added by the plume, the harder this is for Saturn to do, and the longer it takes to accelerate the new material.”It’s a case of the tail wagging the dog. This tiny moon puts out enough material to create a vast ring around Saturn, and its ions tug at the planet’s magnetic field and affect its rotation. Such a thing was hardly imaginable before Cassini found it to be so. Where is the heat coming from? Small bodies lose their original heat much more quickly due to the increased ratio of surface area to volume. One participant in the Unmanned Spaceflight forum, where planetary scientists and their friends hang out, joked, “I wonder if there’s any way that Enceladus could have been impacted by an extrasolar AL26 [Aluminum-26, a short-lived radioactive isotope] mass sometime within the last several thousand years, which could be powering a short-term period of activity within the moon.” Talk about an ad-hoc hypothesis. Others referred to a recent paper in Nature that calculated internal tidal forces in a liquid ocean like that on Europa could be much greater than thought. That does not explain, however, why other moons of comparable or larger size in the Saturn system are inactive. Whatever has been happening on Enceladus, it appears to have been going on for some time and moving around. The moon is riddled with cracks and ridges from top to bottom – some of which may be relics of geyser activity in the past. The E-ring produced by today’s geysers would vanish within decades without constant replenishment. Cassini will surely be watching for variations in activity at every opportunity during the Equinox Mission. If lucky, Cassini scientists may be able to keep watching till the next Saturn solstice – in 2017.Pictures! These science stories were accompanied by some of the most stunning images of the mission. One particular Enceladus portrait is both beautiful and intriguing (for full resolution, go to the Planetary Photojournal). Patterns of cracks seem to show episodic reorientations of geologic activity. The lack of craters on many parts of this bright, active moon is surprising: “remarkable tectonic activity for a relatively small world,” the caption exclaimed. That big crack in the north is over half a mile deep (another angle). The image is a mosaic from 28 exposures. Large icy grains have been artificially colored blue-green for analysis. Browsing the image at high resolution gives one a personal flyover of an exotic world. Fly in even closer with the image called Tiger Stripes Magnified. This is a mosaic of the highest-resolution images from the recent south-pole flybys, overlain on a lower-resolution image of the southern hemisphere. A labeled version shows locations of known eruption plumes (circles) and the footprints of “skeet shoot” images taken August 10 (green) and October 31 (brown). The footprints show that the surface of this little moon is cracked and folded down to the smallest scales. It is also littered with boulders of ice the size of houses. If these boulders were ejected by the geysers, they speak of remarkable force down deep. Studying this mosaic at high res is an emotional experience. It is the nearest we will probably get in this lifetime to staring down the throat of active geysers on an ice-blanketed world 800 million miles away. The Cassini Imaging Team website has additional images, maps, and diagrams for further study. There’s even a rotating globe showing the angles of the geysers, and Paul Helfenstein’s movie of the spreading centers, showing his interpretation of how separated features appear to fit together when you move pieces around. An updated polar mosaic of the entire southern hemisphere pulls all the data into a flat map with all the resolution one could want; even at quarter size, the view overflows the screen. Finally, for those who like graphs and scientific detail with their pictures, the Nov. 25 CHARM presentation (Cassini-Huygens Analysis and Results from the Mission has a lot of interesting data (and pictures) in a Powerpoint/PDF presentation about Enceladus with the latest from the recent flybys.Before Cassini got to Saturn, planetary scientists had an inkling that Enceladus would be a star of the show. They were certainly not disappointed. In fact, none of the targets – icy moons, Saturn, rings magnetic field, and Titan – have been anything less than astonishing. Cracks similar to those on Enceladus, with ice piled along the flanks, are visible on Jupiter’s moon Europa, another body thought to have a subsurface ocean of liquid water. Could there be similar mechanisms at work? The analysis will take years. So far, it looks like Titan and Enceladus are giving pains to believers in billions of years. For relief, try the fountain of youth.(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 It’s approaching equinox on Saturn. Cassini is now well into its first extended mission, aptly dubbed the Equinox Mission, till Sept. 2010. The Cassini Team just exhibited its snazzy new website. It’s not all bells and whistles. The science is ringing the phones off the hook. Even without the pictures the following announcements could stop the presses. Once again, though, Saturn the Giant had to wait in the wings while a couple of moons stole the show. Before yielding them the stage, Saturn wanted to announce that its ring spokes are back. Exeunt. Flourish.Titan: Papers presented at last week’s AGU (American Geophysical Union) conference revealed several exciting new things about the second-largest moon in the solar system – the only one with a substantial atmosphere.Lake of the Clouds: Midwesterners may be familiar with “lake effect clouds” around the Great Lakes. Water vapor from lakes tends to condense over land downwind. National Geographic News echoed reports by Cassini scientists that a similar effect may be occurring on Titan. Evanescent methane clouds appear to form downwind of the lakes dotting the northern hemisphere.Volcano Not: New radar images of the Ganesha Macula feature have disappointed volcanologists. They hoped it would prove to be a cryovolcanic dome. It wasn’t to be; the Planetary Society reported that the feature is irregular, with topographic highs and lows, unlike a dome. Planetologists had hoped that eruptions from this and other candidate cryovolcanos would replenish the atmospheric methane. A Cassini press release explained why this is significant: “Without replenishment, scientists say, Titan’s original atmospheric methane should have been exhausted long ago.”Volcanoes Yes? BBC News quoted AGU scientists optimistic that cryovolcanos are common on Titan. Two regions re-imaged over time show changes in brightness. The Virtual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer team figures that ice-slurry flows 200 meters thick might be carving some of the channels seen. The tentative detection of ammonia is another clue. Scientists expect that ammonia would have to be erupted from the interior. Again, the significance of this relates to dating the age of the atmosphere: “Scientists like the idea of cryovolcanism because it is one way to explain why so much methane is retained in Titan’s atmosphere,” the article said. “Without some means of replenishment, the moon’s original methane content should have been destroyed long ago by the Sun’s ultraviolet light.” When they say long ago, they really mean long ago. Some estimates put an upper limit on the lifetime of current methane at 100 million years – one forty-fifth the assumed age of the moon. All the methane should have been gone 4.4 billion years ago. Why is there methane still present today? The article ended with skepticism about the ammonia. Not every planetary scientist accepts the interpretation of active eruptions on Titan. One skeptic is Emily Lakdawalla, the blogger at the Planetary Society. She provided a first-hand report from the AGU and did not find the evidence convincing. Her detailed blog report is worth visiting for the detailed radar and VIMS images of the surface. One thing that stands out in her report is a series of great questions about Titan posed by Jonathan Lunine, a Cassini scientist who has studied this mysterious moon for over two decades. Among the questions:Titan has methane in its atmosphere, which should quickly be destroyed by solar radiation. So it’s got to be replenished somehow. Is cryovolcanism responsible? Or something else? Where has all the ethane gone? Where there’s methane, there should be ethane, but there isn’t much in the atmosphere or on the surface, though it’s been detected in one southern lake….Is there active cryovolcanism or geysering on Titan? Has there been significant cryovolcanism in the past? This is an area of particularly active debate.What is the origin of Titan’s mountains? Are they a sign of internal geologic activity, or not?Is the primary degradation process fluvial erosion or burial? Titan’s surface has few obvious craters, so something must be erasing them. Are they being eroded or buried?Four years of Cassini orbits have failed to answer these questions. It must be remembered that scientists in the 1990s expected Titan to be covered in a global ocean of liquid ethane over half a mile thick (02/15/2008, 07/31/2008), due to accumulating condensation products from the steady breakup of high-altitude methane by the solar wind.
29 August 2014South Africa’s women’s football team, Banyana Banyana will wind up Women’s Month with an international friendly against Tanzania at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday evening.They returned from Zambia earlier this week after a 4-0 win over She-polopolo and went straight into camp ahead of the African Women’s Championship in Namibia, which takes place from 11 to 25 October.On trackCoach Vera Pauw said in a statement that her charges’ preparations are on track for the biggest women’s football tournament on the African continent, which will also serve as a qualifier for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup, with the top three finishers qualifying to play in the finals in Canada.“We travelled back to South Africa on Monday and we gave the players a day off on Tuesday but the girls are looking great. We will be ready for Tanzania come Sunday,” Pauw said.Amanda Dlamini is recovering well from a knee injury which she suffered in match against Namibia at the Dobsonville stadium on 10 August.Places up for grabsWith Pauw yet to name her final squad to compete at the African Women’s Championship, competition among players for a place in Namibia is stiff.“Everyone is working hard in the team. It’s not going to be easy for the coach to make the final selection as everyone is putting in great effort,” Banyana Banyana captain Janine Van Wyk said.African Women’s Championship preparationRunners-up in the last African Women’s Championship in 2012, South Africa qualified for this year’s finals after thrashing the Comoros 13-0 away from home in May. The islanders subsequently withdrew from the return leg of the tie, opening the way for Banyana Banyana to play a number of friendly internationals as preparation for the continental showpiece.In eight outings in 2014, all against African opposition, South Africa has won six matches and drawn twice against Zimbabwe: 2-2 in Johannesburg in April and 0-0 in Harare in July.Banyana’s other results include the 13-0 thrashing of the Comoros, a 4-0 defeat of Botswana on 7 June, a 2-1 win over Namibia in Windhoek on 5 July, a 2-0 victory over the same opposition on 10 August on home soil and the recent 4-0 victory over Zambia in Lusaka.GroupsSouth Africa has been drawn in Group B for the African Women’s Championship finals, alongside Cameroon, Algeria and Ghana. Group A consists of Nigeria, Namibia, the Ivory Coast and Zambia.SAinfo reporter