Flyers vs. Athletics in Finals – Starts Saturday

first_img* Games 3, 4, and 6 are in Grande Prairie. With GP on Mountain Standard Time, these games will start at 7:30 PST (FSJ time). Stay tuned for broadcast information, with Moose FM hoping to bring you all road games in the series.** There is a week break between games 6 and 7 (if necessary), as the Athletics will represent the NPHL at AA provincials in Spirit River that week (the Rangers also qualify as hosts). The Athletics play a speedy, disciplined brand of hockey, that has seen them win 14 straight games, including regular season and playoffs. The A’s haven’t lost since January 15th in Spirit River, and since then, they have beaten every tough team in the NPHL, including the Rangers, Flyers, Kings and Mustangs. But, after a bit of a lull late in the season, the Flyers seem to be peaking as well, at just the right time. The team played brilliantly in games one and five against Spirit River, and played badly only in game two, when they had only 11 skaters on the road. It’s been the Flyers’ goal to peak late in the season, as they look ahead to the MacKenzie Cup, and challenging matchups against Spirit River and Grande Prairie will only help forge an Allan Cup contender. Particularly impressive has been the play of the Flyers ‘kid line’ of Jeff Shipton, Jeff Fast, and Clayton Bahm.The line was responsible for the double overtime winner against Spirit River in game 4, and has been put in key situations all season long, from the exhibition games against Stony Plain, to the NPHL playoffs so far. Coach Adam Brash has obviously been impressed with the three, and also the potential they show. “They’re three great hockey players, three great puck movers” Brash says. But, it’s not just for now. “They’re the future of the Flyers hockey team, they’re going to play a big part in our AAA level hockey” he adds, suggesting AAA opponents may key in on the top two lines, and leave the youngsters unguarded. “As long as their feet are moving, as long as they’re tough on the puck, they’re going to get the ice time.”Hurting the Flyers will be the injury to NPHL MVP Kip Noble. The defenceman took a big hit from Ranger Mike Lefley at the end of the third period in game 4, and suffered a broken rib, seperated shoulder, and collapsed lung. While he could still return for the MacKenzie Cup (and potentially Allan Cup). “[Kip’s injury] will hurt us on the powerplay, and we’re going to find somebody who will step up in that area” said Adam Brash, alluding to Noble’s quarterbacking skills and wicked shot. But he says everyone is solid on the back end, and with six defencemen still healthy, the team isn’t panicking. It all points to an epic Campbell Cup finals, which suits both teams well, heading into their respective provincial tournaments. The schedule will be as follows:Game 1 – Sat Mar 14 – 8:30 @ FSJ Game 2 – Tues Mar 17 – 8:30 @ FSJ Game 3 – Thurs Mar 19 – 8:30* @ GP Game 4 – Sat Mar 21 – 8:30* @ GP Game 5 – Sun Mar 22 – 7:30 @ Fort St. John – if necessary Game 6 – Tues Mar 24 – 8:30* @ GP – if necessary Game 7 – Tues Mar 31 – 8:30 @ Fort St. John – if necessaryAdvertisement The NPHL Campbell Cup finals are set, and will feature the Fort St. John Flyers against the Grande Prairie Athletics.The Flyers finished the regular season with a 24-1-1 record, earning the Lawrence Cup, as regular season champs, and home ice throughout the playoffs. The Athetics finished right behind FSJ, with a second-best 20-4-1-1 record, and the third seed in the playoffs. The series will begin in Fort St. John on Saturday Mar. 14th, with a complete schedule below.Grande Prairie is the only team to have beaten the Flyers this season, once on opening night (4-3 Oct. 30) in FSJ, and once in overtime (3-2 Jan. 29) in GP. “Grande Prairie’s going to be tough” says coach Adam Brash. “They’ve brought in some players, and they have confidence playing us because they beat us twice.” He also differentiates between the Athletics and the Rangers in their style of play. He points to Spirit River as an opportunistic team, relying on breakdowns and powerplays to outscore an opponent.- Advertisement -The Athletics, on the other hand, skate well, and push harder at an opponent. “They’ll come at you hard, and in waves” says Brash, noting their coaching staff will switch up their game plan based on in-game dynamics. “If we’re doing something well, he’ll (A’s coach) counter it,” something Brash says he doesn’t usually see in regular NPHL play. Flyers goalie Troy Hunt is excited for the opportunity at another competitive series. “Grande Prairie’s always good” Hunt says, adding “I think the one thing we’ll have in our favour is they haven’t been playing good hockey on the other side” referring to GP’s first two rounds, against High Prairie and Falher (both sweeps). [asset|aid=1086|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=55e97052c5a28874a550dee50439b504-hunt-finals_1_Pub.mp3]Perhaps the strongest aspect of the Athletics game is the goaltending of David Larson, who has the ability to make miraculous saves, and steal games. They have a slightly more balanced attack than do the Rangers, as well as a quick transition game that has proven deadly in the NPHL this season. Leading the way for Grande Prairie this season was Kelly McLeod, who scored 56 points (22+34) in 23 games in the regular season, and has 4 goals so far in the playoffs. Brenan Jones and Shane Mudryk lead the team in playoff goals with six apiece, including a hat-trick from Mudryk in GP’s 8-7 come-from-behind win in game 1 vs. Falher.Advertisementlast_img read more

Junior Harambee Stars eye African Cup slot

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars Under-17 players walk off the pitch after a friendly match at the Camp Toyoyo grounds in NairobiNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 8 – The Harambee Stars Under-17 side arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Wednesday ahead of the CECAFA Junior Championship which kicks off on Saturday.The CECAFA Championship will also be used as a qualifier to the Nations Cup which will also be held in Tanzania, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) having decided to zone the qualifiers with each region producing two representatives. With East Africa hosting the Championship, only the winner of the tournament will qualify or if Tanzania wins, the losing finalist will earn that ticket.Kenya is eyeing that slot of qualifying for a continental championship for the first time.“It is very possible because we have trained well for the past two and a half weeks and I feel that this team we have is able to compete for that slot. It is going to be tough though but we will do our best to ensure we get that ticket,” head coach Michael Amenga told Capital Sport before the team departed.Kenya is in Pool B with South Sudan, Djibouti, Uganda and Ethiopia and will start their campaign next Tuesday against South Sudan. A top two finish will guarantee them a spot in the semi-finals.Harambee Stars Under-17 head coach Michael Amenga issues instructions to the players walk during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo grounds in Nairobi“It is a very tough group because at this moment in football, there is no small or big team. Each team is capable of doing well. We will give our best in all the matches and treat every one of them as a final,” the tactician further added.Kenya finished fourth in last year’s tournament played in Burundi after losing 4-1 to Uganda in the play off. They had won 4-0 against Burundi, drawn 0-0 with Ethiopia and lost 1-0 to Somalia in their group matches.They went on to lose 2-1 to eventual champions Tanzania in the semis. This year, Amenga believes he has a stronger team hence a bigger chance of making it to the final.However, he is worried with the unavailability of several dependable players who were held on to by their schools due to last week’s Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) games which ended in Eldoret.The Harambee Stars U17 team in action during a friendly match against Gor Mahia Youth“We tried to ask them for some players even during the games to come for the MRI and registration but they could not release them. I have almost eight players from schools who I could not get and it is such a pity. We also have three players who are in Norway with MYSA (Mathare Youth Sports Association),” lamented the coach.He added; “I would like to ask the KSSSA if they can agree to work closely with the federation to ensure that we have access to these players for such competitions in future. Always as Kenya, we want to field the strongest team.”Kenya has never played in the continental championship and with them coming closer to home in Tanzania, there will be motivation enough for them to fight for the lone ticket.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Benteke ends 14-game goal drought

first_img0Shares0000Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke celebrates after scoring against Leicester City during their Premier League match at the King Power Stadium on December 16, 2017 © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLEICESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 16 – Christian Benteke ended a 14-match goal drought with a 19th minute header for strugglers Crystal Palace in their Premier League victory at Leicester on Saturday.It was Palace’s first away goal of the season and they went on to win 3-0 — Benteke creating the second for Wilfried Zaha — to move out of the bottom three. The 27-year-old Belgian international striker owed his team-mates a goal after controversially missing a last-gasp penalty he should not have taken in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.Last week, Benteke — who should have allowed Luka Milivojevic to take the spot kick as the Serbian had scored a penalty earlier in the match — apologised to his team-mates and manager Roy Hodgson, admitting he had let them down.However, the former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker denied his goal on Saturday was a means of repaying his team-mates for the penalty incident.“Not owed something because we are a team but I just wanted to show that I’m always involved and I will do everything to get back on my form,” Benteke told Sky Sports.“I’ve been really patient, I’ve been through a hard time but I’m a big believer and I really work hard. I just got what I deserved to get.”Hodgson, whose side have improved so much under his aegis that for the first time in their history they have gone seven games without defeat in the Premier League, praised Benteke but rued the fact he will miss the next game against Swansea because he is suspended.“I think it (the goal) will do a lot for Christian Benteke’s confidence, and the crowd really got behind him today, they appreciated his work rate too, and that was fully deserved,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.“They were singing his name which was fantastic because after missing the penalty he perhaps rightly, many people were saying, got some stick from the crowd.“But on this occasion they’ve turned very quickly singing his name and that was fully deserved.“I am surprised though he has picked up five yellow cards (earning the suspension) because he is a gentle giant, so I’d love to know how he picked up the previous cards.”On the pitch Benteke gave the perfect riposte by creeping in between Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson to head home Andros Townsend’s cross and then stuck his fingers to his ears by way of celebration.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ronaldo tight-lipped on future after World Cup KO

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to save Portugal from World Cup elimination © AFP / Jonathan NACKSTRANDSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jul 1 – Cristiano Ronaldo declined to comment on his international future on Saturday after bowing out of the World Cup following Portugal’s 2-1 defeat by Uruguay.The Real Madrid star exited his fourth World Cup in disappointment after two goals from Edinson Cavani saw the Uruguayans advance to the last eight. However Ronaldo, who will be 37 by the time of the next World Cup, would not be drawn on whether he planned to extend his international career.“Now is not the time to talk about the future of players and coaches,” Ronaldo said.The 33-year-old did however say that European champions Portugal could look forward to the future with confidence.“We have a fantastic group, young and with a lot of ambition and for that reason I think the team will remain strong,” he said.Ronaldo finished his World Cup campaign with four goals, one adrift of England’s Harry Kane who leads the standings with five.Earlier, Portugal coach Fernando Santos said he hoped Ronaldo would remain part of the international set-up.“Cristiano still has a lot to give to football and I hope he will stay to help the young players grow and develop,” he said.“We have a team with many young players and of course we all want him there with us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

MY DONEGAL …..WITH BUSINESSWOMAN SHARON ROARTY

first_imgLetterkenny businesswoman Sharon Roarty has just become the successful tender of the AVIVA market in Donegal.Sharon’s new business Face2Face Insurance Solutions is now the new tied agency for AVIVA in Donegal and will service existing customers and welcome new customers.She is a well-known face across the county. Donegal Daily caught up with her to sees what she likes and doesn’t like about her native county. What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Ards Forest Park. Such beautiful long walks and a great place to clear your head………especially on a really wild and windy day.If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be? The weather !!!Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?There are a few Donegal people I look up to. Joanne Sweeney Burke of Mediabox is a business woman I admire for her energy and positive attitude. She “doesn’t do stress!!” She built a successful business and she works tirelessly to help other businesses achieve success. She and her team are enthusiastic, creative, positive and genuinely dedicated to helping businesses survive and overcome challenges being faced during this economic environment.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Daniel ODonnell. The Kincasslagh man is known in every corner of the globe. I wonder do they sing My Donegal Shore in China?What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years? I think everyone would agree and say bringing Sam back home on 23th September. The atmosphere in Letterkenny was something I haven’t experience since 1992. For a few weeks we all forgot the doom and gloom and partied.What was Donegal’s saddest moment?For me it has to be road fatalities. Young lives and families being effected by road deaths. Sadly we have experienced a few.What is your favourite Donegal-made product? Has to be McDaids Footbal Special. Am addicted. Harrys of Bridgend even use it to make Football Special Cheesecake.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Oh! That’s a hard one. There have been a few great ambassadors over the years but I would have to say Sir Gerry Robinson. Geography wasn’t an obstacle for this man from Dunfanaghy.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?It depends on what is meant by successful. I think every independent business person in Donegal providing employment and services are successful in there own way. They are all contributing to continued success of Donegal.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Our very own Letterkenny man Danny McDaid. He is a retired postman who competed at 2 Olympic Games in Munich 1972 and Montreal 1976. He even has a 15k race and running track named after him.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?I love eating out and have tried nearly everything from a top restaurant to a greasy spoon in Donegal. So, if I had to give my top 3 it would have to be Linda and the gang in Lemon Tree in Letterkenny, Castle Murray in Dunkineely and I lurve the Steaming Chocolate Pudding in Blueberry in Donegal Town. Its worth the visit to DT just for that.Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Has to be the majestic eaglesYour nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?We all use the streets of Donegal as our own personal catwalks from time to time. But I think the ladies in Hair Craft, Aileen, Julie and Nicola really turn on the glamour with fab updo’s and brill manicures that last for 3 weeks.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?It’s not so much a saying or expression. I call it the Donegal Wave or One finger salute. Drivers lift one finger off the steering wheel to salute each other when passing. I haven’t seen it anywhere else except Donegal.Will Donegal win the All Ireland this year?Absolutely they will. The boys are definitely determined and built like machines. They have the focus to achieve the same success again. They are an inspiration and role models. They show what focus, hard work and determination can achieve.What is your favourite Donegal food?My mammy’s turkey stuffing. Wish I could have it more than once a year.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?It takes a lot to annoy me but one thing does. Not giving way to other drivers on the road. We are all busy and guilty of rushing here and there that we forget to be courteous to each other. Let go of the frustration, deliberately cutting off other drivers and aggressive hand gestures. Let your fellow motorist out and feel the love!!!If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be?A deposit for a train station.MY DONEGAL …..WITH BUSINESSWOMAN SHARON ROARTY was last modified: November 27th, 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:MY DONEGALSharon Roartylast_img read more

Rangers’ full fixture list for 2018/19 as Steven Gerrard finds out first opponents

first_imgThe first Old Firm derby will be at Celtic Park and will pit Gerrard, in his first managerial role, against his former Liverpool mentor Brendan Rodgers.His first taste of Old Firm action on home soil will be the traditional New Year clash, this year scheduled for December 29.A second trip to Parkhead has been pencilled in for March 30, with all dates subject to change for television broadcast purposes.The fourth and final league meeting between the Glasgow giants will likely take place at Ibrox following the top-flight split. 2 Rangers fixtures for the 2018/19 season:August5 – Aberdeen (a)11 – St Mirren (h)25 – Motherwell (a)September1 – Celtic (a)15 – Dundee (h)22 – St Johnstone (h)29 – Livingston (a)October6 – Hearts (h)20 – Hamilton (a)27 – Kilmarnock (h)November3 – St Mirren (a)10 – Motherwell (h)24 – Livingston (h)December1 – Hearts (a)5 – Aberdeen (h)8 – Dundee (a)15 – Hamilton (h)22 – St Johnstone (a)26 – Hibernian (h)29 – Celtic (h)January23 – Kilmarnock (a)26 – Livingston (a)February2 – St Mirren (h)6 – Aberdeen (a)16 – St Johnstone (h)23 – Hamilton (a)27 – Dundee (h)March9 – Hibernian (a)16 – Kilmarnock (h)30 – Celtic (a)April3 – Hearts6 – Motherwell (a) Steven Gerrard will kick off his Rangers career with a trip to Aberdeen.The Scottish Premiership fixtures for the 2018/19 season were revealed on Friday, with Rangers and Celtic to meet just four games into the season on September 1. 2last_img read more

Shock Coutinho rumours, Conte set for Chelsea stay, Arsenal close to new signing

first_imgHere’s a round-up all the top transfer-related gossip and news from Monday’s newspapers and online… Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Could Coutinho be the next huge-money signing for Paris Saint-Germain? Frank Lampard has won the race to sign West Ham defender Reece Burke for new club Derby County, according to reports. Hull City’s £1.5million offer has apparently been trumped by the Rams, who have pounced for the 21-year-old in the 11th hour. (The Sun)Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri has been spotted in London, sparking rumours the 26-year-old Ivorian could be about the sign for Chelsea, Arsenal or Fulham. (Daily Star)Italy striker Mario Balotelli is in Marseille in order to finalise a free transfer. The 27-year-old former Nice and Manchester City player has visited the French club’s training complex as contract talks continue. (RMC Sport) Arsenal target Lucas Torreira was one of Uruguay’s stand-out players at the World Cup moving on LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Philippe Coutinho is a shock target for Paris Saint-Germain, who are reportedly keen to sign the Brazil star to help keep Neymar at the club. The champions of France are said to be willing to pay a new world record €270m (£239m) fee to land the former Liverpool ace. (Mundo Deportivo)It is also claimed Neymar – who has not won any fans at this summer’s World Cup – wants Edinson Cavani to leave PSG for him to stay. The 31-year-old Uruguay hero has been linked with a return to former club Napoli. (Sport)Antonio Conte’s long-speculated departure from Chelsea may not be happening after all, according to reports. After the Italian manager’s brother posted a picture on Instagram of Conte at Cobham with Blues coaching staff, beginning the team’s pre-season preparations, it is claimed he will not be replaced by Maurizio Sarri as rumours suggest. (Daily Mirror)Meanwhile, it is claimed Eden Hazard’s shirt number at Real Madrid has already been chosen by club president Florentino Perez, with the 27-year-old Belgian strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu this summer. (Diario Gol) targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Joe Hart’s time at Manchester City looks to be coming to a permanent end. The 31-year-old goalkeeper is looking for a move away from the Etihad Stadium after missing out on England’s World Cup squad. Hart has spent 12 years with the club, but has not started a Premier League game under Pep Guardiola. (Daily Mail)Riyad Mahrez looks to be just 48 hours away from pulling on a Manchester City shirt, after the Premier League champions agreed a £60million deal for the Leicester winger – with a medical set to take place in the next couple of days. (Daily Mail)Lucas Torreira is set to have a medical at Arsenal on Monday before his proposed move from Sampdoria. The 22-year-old Uruguay midfielder says he is looking forward to a “great opportunity. (Metro)Arsenal have also opened talks to sign France Under-20 midfielder Matteo Guendouzi from Lorient in a £7million deal, with the 19-year-old expected to agree to a five-year contract. (Daily Mail)Meanwhile, Gunners left-back Nacho Monreal, 32, is a reported target for La Liga side Real Sociedad.(Daily Mirror) 4 4 West Ham are hoping to complete the triple signing of Jack Wilshere, Borussia Dortmund forward Andriy Yarmolenko and Corinthians centre-back Fabian Balbuena. (The Times)Chelsea winger Kenedy appears ready join Newcastle on a season-long loan. The Magpies have won the battle for the 22-year-old’s signature after he impressed Rafael Benitez – and fans – during the last four months of the season at St James’ Park. (Daily Mail)Manchester United defender Daley Blind could return to former club Ajax this summer, after manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed the Dutch giants are interested in re-signing the 28-year-old. (Sky Sports) LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 4 4 RANKED Blind has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho last_img read more

RUSSIAN QUIZZED OVER CONTRABAND CIGARETTES IN KILLYBEGS

first_imgA RUSSIAN sailor has been questioned today for allegedly having illegal cigarettes in Killybegs.The 41-year-old was detained for a time after Customs officials found 6,200 cigarettes on board a vessel which arrived in port from St Petersburg.The ship was ‘placed under arrest’ for a time, later being released after a fine of €5,500 was paid.  RUSSIAN QUIZZED OVER CONTRABAND CIGARETTES IN KILLYBEGS was last modified: April 8th, 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)last_img read more

Draymond Green on Rockets’ talk: ‘I’m not sure stupidity juices anyone’

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON —- Draymond Green seemed amused.The Houston Rockets had offered some light-hearted jabs at the Warriors. Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni poked fun at the Warriors for losing to Sunday on Phoenix, the Western Conference’s worst team. Rockets guard Austin Rivers observed the Warriors “take it personal” that Houston beat them three times this season. And with …last_img

South Africa has a role in post-conflict development

first_img20 FebruaryThe important role that regional organisations can play in matters of peace and security has long been recognised. In Africa, the regional economic communities are increasingly taking on a role in responding to matters of peace and security, including post-conflict reconstruction and development (PCRD).However, as intra-state conflict rises, spills over borders and often resurges after appearing to die down, implementing PCRD remains a daunting challenge. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is an important actor in matters of peace and security, but, at present, it lacks the capacity to implement PCRD.A new paper by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) finds that while there is some opportunity for South Africa to enhance and facilitate PCRD through SADC, the organisation must first overcome a number of challenges.South Africa plays a significant role in matters of peace and security on the African continent. It contributed to the evolution of the African Union (AU) and the African Peace and Security Architecture, and also facilitated the AU’s decision to establish the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises. South Africa was also involved in various mediation efforts as a member of SADC, notably in Zimbabwe’s post-2012 electoral crisis and Madagascar’s constitutional mediation process. Even so, South Africa’s ability to implement PCRD in the region through its SADC membership has been constrained for various reasons.Firstly, it has to manage perceptions over its actions within SADC, so as not to arouse accusations of hegemony. Secondly, South Africa is inadequately represented within SADC structures. This could be attributed to a combination of SADC staffing rules, diplomats’ perceptions of Gaborone not being a prime posting, and South Africa’s tendency to be inconsistent in its foreign policy. Thirdly, SADC espouses a state-centric, rather than human-centric definition of security. This makes post- conflict development difficult even at a conceptual level.In addition to this, SADC’s main policy documents – namely the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) and the Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ (SIPO) – do not provide an easy basis from which to operate. Both of these have undergone review and version two of SIPO has already been adopted. The documents are long, extremely ambitious, and would arguably be better if merged into one.To an extent, both the RISDP and SIPO II focus on promoting peace and security through integration.There are a number of opportunities for South Africa to implement PCRD through SADC. South Africa has an impressive track record in conflict resolution; it has the largest economy of all the SADC member states; and also has substantial military power and experience to offer SADC. South Africa is also establishing the South African Development Partnership Agency, which could potentially partner with the SADC Development Fund for implementing PCRD.As the current head of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co- operation, South Africa should use this opportunity to positively influence the organisation and involve more of the member states to achieve a SADC brand (as opposed to an individual member-state brand) of multilateral PCRD implementation. However, in moving forward, South Africa must also clarify its commitment to SADC through solid foreign-policy actions, such as sending well-trained diplomats to Gaborone.If SADC is to move forward, it needs to find a real post-liberation middle ground and achieve a unified agenda from which the organisation can operate.It is critical that SADC better communicates with international partners – once again an area where South Africa can provide valuable technical assistance, based on its domestic experience of establishing the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.While there is certainly a lot that South Africa can offer SADC, it also needs to demonstrate that it is committed to the organisation beyond merely incorporating that commitment in its foreign policy documents. As soon as SADC establishes a clear and logical policy basis from which to operate, it can also make great strides in its ability to respond to matters of peace and security in the region.Source: Institute for Security Studieslast_img read more