Second-half latest: Everton 0 Chelsea 0 – Costa goes close for Blues

first_imgDiego Costa went agonisingly close to giving Chelsea the lead in an increasingly open FA Cup quarter-final.A cagey first half saw both sides struggle to create opportunities but, after Everton’s Ramiro Funes Mori went close with a second-half header, Costa was unlucky to see his effort roll across goal from a tight angle.Chelsea grew in confidence after a slow start to a fiercely competitive tie at Goodison Park.Everton played a high-tempo pressing game from the off, but Chelsea stayed solid defensively and refused to be rattled.Tom Cleverley had a feeble shot easily saved by Thibaut Courtois inside a minute.But the visitors slowly began to dominate possession and looked the more likely to score.Kenedy shot over after a fine run and clever interchange of passes with Pedro, and Willian went close with a free-kick late in the half.Costa, starting up front despite a hip injury which saw him come off in the Champions League defeat against Paris St-Germain, was booked early on following a tussle with Gareth Barry.Eden Hazard was left out of the squad but captain John Terry was included on the bench following injury.Everton: Robles; Coleman, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Baines; Cleverley, Barry; Lennon, McCarthy, Barkley; Lukaku.Subs: Howard, Stones, Niasse, Besic, Osman, Deulofeu, Kone.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Kenedy; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Costa. Subs: Begovic, Baba, Terry, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Tsogo Sun invests in schools chess programme

first_imgThe Tsogo Sun hospitality group will invest R10 million in the Moves for Life School Chess Programme as part of its SunCares corporate social investment programme.Recognising the age-old game’s educational potential the South African hospitality group wants to use the board game to inspire young people’s imaginations and improve their ability to learn.“The selection of chess seemed a natural fit for us as part of both our strategy to develop sport as well as play a role in education. Chess is listed among the government’s top 16 priority sporting codes for inclusion at school level and the educational development through chess then aligns strongly with sport and education,” says Shanda Paine, group CSI manager at Tsogo Sun.She adds; “All our initiatives are designed to comply with government’s strategy and objectives within the school system to ensure that we contribute to the overall development of the children we reach.”The group has signed a three-year contract with Moves for Life, acquiring naming rights to rebrand the initiative Tsogo Sun Moves for Life.Part of the Tsogo Sun Moves for Life initiative is showing teachers how to use MiniChess to supplement their lessons; more than 600 foundation phase teachers have now started holding MiniChess classesOn 26 October 2010, sponsors gathered at a gala dinner, with President Jacob Zuma, to launch Tsogo Sun Moves for Life to take chess to students across the country. Zuma, a Tsogo Sun Moves for Life patron, talked about how he used the game during his imprisonment on Robben Island to keep his mind sharp and hone his leadership skills.“Chess is by far one of the oldest and most played games in the world,” he said, adding, “It cuts across intellectual, age and language barriers and can therefore be enjoyed by people from across the world.”He said that chess could help students understand complex concepts, with a particular focus on mathematics and science.Angie Motshekga, the minister for basic education, and the then minister of sports and recreation, Gert Oosthuizen, were among the government representatives at the event showing support for the ground-breaking initiative.MOVES FOR LIFE PROGRAMMESThe Moves for Life initiative comprises two sub programmes, the MiniChess programme aimed at students between five and eight years’ old and the MasterMoves programme for children from eight years’ old, in grade 2, to matric, with some 50 000 children participating in the programmes countrywide.The MiniChess programme gives foundation phase pupils an entertaining way to understand maths and science, while teaching important life skills.The programme will help develop and improve children’s concentration, creativity, logical thinking, and planning and problem solving skills at an early age.Part of the Tsogo Sun Moves for Life initiative is showing teachers how to use MiniChess to supplement their lessons; more than 600 foundation phase teachers have now started holding MiniChess classes.MiniChess was developed by Marisa van der Merwe, the first South African to play Grand Master Garry Kasperov by invitation; she played a respectable four hours against the former world champion.Garry Kasparov is also the founder, patron and acting chairperson of the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF), which launched its African branch in Johannesburg in March 2012, focusing on promoting chess as a tool for education and social development.The KCF-A has since become a Tsogo Sun Moves for Life partner.The programme will help develop and improve children’s concentration, creativity, logical thinking, and planning and problem solving skills at an early ageThe MasterMoves programme introduces students to the more complex aspects of the game, encouraging them to participate in the monthly Tsogo Sun Moves for Life tournaments. The programme teaches people with a strong chess background how to teach chess, and holds workshops teaching communities more about chess and how it can benefit them recreationally, educationally and professionally.THE BENEFITS OF CHESSChess presents intellectual challenges to players; dealing with these challenges helps build strategic skills that can be applied off the black and white battle field.“It is an important game in many respects…” Zuma said; “… the main benefit being that it contributes to the development of strategic thinking as well as concentration, analytical skills and problem solving.”The game builds focus as children learn to concentrate during a chess game; they learn that their actions have consequences and how to weigh their options based on the consequences of their actions.Visualising and thinking ahead are key to mastering chess as players need to imagine a sequence of actions to counter possible threats.Chess also helps to hone analytic and planning skills, as players must make measured moves to avoid their opponents’ attacks, while predicting other pieces’ moves.The game offers a unique, entertaining opportunity to build and hone lifelong skills.Mickey Scheepers, Tsogo Sun Moves for Life trustee of says; “The Tsogo Sun Moves for Life initiative is fuelled by people who believe that every South African child has the potential to become a world-class citizen.”last_img read more

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Debunking South Africa’s myth of violent crime

first_imgA lot of people think violent crime in South Africa began rising in 1994 and has continued to rise since then. They are wrong.A new book, which traces national murder rates of over a century, shows that the past two decades have shown unprecedented improvement in the physical safety of the vast majority of people in the country. (Image: ENCA)Anine Kriegler and Mark ShawGiven the weight people place on crime as an indicator of national health in South Africa, there is an urgent need to demystify crime trends.A lot of people think violent crime in South Africa began rising in 1994 and has continued to rise since then. They are wrong. A new book, which traces national murder rates of over a century, shows that the past two decades have shown unprecedented improvement in the physical safety of the vast majority of people in the country.For many South Africans, concerns about crime stand in for bigger concerns aboutreconciliation, the fabric of social life and the future success of the post-apartheid state.Click image for a larger view.Imperfect crime statisticsOfficial statistics are an imperfect measure of crime. This is because a range of factors determine whether a given incident will be identified as criminal, reported to or detected by the police, and correctly recorded in the official statistics. These factors can all change. This makes it difficult to compare crime rates between different places and times.The typical way to go around the problem is to focus on murder. Surveys suggest that a large and variable proportion of crimes as diverse as rape and theft never make it into the official statistics, but a large and stable proportion of murders do.Dead bodies are hard to hide, dispute or ignore. This makes murder rates the dominant unit of criminological comparison.A key advantage of murder rates is that they can be corroborated by mortuary records. In South Africa, comparing these sources suggests that a relatively small and probably shrinking proportion of suspected murder is failing to make it into the police figures. There is no good reason to reject South Africa’s official murder statistics as a solid basis for comparison.A national history of murderIn our book, A Citizen’s Guide to Crime Trends in South Africa, we combed through archives to put together all the official South African murder figures we could find since 1911. We also worked out the most likely population size within the official police jurisdiction for each year. This made it possible to track the annual murder rate per 100 000 people in the population for more than a century. The older the figures are, the more likely they are to be an under-count.The murder rate did not begin rising in 1994 – exactly the opposite. There was a steady increase to the 1950s, a slightly more rapid rise to the 1960s, some years of relative stability, and then a massive spike to a peak in 1993. Then things turned around.From 1994 onwards, the murder rate fell by an average of 4% a year. Raw figures dropped from about 74 murders a day in 1994 to 49 a day in 2015, despite a population grown by about 40%.Internationally, trends this dramatic are rare and attract major research and theoretical attention. No one has yet noted or done much to investigate it in South Africa.Murder rates today are not higher than ever. They have returned to about where they were in the 1970s.About 20% of the spike from the 1980s has been estimated to be directly attributable to political conflict. Periods of political and social upheaval tend to raise rates of all crimes, not just political ones. Recorded rates of other crimes like robbery and rape rose rapidly at the same time as murder did.Good news and bad newsThe strong downward trend after 1994 is confirmed in mortuary records and in crime victimisation surveys. These surveys also show that rates of non-fatal assault (including common assault, serious assault and attempted murder) dropped by similar margins. Fear of crime remains high and there do seem to have been increases in a number of types of robbery, so not all forms of violence have declined.However, the evidence suggests that people in South Africa are about half as likely to be physically assaulted or killed today as they were 20 years ago. This is good news.The graph also reveals some possible bad news. The downward trend in the murder rate seems to be slowing or even reversing as of 2012. Much of this is driven by a huge increase in violence in the City of Cape Town, but other cities have also seen slight increases in the past three years. This may imply that there are new dynamics driving violence up for the first time in the life of the “new” South Africa. The widely-held assumption that murder rates have been going up all the while is not only incorrect, but it may be blinding us to the new problem that needs our attention.And the sobering fact remains that South Africa has very high levels of fatal violence. Its17 805 murders recorded last year in a population of a little under 55 million make for a murder rate of 33 per 100 000. This compares very poorly, at about five times the global average.About the authorsAnine Kriegler is a researcher with the Institute for Safety Governance in the Global South at the University of Cape Town. She holds Master’s degrees from both UCT and Cambridge University, and is a Doctoral candidate in Criminology. Her research interests include the measurement of crime and victimisation, and drug markets.Mark Shaw is the Director of the Institute for Safety Governance in the Global South. He holds the NRF Chair in African Justice and Security and is the Director of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. He worked for 12 years at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. His research focuses on illicit markets and organised crime.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Lights, Camera, Awards!

first_imgOne could sense a tinge of excitement in the way some of India’s top sportspersons spoke about winning the Arjuna Award and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.For some, the feeling is similar to pulling the national jersey for the first time while some are filled with the pride with the fact that they will be recipients of country’s biggest sporting honour.At the Ashoka Hall in the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi today will stand 20 Arjuna awardees and two Khel Ratnas and the excitement seemed visible on the athletes as they spoke after their rehearsals on Monday.”I had a tickling sensation when I got on the stage and was told how I need to take a stance, where to look and how to exit the stage. It was a unique kind of training, one where I sweat without the hard work,” Mirabai Chanu, who will be awarded the Khel Ratna, told Mail Today.The world champion is currently surging her back injury in Mumbai and will only be back in action next year. But the Khel Ratna, Chanu says, brings a huge sense of accomplishment in a topsy-turvy year.”After the Rio debacle, I worked hard and won the World Championship followed by the Commonwealth Games gold medal. Not participating in the Asian Games was tough mentally but I kept working hard. I honestly didn’t expect I would win this, I thought I’d get an Arjuna Award. But I can’t say how happy I am. I feel more proud about the fact that I will stand next to Virat Kohli, who will also get Khel Ratna. I am a huge fan of him and his wife (Anushka Sharma). My mother is the happiest of all and this award motivates me to do well next year,” she added.advertisementFor young javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, the award comes as an icing on the cake. A Commonwealth Games gold medal, Asian Games gold medal and now an Arjuna Award tops off a wonderful year for the 20-year-old.The Haryana lad, however, sounded as grounded as one can be as he spoke about the awards.”It’s always a moment of pride when your hard work is recognised. I think I had a great year and I just want to keep this run going. It’s a huge honour standing next to the President of India and receiving that award and my family cannot be more proud of me. I still have a long way to go, I need to improve and nothing will make me more proud to win gold for the country,” Chopra told Mail Today.While for most athletes, standing on the stage during the rehearsals reminded them of their sporting achievements and tough grind put in the training, hockey goalkeeper Savita Punia recalled the day she cried over the phone wanting to quit the sport.”When I was standing there on the stage, listening to instructions about what I need to do tomorrow, I could only think of the time I called my dad and asked him to take me home as I didn’t like sports. I wanted him to come and get me from the hostel but now that I look back, that was his best decision not to come,” laughed Savita.Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli was the biggest miss at the ceremony rehearsals on Monday as the rest of the athletes went through the chorus of Tuesday’s big stage.last_img read more

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2010 School Sport Australia Touch Championships

first_imgTo keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, scores and information, please visit the following websites:www.austouch.com.auhttp://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=0-4282-0-0-0&sID=188469 The Touch Football Australia Facebook page will also be updated regularly. To become a fan, search for Touch Football Australia on Facebook or click on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384?ref=tslast_img

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Stars To Honor Don Williams With Tribute Album

first_imgGarth Brooks, Lady Antebellum, Trisha Yearwood, Dierks Bentley, John Prine, Chris Stapleton and Alison Krauss are just some of the stars set to honor country music legend Don Williams on a new tribute album.Gentle Giants: The Songs Of Don Williams is slated to be released on May 26, with many of the proceeds to go MusiCares.Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams track listing:1. “Tulsa Time” – Pistol Annies2. “I Believe in You” – Brandy Clark3. “We’ve Got a Good Fire Goin’” – Lady Antebellum4. “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend” – Dierks Bentley5. “Amanda” – Chris Stapleton feat. Morgane Stapleton6. “Till The Rivers All Run Dry” – Alison Krauss7. “Love Is On A Roll” – John Prine feat. Roger Cook8. “If I Needed You” – Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires9. “Maggie’s Dream” – Trisha Yearwood10. “Lord I Hope This Day is Good” – Keb’ Mo’11. “Good Ole Boys Like Me” – Garth Brookslast_img read more

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WestJet pilots union to also represent Swoop pilots says arbitrator

first_imgCALGARY – A federal arbitrator has ruled that WestJet’s unionized pilots will also fly its new ultra-discount carrier Swoop that’s set to launch next week.Capt. Rob McFadyen, chairman of WestJet’s Air Line Pilots Association, says the decision means the airline can no longer outsource Swoop flying, a major disagreement in recent negotiations.Swoop will recognize the union as the exclusive bargaining agent for all Swoop pilots, who will be on the airline’s one seniority list and fly aircraft at Swoop terms and conditions.WestJet and the union will now make a joint application to the Canada Industrial Relations Board to amend pilots association’s bargaining certificate to include Swoop flying.The parties also agreed that WestJet and Swoop are common employers.The two sides scheduled mediation/arbitration dates over the summer to address all remaining issues.The threat of a strike by pilots was averted two weeks ago when the airline and union agreed to a settlement process and, if necessary, to use final and binding arbitration.WestJet CEO Ed Sims said it recognizes and respects the interim order that WestJet pilots should be able to operate Swoop aircraft.The Air Line Pilots Association is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 60,000 pilots at 34 airlines in the United States and Canada, including about 1,500 WestJet pilots and approximately 500 at WestJet Encore.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)last_img read more

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CEOS for Royal Bank Enbridge call for better balance in energy policies

first_imgTORONTO, ONT – The CEOs of Canada’s largest bank and its largest pipeline company say the country needs an energy strategy that will better balance environmental and Indigenous goals with the need to develop its abundant oil and gas resources.But Royal Bank CEO Dave McKay and Al Monaco, CEO of Calgary-based Enbridge Inc., had little in the way of specific advice for government during a Canadian Club event in Toronto.Over a 45-minute discussion, the two agreed the world has a growing thirst for Canada’s energy production and the sector contributes mightily to the country’s gross domestic product. But they also noted it’s suffering from what they say is an undeserved negative environmental image and that international investors have lost interest in funding Canadian projects.Monaco says Canada has among the best resources, capital markets, regulatory systems and technologies in the world but it needs an energy strategy to “put the pieces together.”He says the government shouldn’t mix social policy issues with its project regulatory reviews, a point made by critics of Ottawa’s proposed Bill C-69 to replace the National Energy Board, although he didn’t mention the bill specifically.“We need to a have a strong energy policy in this country. We need to have a strong climate policy and we need to have Indigenous reconciliation. Those need to be at the policy or umbrella level,” Monaco said.“Once those are set and we know the rules as investors, then we can say, ‘All right, I got the game plan, now here’s how I can build a project within that context.”’last_img read more

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100 Women Who Care Fort St John are accepting Nominations

first_imgTo view the FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The Fort St. John Chapter of 100 Women Who Care are accepting nominations for the September 17th meeting.The 100 Women Who Care started in 2017, as a group of local women who come together for one evening to help infuse financial help into local charities. At the event, the women listen to three nominated charities who present their stories to the women. By sharing who they are, what they are doing in the community, and why they deserve the support.Each attending woman brings $100 to the event, and casts her vote towards the charity she feels deserves the donation. When you multiply $100 by 100 women there is a quick infusion of funding for the chosen charity.last_img

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IndiaBdesh Home Minister level talks next week in Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: Amidst hectic political campaign Home Minister Rajnath Singh has invited his Bangladesh counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan for bilateral talks next week here.Though Singh is also contesting the Lok Sabha poll from Lucknow constituency, he thought it was important to have the 7th round of bilateral talks before the polls. During the polls, most of the paramilitary forces would be deployed all over the country. India needs special cooperation from Bangladesh to keep a strict vigil on the border and especially to the sensitive areas. Intelligence agencies have alerted the government for a possible terrorist attack to disrupt the poll process. Official sources said Bangladesh and India will discuss trans-border security, cross border trafficking and border management issues during the home minister-level talks slated to be held on April 1. Bangladesh Minister will arrive in the capital on 31st March and will leave for Dhaka on 2nd April. Asaduzzaman Khan and Rajnath Singh will lead their respective sides to the talks. The 6th round of home ministerial talks was held in Dhaka in October last year when Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited Bangladesh. The sources further said they might discuss other issues like Rohingya influx into Bangladesh, their repatriation, restriction on visa issuance (except emergency need) before and during the general election in India that begins from April 11. It’s reported in Dhaka press that law and order situation is fast deteriorating in the makeshift refugee camps for the displaced Rohingyas. Indian intelligence agencies have also alerted their counterparts in Bangladesh about a possible influx of some radical groups and illegal arms are also found in the camp. In two occasions Bangladesh police had to fire to disperse the armed groups. In fact, Bangladesh Government has also urged the India Government to take up this refugee crisis with the Myanmar government for speedy repatriation of the displaced person to their homeland. Last month, Bangladesh foreign minister Dr A K Abdul Momin visited India and gave a new proposal to Indian External Affair Minister for consideration. Their proposal was to create a safe zone for the Rohingyas in the Rakhine Province and that zone should be monitored by both friendly countries like India and China. So far, the India government has not given any positive response. Bangladesh Home minister is likely to raise the same issue to Home Minister Rajnath Singh. In this meeting, the opening of a new consulate in southern state Tamil Nadu will get importance. Bangladesh High Commissioner Syed Moazzem Ali had recently visited Chennai to expedite the process. Last year, both countries signed a revised visa protocol. Officials said both sides will review the progress on this issue and apart from Home minister, Home Secretary, representatives from all security agencies and Indian High Commissioner Riva Das Ganguly will be present for the day-long deliberation.last_img read more

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