Arsenal on top of English Premier League

first_img GREAT WEEK LONDON (AP): As title-chasing Arsenal completed back-to-back wins with ease, it took other Premier League games to provide a double-dose of late drama. Newcastle were facing ending another weekend in the relegation zone until Ayoze Perez stunned Tottenham in the third minute of stoppage time to win 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Liverpool, which lost last weekend to Newcastle, left it even later at home to West Bromwich Albion, with Divock Origi recovering a 2-2 draw in the sixth minute of stoppage time. The optimism which surrounded Juergen Klopp’s arrival as Liverpool manager two months ago has been substituted with a realism. Liverpool are five points adrift of Manchester United, which held on to fourth place despite losing at Bournemouth on Saturday, and nine behind provisional leaders Arsenal. Olivier Giroud converted an early penalty for his 50th Premier League goal, before Mesut Ozil set up Aaron Ramsey to sweep in another as Arsenal beat bottom-place Aston Villa 2-0. It was goalkeeper Petr Cech’s 169th clean sheet in the Premier League – most achieved with Chelsea – matching David James’ record. Although Arsenal’s stay at the top could be brief if Leicester beat ailing champions Chelsea, the win at Villa Park capped a good week when the odds were defied to book a place in the round of 16 in the Champions League. “I was a bit anxious today because we had given a lot on Wednesday night (at Olympiakos) and we came back very, very late,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “I knew that Villa was fighting to survive … it was a controlled performance and a great week for us. Don’t worry. I had as well a few bad weeks already. So sometimes it balances a little bit.” It’s been a good four months for north London counterpart Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs. They had not lost in the League since the opening day of the season until running into a resilient Newcastle, which ended the 14-match unbeaten run. Perez beat Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at his near post as the full-time whistle loomed, after fellow substitute Aleksandar Mitrovic had cancelled out Eric Dier’s first-half headed opener for Tottenham. “In the second half, every time we had the ball we started to make some mistakes and we give them the possibility to a right to a goal,” Pochettino said. “I think the first person that was responsible of the defeat is me.” With Newcastle out of the drop zone and up to 15th – above Chelsea – the pressure is off Steve McClaren for now. HARD WORK AND COMMITMENT “You’re only two days away from another crisis, so it’s important we keep our feet on the ground,” McClaren said. “We’ve not turned the corner … we want to be (like) this every week and that only comes on a platform of hard work, attitude and commitment and discipline.” A week after a miserable trip to McClaren’s Newcastle, Liverpool were facing a second successive loss. Although Jordan Henderson put Liverpool ahead at Anfield, Craig Dawson quickly scored an equaliser in the first half for West Brom and Jonas Olsson put the visitors ahead in the 73rd. But Henderson set up Origi to score from outside the area just when the Midlands club seemed set to take all three points. “Maybe the crowd was disappointed, but they didn’t let us feel it,” Klopp said. “We were all in the game, we were all concentrated to get this one point at the end and it felt like three. I know it’s only one, but it felt like three and in this moment there was an explosion (of emotion).”last_img read more

Trade show to boost India-South Africa ties

first_imgThe Doing Business with India conferencewill take place on the third day of the IndiaShow, giving corporate leaders from Indiaand South Africa a chance to network anddiscuss potential business opportunities(Images: Confederation of Indian Industry)MEDIA CONTACTS• Shaleen SinhaConfederation of Indian Industry+91 11 2462 9994 7RELATED ARTICLES• South Africa, Brazil cement ties• Team SA punts country at Davos• SA to strengthen ties with Britain• SA, US tighten trade relationshipNosimilo RamelaThe India Show, which runs from 29 August to 1 September 2010 in Johannesburg, looks set to strengthen trade ties between South Africa and India, while giving local businesses a taste of global export opportunities.South African President Jacob Zuma will open the show at the MTN Expo Centre in Nasrec, south-west Johannesburg.“There are good relations between South Africa and India in investment and trade, and we hope these will be strengthened,” said India’s High Commissioner to South Africa Virendra Gupta.Trade between the two countries averaged R54.5-billion (US$7.5-billion) in 2009, but India aims to increase this to R72.5-billion ($10-billion) by 2012.The country is also the biggest importer of South African coal, receiving 21.6-million tons of it a year.India’s Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and Tata Group chief Ratan Tata will lead the government-corporate mission to reach the 2012 target.Gupta said South Africa’s small and medium enterprises will benefit from the show by having an opportunity to interact with Indian businesses, which may be interested in local products and services.“We are not just selling businesses to South Africa, but linking the country’s exports to India,” he said.Major exhibition and forum on the cardsDuring the show there will be an exhibition of 54 Indian businesses representing industries such as motor, biotechnology, tractor and farm implements, agro and food processing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, mining, telecommunications, IT, power, roads and railways, and retail.The India-South Africa CEOs’ Forum will also hold its first meeting at the show on 30 August, aiming to find ways in which the bilateral trade target can be met by 2012.Sharma, in his role as India’s commerce minister, and South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies will be the main speakers at the forum. It will be co-chaired by Ratan Tata and South African mining magnate Patrice Motsepe.India’s commerce and industry ministry, together with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), will also have an exhibition at the show.Organisers have said one of the show’s highlights should be the Doing Business with India conference on 31 August, to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre. The conference will focus on infrastructure financing and regulations, and is expected to attract foreign investment.“South Africa is the gateway to Africa and this event is an amalgamation of many things with business interface,” said CII deputy director Navita Vinayak.A large delegation of corporate leaders from India and South Africa will attend and participate in the conference.Vinayak added that it would be a great networking opportunity, giving South African businesses a first-hand account of the opportunities available in India.Celebrating cultureThe commerce ministry said India would also display its “soft power” at the show to celebrate the country’s culture, cinema, fashion and cuisine. A fashion show will be held at Turbine Hall in Newtown, central Johannesburg, on 30 August featuring India’s most accomplished designers, Manish Malhotra and Satya Paul.There will also be an India Food Week for the duration of the show at the Sandton Sun Hotel’s San Restaurant.last_img read more

Mandela-inspired school ‘changing lives’

first_img25 July 2014 Until recently, many children in Mvezo village in the Eastern Cape – the birthplace of Nelson Mandela – had to drop out of school after Grade 9. This is because the village did not have a high school, which meant that children wanting to enter Grade 10 had to travel far from their homes, to neighbouring towns such as Mthatha and Idutywa. The Mandela School of Science and Technology, which opened its doors in Mvezo earlier this year, is changing all that – and more. It’s the first comprehensive science high school in the entire rural Transkei to offer subjects like engineering and information technology. And the government believes that more such schools are needed in South Africa’s rural areas. President Jacob Zuma, who unveiled a statue of Mandela’s grandfather, Prince Mandela, at the school on Mandela Day last Friday, said the government was serious about ensuring that children in disadvantaged communities were exposed to science and technology. The idea for the school was born when Madiba said he wanted a high school built near his birthplace. In 2010, telecommunications giant Siemens pledged millions of rands towards the school’s construction. School Principal Pat Toni, in an interview with SAnews, said the school had brought about many changes for the rural community. The school has four laboratories and a fully-fledged library and IT department, as well as an agricultural science department. “We have very highly qualified teachers for science and mathematics. I think what the school has brought to this village is quality education – something unfortunately that children in rural areas are not used to,” Toni said. “The community has embraced the school. We are receiving hundreds of applications and we cannot cope with the demand. Whenever we have a meeting, we have a full hall, and the support is amazing.” The school has brought opportunities that did not exist in the village before. “Science has moved from very far to just around the corner,” Toni said. The Mandela school will introduce its first Grade 12 class in 2016, and Toni said several universities have committed to grant bursaries to deserving pupils from the school. One of the beneficiaries of the school is Nothobile Mapeyi. Her granddaughter, Zukuswa, was forced to leave home to stay with her aunt in Mthatha after she passed Grade 9 in 2012. Now Zukiswa will be able to do her matric at the Mandela school, and will be staying with the family in Mvezo. “I was not happy when my child had to leave, but we had no choice because I wanted her to continue with her studies,” Mapeyi told SAnews. “Now we have this good school at our doorstep. The future is looking bright for her.” There are also overseas universities that are lining up to take matriculants from the school after 2016. “For these reasons, our emphasis is on mathematics and technology because we know the expectation is very high and we are aware that these subjects will open many opportunities for our pupils,” Toni said. He has promised a 100 percent matric pass rate from his first group of Grade 12 learners in two years’ time. “I don’t see a reason why our pupils should not perform at that level; we have everything they need for them to excel. We expect the children not only to perform ordinarily, we expect them to be broader in their research and studies,” Toni said. “We tell them they are not in an ordinary school – they are in a school that requires them to work double.” Source: read more

Cong. should explain injustice to Gujarat during its rule: Shah

first_imgAHMEDABAD: BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday criticised the Congress for the “injustice” done to Gujarat during its rule, while starting the Gujarat Gaurav Yatra from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birthplace, Karamsad.The second part of the Yatra, the BJP’s road show ahead of the Assembly elections in December, will be started from Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace, Porbandar, on his birth anniversary on Monday. “Recently, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi came to the State and questioned the Gujarat model of development. But I want to ask the Congress to explain why injustice was meted out to Gujarat generation after generation during the Congress regime,” Mr. Shah said.The rally was marked by attempts by Patidar community members to disrupt it. Mr. Shah cited instances of “injustice”, like Jawaharlal Nehru “sidelining” Sardar Patel, and Morarji Desai being denied the prime ministerial post during Indira Gandhi’s regime. “People of Gujarat want to know why the Congress has inflicted injustice on the those who were from Gujarat,” Mr. Shah said. He claimed that during the UPA regime, Gujarat was again treated unjustly as Congress president Sonia Gandhi was against the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Before the rally, Mr. Shah and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani paid tributes to Sardar Patel at his ancestral home. The Gaurav Yatra is meant to highlight the achievements of the BJP government in the State.last_img read more