Williams withdraws from Hopman Cup with knee problem

first_imgPERTH, Australia (AP):Serena Williams withdrew from the Hopman Cup yesterday because of inflammation in her left knee, a setback in her preparations for the Australian Open.Williams has been replaced by Vicky Duval in the US team for the last Group A match against the Czech Republic today. Williams withdrew ahead of her season-opening match against Ukraine on Monday, with Duval filling in for her and retired in the second set against Australia’s Jarmila Wolfe on Tuesday.Hopman Cup organisers confirmed Williams’ withdrawal yesterday. The US team is 0-2 and cannot reach the final of the international mixed team competition at Perth Arena.Williams, who won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon and got within two victories of a season Grand Slam in 2015 before losing in the US Open semi-finals, had initially been confident of returning to action in Perth.”It’s not even a bump – just a really minor thing in the road and I’ll fly over it,” Williams said after retiring against Wolfe. “I just have some inflammation that’s been going away very slowly – it’s going away but it needs a little more time.”Mainly I was afraid to move and I need to get in the space where I’m not afraid to move. Maybe a day off or two will really make the world of difference.”Williams is expected to travel to Melbourne to continue preparations for the Australian Open, which begins on January 18.- APlast_img read more

Sacrifices of the ballot box martyrs (Part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,On that most memorable but fateful day of July 16th 1973, Corporal Collins, Privates McKenzie, Layne and London (Blackie) of the GDF, along with Sergeant Ross and Police Constable Seecharran of the Police Force, accompanied Lieutenant Henry. They were armed with tear smoke grenades, respirators, steel helmets, two sub-machine guns, rifles and bayonets. Henry himself was armed with one of the sub-machine gun, Corporal Collins had the other.The PNC tugs, with all their armed might, descended on the Corentyne with the clear intention of taking full control of the ballot boxes and removing the representatives of the other three political parties from around the boxes.Bholanauth Parmanand was shot and killed in the full view of villagers. His wife and four children had to endure the death of the sole bread-winner of their home, as their loving husband and father was ripped from them in the most brutal manner possible.Young Jagan Ramessar was shot and killed, and the army threw him in their vehicle and drove him around as he was kicked and stamped upon. He was paraded around to send a message to the people in Berbice. Approximately five hours later, after he was unspeakably desecrated, he was taken to the New Amsterdam hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Ramessar, only eighteen years old at the time, was brutally murdered by the PNC; and his parents and family still cry in response to the outcome of his sacrificial demise. Parmanand’s immediate family and his friends, forty-five years later, still vividly recall the unbelievably brutal and monstrous debacle that was the 1973 RIGGED Elections.My friend Reshiram Motie and his friends tearfully recounted for me what they witnessed on that fateful day. Motie suffered a broken nose. His body was black and blue, as he was cuffed and kicked. Scores of persons were badly beaten and threatened. Families were humiliated and separated. Still alive, Reshiram Motie remains a genuine activist of the PPP, regardless of the many challenges.During the campaign before July 16th, 1973, it was clear that the PPP meetings attracted massive support, while the PNC’s had a sprinkling of people. Motie, sobbing, told me that when the Elections results were announced and the PNC was declared the winner, the people did not accept the results. Sobbing and trying to hold back his tears, Motie said the PNC terrorists continued to terrorize the Berbicians, as hundreds of people fled their homes to Suriname, while others went into hiding for weeks and months.As we honour the supreme sacrifices of these two men in the fight for free and fair elections, Motie has said he is disappointed to see some people, like Moses Nagamoottoo and Ramjattan (now fully entrenched in the bowels of the PNC/AFC cabal), joining with the criminals for opportunistic reasons….(rearing to repeat the terror of the past). Some 45 years later, Guyana is once again where we were in 1973.Guyanese must never forget that many eminent persons, such as Dr. Walter Rodney, Michael Forde and Father Darke, were also assassinated and/or murdered during the dark days of the PNC dictatorship. Today we must draw strength, unite, and work together for the return of democracy, which in a most clandestine manner was taken away from us.We must ensure that the memories of Bholanauth Parmanand and Jagan Ramessar live on in us, and let their supreme sacrifice inspire us to rally with Cheddi Jagan’s People’s Progressive Party.As we prepare for Local Government elections, let us walk the walk; campaign house to house, and ensure that every voter comes out and votes. The fight for free and fair elections in Guyana is once again at the top of our list of struggles.Let us continue to live and work for a better Guyana. Long live the memories of Bholanauth and Ramessar!Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Mutinous Kepa has full respect for Sarri after ‘misunderstanding’

first_img“At no time has it been my intention to disobey the coach or any of his decisions,” Kepa wrote in a statement issued on his Twitter feed.“I think everything has been misunderstood in the heat of the final part of the match for a title.“The coach thought I was not in a position to play and my intention was to express that I was in good condition to continue helping the team, while the docs that had treated me arrived at the bench to give the message.“I feel the image that has been portrayed was not my intention. I have full respect for the coach and his authority.”Kepa saved Leroy Sane’s penalty in the shootout, but could have done better with Sergio Aguero’s effort that slipped under his body as City retained the trophy 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw.Sarri repeatedly gestured at Kepa to come off, then began to storm down the tunnel in rage before returning to the touchline for the final minutes of extra-time and penalties.I’m not moving: Kepa Arrizabalaga refuses to come off © AFP / Adrian DENNISHowever, speaking after the match, Sarri back-tracked as he suggested it was a communication issue that caused the problem.“In that situation there was a big misunderstanding,” Sarri said.“I understood there was a problem and we needed a change. I didn’t find out until the doctor arrived to the bench after a few minutes.“It was a big misunderstanding. I understood the goalkeeper had cramp and for me he was unable to go to penalties but the problem was not cramp so he was able to go to penalties.”The controversy casts a further cloud on Sarri’s future with reports prior to the match suggesting he could be sacked if Chelsea failed to beat the English champions.“If I was in the dressing room I would expect the manager to come in and deal with it straight away,” said former Chelsea captain John Terry in his role as a TV pundit.There have been several reports that Chelsea’s players have lost faith with his methods and Kepa’s behaviour only added to that perception.The blues are languishing in sixth in the Premier League, but did put in a far more spirited display than the one that saw them thrashed 6-0 by City just two weeks ago.“After this match I have to say that I’m sure (I have the backing of the players) because they played exactly how I asked today and I am proud of my players,” insisted Sarri.“We showed to everyone we could become a very solid team. Against Manchester City is not easy so I am really very happy with my players, proud of my players.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri reacts after Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to come off © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 24 – Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga insisted he has full respect for manager Maurizio Sarri after refusing to be replaced in the final stages of his side’s League Cup final loss to Manchester City on penalties.Sarri was visibly furious when Kepa refused to leave the field after needing treatment, but the Italian coach later claimed his anger was the result of a “misunderstanding”.last_img read more

Students host raffle with prize worth over €1,200 in aid of Jigsaw

first_imgStudents from Loreto Convent are fundraising in Letterkenny Shopping Centre this afternoon for youth mental health organisation Jigsaw.They have a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 to give away and The Little Things book to sell. The laptop and accessories are worth over €1200! Tickets will be €2 for a line or €5 for 3 lines and can be bought at Letterkenny Shopping Centre.For more see their Facebook page.Students host raffle with prize worth over €1,200 in aid of Jigsaw was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JigsawLaptopletterkennyLetterkenny Shopping Centre.little thingsLORETO CONVENTRafflelast_img read more

Local students in global business contest

first_imgFour of South Africa’s brightest business minds have won the local leg of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Global Business Challenge (Image: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) MEDIA CONTACTS • Buhle Zuma   Wits University  +27 11 717 1018 RELATED ARTICLES • Meet a top social entrepreneur • Soweto tours with a twist • Media tour boosts China-Africa link • Transforming waste to wealth Wilma den HartighFour of South Africa’s brightest business minds have won the local leg of an international business competition, showing the world that the country has no shortage of entrepreneurial talent.The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Global Business Challenge (GBC) is an international business competition, designed for students around the world to showcase their business management skills and experience what it is like to be a business leader.The team of students from Wits University will travel to Sri Lanka in July to represent the country against 22 other teams from Ghana, Zambia, Russia, Australia, China, Bangladesh, Ireland and New Zealand.The competition runs in three stages, with teams first competing within their country or region and then proceeding to the global stages for the championship title.Entrepreneurship to create jobsThe Wits team’s win comes at a time when government policies continue to target job creation, fight youth unemployment, poverty and inequality.Last week the Oxford Business Group released The Report: South Africa 2012, a study about the country’s standing as an investment destination. The study notes that South Africa’s unemployment rate at 23.9%, and says it increases to above 30% when discouraged job seekers are included.The members of Team Monomatapa – Panache Chigumadzi, Simbarashe Nyatsambo, Khetinkosi Dlamini and Sizwe Nxumalo – believe that entrepreneurship is one way to address these challenges.Team leader Chigumadzi says more South Africans should start their own small businesses. “People can’t just sit around and wait for jobs,” she says.Although factors such as rigid requirements to access finance and business know-how deter young people from starting businesses, she believes that the South African business environment is the ideal platform for young entrepreneurs to polish their skills.“What makes South Africans different from developed economy entrepreneurs is our exposure to a dual economy,” she reasons.According to Encyclopedia of the Nations, South Africa has what is referred to as a dual economy – one comparable to industrialised countries and another similar to developing nations.“Our entrepreneurs understand these intricacies, which makes it easier for us to work in frontier markets,” Chigumadzi says.Keeping an eye on new marketsNew entrepreneurs should think beyond traditional markets, says Chigumadzi. South Africa’s membership of the BRICS group of developing economies will stimulate more trade, but other countries in Africa such as Rwanda and Ethiopia also offer many opportunities for business.“These are all growing and dynamic markets,” she says.Stereotypes exist about doing business in Africa, she says, but many are not accurate.Many countries in Africa have a lot to offer – according to the World Bank Rwanda is the most business and investment friendly destination in East Africa. The report ranks the country at position 45 globally, having moved up 13 places from the position it held in 2010.The World Bank Doing Business Report is considered a reliable indicator of where foreign businesses should go when seeking investment opportunities, sound judicial systems and corruption-free regimes.A team with an eye for businessSamantha Louis, CIMA’s Africa regional director, speaks highly of the Wits team. “If this is the quality of future business leaders in South Africa, I am very hopeful for a positive and dynamic future for our country,’ Louis says.Most of the team members are finishing off their B.Com-related degrees in accounting science, economics, management and finances, and all of them want to get into business.Chigumadzi says what gave their team a competitive advantage in the challenge was its diversity.“We are all from different disciplines, which made it possible to bring many different views to the business case we had to analyse,” she says. “Our approach was more holistic.”Louis says the team’s achievement is even more noteworthy as they made it through to the finals without the support of a mentor, while still keeping up with their studies.The teams are required to develop relevant recommendations and solutions to a fictitious business scenario, putting their skills and knowledge in all areas of business management to the test.This year’s case featured a television content production company.They had to prepare a 3 000 word report based on the case study, give an oral presentation and participate in a gruelling question and answer session with the judges at the end of each presentation.“I think the question and answer session clinched the deal for us because we really knew our work and gave lots of practical solutions,” she says.The competition is an ideal opportunity to meet some of the world’s top employers who are sponsoring or judging the competition, get advice from business leaders and get a chance to identify career opportunities.Four of South Africa’s brightest business minds have won the local leg of an international business competition, showing the world that the country has no shortage of entrepreneurial talent. The team of students from Wits University will travel to Sri Lanka in July to represent the country in the global finals of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Global Business Challenge (GBC) to represent the country against 22 other teams from Ghana, Zambia, Russia, Australia, China, Bangladesh, Ireland and New Zealand.  The competition is held annually and is designed for students around the world to showcase their business management skills and experience what it is like to be a business leader.It is run in three stages, with teams first competing within their country or region and then proceeding to the global stages for the championship title.Entrepreneurship to create jobs The Wits team’s win comes at a time when government policies continue to target job creation, fight youth unemployment, poverty and inequality.  Last week the Oxford Business Group released The Report: South Africa 2012, a study about the country’s standing as an investment destination. The study notes that South Africa’s unemployment rate at 23.9%, and says it increases to above 30% when discouraged job seekers are included. The members of Team Monomatapa – Panache Chigumadzi, Simbarashe Nyatsamboy, Khetinkosi Dlamini and Sizwe Nxumalo – believe that entrepreneurship is one way to address these challenges.Team leader Chigumadzi says more South Africans should start their own small businesses. “People can’t just sit around and wait for jobs,” she says.Although factors such as rigid requirements to access finance and business know-how deter young people from starting businesses, she believes that the South African business environment is the ideal platform for young entrepreneurs to polish their skills.“What makes South Africans different from developed economy entrepreneurs is our exposure to a dual economy,” she reasons. According to Encyclopedia of the Nations, South Africa has what is referred to as a dual economy – one comparable to industrialised countries and another similar to developing nations. “Our entrepreneurs understand these intricacies, which makes it easier for us to work in frontier markets,” Chigumadzi says.  Keeping an eye on new marketsNew entrepreneurs should think beyond traditional markets, says Chigumadzi. South Africa’s membership of the BRICS group of developing economies will stimulate more trade, but other countries in Africa such as Rwanda and Ethiopia also offer many opportunities for business.  “These are all growing and dynamic markets,” she says. Stereotypes exist about doing business in Africa, she says, but many are not accurate.  Many countries in Africa have a lot to offer – according to the World Bank Rwanda is the most business and investment friendly destination in East Africa. The report ranks the country at position 45 globally, having moved up 13 places from the position it held in 2010.The World Bank Doing Business Report is considered a reliable indicator of where foreign businesses should go when seeking investment opportunities, sound judicial systems and corruption-free regimes.A team with an eye for businessSamantha Louis, CIMA’s Africa regional director, speaks highly of the Wits team. “If this is the quality of future business leaders in South Africa, I am very hopeful for a positive and dynamic future for our country,’ Louis says. Most of the team members are finishing off their B.Com-related degrees in accounting science; economics, management and finances, and all of them want to get into business. Chigumadzi says what gave their team a competitive advantage in the challenge was its diversity. “We are all from different disciplines, which made it possible to bring many different views to the business case we had to analyse,” she says. “Our approach was more holistic.” Louis says the team’s achievement is even more noteworthy as they made it through to the finals without the support of a mentor, while still keeping up with their studies. The teams are required to develop relevant recommendations and solutions to a fictitious business scenario, putting their skills and knowledge in all areas of business management to the test. This year’s case featured a television content production company. They had to prepare a 3 000 word report based on the case study, give an oral presentation and participate in a gruelling question and answer session with the judges at the end of each presentation.“I think the question and answer session clinched the deal for us because we really knew our work and gave lots of practical solutions,” she says. The competition is an ideal opportunity to meet some of the world’s top employers who are sponsoring or judging the competition, get advice from business leaders and get a chance to identify career opportunities.last_img read more

The community of Hout Bay reclaims its shared social spaces

first_imgBrand South Africa through its Constitutional awareness campaign #InspiredByMyConstitution, aims to ensure that the values enshrined in the widely admired constitution, are indeed a lived experience by all parts of society.On Friday, 01 March 2018, Brand South Africa in collaboration with its Play Your Part ambassador, Imraan Christian were in the community of Hout Bay in the Western Cape to reclaim shared social spaces through art.The activation was hosted at Salamander Park in Hout Bay with the community’s children out in their numbers to creatively express in their social spaces.“Many parks in South African communities, have been widely prone to house social ills and misuse. It was, therefore, a significant gesture to creatively reclaim this space for what it’s intended for, this includes constructive social interaction, artistry and youth development”, said Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager for Government, Ms Toni Gumede.The day began with a pop quiz to the youth that was to engage the youth in understanding what positivity means for their community, on the importance of being active citizens and knowing their rights which challenged the children to express themselves in dance and art.Speaking on how the event was received; Play Your Part ambassador Imraan Christian said; “it was a huge success and overwhelming to see so many young people coming together to reclaim their space through art, seeing their talent and their togetherness was inspiring.”Imraan further emphasised that we all have responsibility for positive change, “do what you can, positive acts no matter how small have a ripple effect that can really affect not only our own world but the greater world.”The Brand South Africa constitution awareness programme intends to foster an appreciation for the Constitution and the role that it plays in our individual lives as well as its impact on society as a whole.“Brand South Africa is promoting freedom of expression through art and social cohesion through constructive use of shared community spaces” adds Ms Gumede.Join in the conversations #InspiredByMyConstitution @Brand_SA or @PlayYourPart to learn more.last_img read more

Thapa quits GJM over BJP candidate in Darjeeling

first_imgThe Bimal Gurung faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha suffered another jolt on Sunday night with senior leader Swaraj Thapa quitting the party. Mr. Thapa, who was also the GJM spokesperson, said he was quitting to protest “against the idea of foisting a rank outsider as candidate for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat”. The candidate has no knowledge or interest about Darjeeling, he claimed. The BJP had announced the name of Raju Singh Bista, a businessman, from the constituency.GJM’s support is crucial to win in Darjeeling and for decades the BJP has been getting it. But earlier this month, GJM said it “would support the BJP but not the sitting MP, S.S. Ahluwalia”. Eventually, the BJP replaced Mr. Ahluwalia, but Mr. Bista’s name has caused more unrest. Mr. Thapa also accused the GJM leadership of failing to resist BJP’s pressure to “foist anybody and anyone” on them and the people of Darjeeling.last_img read more

10 months agoVitesse coach Slutsky reveals Musonda ‘bitter setback’

first_imgVitesse coach Slutsky reveals Musonda ‘bitter setback’by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVitesse coach Leonid Slutsky has virtually wrote off the season of Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda.On-loan at the Eredivisie outfit, Musonda has been missing since September with a knee injury – and Slutsky admits his recovery hasn’t gone to plan.”It does not look good,” he said.”Musonda will now be fit again at the earliest in February. But beware: then he has to be trained again to become a match fit. Then we talk about the end of March. “And then everything has to go as expected.”For all of us this is a bitter setback.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

19 days agoKurt Zouma: Chelsea kids play with no fear

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kurt Zouma: Chelsea kids play with no fearby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKurt Zouma says Chelsea’s young team are still adjusting to eachother’s games.Zouma is relatively new to this particular Chelsea side, which he acknowledges is a work in progress.”We are improving a lot,” the central defender told chelseafc.com. “Last year there were some players out on loan who have come back, like me, so you need time to settle everything. We are getting better and better.”The young guys are here to bring something new, and the older guys are here to calm things down, stop the young guys getting too excited too quickly, and give advice on dealing with the pressure. We have a very strong team because we have that mix. It can be good for everyone.”We have a very young squad but they are talented at the same time. You can see all the guys, Fikayo, Tammy, Mason, Reece who started his first game, have no fear. They just play their football.”All the guys are ready to give advice and help. We are a team. For me they are ready to compete in every game. They will be very important to help the team keep going forward. They have the quality and you can see from the way they’re playing they’re doing very well.”We have a good mix of young and old, everybody speaks to everybody.” last_img read more