Points standingP W D L GF GA GD Pts1. Arsenal 21 13 4 4 37 21 16 432. Leicester 21 12 7 2 38 25 13 433. Man City 21 12 4 5 39 21 18 404. Tottenham 21 9 9 3 34 17 17 365. West Ham 21 9 8 4 33 24 9 356. Man United 21 9 7 5 27 20 7 347. Stoke City 21 9 5 7 24 22 2 328. Crystal Palace 21 9 4 8 23 20 3 319. Liverpool 21 8 7 6 25 27 -2 3110. Watford 21 8 5 8 25 24 1 2911. Everton 21 6 10 5 36 29 7 2812. Southampton 21 7 6 8 28 24 4 2713. West Brom 21 7 6 8 22 27 -5 2714. Chelsea 21 6 6 9 28 31 -3 2415 Norwich City 21 6 5 10 24 35 -11 2316. Bournemouth 21 5 6 10 23 37 -14 2117. Swansea City 21 4 7 10 19 30 -11 1918. Sunderland 21 5 3 13 26 41 -15 1819. Newcastle 21 4 6 11 22 38 -16 1820. Aston Villa 21 2 5 14 17 37 -20 11
10 October 2012With 100 days to go before the kick-off of the 2013 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) in South Africa, the Gauteng provincial government has called on locals to get behind the tournament.The biennial competition will be staged in five South African cities, namely Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg and Nelspruit, between 19 January and 10 February.With both the opening and closing matches billed to take place at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium (formerly Soccer City), the Gauteng government is pulling out all the stops to ensure a successful event.“We are very proud to once again be hosting the opening and closing of a major sporting event following the successful 2010 Fifa World Cup,” said Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Lebogang Maile.‘Start wearing the green and gold’“As we join millions of South Africans in celebrating this milestone, I would like urge all Gauteng citizens to get ready for the tournament, buy tickets and rally behind the tournament to ensure that it becomes a success.”Everyone should start wearing green and gold and fly the South African flag high, Maile added.Leading up to the tournament, the department has planned a number of campaigns aimed at encouraging Gauteng communities to rally behind the tournament.These include Magnificent Fridays, public viewing of the screening of the Afcon draw, the Mandela Challenge and Bafana Bafana matches.The draw for the tournament is scheduled to take place in Durban on 24 October. Fifteen teams, who will emerge from the final qualifiers, will join hosts South Africa for the draw to determine the first-round groups for the tournament.Zambia, or “Chipolopolo” as they are affectionately known, are the defending champions.North West ‘fully behind tournament’Meanwhile, the North West provincial government has also pledged its full support for the successful hosting of all Afcon 2013 matches to be played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.“We will not shy from our responsibility to ensure that Rustenburg Local Municipality is given all the support it needs for a successful hosting of the tournament, as we have done during the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” North West Premier Thandi Modise told an Afcon local organising committee (LOC) delegation on Tuesday.“While we have the infrastructure and the experience to host the matches, we will spare no effort to make South Africa proud hosts of the tournament in a safe and secure environment in our province,” Modise said, adding: “The hospitality of our people is our greatest advantage.”The LOC delegation met with Modise and Sport, Arts and Culture MEC Tebogo Modise, for a briefing on interventions needed to ensure that the Royal Bafokeng Stadium is ready to host the prestigious tournament.Modise expressed appreciation for the R5-million the Royal Bafokeng Administration, under the leadership of Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi, had committed towards construction of two additional dressing rooms and a referee’s dressing room at the stadium.For its part, the province would commit resources and ensure that a technical team inclusive of all role players received all the support it needed, Modise said.Among the issues identified as needing the highest priority were access to tickets, transportation of fans, and the need for partnerships to ensure maximum attendance of matches.Source: SANews.gov.za
22 July 2013South African health insurer Discovery has launched a joint venture with pan-Asian life insurer AIA Group to introduce a wellness programme in Singapore, marking the company’s entry into the Asia-Pacific region.The venture, AIA Vitality, will combine AIA’s distribution and life insurance product leadership and 80-year experience in the Asian market with Discovery’s wellness-based expertise.“The new venture provides a significant opportunity for Discovery to expand our footprint in the high-growth Asia-Pacific region,” Discovery chief executive officer, Adrian Gore, said in a statement last week.“Like elsewhere in the world, the Asia-Pacific region is fast becoming vulnerable to the chronic diseases of lifestyle; we have a unique opportunity to help arrest this and positively transform the life insurance market in the process.”AIA Vitality will provide protection products by linking wellness incentives to life and health insurance, much like Discovery’s Vitality programme in South Africa.Customers will be offered discounts on premiums as personal health goals are achieved in partnership with a network of well-known health, wellness and rewards partners.“The intended result is a life insurance model which will have immediate financial and health benefits for participating policyholders, while enhancing sustainable value creation for AIA, and providing positive long-term benefits for the people, communities and countries in which AIA operates,” Discovery said.“This represents a powerful new means by which we can engage with our customers while helping to address the important social issues of the need for better health,” said AIA Group chief executive officer, Mark Tucker.“Discovery Vitality has a successful 16-year track record as the world’s largest and longest-standing wellness programme, with more than 5-million customers across four continents,” Gore said.“AIA is a leading Asian life insurer, making it the ideal partner for us to introduce the Vitality programme in the region.”SAinfo reporter
A group of students and lecturers from the University of Johannesburg, a solar car, and a deep passion to spread the word about green technology and the wonders of engineering, are on an epic road trip from Joburg to Botswana, via Namibia. The children were excited to see the solar car. Nickey Janse van Rensburg said wherever they stopped even though communities don’t have much, they are passionate about living sustainably and embracing green technology. (Images: Supplied) • Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries • Mentors dared to be different • Safer stoves for all township homes • World’s oldest dinosaur eggs to hatch their secrets – 200-million years later • #HeartAfrica pulls emotional strings Melissa JavanA group of more than 20 people has driven over 5 000 kilometres from Johannesburg, en route to Botswana, with a simple mission in mind: promote green technologyUsing a solar car as the main vehicle, this team aims to spread the word about green technologies, every time they make a stop on their 12-day trip, which began on 18 June.This is the second solar-powered car designed by students at the University of Johannesburg. The purpose of their trip, which is going via Namibia, is to build awareness about the solar car and how it works, as well as to speak to people about the importance of green technologies in engineering studies.The solar car is called Ilanga II – which means “sun” in isiZulu. Four teams are involved in its journey, namely logistics, community engagement, technical crew and media.Nickey Janse van Rensburg, a mechanical engineering science lecturer and the UJ Energy Movement programme manager, told the news group Engineering News that the solar car could reach a speed of 140km/h. On days when there was not much sun, the top speed was 90km/h, she added.Janse van Rensburg said the Ilanga II could even be plugged into a wall like a mobile phone, if needed, to charge.Warren Hurter, the Team and Technology Manager of the Energy Movement programme, is one of the three drivers taking turns at the wheel on the test run. He explained that the solar panels on top of the vehicle converted the energy from the sun into power in the battery packs. The driver is the only person in the car at any one time.The historySpeaking to UJ Observer TV, the university’s news team, Hurter explained that the car was initially built for the SASOL Solar Challenge, a 5 000km race. The project started in 2011. “Instead of doing our final year paper design project, we decided to build our project – our solar car. So we went out and spoke to some industrial designers to help us.”A lot of research went into the solar car – especially in terms of electronics and mechanical components – he said.The missionOn 23 June, Janse van Rensburg confirmed that they were on their way to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. “We attempt to drive Ilanga as much as possible, but on occasion, road conditions or time constraints require that we load Ilanga into the truck to reach our next destination.“On average, we drive the car about 100km per day, but the next three days are dedicated to driving the car as much as possible, until the next public lecture in Gaborone.”Janse van Rensburg said the team was showcasing Ilanga II and hosting public lectures. “The UJ Energy Movement aims to share their experiences with schools, students, researchers and people who are interested in pursuing a career in the fields of science and engineering, specifically relating to alternative energy.“The public lectures are designed to facilitate the information sharing as well as viewings of the car and the opportunity to ask questions directly to the team. The public lectures have taken place in Kimberley, Upington, Windhoek and Gaborone,” she said.“These events also serve as a call to action to students, to inspire them towards initiating similar programmes and to motivate them towards a career in the science fields.”The attractionThe media team keep the Facebook page updated with photographs to engage and inform the public about their journey. Stopped at a garage, the question was posed: “What is this solar car doing at a petrol station?”Then photographs showed the car getting some serious attention from the public.The team shared some of their experiences on social media:#UJ‘s Ilanga 2 visit at The International School of Walvis Bay. @UJSolarCar @go2uj @SCIENTIAEUJ pic.twitter.com/tXcWFzYz9d — UJ News (@mediauj) June 24, 2015#UJ‘s Happy campers (Ilanga 2 team) @UJSolarCar on the #AfricanSolarDrive https://t.co/OTrMWxvFhn @go2uj pic.twitter.com/aFsBhvae6M — UJ News (@mediauj) June 26, 2015About the stop at the petrol station, Janse van Rensburg said: “[We were] showing off a little bit, filling up the convoy, getting the community excited about our presence, and refuelling the driver who unfortunately, is not solar powered.”Their biggest welcome so far was in Groblershoop. “Meeting the thousands of kids at Groblershoop and seeing how excited they get seeing Ilanga for the first time is really exciting. In this community, even though they don’t have much, they are passionate about living sustainably and embracing green technology.“We’ve met such diverse communities and different people – from government officials and ministers, school kids, rural towns, et cetera. [There have been] chance meetings on the side of the road where literally hundreds have gathered in minutes to see the solar car and the reaction is always the same – lots of excitement and lots of curiosity.” The team’s preparation and maintenance procedures consist of a morning and evening check of each and every component, nut, and bolt. Driver and vehicle safety are of utmost concern to the them. ChallengesThe team was, as far as possible, attempting to mimic race conditions and refine preparation and maintenance procedures, Hurter said. “This consists of a morning and evening check of each and every component, nut, and bolt. Driver and vehicle safety are of utmost concern to the team, and hence we check the car stringently before any driving is done.”Time management was another concern, as well as ensuring they actually drove as many kilometres as they set out to do. “Seeing as we have a fairly new team, attempting to nurture cohesiveness and unity, and the ability to act as a singular unit has pushed the students up a steep learning curve, but this always expected and was one of the objectives of the trip.“The team is getting better and sharper every day, and exceeding our expectations – although cold nights and colder showers at camp have probably been a bigger challenge!”
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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today advised the under-fire World Cup winning skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to approach the Twenty20 Internationals “differently”.A few former India cricketers, including Ajit Agarkar and VVS Laxman, recently raised questions about Dhoni’s T20 future, creating a storm in the country’s cricketing circles.”His record in T20I is not that good compared to ODIs. Hope Kohli and team management will speak to him separately. He has immense ability. If he approaches T20Is differently, then he will be successful,” said Ganguly.Chasing 197 in second T20 versus New Zealand in Rajkot, India were struggling at 97 for four when Dhoni joined skipper Virat Kohli and found it difficult to get going. Eventually India lost the match.Ganguly, however, feels Dhoni has a lot of cricket left in him, especially in the One-Dayers.”Definitely not for One-Dayers. I think he should keep playing One-Day cricket but he has to play differently in T20Is. He has to play T20Is freely. It depends on the selectors and how they would like to play him,” Ganguly said here on the sidelines of a TV shoot.Ganguly expressed surprise at India opting to rest all-rounder Hardik Pandya for the upcoming Test series.”I’m surprised. I don’t know if he’s injured. He has played only three Tests… This is the age to play. I don’t know the exact reason. Hope he’s fit.”India won’t play with three spinners, definitely not at the Eden Gardens as the pitch here is different. They will play with two spinners and now since they don’t have Hardik Pandya they may have a different combination for the all-rounders slot.”advertisementGanguly hoped Sri Lanka would give India fight after their confidence-boosting 2-0 win over Pakistan in the Test series last month.”Of course India are the favourites. They are a much better side than Sri Lanka. Recently they won in Sri Lanka across all formats.”I hope it won’t be a one-sided series. The recent (limited overs) series against New Zealand was competitive. Hope Sri Lanka will play well,” he said.
Transfers Coquelin completes Valencia move from Arsenal Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 23:22 1/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Valencia CF Transfers Valencia AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal Deportivo La Coruña v Valencia Arsenal Premier League Primera División The 26-year-old midfielder has moved to Spain, where he is committed until 2022, with a release cause of €80 million Valencia have announced that they have reached an agreement to sign Francis Coquelin from Arsenal, with the value of the deal reportedly worth £12 million.Coquelin had joined Arsenal in 2008 as a youth, and made 150 Premier League appearances for the club, but had not featured prominently this season. Indeed, he played only seven times for the Gunners in the league this season, starting only once – at centre-back in a 3-1 loss to Manchester City.Valencia took advantage of the 26-year-old’s lack of game time to swoop for the former France Under-21 international, who will bolster their push for a top-four finish in La Liga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Comunicado oficial | Francis Coquelin https://t.co/qEzkuwYMUH — Valencia CF (@valenciacf) January 11, 2018 “Valencia have agreed terms with Arsenal on Thursday for the transfer of Francis Coquelin, who joins the club until June 30, 2022, with a release clause of €80 million,” the Liga outfit posted on their official website . During his time with Arsenal, Coquelin won two FA Cups and two Community Shields. A former France youth international, he won the European Under-19 Championship of 2010 with his country.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sherwood can’t see Spurs winning titleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood doesn’t rate his old club as title contenders.Liverpool are top on 42 points, a point clear of Manchester City, with Spurs five points back after making one of their best-ever starts to a Premier League campaign.”I was surprised Mauricio said that because he’s been playing it down for a number of years now, saying we’re on a different project here at Tottenham – they absolutely are,” Sherwood told Sky Sports.”But when you look through the side, the likes of Lloris, Trippier, Rose, Harry Kane, Eriksen, Moura who comes off the bench and sometimes starts, Son, they can play in the top-four teams.”You could pretty much put them up for sale and they would go for big, big money to probably the best teams in Europe.”The only reason they aren’t title contenders in my opinion is because I’ve got such a soft spot for Man City and I think they are far and above everyone else.”
With only two weeks to go before the Sochi Olympic games, Russia’s stance on prohibiting so-called homosexual ‘propaganda’ remains a highly controversial issue. Sir Elton John has issued a statement on his impressions of the impact of this legislation.The Elton John AIDS Foundation has given over £1.3m to programmes in Russia since 2000.“I am deeply grateful for the support of the Russian people who have welcomed and accepted me in their country ever since I first visited in 1979,” said Sir Elton. “On my last visit, in December 2013, I wondered whether the new legislation banning “homosexual propaganda” might have changed that. It hadn’t. I still felt the same warmth and welcome from the audiences that I have felt every time I have been in Russia.“On that trip I met with members of the LGBT community in Moscow. Although I was still welcomed as an openly gay foreigner, I wanted to really understand at first-hand what difference the legislation had made to Russian LGBT in their own country. What I heard reinforced all the media stories that have been circling since the propaganda bill became federal law: that vicious homophobia has been legitimised by this legislation and given extremists the cover to abuse people’s basic human rights.“The people I met in Moscow – gay men and lesbians in their 20′s, 30′s and 40′s – told me stories about receiving threats from vigilante groups who would ‘cure’ them of homosexuality by dousing them with urine or beating them up. One young man was stalked outside a gay club by someone posing as a taxi driver who tried to garrotte him with a guitar string because he was a ‘sodomite’. Everyone shared stories of verbal and physical abuse – at work, in bars and restaurants or in the street – since the legislation came into force last June. And, some of the vital work providing HIV prevention information to the gay community has been labelled ‘homosexual propaganda’ and shut down.“It was very clear to me that although foreigners like myself who are visiting Russia are not affected by this new law (and President Putin has recently confirmed this), it is a very different story for those living inside the country. As Maria Maksakova told her fellow Russian MPs last month: ’We are seeing extremely negative consequences as a result of this law, with the growth of hate crimes.”“President Putin asserts that this was not the intention, but it is undoubtedly the effect that this law has had by promoting misunderstanding and ignorance. In particular, it is very disappointing that the law explicitly links homosexuality with child sex abuse, which countless studies have shown to be conclusively wrong.“The people I met in Moscow were decent, kind, patriotic men and women who had no thought of forcing their sexuality on anyone. Whatever the intention of Russia’s homosexuality and paedophilia propaganda laws, I am absolutely clear from my own personal experience that it is proving deeply dangerous to the LGBT community and deeply divisive to Russian society. I would welcome the opportunity to introduce President Putin to some Russians who deserve to be heard, and who deserve to be treated in their own country with the same respect and warm welcome that I received on my last visit.”