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Sunderland secure Premier League safety after draw at Arsenal

first_imgBy Toby DavisSunderland secured their Premier League survival after manning the barricades to tough out a 0-0 draw at Arsenal, for whom a point was enough to all but seal third place and a spot in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday.The battle to avoid relegation is now a straight shootout between Hull City and 17th-placed Newcastle United, who are two points better off heading into Sunday’s final round.Hull are at home to Manchester United while Newcastle host West Ham.Sunderland needed a point to ensure their top flight status and defended like their lives depended on it to move up to 15th, four points clear of Hull in the final relegation place.It was a frustrating evening for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, who are now unable to catch Manchester City in second, but are three points clear of fourth-placed Manchester United with a comfortably superior goal difference.last_img read more

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Speaking out

first_imgDomestic violence has always been a pressing issue in Guyana. It was recently announced that the Social Protection Ministry will be embarking on a community-based development programme to encourage victims of domestic violence to speak out. This new programme would empower victims to overcome their fear about speaking out against abuse. Programmes such as this are commendable and will undoubtedly go a long way towards addressing the issue, which has historically been a taboo subject.The issue of domestic violence is a global one, reaching across national boundaries as well as socio-economic, cultural, racial and class distinctions. This problem is not only widely dispersed geographically, but its incidence is also extensive, making it a typical and accepted behaviour (The WHO Multicountry Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women. Geneva: World Health Organisation; 2007).The findings of a United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) report released last year, revealed that in Guyana, domestic violence is widely accepted in local communities and that the highest level of acceptance of wife beating occurs in the indigenous community, where one in every four adults believe that it is justifiable to hit the woman.A combination of social norms and social and cultural practices have been identified as the main factors that influence violence against women in this country. In many communities across Guyana, incidents of domestic violence continue to be “nobody’s business” and are too often the excuse of “justified punishment” or “discipline” is used to excuse the act itself.Notwithstanding the other exiting factors that contribute to the perpetuation of domestic violence, communities need to understand that the effects of domestic violence are widespread; it is not just physical – but emotional, mental, and financial as well. The Sexual and Domestic Violence Unit has recognised that members of the community are usually the first responders to many social issues in their communities.In 2016, the National Task Force for Domestic Violence was launched after which several protocols for medical practitioners, Police Officers and prosecutors, among others, were signed; the Task Force was needed since there were no mechanisms in place for partners to follow guidelines on how to respond to victims of domestic and sexual violence. The Unit will also embark on training partners which include members of the Guyana Police Force.The Unit is now moving towards equipping individuals within communities with the necessary skills, knowledge, and tools so that they can respond to domestic violence. They will be empowered to take ownership and more importantly, they will see the benefits of taking a stand against all forms of violence.Another step in the right direction is the fact that the authorities have recognised that the work of eradicating all forms of violence, particularly domestic and sexual violence, must be done in collaborative way, with the involvement of all stakeholders.And with the advent of social media, more persons are willing to talk about it, and become outraged over how prevalent domestic violence is. Survivors are now believed, rather than treated as if nothing had happened.It is important to acknowledge that women are not the only victims of domestic violence; men, children, the disabled, and the elderly, can also become victims. The rich, as well as the poor, can become victims. In fact, domestic violence doesn’t distinguish between victims. Nor does it distinguish between perpetrators.It is time for society to focus on changing cultural norms and attitudes that promote the acceptance of and even encourage domestic violence, which undermine the victims’ enjoyment of their full human rights and freedoms.The issues therefore should be aired openly, not tucked away in hushed tones as if it never happens. Ending domestic violence will not happen overnight, but the Social Protection Ministry’s programme is definitely a step in the right direction and additional funding and support will always be needed to widen the reach and to encourage persons to see the benefits of speaking out.last_img read more

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Rwanda win, Gabon draw with Morocco

first_img0Shares0000Rwanda football team defender, Emery Bayisenge celebrating after scoring against Ivory Coast in the CHAN tournamrnt in Rwanda. PHOTO/CourtesyKIGALI, January 16 – Hosts Rwanda got their CHAN 2016 campaign off to a bright start when they pipped holders Ivory Coast 1-0 at the Amahoro stadium on Saturday.Defender Emery Bayisenge secured all the three points for the “Amavubi Wasps” with a well taken free-kick in the 16th minute. Bayisenge had a chance to make it 2-0 just before half time but his penalty was saved by Ivorian goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare.Gabon battled to a 0-0 draw with Morocco in the second Group A match of the tournament.Morocco dominated the first half but failed to find a way through, with Abdelilah Hafidi missing two close chances.The Raja Casablanca midfielder shot wide from a distance in the 15th, and went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock only for his goal to be ruled out for offside before the break.Gabon, making their third appearance in the tournament, were awarded a free kick in the 32nd minute but a Georges Ambourouet delivery from the right flank failed to connect.The CAF-organised tournament, being held in Rwanda for the first time, has attracted 16 teams divided in four groups, with the matches played in three venues of Kigali, Butare and Gisenyi.The tournament is reserved for players who play their football in national leagues and alternates with the higher profile Africa Cup of Nations tournament for which players based overseas are also based.Ivory Coast and Sudan have played host in previous tournaments since 2009.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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2010 Senate race could be a California blockbuster

first_imgCertainly, unless his popularity slides markedly, he would be the strongest challenger that Republicans could enlist against Boxer and would have at least a fair chance of unseating her. But would he risk ending his political career as a loser if his chances of winning were less than overwhelming? That’s another question that only he could answer. Schwarzenegger insists that he’s not giving any thought to his post-gubernatorial plans – which, of course, is nonsense. Whether in show business or politics, one always looks ahead to the next career move. Boxer, however, is evidently thinking of him. Asked by the San Francisco Chronicle recently about running for a fourth term in 2010, she gave this reply: “Yes, I am. Definitely running. Raising money, doing what I have to do. And lifting weights in case Arnold enters the race. I’m getting ready in all ways.” And asked whether she expects Schwarzenegger to challenge her, she replied: “I don’t know. I just feel I have to prepare in case he does, because even if he doesn’t, someone strong will. They always do.” Boxer habitually portrays herself as a targeted underdog, but she knows that if Schwarzenegger doesn’t challenge her, she’ll likely coast into a fourth term. Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Arnold Schwarzenegger is a lame-duck Republican governor, albeit a fairly popular one who touts his environmental credentials and has ambitious plans on health care, infrastructure and education reform. Barbara Boxer is a U.S. senator who has gained some clout on environmental issues now that Democrats have regained control of the Senate but who, as usual, has a less-than-commanding approval rating among California voters. As it happens, Schwarzenegger’s and Boxer’s current terms expire simultaneously three years hence, raising the intriguing scenario that the one-time action-movie star – barred from seeking the presidency because of his Austrian birth – would seek to extend his political career by challenging Boxer in 2010. The governor is being coy, but those around him talk about the possibility of a U.S. Senate bid, either challenging Boxer in 2010 or running for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat two years later should Feinstein, who would then be 79 years old, signal that she’s ready to retire. The first question is whether Schwarzenegger – or his outsized ego – could adjust to being just one of 100 after being the center of political attention in California. Only he could answer it, but being a senator, at least these days, is not inherently a communal experience. Senators, especially ambitious ones, often view their positions as licenses to freelance on whatever issues appeal to them, rather than commitments to the grueling work of drafting and enacting legislation. There would be nothing to preclude a Sen. Schwarzenegger from continuing to pursue his self-appointed role as a global guru on greenhouse gases and other issues; indeed, he would have even more globe-trotting justification as a senator than he has as a governor. The second question is whether Schwarzenegger could, in fact, unseat the very liberal Boxer, who has danced close to the abyss but always managed to win. Boxer’s approval rating among California voters has rarely reached 50 percent. The most recent Public Policy Institute of California poll has her, as usual, trailing the more moderate Feinstein. While Feinstein’s approval rating among likely voters is 52 percent, Boxer’s is just 46 percent, largely because of ambivalence among independent voters, whose support or opposition is critical in any closely contested statewide election. Schwarzenegger, on the other hand, enjoys a 59 percent approval rating in the PPIC poll, thanks to his strong showing among independents. last_img read more

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STERLING BENCHED! Brendan Rodgers drops contract rebel for Liverpool’s game at Stoke

first_img1 Has Raheem Sterling started his last game for Liverpool?The 20-year-old forward has been benched for the Reds’ final game of the Premier League season at Stoke City today amid intensifying rumours about his future.Earlier this week, Sterling’s pesky agent Aidy Ward suggested the player wouldn’t sign a new contract at Anfield ‘even if it was worth £900,000 a week.’It was revealed Sterling turned down a deal tabled by the club believed to be £100,000 a week, and the Jamaican-born attacker has been linked with a move to a host of European powerhouses.Liverpool’s team to play Stoke: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Allen, Henderson, Gerrard, Lallana, Coutinho. Raheem Sterling last_img read more

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Neymar is not happy with Tottenham over their transfer business

first_img1 Neymar has admitted he is sad at the prospect of ‘good friend’ Lucas Moura leaving Paris Saint-Germain before the transfer window closes.Moura is on the verge of signing for Tottenham and was reportedly having a medical on Wednesday morning, but Neymar, who joined PSG for £198m in 2017, thinks he shouldn’t’ be going anywhere.“I am sad because he is a good friend, a quality player who was used very little,” he explained to journalists after the club’s 3-2 French League Cup win against Rennes.However, he expressed his hopes that the winger can play more first team football and force his way back into the Brazil side, a team he hasn’t played for since 2016.“Here, he could have been used a lot more, I am sure of it,” he continued. “But I am not the owner of the team, nor the owner of PSG. For me, he should never be leaving Paris.”And it’s not just Neymar who has had his say on Moura’s exit, with Marquinhos adding: “It is good that Lucas is going to Tottenham. He will join Serge [Aurier]. I hope that he succeeds over there.”Opinion: Why Lucas Moura is perfect for SpursTHE DEADLINE DAY LIVE BLOG Marquinhos and Neymar are sad Lucas Moura is leaving PSG last_img read more

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South Africa’s Standard Bank “Most Innovative Investment Bank in Africa’

first_imgGlobal finance magazine The Banker has named South Africa’s Standard Bank as the Most Innovative Investment Bank from Africa, citing the bank’s “sector expertise, skill and relationships across the continent’ as central to its winning the accolade.The win is a decided plus for the country’s financial services sector, which in 2012 counted “over R6 trillion in assets, of which, the banking sector assets represent just over 50 percent’. According to the Banking Association of South Africa, the sector “contributes about 10.5% to gross domestic product (GDP), taxes amount to over 15% of GDP and employment represents about 4%’.Since the Banks Act was introduced in 1990, the sector has boomed, with new banking licences being issued. By the end of 2001, the number of registered banks in the country had grown to 43.The early 90s were a volatile time for the industry, but consolidation, technology and legislation has meant the fittest have survived to contest the space, with the banking system comparing well with those of industrialised nations. This makes the country a “strategic gateway’ and has led to foreign banks establishing offices in South Africa, making the local landscape more competitive.According to the World Economic Forum, “SA banks are rated 2nd out of 144 countries for soundness, while the country was rated 3rd for financial sector development.’ The sector is also leaps ahead in technology, with major banks releasing mobile and desktop banking applications, along with text-based mobile apps and payment systems to reach lower-income consumer bases.Most Innovative Investment Bank from AfricaDavid Munro, chief executive, corporate and investment banking (CIB), Standard Bank, said of the award, “We truly appreciate receiving this prestigious award. It is an external, objective assessment of what we are trying to achieve at CIB – ensuring that large global multi-national corporations, and South African companies, are able to do business in Africa; and providing access for African companies to the international capital markets.”The Banker’s statement on the win says that “The group of judges was particularly impressed with Standard Bank’s role in Seplat IPO, Osun State’s sukuk in Nigeria, Aspen Pharmacare’s $2.7bn-worth of loans and Johannesburg’s R1.46bn green bond.’ Standard Bank further says that its Investment Banking franchise played a role in key deals in the continent’s mining and metals, oil and gas, and power and infrastructure sectors.Transactions the bank has been involved in include the largest debut bond in sub- Saharan Africa to date: the Republic of Kenya’s $2-billion debut sovereign bond. Judges for the award included senior editorial staff from The Banker and executives from a range of Africa-focused advisory firms and investment companies.According to The Banker, Standard Bank’s top six markets are said to be South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola, Mozambique and Ghana.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Personal Blind Spot: Are You Being Passively Rude?

first_imgIn recent weeks, I’ve discussed simple ways to increase civility at work, as well as how easy it is for rudeness to spread like a virus.  But, this week I want to look at something that’s always intrigued me:  People who act rudely and they don’t even know it.  I call this passive rudeness.One way they might do this is by being oblivious to how their actions are inconveniencing others.For example, have you ever seen that person talking loudly on their cell phone, oblivious to how annoying they are being to those nearby?  I think they’re so engrossed in their own worlds that they don’t realize they are being rude.  Another example is those people who arrive late to a meeting or presentation and then let the door slam behind them.  Do they do that on purpose? I think not.  I think they’re inside their own heads, oblivious, and unaware of their bad behavior.I think these folks lack self-awareness, and that makes it easier for them to ignore other people and their surroundings.Another way people act rudely without even know it is by being chronic non-responders.Let me explain by giving an example.  Do you know some individuals that simply don’t reply to emails, ignore invitations and are generally non-responsive? I don’t think they are aware that they are causing inconvenience for others.  I don’t think they decide to do nothing out of spite or rudeness.  I think they’re often procrastinators, or don’t want to make decisions, or want to leave their options open.   They don’t realize that non-responsiveness equals rudeness.Do you know someone who is rude and doesn’t know it?  How about you?  Is it possible that you might be guilty of being oblivious to others? Or being a non-responder?I confess to being guilty of some of these.  And none of us should feel immune because –depending on circumstances- we have blind spots and are all capable of “passive rudeness”. So once in a while, just for exercise, ask yourself, how are my actions (or lack-of-actions) affecting those around me? Originally posted on EvaDelRio.com.last_img read more

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76 million self-driving cars expected on world’s roads by 2035

first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Tags:#2020 Tokyo Olympics#autonomous vehicles#IHS#Internet of Things#IoT#self-driving cars#Tokyo Olympics Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Fleets of autonomous vehicles are coming to roads near you sooner than ever, thanks to strong US and Chinese interest, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Auto Remarketing discussed the results of a recent study by automotive research firm IHS Automotive that anticipates global annual sales of almost 21 million self-driving cars by 2035 — and almost 76 million of these cars in the global auto fleet by then.This estimate shows much higher sales than IHS previously predicted due to a number of factors.“Global sales of autonomous vehicles will reach nearly 600,000 units in 2025,” said IHS Automotive research director Egil Juliussen. “Our new forecast reflects a 43% compound annual growth rate between 2025 and 2035 — a decade of substantial growth, as driverless and self-driving cars alike are more widely adopted in all key global automotive markets.”IHS sees China as becoming a dominant region for purchases of self-driving cars in the long term, with 5.7 million of the vehicles in the country by 2035. China’s role as world-leading technology market will help drive the autonomous vehicle market there.IHS pointed to extensive early adoption of autonomous vehicles in the US as another factor. The report cited increased popularity of car sharing programs in America that will result in more than 4 million autonomous vehicles on US streets by 2035.Massive investments being madeAs well, the report said that Tokyo’s preparations for the 2020 Summer Olympics will boost self-driving car purchases, amid large investments that could bring significant numbers of connected cars to Japanese roads.Underlying the strong expansion prospects of autonomous vehicles are the massive investments being made in the technology by players both inside and outside the automotive industry. And it is this mix of venerable car makers and new technology upstarts that is proving to be such a potent catalyst for innovation in self-driving cars.“Future mobility will connect and combine many different modes and technologies, and autonomous vehicles will play a central role,” said IHS Automotive principal analyst Jeremy Carlson. “Those [automotive companies] who don’t adjust to a changing world will unfortunately be left behind, or will at least face a very different industry.” 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…center_img Related Posts Donal Power IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

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Meetings Made Simple – The Tablet in Small Business

first_imgFor a small business five years ago, meetings meant a lot of paperwork. Documents to be shared with employees and clients, agendas, daily planners, presentation materials, the list goes on. All that paper – and preparation – would be used once, disposed of promptly thereafter, and inevitably forgotten in the shuffle of paperwork meant for the next meeting. The lifecycle of the information sharing that happened within the meeting was defined by the retention of physical documents. Luckily, a lot has happened in technology over the past five years and a small business owner is no longer restricted to antiquated methods of collaboration.With a tablet, a small business today can be as cutting edge as it chooses. Tablets powered by Intel Core processors integrate seamlessly into your business. With its convenient touch screen, Windows 8* features, high speed functionality and power-optimized design, a tablet is a simple, cost-effective way of keeping your company ahead of the curve. You applications and programs will sync flawlessly in one device, and when you hold meetings, be prepared for a simpler way to showcase your ideas, share insight with your peers, and preserve the vision you have for your business. How have you seen the workplace change in the past five years? Learn more about how tablets can help move your small business into the future. Join the discussion on Twitter by following @EmpowerSmallBiz and using the hashtags #IntelSmallBiz.last_img read more