Three-point weekend keeps Leafs on top of Murdoch Division

first_img“Darnel (St. Pierre) returned and had a real great game for us last night,” McLellan said. “We’ve been really lucky that way, if someone is out we’ve had guys step up to replace them.”“We’ve been a little bit banged up as well, but it’s still early and we’re always trying to get better,” McLellan added.Nelson finished the game out shooting the Rebels 47-26.Soles got the start in both games to raise his season record to 4-0-0-1.“We just want to get one guy going and Adam is going to be back in the net here soon,” said McLellan when asked if there was anything wrong with his other netminder, Adam Maida.“With both (Adam Maida and Brett Soles) being two pretty good goaltenders we wanted to get one of them going and need one to be the starter and with Brett we’re sort of leaning to more maturity.”The three-point weekend keeps the Leafs in top spot in the Murdoch Division.Nelson, 5-1-2-1, holds a three-point lead over Spokane Braves and Grand Forks Border Bruins heading into Sunday action.Nelson returns home to complete what has been a steady string of games at the NDCC Arena Friday and Saturday.The Leafs open the three-game weekend against the Rebels before welcoming the Spokane Braves for a Saturday tilt.Both games begin at 7 p.m.Sunday Nelson travels to Castlegar for an afternoon game against the Rebels.BLUELINES: Team captain Aaron Dunlap missed both games with an upper body injury. The Alaskan native should be ready to return for the upcoming three-game weekend . . .. The three-game set is also dubbed as Parent Weekend for the Leafs. The franchise welcomes the player’s parents to watch all three games. Coach Dave McLellan said the weekend is a great opportunity for the players . . .. While Nelson is having a great start to the season, Osoyoos is having an incredible beginning; having won all 10 games played this season. The Coyotes hold a commanding 10-point advantage over second-place Summerland in Okanagan Division standings. Osoyoos leads the league in offence with 59 goals and holds plus-33 goals for-goals against average. It’s not often in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League two teams play to a 1-1 tie.However, that’s what happened Saturday as the Nelson Leafs and Castlegar Rebels battled to the overtime draw in the Sunflower City.“Last night was a game where we really dominated the play . . . from the get-go to the end but we just didn’t capitalize on the many quality scoring chances we had,” said Leaf coach Dave McLellan Sunday.“We practically outplayed Castlegar, we just couldn’t find a way to score.”All the scoring happened in the opening frame when Lindan Calliou for the Rebels and Leafs Darnel St. Pierre scored less than a minute apart.Castlegar’s goal came against the flow and in a period Nelson out shot the home side 10-3.After that it was a battle between the two goalies — Patrick Zubick, the busier of the two, and Brett Soles.“We’re a tough team to play against . . . last night in my estimation we limited Castlegar to (26 shots) and when you’re doing that your team is heading in the right direction,” McLellan explained.The Leafs were lifted by the return of last year’s captain Darnel St. Pierre to the blueline after the hard-hitting blueliner sat out the last two games with a suspension.St. Pierre’s presence definitely helped the Leafs, who lost another defender, Patrick Croome early in the game due to a checking-from-behind penalty.last_img read more

Capdevila: “We feel harmed another week”

first_imgEspanyol added a point against Atlético, insufficient on his way to salvation, but he felt harmed one more week by arbitration. Specifically, for a play in the second half in which Lodi grabs Wu Lei when he was about to finish off a header by Bernardo. “We wonder why that play was not reviewed. One more week we feel hurt. We play a lot so they don’t pay attention to us, ”said institutional spokesman Joan Capdevila. Capdevila commented that “it seems that the referees are afraid to go to the VAR” but that they do not doubt their professionalism. “I think all this is a coincidence. I trust the professionalism of the referees. They should be more synchronized by plays of this kind, ”said the institutional spokesman. In the same line it was shown Víctor Sánchez, captain of Espanyol: “I have seen the play but only one image and it seems to be a penalty, but I have not seen it whole. The club is moving and we are ready on the field because it seems that if you don’t complain a lot, you don’t watch the action on the VAR much. I hope they give us what is ours because lately they are taking things from us. ” “They take Wu Lei, it looks clear in the images. The player gets up and tells the referee four times. I don’t understand how they let plays happen like that. It already happened to us in the first round. Again, another week. I can understand that the referee does not see it, but from the VOR … ”, he added. The former player, curiously from Espanyol and Atlético, commented that “I know that protesting does not earn anything, but everyone has the right to raise their voices. We are playing a lot, We have 12 games left and all points are important. ”last_img read more

India, NZ clash in Twenty20 World Cup Super 10 opener

first_imgNAGPUR, India (AP):New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is wary of the threat Indian spinners could pose for his batsmen in their World Twenty20 match yesterday.”The pitch will be on the slow side and perhaps take a little turn,” Williamson said yesterday ahead of the Super 10 opener. “In Indian conditions, we can expect spin to play a big part, and it’s important that we adjust our game accordingly.”The pitch used here for a Test match against South Africa last year was rated as poor by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with the game ending inside three days.The World T20 qualifying games also saw the ball turn. That could magnify the challenge in batting against India’s Ravichandran Ashwin-led spin attack, which also boasts all-rounders Yuvraj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja, part-timer Suresh Raina, and the backup of Harbhajan Singh.New Zealand have the added challenge of adjusting quickly to the format as their last engagement was a Test series against Australia, but Williamson played down this concern.”In international games, you get to change formats consistently,” Williamson said.Hosts India are the favourites to win the tournament but start their campaign against an opposition they have never beaten in four previous meetings, including in the 2007 edition, which India won in South Africa.”I don’t think our previous record has any meaning. We go into the match tomorrow with a clean slate. India is a strong side, and Twenty20 cricket is fickle in nature,” said Williamson, who has match winners of his own such as batsmen Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill and all-rounder Corey Anderson.India’s in-form batsman, Virat Kohli said that the team’s fine recent run gave them a lot of confidence.”We’re pretty confident after winning 10 of 11 games and hope to take that momentum into the World Twenty20,” Kohli said. “This is going to be far more challenging. This is a big event and the whole feeling, vibe, is different.”India’s recent successes include winning the Asia Cup in Bangladesh as well as a 3-0 series victory in Australia. Kohli led the way, scoring 352 runs in eight T20 games at a strike rate of 134 and an average of 117.33, with openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan also among the runs.”The middle order has not got too much of an opportunity in recent games. So it becomes our responsibility to get the runs at the top of the order,” Kohli said. “I come in at No. 3, so I have a better chance of getting runs than batsmen to follow. We all understand that.”India and New Zealand are with Australia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh in Group Two. Group One consists of the West Indies, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan.- APlast_img read more

‘I have no fear’ – Burrell not worried about – prosecution in FIFA probe

first_imgJamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, said his hands are clean and does not fear being prosecuted in connection with the ongoing investigations into corruption at football’s world governing body FIFA and has vowed to oversee changes that will restore CONCACAF’s reputation. Since May this year, two presidents – Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit – of CONCACAF, the confederation representing football bodies from the Caribbean and North and Central America, have been arrested as the United States Justice Department in conjunction with Swiss authorities investigate malfeasance amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars. Webb, who was arrested in May, and Hawit, jailed in early December, were among an estimated 30 football officials who were arrested between May and December this year. Webb has pleaded not guilty to corruption charges in US Federal Court. Arising from the arrests, Burrell, a close friend and business partner of Webb, was among several officials appointed to an executive committee at CONCACAF that will oversee the running of the confederation until elections are held in May 2016. Asked if there were fears among the committee members about further arrests, Burrell said he was not fearful of being implicated of anything sinister. “I can only speak for myself; I have absolutely no fear or concerns and I am sure my other colleagues would feel the same way, but you just can’t swear for anyone in this case, so we just have to hope,” he said. Meanwhile, he said CONCACAF executives have been aggressively pursuing solutions to the ongoing crisis that will ensure that in future the organisation will not have to endure the embarrassment of the ongoing situation. He claims proposed reforms being pursued within CONCACAF will exceed those being put in place at FIFA. “It is now said CONCACAF are the trendsetters for the reform process because we are going deeper in some of the areas than FIFA is,” he said. “So currently, we are on track to repair the image, to rebuild the image and to chart a course that will see us not getting back into this situation. “Whoever goes there eventually will not have an opportunity to slip back into what has caused us to be in this position.”last_img read more

China’s Sun Yang launches Asian Games charm offensive

first_img“That was just a very safe swim,” the Australian told AFP. “He was slow off the blocks and just did what he had to do. “He’s got a long programme so it’s early days,” added Cotterell. “We’ll know more about where he’s at at the end of the meet.”Hagino, who won Olympic gold in the 400m individual medley in Rio two years ago, failed to qualify for the 200m freestyle at this year’s Asian Games.Jordan’s Khader Baqlah, who has trained alongside American stars Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Lochte at the University of Florida, posted the second quickest time behind Sun in 1:47.60.Defending champion Daiya Seto qualified fastest for the men’s 200m butterfly final in 1:57.23 from fellow Japanese Nao Horomura, who also won his his heat in 1:58.06, edging out India’s Sajan Prakash.ADVERTISEMENT Furious after being ambushed by Hagino in the 200m free in Incheon, Sun branded Japan’s national anthem “ugly” — not the first time the three-time Olympic gold medallist has become involved in a war of words.“Look, I think Hagino is a good guy,” Sun told reporters. “The way he swims the individual medley is an inspiration to me. We should be working together to raise the level of Asian swimming.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Today was a good first swim, very satisfied. The Asian Games isn’t the biggest competition perhaps but it’s an important stepping stone towards the world championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”His part-time coach Denis Cotterell said the giant Chinese was pacing himself with further individual races to come in the 400m, 800m and 1,500m free. Frampton stops Jackson in 9 rounds “I can definitely go quicker,” said Seto, who also won Pan Pacific gold in Tokyo earlier this month.“It was about conserving energy. The key tonight will be to be brave and go for it.”China’s Xu Jiayu went quickest in the men’s 100m backstroke heats, clocking 53.60 seconds with title-holder Ryosuke Irie of Japan winning his heat in 53.85.China claimed the top two spots in qualifying for the women’s 200m backstroke final, with Liu Yaxin storming through to win her heat in 2:09.52, almost two seconds faster than Peng Xuwei.Japan went one-two in the women’s 100m breaststroke heats with Satomi Suzuki quickest in 1:06.92 from Reona Aoki (1:07.24).China dominated the swimming competition at the 2014 Asian Games, winning 22 gold medals to 12 for closest rivals Japan. RELATED VIDEO Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal China’s Sun Yang competes in a heat of the men’s 200m freestyle swimming event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADChina’s Olympic champion Sun Yang showed a softer side to his gnarly public image on Sunday by lavishing compliments on rival Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino at the Asian Games.The towering Chinese topped the time sheets in the morning’s 200 metres freestyle heats in Jakarta in a leisurely one minute, 47.58 seconds before being reminded about an unseemly diplomatic row he sparked at the last Asian Games in 2014.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Container Truck Scare on Johnson Street

first_imgA truck carrying a container forced several people to run for dear life on Johnson and Ashmun Streets in Monrovia yesterday when the middle part of the truck skidded into a business center after hitting an LEC utility pole.There were no human casualties, but eye-witness Peal Collins said there was enormous damage to the business center and an LEC utility pole.Collins said the incident happened around 10am.“It happened all of a sudden as the container truck began to lose control,” Collins said.He explained that the truck, carrying a 40 feet Maersk container, veered into the business center as the driver was desperately trying to bring it to some level of control.He said the unidentified driver managed to swing the front side of the truck away from its course, but that the middle part of the truck hit the LEC pole, with parts of the truck covering the entrance of a business center.“People around ran for dear life,” Collins said, “and as you can see the container side is different from the driver’s side.”Collins said similar accidents are frequent on Johnson Street and that the Ministry of Transport should begin to work with truckers and their owners to ensure that trucks plying the streets of Monrovia are roadworthy.“We cannot say the trucks should operate at night because whenever there is an accident it will be difficult to help the injured,” Collins said.He suggested that the Ministry of Transport should ensure that at the beginning of every year, trucks are inspected to avoid any threat to human life.“We cannot wait until there is a tragedy before we start to find some solutions,” Collins said. “There are always accidents of such nature involving trucks. Either their breaks cannot hold or they have some other mechanical problems.”A man, who did not identify himself, told the Daily Observer that the truck’s universal joint broke, which caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.“This is not news for journalists to come for,” he said, and walked away, “I don’t want you to take my picture.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teen charged for stabbing friend to death

first_imgA teen miner was on Tuesday hauled before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was slapped with the capital offence of murder.Murder accused: Emmanuel McCloudThe charge against Emmanuel McCloud, 19, alleged that he murdered Herbert Willie on March 24, 2019, while they were at 111 Miles, Potaro River, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) during an argument.The prosecution is contending that on Sunday last, at about 02:20h, ranks from the Bartica Police Station received information and went to Mahdia in the vicinity of Mahdia Primary School where they saw Willie lying on the road, bleeding profusely.He was picked up and transported to the Mahdia Hospital where he was admitted a patient but later succumbed to several stab wounds he received to his lower back.Later that evening, police acting on information apprehended the suspect. The police have since claimed that McCloud under caution admitted to committing the offence. He was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. The case will continue on April 16, 2019, at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

Arsenal assessed: How the Gunners can turn pipe dream into reality

first_img 4 4 4 The country’s primary domestic cup competition may no longer be seen as a top priority for England’s elite, but, credit where credit is due.Two trophies in as many years certainly represents progress for a side that was at risk of becoming little more than fourth place fodder on an annual basis not so long ago.IT HAS BEEN A SUCCESSFUL SEASON, SAYS WINTERBURNBut Arsenal must build on the platform Wenger has created. Fans’ appetite for silverware may have been quenched momentarily, but bigger prizes are required, namely the Premier League title.The club can compete with the very best on their day, but the form and composure they have displayed at times must be maintained for an entire campaign if they are to compete with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City next term.WALCOTT’S DAD: IF WE PLAY THIS WELL, ARSENAL WILL CHALLENGE FOR TITLEA case could be made to claim Arsenal are already contenders given the 12-point deficit that separated them from Jose Mourinho’s newly crowned champions is not insurmountable.However, it would be naive to suggest that strengthening is not needed if the gap is to be closed.Many pieces of the jigsaw are in place and none of the club’s key players seem to be at risk of an exit, yet additions could take Arsenal from the brink and back into the big time.But which areas of Wenger’s squad are in need of attention if a tilt at the title is to become a reality rather than a pipe dream?GoalkeeperThe fact Wenger has failed to settle on one of either Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina? between the sticks suggests neither man is capable of commanding the number one jersey on their own.Although the Poland international was given the nod for the Wembley showpiece, his petulance off the pitch appears to have ruled him out of the long-term running.Meanwhile, Ospina has endured a solid enough debut season on these shores, but doubts remain as to whether he is of the calibre that is required. His handling has been sloppy at times, although his shot stopping is sound.Top level goalkeepers normally come at a premium cost, but Petr Cech could be a relatively cheap option and would not require a bedding in period. Arsene Wenger 4 DefenceGabriel Paulista does not seem likely to be able to become a regular member of the side next season. He has played fleetingly since his arrival from Villarreal midway through the season, while Mertesacker’s return to form and Laurent Koscielny’s return to fitness have seen the club’s defensive issues ease.However, the latter two have clear deficiencies. Although they work well in tandem, more options are required to carry Arsenal’s defence through an entire season, as there is still a feeling they are not defensively sound against top level opposition.Meanwhile, a decision must be made in regards to Calum Chambers. Is he to become a specialist centre half, or is he set for a couple of seasons chopping and changing between right-back and the centre of the park? Either way, another experienced defender would not go amiss, equipped with pace and experience, ideally.MidfieldArsenal finally have a defensive midfielder. It’s been a long time coming.Francis Coquelin’s route to the top may have been unusual, as his career in north London seemed to be dead in the water when he was sent on loan to Charlton Athletic earlier in the season, but he has epitomised the Gunners’ new found ability to alter their style of play to secure a result, as we witnessed at the Etihad Stadium this season when Arsenal won 2-0.However, further additions are required. A player in the mould of Morgan Schneiderlin would fit the bill. Arsenal’s options in midfield are excellent, but it is clear they have several players with similar strengths.The likes of Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey can all provide quality and creativity, but do they command the presence and power that is needed within the Gunners’ ranks?Coquelin has performed admirably, but the addition of another player to complement his talent who is capable of commanding the centre of the park would be hugely beneficial. Accusations that Arsenal fail to turn up on the biggest occasions have plagued Arsene Wenger’s side for the past decade or so.The Frenchman’s reign was regularly called into question during a trophy drought which threatened to taint his legacy in north London.However, the Gunners, produced arguably their best display of the campaign to ease past Aston Villa in emphatic fashion and retain the FA Cup on Saturday evening.Given how Arsenal have struggled against lesser opposition on the hallowed turf in recent years, the West Midlands outfit were entitled to arrive at Wembley with hope.Yet goals from Theo Walcott, who answered the call to lead his side’s front line with aplomb, Chilean dynamo Alexis Sanchez, central defender Per Mertesacker and French forward Olivier Giroud, left Tim Sherwood to lament the manner in which his side had been ruthlessly undone. Central strikerWenger has proved he is not afraid to change his preferred set of personnel to suit an opponents’ style. The belief that Wenger is stubborn will never entirely dissipate but his decision to field Walcott ahead of Giroud on Saturday was a bold one. Had it failed, he would have faced a flurry of criticism.Meanwhile, the Englishman’s excellent contribution in a central role is likely to convince him his future should be committed to the north Londoners. So, with Waclott, Giroud and Danny Welbeck to call upon, plus the talent of Sanchez, the Gunners’ front line seems well stocked. Yet the arrival of an out-and-out striker would be welcomed. Four strikers for four fronts.A stellar addition to Arsenal’s strike force could be the option that does not necessarily seem to be the most pressing concern, but it could also be the piece of business that transforms the team’s entire outlook. It is difficult to put a price on a 30-goal a season man.last_img read more


first_imgThe man who bought one of Donegal’s best-known hotels for just €650,000 is to appear on RTE’s Saturday Night Show tonight to reveal how he did it.Paul Diver, of The Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh, will tell presenter Brendan O’Connor about the weeks leading up to his purchase.He will also reveal his plans for the famous hotel as will as his pride in saving 55 jobs locally. The hotel has been inundated with bookings since his purchase – with even a wedding booked there on the back of the coverage.  DONEGAL HOTEL OWNER TO TELL ALL TO RTE’S SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW was last modified: March 10th, 2012 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:Paul DiverRTESANDHOUSE HOTELSaturday NIght Showlast_img read more

Finding jobs on the roadside

first_imgLooking for work – men on the side of theroad.(Image: Men on the Side of the Road) The organised Men on the Side of theRoad sites are easily recognised by theirbright yellow banners.(Image: Masixole Feni)Jennifer SternSouth Africa has an unemployment rate of 38.3%, including those who have given up any attempt to find jobs. For those who haven’t, the only recourse is often short-term or casual labour – standing on the side of the road waiting for odd jobs. It’s highly insecure, but better than nothing.Casual labour is a strong tradition in South Africa, with informally designated sites in cities across the country known by both employers and job seekers, where unemployed men gather in the mornings hoping to get a job for the day.But it’s also been fraught with problems. The sites would have no toilets or drinking water so residents and businesses would complain to the police. But others would react with kindness by handing out soup and bread to job seekers. While the gesture was appreciated, all the men really wanted was a job.  So in 2000 a church group running soup kitchens approached charity worker Charles Maisel – and that was the start of Men on the Side of the Road (MSR).MSR started off by supplying toilets and water to a couple of sites, and working on job creation.“We didn’t really know what we were doing,” Maisel says. “It was a pilot. We were trying to work out the model.”Unfortunately, the harassment of job seekers increased after the sites become more organised.“There had always been harassment,” he says “but when we came on board it started getting worse.“After a lot of trying to negotiate with the communities and the police, we got a High Court order so the police couldn’t harass the men anymore.”The court order stated that it was the duty of the municipality to assist job seekers, and that the police were not to harass job seekers in specified locations.“We didn’t have much money at the time,” Maisel says, “but this was a major victory. It was a big thing. It legitimised job seeking on the side of the road.”Some of the men couldn’t get work because they didn’t have tools, so the next part of the project was a campaign to get the public to donate second-hand tools.“That really got us on the map,” Maisel says. “We got about 50 000 tools over two years. People sent tools from Holland, the UK, all over.But the most important result of the campaign, says Maisel, is that it made people aware of the problem – and the solution.“What’s interesting is that now, when anyone in the media is looking for an image to portray unemployment, they use a picture of men on the side of the road,” he says. “It’s become a symbol. Our biggest success is making the so-called invisibles visible. They are not beggars, they are genuine job-seekers.”A challenge was determining how many casual workers were out there.“We didn’t know how big the problem was, and we didn’t know how many sites there were. So we linked up with the Human Sciences Researches Council and the University of South Africa. They said they’d do a census of how many sites exist countrywide.”The researchers found that there were roughly 1 000 sites across South Africa.“A thousand sites, with about 100 people per site, means about 100 000 people per day. But with different people every day it’s probably about 300 000 people in total that use the sites. The numbers have remained basically static over the years.”With the pilot programme complete and the size of the problem determined, it was time to move on to the next stage.“After the census we knew what we were talking about. We identified needs. We needed to do training – of males between 15 and 60. And from the training, we moved on to job placement. And then the sites needed to be organised with cards and registration.”To be registered, each job seeker needs to produce a photograph, some form of valid ID, and any references. Their skills and qualifications are noted, and they are given registration cards that identify them as bona fide work seekers. Each worker is put on the central database, available on MSR’s website.Peter Kratz, MSR’s director, explains how it works. “Because the database lists skills, qualifications and work history, we’ve taken away the anonymity of the individual, and created a track record that is available to potential employers.“So anyone wanting to employ someone can register on the website and peruse the database,  send a request for a worker through the site, in which case we’ll call them back, or they can call 0861 WORKER.“And then we arrange which site they can pick them up from.“Some employers will still simply arrive and pick people up but it’s so much more efficient if they pre-arrange it,” Katz continues. “We can put together a team quite effectively. We’ve got people with all kinds of skills, brick layers, carpenters, gardeners, fork lift drivers, welders, you name it.”With more than 10 000 workers registered on their database, MSR placed about 6 500 members in almost 120 000 work days in 2008. MSR is a registered non-profit organisation, and do not charge for the placement services. Employers pay the men directly, and they keep everything they earn.Some of those day placements have led to permanent employment.“There have been some great success stories,” says Katz. “One man, Vuyisile Dyolotana, started standing on the side of the road looking for work and then, though MSR, got training from Stodel’s Nursery. That resulted in a permanent job with a landscaping business and, before long, he’d branched out and started his own landscaping business.”So far, MSR have 14 organised sites in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Pretoria and George.  They’re easy to spot. They’re usually at major intersections, and they are marked by bright yellow banners.So the men do still stand on the side of the road, but now many of them are standing there waiting for a specific prearranged job, so it’s a far less stressful process.Useful linksMen of the Side of the Road Department of Labourlast_img read more