Half-time: Fulham 0 Tottenham 0 – chances at both ends in pulsating derby

first_imgDimitar Berbatov, restored to the starting line-up by Rene Meulensteen, had two first-half chances to give Fulham a dream start to the new manager’s reign.During a lively opening at Craven Cottage, Jermain Defoe, in the Tottenham starting line-up for only the second time this season, had an early shot from the edge of the penalty area well saved by Maarten Stekelenburg.Spurs then had to withstand a spell of pressure and their former striker Berbatov, keen to move in January according to his agent, mis-controlled after being put through by Alex Kacaniklic, enabling keeper Hugo Lloris to gather the ball.Berbatov’s inclusion was one of seven changes made by Meulensteen.In came the likes of Giorgos Karagounis, who had a stinging shot saved by Lloris, Ashkan Dejagah and Philippe Senderos, while John Arne Riise – an outcast under sacked boss Martin Jol – was given his first start since August.The new-look team have started well and another opportunity fell to Berbatov when he was found by Pajtim Kasami’s cross, but he was denied at point-blank range by Lloris’ fine save.Fulham, who lost five matches in a row prior to Jol’s departure, again went close to scoring when an unchallenged Dejagah headed over from Karagounis’ left-wing corner.But Spurs remained a threat on the counter attack, with Paulinho and Erik Lamela both missing the target after being teed up by Defoe.Lamela then forced an excellent stop from Stekelenburg, who pushed over his 25-yard drive.Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Karagounis, Parker, Kasami, Dejagah, Kacaniklic, Berbatov.Subs: Sidwell, Ruiz, Stockdale, Duff, Taarabt, Zverotic, Boateng.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Zuma backs calls for ‘green economy’

first_img19 May 2010President Jacob Zuma has thrown his weight behind calls for “green” technologies and industries to help South Africa respond to climate change, adding that the government envisaged a new growth path involving job creation through environmentally friendly initiatives.“Through our actions, we need to respond to the notion that there is a trade-off to be made between faster economic growth and the preservation of our environment,” Zuma said at a Green Economy Summit in Johannesburg on Tuesday.“We must be able to prove that faster economic growth can be achieved alongside the sustainable management of our natural resources.”He said South Africa, as the continent’s economic powerhouse, had a responsibility to ensure that its policies and economic activities contributed meaningfully to lowering greenhouse gas emissions.Preserving the environmentThe three-day gathering, which brings together various organisations and independent climate experts, is the first to be organised by the government. It is being attended by more than 650 delegates, including invited international guests.South Africa’s economy is the largest on the African continent, and since 1994 the country has managed to position itself as a global player among other emerging markets. But the country has also come under fire for its heavy reliance on conventional energy sources such as coal.Renewable energyZuma said renewable energy was becoming an increasingly viable alternative to the energy sources that fuelled the growth of the developed world.“But for Africa to make use of its abundant renewable energy sources, it needs substantial investment, skills, technology and greater economic integration,” he said.In pursuing faster economic growth and improved service delivery, South Africa needed to find innovative ways to ensure that its consumption and production patterns were sustainable.“We look at this Green Economy Summit to describe a sustainable path for our country, bearing in mind our historical obligation to improve the living conditions of all South Africans, particularly the poor,” Zuma said.‘Green economy’ pathSpeaking earlier, Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said inputs from the summit would feed into the national plan and priority actions for a green economy path.“It will start building national consensus on the green economy path as an innovative towards sustainable consumption and production. Our move towards a green economy is part of the country’s long-term plan to grow the economy while mitigating the effects of climate change,” Sonjica said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Election politics to be discussed Oct. 3

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There has been considerable rhetoric around key issues in the upcoming presidential election, but much less analysis of their potential economic impact.Several economists from The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences hope to offer voters deeper insight into some of these issues during an Oct. 3 evening conversation, providing a critical, unbiased, non-partisan economic examination of key themes in this year’s debate.“As applied economists, our faculty are trained to look at all sides of an issue and draw informed conclusions based on sound economic reasoning,” said Tim Haab, professor and chair of Ohio State’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics. “Such unbiased information is often missing from traditional media coverage of election issues but is critical for voters to make informed decisions.”The department is hosting the discussion, “Economic Analysis of Key Presidential Election Issues,” at 6-8 p.m., on the 11th floor of Ohio State’s Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave. Community members, as well as university students, faculty and staff, are welcome.  Visitor parking for a fee is available after 4 p.m. in the nearby Neil Avenue Garage, 1801 Neil Ave.The event is free, but, all participants must register in advance atgo.osu.edu/electioneconomics.The event aims to explore topics such as the economy, jobs, trade and immigration – key topics in this year’s presidential debate – through an economic lens.“In a political environment characterized as ‘post-factual,’ this event will provide the audience with research-based evidence on some key economic issues in the upcoming election,” said Ian Sheldon, one of the presenters and lead organizer for the evening discussion. Sheldon is the Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy, and will provide an assessment of the candidates’ platforms on jobs and trade.Besides Sheldon, speakers include:* Mark Partridge, C. William Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy, who will provide an overview of the economic agendas released by the candidates.* Joyce Chen, development economist, who will discuss the effects of immigration on the domestic economy.* Jung Kim, managing director of Research and Business Intelligence at Columbus 2020, who will offer an overview of the candidates’ platforms and their the potential impact on the region’s economy.“This event is not just for the Ohio State community,” Sheldon said. “We hope many members of the central Ohio community can join this discussion, including students from nearby universities and colleges, business and nonprofit representatives, as well as those engaged in community leadership and government.”last_img read more

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‘Surf Syria’: A refugee in Lebanon finds a dream at sea

first_imgAli Kassem, a 17-year-old Syrian refugee, carries his surfboard on a beach in the town of Jiyeh, south of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on May 24, 2017.Ali Kassem had never seen the sea before he fled his home in Syria for Lebanon, but now he’s a regular in the waves and dreams of his own surf school. / AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EIDAli Kassem had never seen the sea before he fled his home in Syria for Lebanon, but now he’s a regular in the waves and dreams of his own surf school. “He’s better than some people who have been surfing for years,” he says.‘Surf Syria’A picture taken on May 24, 2017 shows 17-year-old Syrian refugee Ali Kassem surfing off the shore of the town of Jiyeh, south of the Lebanese capital Beirut.Ali Kassem had never seen the sea before he fled his home in Syria for Lebanon, but now he’s a regular in the waves and dreams of his own surf school. / AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EIDKassem has stuck with the sport, convinced it can help him “build a better life”.During the summer, he works at Amine’s school, repairing boards, welcoming customers and helping during lessons.The job provides income that helps his family, along with his father’s wages and support from the UN refugee agency.“My family really support me in surfing. They have no problem with it,” he says.“Right now I’m teaching my younger brother how to surf, and I’m going to teach my younger sister as well.”But, while Kassem says he has become used to life in Lebanon, he still dreams of returning home.His ultimate goal is “to become the first professional surfer in Syria and open a surf school in Latakia when the war is over”.Latakia is a popular seaside destination, and a government stronghold that has been largely spared the worst ravages of Syria’s conflict, which has killed over 320,000 people.The International Surfing Association does not so far count a Syrian surf school among its members, and to help Kassem achieve his goal, Amine has set up a campaign on the GoFundMe crowdfunding platform. Dressed in a purple wet suit, the 17-year-old confidently coats his board with wax and smears sunscreen on his face before dashing into the sea.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ He disappears behind one wave and another until his small figure is barely visible from the beach at all, as though he were headed for the horizon.“When I’m on my board, I feel free. I feel like I’m in another life,” the teenager says shyly at a beach in Jiyeh, 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Beirut.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKassem is from Aleppo city, though he says he remembers little from his childhood in Syria.His father has worked in Jiyeh for the past 25 years, and after Syria’s conflict erupted in March 2011, he decided to bring his family to Lebanon as well. A look at all 10 of Rafael Nadal’s French Open finals View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIEScenter_img WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Kassem has two brothers and three sisters, but speaks little about his family and his life before he became a refugee.A third brother died in the conflict, “killed in Aleppo at the beginning of the war”, he says, without giving more details.His life now is dominated by surfing.“Surfing is like an art. It allows me to express my personality,” he says, his eyes sparkling in his tanned face.“I become someone else. I have more confidence in myself.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ A makeshift boardAli Kassem, a 17-year-old Syrian refugee, waxes his surfboard before going surfing on a beach in the town of Jiyeh, south of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on May 24, 2017.Ali Kassem had never seen the sea before he fled his home in Syria for Lebanon, but now he’s a regular in the waves and dreams of his own surf school. /AFP PHOTO / JOSEPH EIDKassem’s entry into surfing came through Ali el-Amine, who became his mentor after meeting him in 2015.At the sandy Jiyeh beach, a popular spot for surfers, Amine spotted Kassem trying his luck in the waves with a makeshift board.“He was trying to surf with a piece of polystyrene he had cut into a plank shape,” says the 34-year-old, who runs a surf school in Jiyeh.“He was very thin and wearing nothing but shorts. I was afraid he would drown,” he says.But after watching for a few minutes, Amine’s fears began to recede.“He knew exactly what he was doing,” he says.Kassem had spent long hours observing surfers in the water at Jiyeh before deciding to try himself.“I didn’t know this sport existed. The first time I saw the surfers, I wanted to try it,” he says with a smile.Amine decided to take Kassem under his wing, offering him a spot at his surf school and giving him a wet suit and board “on the condition he was good in class and behaved with his parents”.And two years later, the guidance has borne fruit, says Amine, who considers Kassem like “a son”. The school project might still be far off, but Kassem already has a name for it: “It will be called Surf Syria,” he says. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

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Exciting times as Perlas Pilipinas welcomes influx of talents in biggest pool yet

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perlas Pilipinas currently has 17 players part of its national team pool for the 2019 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup and 2019 Southeast Asian Games later this year.The number is expected to grow further to 21 with four more Fil-American prospects joining the pool in July.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’m just excited. Half of the team are veterans and half are new. The ages are young which is very exciting. They have hustle and they’re eager to show that they can play,” Aquino said Tuesday after wrapping up practice at Aero Center Gym in Quezon City.Comprising what Aquino describes as the “biggest pool” he’s ever had are veterans Jack Animam, Afril Bernardino, Janine Pontejos, Clare Castro, Analyn Almazan, Cindy Resultay, Andrea Tongco, Gemma Miranda and Snow Penaranda. MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The mainstays are joined by Camille Claro and Khate Castillo, Danica Jose, Tina Deacon, Hazel Yam, Bea Daez, Eunique Chan, Ria Nabalan and Fil-American Bruin Kelli Hayes.The Fil-American Hayes, whose mother is Filipino, is a former UCLA Bruin and her arrival has brought nothing but positivity to the team.“I think Kelli is the most experienced player here in the group and her talent is really different,” said Aquino, who hopes to finally steer the team to a historic SEA Games gold this year. “She can play the one to four.”“When she arrived I thought she’s going to play as a big man but it turns out she’s a guard so she’s really big for her position which is a good thing,” said Animam, who jokingly claims Hayes is her long lost sister due to their resemblance with each other from the facial features to their built and hairstyle.Perlas leaves for Taiwan Wednesday to hold a five-day training camp where the squad plays tuneup games against top collegiate and club teams.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img View comments Buddy system: Bond between Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray showing on court Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—The influx of talent vying for a spot in the Philippine women’s basketball team is a problem that head coach Patrick Aquino would gladly welcome any day.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

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