Chester, a 10-month-old Border Collie and Blue Heeler mix, is enjoying his social distancing Tuesday at home with a snack treat. Chester is a member of the Melissa Salmon family. As he munches on his treat he is thinking about how he might lift spirits around the community. Courtesy photo
CAIRO – The Super Eagles of Nigeria resumed full training on Friday after Thursday’s light training and recovery session with the duo of Odion Ighalo and Ahmed Musa training separately from the rest of the squad as they continued their recovery from Wednesday’s exertions against South Africa in the quarterfinals of the 2019 AFCON.Friday’s training session, the first since Nigeria discovered the identity of their opponents, The Desert Foxes of Algeria, for Sunday’s semifinal clash, saw fullbacks Chidozie Awaziem and Shehu Abdullahi join their teammates after both also sat out yesterday’s session although Abdullahi also did personal aerobic drills separate from the rest of the team.With Super Eagles legend and former two-time Africa Footballer of the year Nwankwo Kanu on hand to cheer the team at the Aero Sports Club, Cairo, Head Coach Gernot Rohr ran the rule over the team as he continues to assess his players ahead of the clash against the Desert Foxes.Nigeria beat South Africa 2-1 at the Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday to progress to the semifinals while Algeria ousted Ivory Coast to set up a meeting with the three-time champions on Sunday at the Cairo International Stadium for a spot in the final.RelatedINSIDE AFCON 2019: Musa, Ighalo Return to Full Training with the Super Eagles After Fitness ScareJuly 13, 2019In “AFCON”INSIDE AFCON 2019: Super Eagles Engage in Intensive Training Ahead of Semifinal ClashJuly 11, 2019In “AFCON”INSIDE AFCON 2019: Super Eagles Observe Final Training With Complete Squad Ahead of South Africa ClashJuly 9, 2019In “AFCON”
13 October 2010The world is changing – this is now well known. What is less well known or not yet understood is that Africa is changing as much as, if not more than, the rest of the world. Africa is the second-fastest-growing region in the world, after “Developing Asia”, and has been for most of the last decade. Forecasts from the International Monetary Fund and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) expect this to continue to be the case.Shifting balance of global economyThe first decade of 21st century has seen some of the most profound changes in the balance of the world economy. The dramatic extent of the shift was evident during the depths of the world financial crisis. During the course of 2009, the economies of the OECD member countries shrank by about 3.3%. Only three members of the OECD grew at all – South Korea, Australia and Poland. Overall, gross fixed investment fell in the OECD countries by nearly 12% and unemployment rose sharply.At the same time, developing countries grew by about 1.2%. So, in the middle of the financial crisis, the developing grew 4.5% faster than the OECD member countries. And investment remained positive in many of these countries.In the past it was the other way around – when the industrialised countries sneezed, the world got a cold. In the past, economists from the developed countries told the developing countries what they should be doing. In the past, they said that developing countries should behave more like the developed countries.No country is an islandThis time the virus has attacked the industrialised countries most severely, and they have been looking at developing countries like China, India, Brazil and South Africa to help pull them from recession back to growth.The developing countries are not autonomous from the industrialised countries. Indeed, the world economy is more integrated than ever before, and all markets are linked. Yet, we do now have a world where the sources of growth are multiple – it is no longer a case of one or two locomotives pulling the world economy forward. This is “the new reality”.The dynamism in the world economy is clearly shifting from North to South and from West to East. The OECD Development Centre estimates that, measured in terms of real domestic buying power, the developing countries will have a larger share of the world economy than the OECD countries by 2012. By 2030, developing countries will have 57% of the world economy, and the current OECD members 43%.Africa in a new lightThe developing world contributed almost 70% of world growth measured in terms of domestic buying power during the last decade. China alone contributed nearly 30% of world growth.Africa is now seen in a new light. It came through the depths of the economic crisis better than many expected, growing even faster than the average for emerging and developing economies during the crisis. Africa grew by about 2.5%, on average, during 2009. While a few of the bigger economies were more severely affected by the crisis, most African countries grew even faster than that.This is an edited excerpt of a speech by South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to the Emerging Markets Summit 2010: the New Reality. Download the original speech in PDF format (120 KB).This article was published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB).
11 April 2013 South Africa needs to honour the men and women who helped the country attain freedom and democracy, says President Jacob Zuma. Zuma was speaking in Pretoria on Wednesday at the official renaming ceremony of the Department of Correctional Services’ Pretoria Management Area to Kgosi Mampuru II Management Area. “As South Africans from all walks of life, regardless of the role we played in history or what we believed in then, we have a responsibility to respect and acknowledge the past, celebrate the present and build the future together,” Zuma said. The event also served as the official launch of Freedom Month. South Africa attained its democracy in April 1994 when South Africans of all races voted for their government for the first time. Kgosi Mampuru, a traditional leader who resisted colonial rule, was hanged in Pretoria prison on 22 November 1883, something Zuma said made it fitting to name the management area after him. “The new name should create a general feeling of belonging, because it captures our history and creates a context of relevance. We are pleased therefore, to launch Freedom Month with such a historic event. “This renaming today also marks a historical milestone in our correctional heritage. To be effective, and relevant, the field of corrections, as well as its facilities, must talk to the history that has gone before it, shaping it and drawing inspirations from it.” Zuma added that the government had an extensive ongoing heritage programme that included the upgrading and declaration of historic sites to ensure a more representative and inclusive South African history and heritage. He said the building and maintenance of new monuments and historic sites had great potential to stimulate economic activity and create jobs in communities where these sites were located. These sites would also contribute towards cultural tourism both domestically and internationally. “We will work together with the people of South Africa and the world to ensure that we preserve and promote our rich cultural heritage,” Zuma said. “We regard this work as central towards transformation, nation building, national identity and building a socially cohesive South African society that is non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, united and prosperous.” Source: SAnews.gov.za
Arsenal 1 Manchester United 3: De Gea stars as United survive Pogba dismissal Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 03:30 12/3/17 Julian Finney/Getty Images Jesse Lingard scored twice but Manchester United relied on goalkeeper David de Gea to clinch victory over Arsenal on Saturday. Manchester United survived the second-half dismissal of Paul Pogba to end Arsenal’s 12-game winning run at home in the Premier League with a 3-1 victory at Emirates Stadium – but only thanks to the brilliance of David de Gea.The Premier League heavyweights took part in a slugfest in the English capital, with Jose Mourinho’s side somehow surviving some seriously heavy punishment to run out victors and close the gap on leaders Manchester City to five points.United capitalised on some poor defending to race out to a 2-0 lead, Antonio Valencia and Jesse Lingard punishing early Arsenal mistakes, before Alexandre Lacazette – a surprise selection after Arsene Wenger had said he would be sidelined for the fixture – halved the deficit early in the second half. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Arsenal’s bid for a third straight home win over their rivals ran aground against the rock-solid De Gea, who produced a string of outstanding saves either side of the break to keep his team in front.Lingard’s second of the game in the 63rd minute restored a two-goal cushion and, while Pogba saw red for a stamp on Hector Bellerin that will rule him out of next weekend’s Manchester derby, United held firm to triumph on their travels.Arsenal will wonder quite how they ended up with nothing from a pulsating encounter, albeit their problems were all of their own making when a side who had previously only conceded four league goals at home in the season gifted their opponents a 2-0 lead inside 11 minutes.2 – Man Utd (2) scored more goals inside the first 11 minutes versus Arsenal than they managed in their previous eight away Premier League games vs the big six (1). Buses.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 2, 2017Laurent Koscielny’s wayward cross-field pass inadvertently set up Valencia’s opener before Shkodran Mustafi’s carelessness in possession led to Lingard scoring, the England international not even having to break stride to convert Anthony Martial’s exquisite reverse pass in behind.Yet despite the disastrous start, plus the loss of the injured Mustafi that forced a change in formation with a switch to a flat-back four, the hosts peppered United’s goal for the remainder of the half.Lacazette was twice denied by De Gea, who relied on his reactions to block a close-range toe poke before combining forces with the crossbar to keep out another on-target attempt from the Frenchman.The visiting goalkeeper even had to deny Romelu Lukaku from scoring for the first time in open play at the Emirates, dropping low to his left to make sure his team-mate’s inadvertent touch on a dangerous free-kick did not nestle in his own net.While Lacazette finally beat De Gea when Aaron Ramsey’s poor touch from Alexis Sanchez’s cross dropped perfectly into his path, the Spaniard continued to repel a home team smelling blood.8 – Man Utd have won more away games at Arsenal in the Premier League than any other side. Brag.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 2, 2017United’s last line of defence saved his best for the 56th minute, not only turning away Lacazette’s low drive at his right post but also preventing Sanchez from tapping home the rebound, stretching out a leg to make a crucial block.The double save proved a turning point, with United landing a sucker punch soon after. Lingard, who had already hit the post after the break, capped a fine individual performance by tapping home from close range, ending Arsenal’s comeback bid.After providing the assist for the third goal, Pogba left his team-mates to finish the game a man light with his lunge on Bellerin. The red card did not prove costly in terms of the outcome, but the Frenchman will now miss his team’s next three domestic games, starting with the clash against City. Key Opta stats:- Arsenal suffered their first home league defeat in 15 games, since losing 2-1 to Watford in January.- Manchester United have won more Premier League away games at Arsenal than any other side (eight).- David de Gea made 14 saves in the game, the joint-most in a Premier League game since 2003-04, when Opta started collecting this data (also 14 for Mannone for Sunderland v Chelsea in April 2014 and Tim Krul for Newcastle v Tottenham in November 2013).- Jose Mourinho won away to one of the ‘big six’ in the Premier League for the first time in 12 attempts (D5 L6). – Paul Pogba has scored four goals and assisted six more in his last nine Premier League appearances.- Alexandre Lacazette has scored more home goals in the Premier League this season than any other player (six).- Aaron Ramsey has had a hand in seven goals in his last seven PL games (two goals, five assists) after contributing just two in his first seven apps of the season (one goal, one assist).- Jesse Lingard has scored three goals in his last two Premier League games, as many as in the previous 51 combined.- Paul Pogba received his first red card in league competition since May 2013 for Juventus vs Palermo. read more
ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after scoring a one yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Oregon Ducks during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)When you go from being a third-string quarterback to leading your team to a national championship like Ohio State’s Cardale Jones did, you get plenty of notoriety. You can also get a pretty slick IPhone that’s customized with your initials and distinctive nickname. The IPhone was fixed up by Fredo Neucase, whose service is based out of California. The script is a nice look, as is the addition of the “12 Gauge” nickname on the bottom right. Jones still has to win the starting quarterback job for this season, but it’s doubtful that J.T. Barrett or Braxton Miller’s phones look as cool as this.
Todd LamirandeAPTN NewsWomen leaders were in Ottawa Tuesday demanding an end to sex discrimination in the Indian Act.It was supposed to have been taken care of in a bill passed last year called S-3.But there is still unfinished business because a compromise between the house and senate to pass S-3 is still unresolved.“Canada is an outlaw,” says Pam Palmater. “It’s an outlaw with regards to failing to uphold the basic human rights of equality for Indian men and women.”Palmater was one of several leaders asking for an order in council – a vote in the federal cabinet that is approved by the Governor General.Sharon McIvor says it would immediately make S-3 complete.“Any given Tuesday the cabinet can make us legally equal to our male counterparts.”Bill S-3 was supposed to do away with any lingering discrimination faced by women passing on status to their children after they marry non-Indigenous men.The House of Commons wanted to keep a cut-off date of 1951 meaning those born before would still face trouble passing on status.“The fact that we’re all here fighting for this makes absolutely no sense when we have a government that says there’s no relationship more important than the one with Indigenous peoples,” Palmater said.“Unless they meant only Indigenous men.”The Senate disagreed with MPs in the House of Commons.They put in in an amendment getting rid of any cut off dates.The House then asked for a compromise where Crown Indigenous Relations under Minister Carolyn Bennett would first consult communities about membership before enacting the amendment.“They are actually asking if it would be good to eliminate discrimination against Indigenous women or not. You can’t consult on that,” said Dawn Lavell Harvard, president of the Ontario Native Women’s Association.“They should be having conversations about how they’re going to handle when that discrimination is removed because it’s illegal.”Palmater jumped in.“What could they possibly consult on? Is it okay to keep discriminating? Is it okay to just discriminate against some of our women? Not all of our women? They don’t have the power in law to ask people is it okay to break the law,” she said.They also said it would be against the law for individual first nations to create or amend membership codes to deny status.One estimate is that 300,000 people could be reinstated.“It is a potential impact but we need to deal with these things one step at a time,” said Lavell Harvard. “And the primary step is on when they separated membership from status, they created this situation. And these women and children deserve their status.“Conversations about membership, that will happen secondary.”Crown Indigenous Relations is expected to deliver a report on its consultations this [email protected]@toddlamirande
We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. An organization so often filled with endless Southern California sunshine is in the midst of its darkest era. The Los Angeles Lakers posted a franchise-worst 21-61 record last season and struck out on their top targets in free agency for the third straight summer. They need another star (Kevin Durant in 2016? Russell Westbrook in 2017?) to replace Kobe Bryant, who may or may not be gone soon. D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson are promising, but — like all young players — need time to grow. For now, the Lakers are expected to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season, the longest postseason drought in their history. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projects them to go 27-55: “Swaggy P” spent the bulk of last season in Scott’s doghouse, and it’s not clear whether their partnership will be any different this time around. Nick Young is a fearless gunner — sometimes too fearless — but minutes will be hard to come by as the Lakers look to develop their young backcourt. That said, remember when dolphins tried to kill him and steal his girlfriend, Iggy Azalea? Classic. After Kobe Bryant’s three consecutive season-ending injuries, no one knows what to expect from the guard, now in his 20th (and quite possibly final) season in purple and gold. CARMELO pegs Bryant as the 236th best player in the league. But can he stay healthy? How many minutes will he play? How many games must he sit out to rest? Will he defer to the Lakers’ rising young stars? All question marks. The only certainty is that he’ll go out guns blazing, especially when the game is on the line. A broken leg in his season debut robbed Julius Randle of his rookie season. But throughout this preseason, he has looked like the Lakers’ best player. Bryant routinely calls him an “animal,” and Roy Hibbert called him “the future face of the NBA.” He’s got a ways to go, but the talent/physical package is there. Once the most dominant defensive center in the NBA, Roy Hibbert was dumped by the Pacers for next to nothing, and now he’s trying to revive his career in a contract season. No pressure. The Lakers don’t want him to worry about points — just about stopping opponents from scoring them at the rim. If he can show shades of his former self, then the Lakers landed a steal. CARMELO, however, is skeptical. The 19-year-old has superstar potential, that we know, especially after Lakers coach Byron Scott mentioned D’Angelo Russell in the same breath as Magic Johnson and after Bryant recently called Russell “one of the best playmakers in the game.” Russell will probably pile up some head-shaking turnovers in a quest for jaw-dropping highlight passes, but that’s OK. After all, it seemed like every team in the NBA had an elite point guard, and now it seems like the Lakers (potentially) have one too. And if they’re too good this season, they could lose their 2016 first-round draft pick, which is top-three protected, to the 76ers. No doubt, the winningest franchise in NBA history — and the league’s most glamorous team — is at its most crucial crossroads. The Lakers must tread carefully or else face an extended stay in the league’s cellar.Here’s what CARMELO projects for the Lakers’ key players: Read more:NBA player projections2015-16 NBA Previews Jordan Clarkson rose from unknown second-round pick to All-Rookie first team selection, but that all came when the Lakers were decimated with injuries and the season was already lost. If the high-flying combo guard can improve on last season, then the Lakers will know they’ve truly found a diamond in the rough.
The Irons have confirmed the signing of Paraguay international Fabian Balbuena on a three-year deal.Balbuena who joined the Hammers from Corinthians will now boost a defence squad which has already been bolstered by the coming of Ryan Fredericks and Issa Diop this summer.“I’m really excited for this new challenge and my target is to meet the demands of the Premier League,” Balbuena told the club’s official website. “Obviously to be at West Ham is an extra motivation, and I want to do my best to help the team.”Meanwhile, West Ham’s director of football Mario Husillos added:“We welcome Fabian to West Ham United. He is somebody we have monitored for a long time and we are very pleased to have taken the opportunity to sign him.What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….“He is a player of great strength, character and personality. To be captain of Corinthians, one of the biggest clubs in South America, requires a very strong mentality, and he also has international experience with Paraguay.“He has won many individual honours and was often named one of the best central defenders in Brazil for his statistics. We believe he will improve our squad and our defensive qualities. He is the perfect age – a player for the present and the future – and he can be a very important player for many years at West Ham.”Balbuena departs Corinthians after he made over 100 appearances for the Brazilian outfit.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims City’s victory and the approach used in achieving the victory is a sign of champion quality.Neville says that Liverpool is no soft nut club to crack and adds that for the last 25 years, he has never seen such desperation and atmosphere where clubs battled for win.Neville said via Belfastelegraph: “To beat Liverpool is tough and to put a performance like that in when you most need it is a sign of a champion team.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“They have struggled in this last few weeks; they have re-established a bit of authority tonight. Obviously it doesn’t determine the outcome of the title, but there was a desperation in this stadium tonight.“I have never seen this stadium have an atmosphere like this. I have not been to every game, as you can imagine, over the last 25 years, but it is the best I have ever seen the atmosphere.“From minute one, they never let go the whole game. There was a five-minute period after Liverpool scored, but they responded and Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho… They were unreal, actually, in central midfield.“Their tackling, their running, it was fantastic. They were desperate to win.”