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Wenger defends Sanchez omission and hails ‘outstanding’ Arsenal youngster

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesArsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted the decision to leave Alexis Sanchez out of the starting line-up against Chelsea was not a hint the Chilean’s future lies away from the club. Sanchez has again been linked with Manchester City, after a proposed move in the summer broke down, and is also now free to talk to European clubs as he enters the last six months of his contract.Wenger brought Sanchez off the bench at Stamford Bridge and was rewarded with a bright display, which the Gunners boss said showed the forward’s commitment to Arsenal remained.“The team selection has nothing to do with the transfer market,” Wenger said.“I want him to stay because I believe he is a very important player for us. When he came on, he created straightaway a danger.“Sanchez plays every game. Sometimes a breather helps him a little bit.“This is a guy who is completely focused on playing football. He can make a difference between what is going on outside and what is going on on the pitch.”Wenger also confirmed that midfielder Francis Coquelin is close to completing a move to Valencia, and suggested 20-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles – who played at left wing-back against Chelsea – could be in contention to replace him.“Maitland-Niles had an outstanding performance tonight,” Wenger said.“He’s a defensive midfielder, basically, so at some stage what he’s doing at the moment will help him develop as a player.“We have Monreal and Kolasinac injured. When they come back, that opens up a position for him in midfield.”last_img read more

SA moves to secure water supply

first_imgSonjica said about 200 special prosecutors had been trained, added that she expected these courts to operate similarly to Labour Courts, in that they would only operate at particular times. Sonjica said the government would also be encouraging reuse of water, which the town of George was already implementing. The seven new projects include the Mokolo augmentation project to supply water to the planned Medupi Power station in Lephalele in Limpopo province, and the Mooi-Mgeni Transfer Scheme project, which would include the construction of the Spring Grove dam around eThekwini/Durban and Umgungundlovu in KwaZulu-Natal. 14 April 2010 Sonjica said that with impending climate change, the country also had to consider other means of securing its water supply. Ruiters said water had been stolen at Mokolo, Berg and Olifants catchment areas, and that 250-million cubic metres of water had been illegally obtained over one year from Vaal. She said the department was busy drafting a policy on desalination, but that the drought along the Western Cape Garden Route had stalled the plan. Source: BuaNews In addition, four special “water courts” would be set up across the country and would run as pilot projects from May in a bid to crack down on those that committed water abuses.center_img The department was using the rehabilitated a unit on the West Coast which had been in use for over 20 years, and was also putting to use a unit in Sedgefield near Knysna in the Western Cape. Nelson Mandela Municipality/Port Elizabeth was also interested in using desalination technology. “The problem is that water has been looked at as an after-affect when we plan for development, and we are trying to change that,” said Sonjica, adding that her department was considering desalination of sea water as a possible option. Desalination, refuse water usage Commenting on illegal water use, the department’s deputy director-general, Cornelius Ruiters, said a full-time unit had been dedicated to compliance and monitoring, and the department was engaging with the Department of Agriculture to combat illegal water use. Pilot water courts Sonjica added that the government had no plans to raise the price of water, while pointing out that South Africa was among a few countries in the world where the tap water was safe to drink. South Africa is shoring up the security of its water supply by ensuring the completion of seven major new water projects around the country by 2014, Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said at a pre-budget briefing in Cape Town this week.last_img read more

Local researchers honoured at their ‘Oscars’

first_imgProf Helen Rees (middle on photo) is one of the medical researchers honoured at the “Oscars” of South African science last week. Here she is with Minister Naledi Pandor and President of South3, Mike Fraser. (Image: Department of Science and Technology) • Brilliant young minds at the CSIR • Royal boost for conservation in Africa • Solar car races around southern Africa • Safer stoves for all township homes • Drones used to fight crime in South Africa South African medical research institutes rank among the best in the world and are equal to internationally respected institutes, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said in handing out the National Science and Technology Forum Awards.The success of medical research in South Africa was celebrated at the 2015 National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Awards on Thursday, 9 July. The awards ceremony was held at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park.The annual NSTF Awards were established in 1998 to celebrate outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa. They also encourage the involvement and participation of organisations in research while raising awareness in the general public of local research and its relevance.They are often referred to as the “Oscars” of South African science.This year there were over 50 finalists in all the categories, which include Emerging Researcher and Contribution of a Lifetime. Two new awards – GreenMatter and the Photonics – were also launched.The GreenMatter Award is mainly for work in trans-disciplinary research or human capital development that promotes environmental sustainability within an academic or non-academic context. The Photonics Award has to do with research relating to photonics.Innovation and engineeringScience and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor delivered the keynote address at the ceremony. She said that medical research continued to do well in spite of the tough competition from other fields of research. “Bearing in mind that most of the categories in the NSTF Awards are for innovation and engineering, this is even more remarkable.”She praised the renowned parade of researchers, particularly those on the South African Research Chairs Initiative. “Their achievements affirm the Department of Science and Technology’s commitment to the research chairs programme through the R2.2-billion allocated to this programme since 2008.”The chair holders brought the best of research and innovation not only to South Africa, but the African continent. “We firmly believe that Prof Salim Karim’s Caprisa, Prof Valerie Mizrahi’s Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, Prof Kelly Chibale’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre and Prof Helen Rees’ Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute rank among the best in the world and are equal to internationally respected institutes in the United States of America and the United Kingdom.”Pandor said the government was committed to supporting the research chairs and hoped that they would attract local and international students, as well as international research funds and increased research supervisory capacity. “We look to them to establish new partnerships with institutions across the globe, to strengthen innovation in the southern hemisphere and to build a new cohort of productive researchers and scientists.”Medical research in leadThe list of this year’s finalists indicates that medical research again took the lead. Reese, the executive director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, won the Contribution over a Lifetime by an Individual category.She was awarded for her contributions in the fields of HIV prevention, reproductive health and vaccines, where she enjoys global recognition as a public health strategist with a unique ability to translate research into policy and practice.Rees shared this award with Prof Robert Scholes, distinguished professor of ecology at Wits University, for his contribution to environmental science, systems ecology, savannah ecology, and global change.Khilona Radia, chief executive officer and team leader of Atrium Biotech, received an award for Research Leading to Innovation by a Team or Individual in an SMME. Radia promoted and developed an accurate rapid test for extra-pulmonary tuberculosis that will save lives and reduce costs related to health care.Other winners included Prof Zander Myburg of the University of Pretoria for his research into uncovering the genomic control of wood formation in fast-growing eucalyptus trees, which is significant for fuel production. He received the TW Kambule-NSTF Award for research outputs over the last five to 10 years.Dr Thulani Makhalanyane also received the TW Kambule-NSTF Award in the category of emerging researcher for his exceptional performance and contribution to the field of microbial ecology of hot and cold deserts.Source: Department of Science and Technology.last_img read more

South Africa’s sports awards nominees are announced

first_img9 November 2015The nominees for the 10th annual Sports Awards have been announced by the Department of Sport and Recreation.“This is a significant milestone and we’re celebrating the best sporting moments of the past 10 years, best moments of the Sport Awards and the best sport people that this country has produced,” said Minister Fikile Mbalula.“The Sport Awards gives us all an opportunity to pay tribute to those who excel both on and off the field,” he said. “We’re always inspired by our athletes as they continue to push boundaries and reach new heights of excellence.”The nomineesSportswoman of the Year:Ashleigh Moolman-PasioShabnim IsmailBridgitte HartleySportsman of the Year:Greg MinnaarChad le ClosWayde van NiekerkPeople’s Choice of the Year:AB de VilliersAshleigh Moolman-PasioChad le ClosLucas SitholeWayde van NiekerkNational Federation of the Year:Roller SportCyclingBasketballSports Administrator of the Year:Virginia MabasoKaren LoschTim CornishSchool Team of the Year:Oakdale Agricultural High SchoolSt Johns College – Junior Men’s PairHoerskool WaterkloofDeveloping School Team of the Year:Iqhayiya Secondary SchoolMontshiwa Primary SchooLphayizani Indoor Rowing ClubIndigenous Games Team of the Year:Limpopo Drie Stokkies Men’s TeamWestern Cape Iintonga TeamKZN Dibeke TeamRecreational Body of the Year:Isiqalo – Waves 4 ChangeDiepsloot Mountain Bike AcademyPhayizani Indoor Rowing ClubPhotographer of the Year:Gavin BarkerVeli NhlapoMotshwari MofokengSports Journalist of the Year:Bareng-Batho KortjaasDaniel MothowagaeMbali MokokoNewcomer of the Year:Nokwanda HlongwaneJayde Andrew JuliusKagiso RabadaTeam of the Year:Proteas Test Team – cricketLightweight Women’s 2x – rowingSpringbok Sevens – rugbySportswoman of the Year with a Disability:Kgothatso MontjaneIlse HayesPeggy de VilliersSportsman of the Year with a Disability:Lucas SitholeErnst van DykPieter du PreezCoach of the Year:Holger LoschGeoffrey ToyanaGraham HillRoger BarrowVolunteer of the Year:Zelda HansenNkosinathi NgubaneJeremy CampbellThis year’s awards theme is “IzinjaZeGame . The Best for 2015”.“The majority of South Africans can identify with this colloquial phrase which, loosely translated, means that you are the top dog, the best at what you do,” the minister explained. “Our nominees are the best.”Honored to be a nominee for Sportsman of the year. Thanks Razzmatazz for putting on a great show @MbalulaFikile pic.twitter.com/4DUzbgIIVm— Greg Minnaar (@GregMinnaar) November 3, 2015Huge privilege & honour nominated for Sports Woman of the Year & People’s Choice @SASportsAwards 2015! Thanks for the support SA! #proudlySA— Ashleigh Moolman (@ashleighcycling) November 3, 2015PrizesEach category nominee receives R15 000 cash and the winner in each category receives R130 000.The winners of the Sport Star of the Year and People’s Choice Award each receive a luxury vehicle, R500 000 for themselves and R500 000 to donate to a charity of their choice.The awards ceremony will take place on 22 November 2015 at the Sand du Plessis Theatre in Mangaung, Free State.See the sports awards website for more information.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

NBA: Pachulia’s family receives death threats after Leonard incident

first_imgLOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 athletes Warriors set 12-0 record for 3rd straight trip to NBA Finals MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “Look at what happened at the school. It was unfortunate,” Pachulia, who has two sons and one daughter, told the news outlet.“They had to get extra security because we are living in a world today where social media is so active, you can find any news you want to, hear any news you want to, and obviously it’s a hot topic lately.“He added: “They just had hired extra security for the entrance and make sure nobody goes in the school. It’s just not fair. It does upset me.”Although the threats began shortly after Pop’s tongue-lashing, the Dubs’ big man does not entirely condemn the legendary coach for his family’s dire situation.“I don’t blame everything on Pop, but what he said had a lot of influence (and) you had a lot of people where, unfortunately, you can’t control what everybody’s intelligence is,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (right). AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)The Golden State Warriors will head for their third straight NBA Finals after dispatching the San Antonio Spurs 129-115 on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).READ: Warriors set 12-0 record for 3rd straight trip to NBA FinalsADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam LATEST STORIES However, the entire record-setting series remains maligned with controversy, after the Spurs’ best player, Kawhi Leonard, missed out the remainder of the Western Conference Finals after landing on Zaza Pachulia’s foot in Game 1.The Georgian center, who sat out the series-clinching Game 4 due to a heel injury, has since been the target of criticism after the unfortunate incident.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAfter receiving a verbal tirade from Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich—who referred to him as a “dirty player”—Pachulia opened up, disclosing that there have been “social media threats” to his family, which have left them “all shaken.”As a precautionary measure, several security guards have been deployed in the schools of Pachulia’s three children, USA Today reported. “Me as a person, as a man, I don’t mind dealing with it. But I hate to see my family deal with it,” he shared.“My wife and my kids who have nothing to do with it, who are very innocent.  I just hate my family going through that. They don’t deserve that. I’m not blaming everything on (Popovich), but he was a very big part of it.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:NBA: Leonard doesn’t think Pachulia injured him on purposeSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay View commentslast_img read more

Refugee who helped shelter American whistleblower Snowden to address media

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — A former human trafficking victim, who once helped shelter American whistleblower Edward Snowden, will speak to the media before heading off to start a new life in Montreal.Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana were granted refugee status in Canada two months ago.They landed in Toronto from Hong Kong on Monday and will hold a news conference at 9 a.m. ET before heading to Montreal later in the day to move into their new home.Rodel and her lawyer say she was part of a group of people who helped Snowden when he fled to Hong Kong in 2013 after leaking documents revealing the scope of surveillance projects at the U.S. National Security Agency.Five other people in the group, known as Snowden’s “Guardian Angels,” remain in Hong Kong after having their applications for asylum in that country rejected.Rodel, her lawyer and Snowden say they hope Canada will grant them refugee status and allow them to move here as well.last_img read more

St Jude Childrens Research Hospital Kicks Off THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES TShirt

first_imgSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will kick off a nationwide campaign called “THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES” featuring some of the industry’s biggest names and influencers in order to create a giving movement.THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVESNashville photographers, John Shearer and Andres Martinez, have lent their talents to the campaign, shooting many of the over 80 artist images that will be featured.The campaign will be supported by St. Jude Country Cares radio partners to cover more than 120 markets in December. The on-air push will coincide with a social push as artists and influencers wear and share photos in THIS SHIRT on their socials.St. Jude has long given apparel as a thank you to “Partners In Hope,” donors who give $20 per month to the hospital’s lifesaving work. THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES T-shirt will exclusively be available to those that become Partners In Hope.“St. Jude is an amazing organization, and whenever you see that name you trust that it’s the best of all causes,” said award-winning singer, songwriter and longtime St. Jude supporter Luke Bryan. “It’s important for me to be a part of causes that inspire people. It’s a life-changing experience to get to see St. Jude and meet the kids who are fighting for their lives.”St. Jude will officially launch the campaign with an industry-wide reception at the Country Music Association in Nashville on Monday, December 4, 2017.Confirmed artists include: Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne, Cassadee Pope, Chris Janson, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Darius Rucker, Dustin Lynch, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen, Jon Pardi, Josh Turner, Kelsea Ballerini, Kip Moore, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, and Thomas Rhett.Since 1989, Country Cares for St. Jude Kids has raised more than $750 million for the kids of St. Jude.To join the THIS SHIRT SAVES LIVES movement, visit: www.thisshirtsaveslives.org.last_img read more

Ellen Gabriel takes on justice system at MMIWG inquiry as Quebec City

first_imgDanielle RochetteAPTN NewsEllen Gabriel testified Friday at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as the hearings in Quebec City wrapped up.Gabrielle, from the Mohawk community of Kanehsatake, told the commissioners that the justice system is “controlled by the perpetrators themselves.”“We saw that in Kanehsatake, we saw that at Ipperwash, we see that right across Canada and we saw that in Val d’Or where 35 Indigenous women made complaints against the Sûreté du Québec and not a single police officer found guilty,” she said.Gabriel told the commissioners that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples should be used as a framework.drochette@aptn.ca@danfromestlast_img

LS polls Security beefed up around collectorate building in Balurghat

first_imgBalurghat: Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the security in and around district collectorate building here has been tightened.As precautionary measures, the district administration has barricaded around 100 metres adjacent to the collectorate building with temporary bamboo fencing. According to an official source, all poll-related activities will be carried out from the office of district administration. Adequate policemen will be deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident. According to the guidelines of Election Commission of India, no contesting candidate will be allowed to take out a procession while submitting nomination papers. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Stress has been given on ensuing free and fair poll in the region. No political party will be given permission for procession from March 28 onwards to April 4. Instructions have been given to police to check the entry of the candidates from the main gate of district administrative building with not more than three vehicles at a time,” said an official. Sufficient Central Reserve Paramilitary Forces will also deploy the area. District Election Officer and district magistrate Deepap Priya P recently conducted a high-level meeting with the police officers and the representatives of various political parties. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA clear message has been delivered through this meeting that the district administration is determined to strictly implement EC norms. The border close to neighbouring Bangladesh is sealed. The candidates can submit the nominations between March 28 and April 4. Balurghat will vote on April 23, the third in the seven-phased Lok Sabha polls. On April 5, the nomination papers will be scrutinised while the last day of to withdraw candidature is April 8. The closing day for campaigning is scheduled on April 21. A total number of 14, 27, 567 people are expected to vote this year. Four major political parties —The Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the RSP — are in the fray. Arpita Ghosh will contest once again from Balurghat seat on Trinamool ticket. Ghosh defeated RSP’s Prasanta Kumar Majumdar in 2014 to break the Left citadel. This time, RSP has fielded Ranen Barman, who had won 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004 LS polls from Balurghat seat while the BJP and the Congress have fielded Sukanta Majumdar and Sadik Sarkar as their candidates. Both Majumdar and Sarkar are new faces.last_img read more

Reevaluating the conventional notion of femininity

first_imgAgaaz, a group show that strikes out to be different – combining a delicate balance between quality art, a relevant theme, and an art coterie of competent practitioners who have managed to breathe fresh aspects into the theme of femininity, has been organised at India Habitat Centre.Artists like Anitta Sethi, Bharti verma, Dhiren Shasmal, Gaurav Chawla, Manan Negi, Manjusha Athani, Nanda Gupta, Nitasha Jaini, Rajib Deyashi, Ruchi Chadha, Sakshi Talwar, Sangeeta Kumar Murthy, Siddharth Jharia, and others have displayed their work, which will be on view until April 11, 2019. ‘We’re adopting a more fluid scale of traits, temperaments, and capabilities, and we have to change our methods of self-evaluation in the process’ is the claim of its participants. In this quest. these artists have turned the feminine image into a vibrant movement. Beyond the thrust to depict a strong message of the new-age feminism that characterises our times, this showing also brings in focus the many sided artistic strengths of the participants. By not compromising on their individuality in a conceived attempt to fall in step, this multi-pronged coterie of artists has widened the scope of their art with visual and sensual takes on the topic, identifying them as a complex integration of opposite binaries, ranging from the tender to the tenacious, from the traditional to the trendy. Besides depicting the womanly images through many interpretations, the show also aims to keep viewer’s interest alive. Visitors will be able to watch an in-situ installation of painted shoes being put up by the contributing artists, taking shape right in front of them. In the exhibition, artist Gaurav Chawla has depicted power and courage within each woman. Artist Ruchi Chadha who is inspired from nature, uses different colours and fluidity to show femininity. Artist Manjusha Athani takes the onlooker into a vibrant mystical world where her mysterious women of uninhabitated sensuality captivates the viewer. Artist Nanda Gupta who works in abstract forms, depicts her journey of life, a life of self discovery beyond the realms of understanding. Artist Nitasha Jaini talks about man and women relationship in the Indian urban environment and how their role play is well defined. She states that a slight shift in attitude can create a sense of imbalance.last_img read more