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Real Madrid rest Ronaldo ahead of Bayern return leg
28 April 2018, 3:21 PM

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane gave Cristiano Ronaldo a day off on Saturday ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich.

Defenders Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane were also rested for the home La Liga game with modest Madrid rivals Leganes.

Isco and Dani Carvajal miss out too as they sustained a shoulder and hamstring injury respectively in last week’s first leg 2-1 win against the Bundesliga champions and have already been ruled out of the second leg.

Real moved a step closer to a third straight European title when substitute Marco Asensio hit the winner in Munich last Wednesday after Bayern had taken the lead through Joshua Kimmich with Marcelo levelling just before the break.

Sascoc urged to challenge IAAF over “anti-Caster rule”
28 April 2018, 2:34 PM

Limpopo Sport MEC, Onicca Moloi has urged the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) to challenge the decision by world athletics body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to force certain female track athletes to reduce their testosterone levels.

The MEC has labelled it as a “racist” decision aimed at isolating Olympics 800 meter champion Caster Semenya.

Semenya hails from Moletjie, outside Polokwane in Limpopo.

MEC’s spokesperson Moloko Moloto says MEC Moloi is right behind Sascoc.

“MEC Onicca Moloi is aware that SASCOC is equally unhappy with the new anti-Caster Semenya regulations therefore they should immediately challenge this lousy with the court of arbitration for sports because clearly the IAAF is megalomaniac bully that will stop at nothing to humiliate our golden girl,” says Moloto.

This week, Sascoc president Gideon Sam says the fact that the IAAF always makes important announcements that have an effect on Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya ahead of big athletic events is suspicious.

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Zimbabwe legalises cannabis for medical, scientific use
28 April 2018, 1:32 PM

Zimbabwe has legalised production of cannabis for medicinal or scientific use, according to new regulations seen by AFP Saturday.

A statutory instrument entitled Production of Cannabis for Medicinal and Scientific Use Regulations, said prospective producers can apply to the health ministry for a licence to grow cannabis but under strict conditions.

“An application shall be accompanied by the appropriate fee and three copies of a plan of the site proposed to be licensed,” read part of the regulations.

Individual producers must be citizens of the country or have proof that they are resident while companies must produce proof of incorporation in Zimbabwe, the regulations said.

The producers will submit to routine audits by the health ministry.

“The application shall contain, the maximum quantity expressed as net weight in grammes, of fresh cannabis, dried cannabis, cannabis oil to be produced by the applicant under the licence and the production period and the maximum number of cannabis plants to be sold or provided.”

The licence is valid for five years and should be renewed, if necessary, before expiry.

Producers intending to “possess, produce, sell, provide, ship, deliver, transport or deliver cannabis at more than one site” will require a separate licence.

Production and use of cannabis was illegal in Zimbabwe although the herb is widely used in traditional medicine to treat conditions like asthma, epilepsy and mental illness while some people use it as recreational drug and, supposedly, to make their hair grow quicker.

Production or possession of large quantities of cannabis attracted up to 12 years in jail.

Cosatu educates farmers on land expropriation in Western Cape
28 April 2018, 12:28 PM

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape says it wants to see a model of land expropriation that will give 50% of a farm given to farm workers.

Federation officials are out at Grabouw in the Overberg, where they are educating farm workers about land expropriation.

Provincial leader, Tony Ehrenreich says they are determined that expropriation should be done responsibly.

“Now that government has taken a really progressive position, we are here to ensure that all of the workers are supported by unions and that they’re starting the negotiations to make sure that 50-50 ownership exists on every farm, where the workers own 50%, they take joint decisions, they share control and benefit jointly. That’s the model for the future. We keep some of the experience of the farmers but we make sure of some of the transformation and ownership questions are addressed,” says Ehrenreich.

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Reds bounce back to upset Lions
28 April 2018, 10:28 AM

The Queensland Reds humbled Super Rugby leaders Golden Lions 27-22 after a superb opening half of aggressive rugby in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Reds, coming off four losses, set up their shock win with a rousing four-try first half to lead 24-0 at half-time and battled hard to hold on in the second half to bring off the upset.

It was a stunning reversal of fortunes for the South African conference leaders and last season’s beaten finalists following their 29-0 shut-out of Australian conference pacesetters New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney the previous week.

The Reds, coached by former All Black lock Brad Thorn, jumped to third spot in the Australian conference while the Johannesburg-based Lions still hold a 12-point lead in their conference.

“Last week you could tell quite early we weren’t quite there, but this afternoon that first try in the first five minutes was indicative of how we wanted to play, be aggressive in the contact area,” says Reds veteran flanker George Smith.

“We came out well for that first 10 minutes of the second half and we were holding on in the last 30.”

Lions skipper Franco Mostert said the Reds were more hungry to win than his team.

“They wanted it more than us, so they deserved the win, there was no complacency in our group, they just wanted it more than us and we will go back this week and fix up our problems,”says Mostert.

The Reds rocked the competition leaders with four tries in the first half in their best attacking performance of the season.

Forward Jean-Pierre Smith scored in the second minute with further tries to Caleb Timu and Brandon Paenga-Amosa before Smith crashed over on the back of a driving maul in first-half stoppage time to grab a 24-0 lead at the break.

The spluttering Lions finally scored through their outstanding hooker Malcolm Marx to trail 27-5 after 55 minutes.

Marx powered over for his second try off the back of a driving maul for the Lions to claw back to trail 27-12 after 62 minutes with the momentum turning.

But the Reds held on with replacement Marnus Schoeman scoring two late tries to grab the Lions a losing bonus point.



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