first_img Press Association Arsene Wenger has warned Tottenham that his Arsenal team are ready to fight all the way for Champions League qualification this season. After all, this time last year Tottenham held a 10-point advantage over the Gunners, but a poor run of form towards the end of the season – which began with defeat in the north London derby – saw Spurs slip off the pace and ended with Arsenal qualifying for the Champions League for a 15th successive season. And with 13 matches left this season – including a visit to White Hart Lane on March 3 – Wenger knows Arsenal can still leapfrog their rivals if they display the fight they did at the Stadium of Light. Although Arsenal are no longer blessed with the attacking prowess of Robin van Persie, Wenger claims they do possess a strong mentality which he thinks was evident on Saturday when they had to spend most of the second half down to 10 men following Jenkinson’s dismissal for a second yellow card. “Our character was questioned many times,” the Arsenal manager added. “You saw (on Saturday) that we have plenty. I liked the last 20 minutes when we were pushed back. We headed every single ball. We tried like mad and that’s fantastic to see. “Sometimes you have to just dig in and some players played in uncomfortable positions. When we have the desire to win, it helps a lot.” One area of concern for Wenger was that two of his key players, Laurent Koscielny and Jack Wilshere, suffered respective calf and thigh injuries on Saturday. The Frenchman is hopeful that both players will be fit for Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Blackburn, although they may be rested given that the Gunners play Bayern Munich in the Champions League three days later. center_img Arsenal remain four points behind their fourth-placed neighbours after grinding out a 1-0 victory over Sunderland with 10 men following the sending off of Carl Jenkinson. Spurs stretched their unbeaten run to 10 matches at the weekend with victory over Newcastle, but Wenger knows better than most that everything can change quickly in the final third of the season. “There are many games to go,” Wenger told Arsenal Player when asked about his team’s attempts to catch Spurs. “We are in the fight and the game on Saturday showed that we are ready for a fight.” last_img read more

first_imgTwo children ages two and six were rescued from a burning house at Unity Village, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara. The Fire which started at about 18:45h on Monday evening has left the family of four homeless.Based on reports received, the two children were at home alone when the fire was spotted by neighbours who rushed to their rescued. The mother of the children went to a nearby shop to make a purchase. More details in January 24 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img

first_img26 April 2011 At least 24 new political parties will contest the upcoming local government elections in South Africa – an indication of a thriving democracy, says Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chair Brigalia Bam. South Africans will go to the polls on 18 May to elect their new local government officials. A total of 121 political parties will contest the elections across the country. This is an increase from the 97 parties in 2006 and the 79 in 2000. Participation of independent candidates, those without political-party backing, is also on the rise. The total number of independents stands at 748 this year, up from 667 in the previous local elections. The surfacing of new parties and independents has directly increased the number of candidates to 53 596 compared to 45 179 in 2006 and 30 477 in 2000. “The increase in parties and candidates participating in the upcoming election is an indication of a broadening in electoral participation at local level,” said Bam, “and is very encouraging as far as the entrenchment of democratic processes is concerned.” Needless to say, a large number of candidates represent well-established political parties. The African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) dominate the candidates list, with 9 403 and 7 117 respective candidates countrywide. The ANC is the only party that will have candidates contesting in all the country’s 278 municipalities, while the DA will be contesting 272 municipalities. Some ANC members have decided to go independent after being dissatisfied about candidates’ selection. Most of the new organisations join scores of others that only contest in their respective provinces. They operate as organisations hoping to have future influence over how their communities are governed.New kids on the block The National Freedom Party (NFP) is the only recently formed organisation contesting outside its founding province. The NFP was launched by Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi, who led a splinter group from the Inkatha Freedom Party just three months ago. It has 2 591 candidates in eight provinces. More than 50% of its members are in KwaZulu-Natal, where it was founded. The Congress of the People, an ANC break-away party founded in 2008, is also comparatively new in the IEC’s books as far as local government elections go. Although somewhat troubled, the party enjoys the third largest representation with 5 929 candidates in all nine provinces. It will contest in 214 municipalities. Though it’s had a chance to establish itself since its founding in 2007, the African People’s Convention will participate in nationwide local elections for the first time this year. The party, a splinter from the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, will contest in all provinces with 2 158 candidates. The Mpumalanga Party is a new local organisation campaigning via a ticket of relocating the community of Moutse back to the borders of Mpumalanga province. The community has been up in arms over the government’s decision to demarcate it to Limpopo province, where the party’s 74 candidate are registered. Ikusasa Lesizwe Independent Movement is another new organisation in Mpumalanga. The party has 44 candidates in the province. Makana Independent New Deal is new on the political scene in the Eastern Cape. It has a total of 27 candidates in the province. Other fresh organisations include the Socialist Civic Movement and the Bushbuckridge Residents Association in Mpumalanga.Women participation There’s a “slight” increase in the number of women running for election in their areas. More than 19 700 women will stand as candidates, compared to 15 718 in the 2006 local elections. This means 37% of the candidates are women, a 2% increase from 2006. “I am happy that a slight increase in the percentage of women candidates has been recorded,” Bam said. Women remain the majority on the IEC voters’ roll, which has more than 24.5-million South Africans registered on it. “I am very proud of women,” Bam said. “Despite keeping the home fires burning, women are consistently retained their overall majority in terms of the voter participation gender split in the voters’ roll.” With just more than a month to go to election day, campaigns are gaining momentum. All major parties have launched their manifestos and have embarked on all-out electioneering. “The IEC is proud of all who will be garnering votes to consolidate our gains and deepen our democracy,” Bam said. First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

first_imgThe 9 000 food parcels will be distributed by Vodacom employees to five schools in Worcester and to Strand Muslim Primary schoolVodacom staff in the Western Cape answered the call to serve on Mandela Day by completing the massive task of packing 9 000 food parcels for distribution to schools attended by children from impoverished backgrounds, in the outlying areas of the Cape.Staff were divided into groups of 60 and asked to pack the maximum number of food parcels in 67 minute sessions spread over two days, culminating on Mandela Day. It was an ambituous target as each parcel contains 1 kg oats, 1 large bottle of peanut butter, 2 cans of pilchards, 2 cans of baked beans, 2 packets of samp, 2 packets of sugar beans, a peanut and raisin snack and a R2 Vodacom power bundle.“In honour of our greatest citizen, Nelson Mandela, we all got together on a cold, rainy day before his birthday to spend time making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate as part of the Vodacom Foundation food security project,” said Steven Barnwell, managing executive: Vodacom western region.“It was rewarding to see Vodacom staff work side by side packing food parcels. The energy and teamwork was awesome to witness. On behalf of the recipients of the food parcels I would like to thank all our staff participating over the two days. After all, it’s about all of us doing a little bit that will go a long way to make a difference in people’s lives.”The 9 000 food parcels will be distributed by Vodacom employees to five schools in Worcester and to Strand Muslim Primary school next week.Maya Makanjee, Vodacom’s chief officer: corporate affairs, said the company supported the meaningful participation of its employees in volunteering activities – the company gives employees two days paid leave to participate in volunteering initiatives and were encouraged to give 67 minutes of their time to honour Madiba’s legacy.Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said the Foundation focused on food security, literacy and shelter and Vodacom had ensured close alignment with these by focussing its volunteering initiative on food security.“Vodacom continues to be a valued partner in driving the Mandela Day ethos and Tata’s legacy forward. Food security is a vital part of the development journey for learners and we would like to challenge others to take a leaf out of Vodacom’s book to ensure the future of our youth.” Hatang said.last_img read more

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games That he departed this time with a surprisingly lopsided 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria on Wednesday left everyone, including Djokovic, pondering the answers to difficult questions.Did he give up in the last set? What has happened to his once-impervious play? Can he summon that again? Does he need a break from the grind of the tour?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a fact that I’m not playing close to my best, and I know that,” Djokovic said after his first straight-set loss at a major since the 2013 Wimbledon final. “For me, it’s a whole new situation that I’m facing.”Since completing his career Grand Slam at the French Open 12 months ago, Djokovic has participated in four majors in a row without earning a trophy. He also lost his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray. With the wind whipping at more than 15 mph (25 kph), and the temperature in the low 50s (low teens Celsius), Djokovic was out of sorts in so many ways even before that 20-minute third set in which he won only 8 of 34 points. It’s only the second time Djokovic lost a final set by the score of 6-0 in his 937 career tour-level matches.“It’s hard to comment (on) the third set. Obviously, nothing was going my way and everything his way,” Djokovic said. “Just pretty bad set.”But both men thought the match was decided in the first set, when Djokovic held two set points at 5-4, 15-40 on Thiem’s serve. Thiem erased the first with a forehand volley and the other with a service winner that prompted Djokovic to roll his eyes.Djokovic’s backhand really let him down in the tiebreaker: All seven points won by Thiem ended with that stroke.In all, Djokovic made nearly twice as many unforced errors, 35, as winners, 18.“More or less, all the parts of my game are kind of going up and down. I’m feeling like I’m missing consistency,” Djokovic said. “I play a great match or two in a row, and then I play a completely opposite match. That’s what happened today.”Still, how unlikely was this result? Djokovic had won all five previous matches — and 11 of 12 sets — against Thiem, including in the French Open semifinals a year ago.Plus, Djokovic had appeared in a record six consecutive semifinals in Paris.Now he is at a crossroads of sorts. He just turned 30. He split from coaches Boris Becker and Marian Vajda and other members of his team, bringing aboard Andre Agassi for Week 1 of the French Open.On Wednesday, he wouldn’t rule out some time off. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “It’s obviously tough to get out of it and figure out the way how to move ahead. At least I’m trying,” Djokovic said. “I know that I have achieved the biggest heights in this sport, and that memory and that experience gives me enough reason to believe that I can do it again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ronaldo stays atop Forbes list of richest athletes; LeBron 2nd View comments Serbia’s Novak Djokovic falls as he plays Austria’s Dominic Thiem during their quarterfinal match the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium. APPARIS — His French Open title defense nearing an end, Novak Djokovic stumbled and tumbled to his knees on the red clay, his racket flying from his right hand as his opponent’s backhand zipped past.Even Djokovic found it hard to fathom how far he’s fallen, only a year removed from leaving Roland Garros as a player nonpareil, the first man in nearly a half-century to win four consecutive Grand Slam titles.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Djokovic was runner-up at the U.S. Open but lost in the third round at Wimbledon, the first round at the Rio Olympics and the second round at the Australian Open.“The win here last year has brought a lot of different emotions. Obviously, it was a thrill and complete fulfillment, I guess,” Djokovic said during an expansive and frank news conference. “I have lived on that wave of excitement, I guess, ’til the U.S. Open or so. And at the U.S. Open, I just was emotionally very flat and found myself in a situation that I hadn’t faced before in (my) professional tennis career.”The 23-year-old Thiem next faces nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal, who advanced when No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta stopped while trailing 6-2, 2-0 after injuring an abdominal muscle late in the first set.“I mean, it’s a joke how tough it is to win a Slam,” said Thiem, the only player who beat Nadal in one of his 23 clay-court matches this season. “Now I beat Novak. On Friday, (it’s) Nadal. In the finals, there is another top star.”In the other semifinal, 2016 runner-up Murray will face 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka in a matchup of three-time major title winners. Murray eliminated No. 8 Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-1 on Wednesday, while No. 3 Wawrinka won 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 against No. 7 Marin Cilic.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img read more

first_imgWell, this photo features double gold medallist alpine skier Ted Ligety along with athletes, supporters and organisers up close at the South Island resort of Queenstown, New Zealand, as he launches the 2015 Audi quattro Winter Games (August 21-August 30).But what’s so cool is that the image, touted as the ultimate selfie, has been captured by a dronie – a pioneering way to take a selfie with a drone aircraft.  Coronet Peak, Queenstown, location for the official opening ceremony of the Audi quattro Winter GamesThe dronie (drone aircraft with a mounted camera) captured the excitement of the athletes, supporters and organisers up close and then gained altitude to expose the snow-capped mountains and contrasting lakes of Queenstown.A play on the ‘selfie’ phenomenon, a ‘dronie’ is a new trend emerging globally that uses a flying camera to take videos from the sky. Tourism New Zealand’s NZ dronie campaign offers holiday-makers the chance to capture the ultimate holiday ‘selfie’ by capturing an eight second video of themselves, which they can instantly share with their friends on social media using the hashtag #NZdronie. Visiting Macau? Don’t forget to take selfies! A dronie captures a stunning view of the Remarkables and Lake WakatipuChief Executive of Tourism New Zealand, Kevin Bowler was thrilled to launch the Winter Games in such a unique way. He says, “I can’t think of a better way to profile an event like this than by capturing the whole stunning winter scene from the air, showing world class athletes in this spectacular Winter Games setting.”advertisementThe Games in the South Island resort of Queenstown, New Zealand, have become New Zealand’s largest recurring sports event and one of the top five on the international winter sports circuit.last_img read more

first_imgSeveral people on Wednesday raised objections after police personnel in civil uniform sported saffron scarves at a political roadshow in Bhopal.Senior Congress leader and party candidate from Bhopal, Digvijaya Singh, was accompanied by Namdeo Das Tyagi, also known as Computer Baba, for the particular roadshow.However, one of the on-duty police personnel told news agency ANI that they were “made to wear this”, following which objections were raised.Police told India Today TV that the arrangement was part of the security measures and added that this is the “standard operating procedure”. They also said that the measure was undertaken as a drill for BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur’s roadshow in the evening.Bhopal: Police personnel in civil uniform seen wearing saffron scarves at the roadshow of Computer Baba and Digvijay Singh (Congress candidate from the Lok Sabha seat); a policewoman says “we’ve been made to wear this”. #MadhyaPradesh (@ANI) May 8, 2019However, Bhopal DIG said no police personnel wore scarves of any colour.”We and the organisers of the event had enrolled volunteers and we have no say in as to what volunteers wear. No police personnel wore scarves of any color,” he said.Many seers on Wednesday went to Bhopal to support Congress candidate Digvijaya Singh, who is contesting against Sadhvi Pragya in the upcoming phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019.Computer Baba, who has extended support to Digvijaya Singh, has been telling fellow seers that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had “fooled” the community by using the Ram Mandir issue as a political tool.advertisement”BJP has fooled not just the public but the community of seers as well. All sadhus who are with me unanimously say that without a Ram Mandir there will not be a Modi government again, we are holding the Yagna to ensure Digvijaya Singh’s win,” he said on Monday.Computer Baba had earlier said that more than 7,000 seers from all over the country will camp in Bhopal for three days and campaign for Digvijaya Singh.Namdeo Das Tyagi or Computer Baba was appointed the Minister of State (MoS) position in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government but he openly rebelled against the BJP after being denied a party ticket for the state assembly elections held in Madhya Pradesh.last_img read more

first_imgDarjeeling: With the bipartite talks between the management and tea trade unions ending in a deadlock, the unions have demanded the immediate intervention of the state government in the next round of talks to be tripartite in nature. The trade unions have also lined up a series of agitation programmes to add more muscle to their demand, including blockade on the dispatch of tea.Incidentally, five rounds of bipartite talks between the management and trade unions ended in a stalemate with the workers demanding 20 percent bonus and the management unwilling to pay more than 10.50 percent. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA rally was organized by all the operation tea gardens united in Darjeeling town on Wednesday with tea garden workers participating. The rally culminated in a public meeting at the Darjeeling Motor stand. An indoor meeting was also held, attended by representatives of all trade unions. “The bipartite talks have failed. We demand immediate intervention of the State Government. Tripartite talks will have to be held to break the stalemate,” said Amar Lama, representing the Jan Andolan Party (JAP.) Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe trade unions have decided to stop the dispatch of tea from the tea gardens starting from Thursday. “Along with this the workers will observe “go slow” from 8am to 9:30am every day. During this time the staff and sub staff working in the tea garden offices will observe pen down,” added Lama. The tea trade unions have made an appeal to the entire Hills to express solidarity with the tea garden workers. “Tea is the economic mainstay of this region. Not only 60,000 odd workers but more than 2 and a half lakh people (workers and their dependents) are looking forward to the bonus. They contribute a major share to the local economy starting from vehicles, garment shops and eateries are all dependent on them. The entire hill market is waiting for the bonus, so all should come forward to express solidarity with the workers,” Lama said. In a symbolic gesture, the trade unions have appealed to all the shops throughout the hills to down their shutters halfway from 1 pm to 3pm on Friday. “We also appeal to all the political parties and public representatives to support the cause of the workers,” said Lama. Anit Thapa, Chairman, GTA has expressed solidarity with the workers. “After the 104 day bandh in 2017, the tea gardens have not faced a single day bandh hence. I have written to the Chief Minister and the Darjeeling Tea Association that the workers should be given 20% bonus,” stated Thapa.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Expressing “serious concern” over inordinate delay in justice delivery, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday pitched for bifurcating the Supreme Court to handle constitutional matters and appeals and also called for creating four regional benches of the top court for speedy disposal of cases. Endorsing the recommendation of the Law Commission on splitting the Supreme Court into constitutional division and courts of appeal, he underlined the need to set up four regional benches of the apex court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Naidu said the move would not require an amendment to the Constitution and referred to Article 130 to drive home his point. “The Supreme Court shall sit in Delhi or in such other place or places, as the Chief Justice of India may, with the approval of the President, from time to time appoint,” it reads. The Vice President also referred to a recommendation of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice on having regional benches of the Supreme Court on trial basis, a statement issued by his secretariat said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen He was addressing a gathering on the release of a book on the writings of eminent jurist late P P Rao here. The full bench of the Supreme Court has on multiple occasions maintained that there is no need for its benches outside Delhi. The full court of the Supreme Court has already rejected the Commission’s August 2009 suggestion that the apex court be split into a constitution bench in Delhi and cassation benches in Delhi (north), Chennai/Hyderabad (south), Kolkata (east) and Mumbai (west) to deal with all appellate work arising out of the orders/judgments of the high courts. Supreme Court judge Rohinton F Nariman, Attorney General K K Venugopal and several former judges were present at the launch. To cut the present delays in justice delivery, Naidu urged that standard operating procedures (SOPs) may be evolved by the judiciary by which the number of permissible adjournments can be specified and a time limit can be set for disposal of cases based on the nature of issues involved. He also urged the government to be “much more proactive” in addressing the large number of pending vacancies in the judicial system so that delays are avoided. He urged the judiciary and the government to act in tandem in this regard. Naidu, who is also the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, underscored the need to revisit the anti-defection law contained in the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution to prevent loopholes and set time limits for the presiding officers of various legislatures to decide on defection matters quickly. He recalled several instances of delay in deciding on defection matters as a result of which those subsequently disqualified have completed their terms in legislatures. He also suggested special judicial tribunals for disposing defection cases within six months to one year. He also underscored the need for election cases and cases of criminal proceedings against politicians to be decided by special benches of higher courts for their disposal within six months.last_img read more