Declan Rice intends to sign a new West Ham contract despite Chelsea and Tottenham showing interest in the teenage midfielder.Rice, 19, has been in talks with the east Londoners for a couple of months now as they seek to reward him for his ascent from unknown youth player to important first-team player. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings predicted LATEST Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Amid the ongoing contract saga, Rice is also centre of a tug-of-war between England and Ireland over his international allegiance. The teenager has represent the Republic on three occasions, but Gareth Southgate hopes to tempt him over to the Three Lions moving forward. 2 He currently earns just £3,000-a-week on a deal that runs until 2021, and West Ham made an offer to raise his salary to a reported £15,000-a-week – though that was knocked back by Rice.A new and improved offer is now believed to have been tabled that will see Rice earn £21,000-a-week, while he’ll also be paid £20,000 for every Premier League start with a £5,000 wage increase after every 15 league appearances.Despite reports claiming the improved offer was submitted over a month ago, Rice remains on his original deal as talks have reached an impasse. Rices rise to prominence has been remarkable This has led to rival interest in Rice, with Tottenham and Chelsea – the club with whom Rice began his career – said to be keen on swooping for the teenager.However, Rice insists he remains committed to West Ham, and signing a new deal with the Hammers should be on the cards.“I want to sign for West Ham and I think it is going to happen,” Rice told The Times. “Playing every week is what is best for me at the moment and hopefully the contract can come soon.” latest SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense Most Read In Football Rice started his career at Chelsea but was released aged 14 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion BEST OF gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2 RANKED revealed scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos
A display of the Clivia miniatra cultivar ‘Kirstenbosch Splendour’, bred by the garden’s bulb expert Graham Duncan grows in the planted avenue of camphor trees on the Kirstenbosch premises. This image was selected as the cover photograph for the garden’s centenary publication, written by South African ecologist Professor Brian Huntley. Kirstenbosch has become an international showcase of South Africa’s natural beauty, and a leader in botanical and zoological science, research and conservation. (Images: Adam Harrower) The builders of Kirstenbosch: in 1973 Brian Rycroft presented gold watches to eight Kirstenbosch stalwarts, each with more than 25 years’ service. From left, Abraham Basson, William Basson, Frank Krieger, David Mclean, John Fredericks, Brian Rycroft, George Basson, Nicholas Josephus and James Nicholas. A photograph from the 1920s shows the slopes on which the protea and erica sections were developed in the 1960s. (Images: Sanbi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Belinda van der Merwe Random Struik +27 21 460 5400 RELATED ARTICLES • Kirstenbosch best place to picnic • Citizen science to toads’ rescue • Floral wealth in caring hands • Research output rises, papers double Wilma den HartighIn 2013 the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town celebrates its 100th anniversary. A beautiful coffee table book, written by acclaimed South African ecologist Professor Brian Huntley, has been published in honour of the garden’s centenary.Kirstenbosch: the most beautiful garden in Africa, tells the story of the garden’s establishment, its setbacks, triumphs and the remarkable people who helped to make it what it is today – an internationally renowned botanical, science and conservation facility.Through vivid photographs, art work, valuable archive material and the author’s detailed, yet accessible writing style, Huntley tells the tale of a garden that has captured the hearts of many people for centuries.The book is the first comprehensive account of the history and progress of the botanical facility since Compton’s 1965 publication, Kirstenbosch, Garden for a Nation, which went out of print many decades ago.Compton’s history only covers developments at the botanical garden until around 1963, and subsequent publications lack coverage of the important developments of the past two decades.Huntley says the approaching centenary inspired him to write an updated account of the Kirstenbosch story.“When I retired I wanted to write something that brings the history of the garden into popular media and I wanted it to be technically accurate and visually attractive,” he says.And the book achieves both objectives.A combination of beauty and scienceIn the book Huntley tells how Kirstenbosch grew to become an international showcase of South Africa’s natural beauty, and a leader in botanical and zoological science, research and conservation.Huntley believes this makes it one of the best gardens in the world.“What distinguishes a proper botanical garden of global standing is a combination of flora, landscaping and strong science and education programmes,” he says.A fascinating story, told by an expertHuntley is an internationally respected conservationist with over 45 years of field research and management experience in many African ecosystems.Since his retirement from the South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi), he’s been working as a consultant to several UN agencies on conservation projects.What sets the book apart is Huntley’s personal love for the gardens. He has a long-standing relationship with Kirstenbosch spanning over 50 years. During this time he lived on the premises for 19 years, which afforded him the privilege of daily walks in the garden and the opportunity to get to know it better than just about anyone else.“Over the years, I got a good sense for the seasons in the garden,” he says.He also dedicates numerous pages to the garden’s conservation and education initiatives, and its links with the community.Ensuring that the garden can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life, and not only tourists visiting Cape Town, is a strong priority for staff at Kirstenbosch. Through its school programmes more than 20 000 underprivileged children have an opportunity to experience the beauty of Kirstenbosch every year. And by staging its popular annual series of concerts, Kirstenbosch brings in thousands of cultural and nature lovers to experience the beauty of music outdoors on a summer evening.Compiling the bookEven with so much knowledge about the gardens, Huntley says writing the book was no small feat.“A significant amount of research went into it,” he says. “I had to trawl through databases, archived photos, reports and information going back a century or two.”The book draws on information included in the annual reports published since 1914 by the National Botanic Gardens of South Africa, by its successor, the National Botanical Institute, and from Sanbi.He also included oral history accounts provided by people who have worked at Kirstenbosch for many years.“I’ve picked up many anecdotes and accounts as time went by,” he says.Huntley’s informal tone ensures that the book doesn’t read like a science journal or a history textbook, but more like a conversation about Africa’s most beautiful garden.Uncovering the unexpectedWhile looking through archive photographs, Huntley came across a few surprising facts about Kirstenbosch.“What surprised me is that in the early days of the garden, the first 10 to 30 years of its existence, it was very shabby and makeshift,” he says.Kirstenbosch wasn’t as sophisticated and pristine as it is today, yet it was very well supported.“Supporters in those days were of the highest standing in government, business and society. They were all very passionate about it and believed in the importance of the garden,” he explains.“What people don’t know is that the gardens came from very humble origins.”World-class research and scienceAn extensive range of new and ongoing research takes place at Kirstenbosch. This includes studies at global scale on topics such as climate change modelling and at continental level in specialised fields such as plant taxonomy.Scientists also undertake national research that includes biodiversity assessments, species conservation and vegetation mapping of South Africa.A molecular laboratory, established in 2000 at the Kirstenbosch Research Centre, has made it possible to pioneer research on the evolution of proteas, other fynbos plants and animal groups with special importance in South Africa, in particular reptiles and frogs.“Our national obsession with the big, hairy mammals means we have tended to overlook our lizard fauna,” Huntley says in the book.The Protea Atlas Project, which has been ongoing at Kirstenbosch since 1990, has led to the compilation of probably the biggest, most accurate, geo-referenced database of information on the distribution and abundance of any family of plants, anywhere.This unique database, put together by a small in-house team and hundreds of volunteer field workers under the leadership of scientific officer Tony Rebelo, provides researchers with information to test responses of species to changes in environmental factors.Kirstenbosch in years to comeGoing forward, Huntley believes one of the most important challenges for Kirstenbosch is to maintain the highest standards of professionalism in horticulture, visitor amenities and research.“It must retain its position as a leader in this field,” he says. “It must also remain a centre of innovation.”And is there any part of Kirstenbosch that Huntley thinks of as his favourite little nook? He can’t single out any.“There are too many good places,” he says. “If you wander around the garden, around every corner you will find something nice.”• Slideshow image courtesy of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
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Beijing: Austrian top seed Dominic Thiem overcame a sluggish start and clawed his way back from a set and a break down to beat Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the China Open in Beijing on Sunday.The win secured Thiem’s fourth title of the year after triumphs at Indian Wells, Barcelona and Austria. Thiem, who was forced to dig deep and come back from a set down in the semi-final against Karen Khachanov, broke Tsitsipas five times while dropping serve three times to lift his first ever title in Asia.”Honestly I think this was one of the best matches I’ve played so far in my whole career,” Thiem said. “I know it’s hard for you, Stefanos. You played amazing and I really hope that we have a lot more finals in the biggest tournaments.”Last year we had a great rivalry going on and I hope it continues with many more finals to come.”Lift it high, @ThiemDomi 🏆A sensational performance from the Austrian 👏🎥: @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/3xoyQWNc8j— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 6, 2019 This was the first time the pair had competed in a final after playing each other five times in 2018. Thiem now leads Tsitsipas 4-2 in head-to-head meetings.The top seed dropped serve twice in the opening set to give Tsitsipas the advantage while the Greek fired four of his seven aces to take the lead.Tsitsipas, 21, was clearly the more fired up player, taking out his frustration on his racket after losing a point in the first set. However, Thiem recovered in the second set, saving three of four break points while converting two himself.That delicate touch 👌Watch the @ChinaOpen live on @TennisTV ✨ pic.twitter.com/OwP3ttuIja— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 6, 2019 In the deciding set, it was Thiem who dominated, breaking twice to take a 5-0 lead.Tsitsipas won a game back but only delayed the inevitable as Thiem wrapped up the match for his 15th ATP singles title. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. atpchina opendominic thiemStefanos Tsitsipas First Published: October 6, 2019, 10:57 PM IST
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir is all set to play in the high-octane Champions Trophy final against arch-rival India after recovering fully from a back spasm.This is their first Champions Trophy final in the history of the tournament.Team administration confirmed the news about Amir’s participation in the final match against title-holders India at the Kennington Oval on Sunday, the Dawn reported.The 25-year-old was also seen practising at the Oval ground on Friday, two days ahead of the match.Amir was earlier forced to sit-out during his side’s surprising eight-wicket win over England in the first semi- final of the eight-team marquee event at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Wednesday.Rumman Raees had replaced him in Pakistan’s Playing XI during that match.Amir said that Virat Kohli will be under pressure in his first big tournament final as captain.”The Indian team relies on Virat Kohli. He will be under pressure because it’s his first big tournament final as a captain. There’s no doubt that his wicket will give us advantage,” Amir said.”Getting the top three Indian batsmen early on will be crucial,” he added.(With inputs from ANI)
Day 3 of the X Blades National 18 Years and Under National Championships is shaping up to be a classic day of Touch Football. The final pool rounds will be fought out to decide who will make the cut and progress through to the quarterfinals and who will perish. There will also be an exhibition match at the conclusion of the pool rounds and the start of the finals today. A team of Referees will be fired up to show their skill with ball in hand against a team of Coaches. While not all teams are still able to make the Championship final there are still other prizes on offer. A Plate and a Shield are available for teams that do not make the top cut-off. At this stage Sydney Mets, NSWCHS, QSST, CQ, and Cobras look to be the favourites in the boys’ division. In the girls’ category QSST, NSWCHS, and Southern Suns are all playing with confidence that will be crucial come finals time. It looks set to be a cracking day of competition so sit back, relax and watch the best go head to head in the 2007 X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships.9.00amBoys’ Pool B R5 NSWCHS v Rebels Boys’ Pool B R5 Sunshine Coast v ScorpionsBoys’ Pool B R5 CQ v EaglesBoys’ Pool C R6 QSST v NT Boys’ Pool C R6 TouchWest v TasmaniaBoys’ Pool C R6 Suns v Hornets9.50amGirls’ Pool C R5 Sharks v ACT Girls’ Pool C R5 Suns v TasmaniaGirls’ Pool C R5 Hornets v Scorpions10.40amBoys’ Pool A R5 NSWCCC v NSWCISBoys’ Pool A R5 Mets v SABoys’ Pool A R5 Cobras v Sharks11.30amBoys’ Pool C R7 Suns v TouchWest Boys’ Pool C R7 Hornets v NTBoys’ Pool C R7 ACT v Tasmania12.20pmGirls’ Pool A R5 NSWCCC v EaglesGirls’ Pool B R5 NSWCHS v RebelsGirls’ Pool B R5 Cobras v NT1.10pmGirls’ Pool A R5 QSST v TouchWestGirls’ Pool A R5 Sunshine Coast v CQGirls’ Pool B R5 NSWCIS v Mets2.00pmFeature match – Australia’s Leading Referees v The best of our 2007 U18’s Team Coaches2.30pmBoys’ Champ QF1 Pos.1 v Pos. 8Boys’ Champ QF2 Pos. 3 v Pos. 6Boys’ Shield QF2 Pos. 12 v Pos. 133.30pmBoys’ Champ QF2 Pos. 2 v Pos. 7Boys’ Champ QF4 Pos. 4 v Pos. 5Boys’ Shield QF1 Pos. 11 v Pos. 144.30pmGirls’ Shield QF1 Pos. 11 v Pos. 14Boys’ Plate QF 1 Pos. 18 v Pos. 195.30pmGirls’ Champ QF1 Pos. 1 v Pos. 8 Girls’ Champ QF3 Pos. 3 v Pos. 6Girls’ Shield QF2 Pos. 12 v Pos. 13 6.30pmGirls’ Champ QF2 Pos. 2 v Pos. 7Girls’ Champ QF4 Pos. 4 v Pos. 5