Midfielder Jack Wilshere feels Arsenal must believe they have what it takes to last the distance in the Barclays Premier League title race. Indeed, but for a fine one-handed save from Wojciech Szczesny to palm away a dipping effort from Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell, the hosts may have even fallen behind. Wenger’s team-talk worked, though, as the Gunners upped the tempo following the restart and pushed Fulham back to defend deeper and deeper. Eventually the pressure told as, following a couple of goalmouth scrambles, Arsenal finally broke the deadlock when Wilshere’s ball across the six-yard box was despatched into the bottom-right corner by Cazorla on 57 minutes. The diminutive Spaniard soon swept home another just after the hour mark from the edge of the area. Arsenal substitute Lukas Podolski could have added a third goal, but saw an angled shot blocked and then watched as Maarten Stekelenburg touched a bullet 20-yard shot onto the post. Fulham forward Darren Bent had not been on long himself before being handed a sight of open goal when the ball bounced clear off Szczesny, but could not continue his good record against the Gunners as he stabbed wide from a tight angle. Wenger feels his men deserve great credit for the high-level displays they have produced. “I am happy with the performance of my team because we have been remarkably consistent,” said Wenger, who has played down suggestions a move was imminent for Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic. “Let’s not forget that we had a difficult start and we have shown all kind of ingredients technically, but as well mentally to respond to what happened to us at the start of the season. It was not easy.” Fulham will at least get some respite from their survival battle next week in the FA Cup fourth round at Sheffield United. Cottagers captain Brede Hangeland, recovered from a back problem which needed surgery, feels Rene Meulensteen’s men can pull clear of trouble despite their lowly position just a point outside the relegation zone. “It is real battle, but we are prepared to get enough points to stay in the league,” the Norway centre-half said. “We are playing a slightly different way now, we are very organised and all know what we are trying to do. “It is about getting that transformed into results on the pitch, and I am confident that will happen.” Press Association “We must believe. If we don’t have belief, we have no chance,” Wilshere said. “We take each game as it comes, but in the back of our head we are top of the league and we want to stay top of the league.” Wilshere accepts this season’s championship battle looks set to be the most open of recent times. “It is, there for four or five teams to take, it is that tight, if anyone drops points it can change,” the 22-year-old said. “Manchester City are very strong at home and their away form has got a lot better as well. They will be one of our main rivals, but we have to play them here still. “As long as we keep going, take it game by game we have a chance.” Arsenal took a while to break down what was stubborn resistance by Fulham at the Emirates Stadium. Apart from an early half-chance through Mesut Ozil, when his scuffed shot was hacked clear as it rolled towards the corner of the goal, Arsenal created few real openings. The Gunners maintained their slender one-point advantage over free-scoring Manchester City with a 2-0 win against Fulham at the Emirates Stadium through a brace of well-taken second-half goals from Spain international Santi Cazorla. With almost no margin for error now, Wilshere accepts confidence will play a major factor in whether Arsene Wenger’s squad can sustain what is a long-overdue assault on the championship.
Mike Ross and fit-again Marty Moore ought to tie down the tighthead roles this time out, however. Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray and Robbie Henshaw have all been included in Ireland’s initial squad, despite continuing injury issues. Racing Metro fly-half Sexton could miss the first two rounds of fixtures while completing a 12-week lay-off after suffering four concussions in 12 months. Munster scrum-half Murray is carrying a disc problem in his neck but the severity of his complaint remains unclear, while Connacht centre Henshaw is battling a “low-grade” ankle ligament injury. Ireland launch their Six Nations title defence against Italy in Rome on Saturday, February 7. Chris Henry, Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Dan Tuohy and Damien Varley have been excluded from the squad entirely and therefore ruled out of the tournament. Robin Copeland, Dave Kilcoyne, Luke Marshall, Donnacha Ryan and Andrew Trimble have been told to stay with their provinces, but could yet be called up during the competition. And now the former St Gerard’s School loose-forward has won the chance to show what he can do in front of Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Conan and Connacht’s 33-year-old prop Nathan White are the two uncapped stars in head coach Schmidt’s 46-man Six Nations training squad announced on Thursday. “He could be a natural successor to Jamie,” said McLaughlin in October, backing Conan to follow in 69-cap number eight Heaslip’s footsteps at Leinster. “We’ll have to see how he goes in the next couple of years but all the signs so far have been really positive. “He’s very young and he’s already showing really promising form.” Conan’s inclusion in Ireland’s wider squad may yield a chance to turn out for the Irish Wolfhounds against England Saxons in Cork on Friday week. Much-heralded rugby league convert Sam Burgess will accelerate his World Cup bid in England’s second-string outfit, and the likes of Cian Healy and Sean O’Brien could feature for the hosts in their continued fight back from long-term injury. New Zealand-born prop White was all set to become Ireland’s fourth-oldest debutant in November before damaging an arm tendon. Jamie Heaslip’s “natural successor” Jack Conan has jumped from Leinster debutant to Ireland’s Six Nations training squad in just 12 months. The 22-year-old number eight has already been dubbed Leinster’s next Heaslip by team-mate Kevin McLaughlin. The Under-20s graduate has already suffered and recovered from a broken ankle in his embryonic senior career. Press Association
Lesego Madumo catches up with the action, and chats to some of the protagonists, during the first Football Friday challenge match between celebrities and the media in Tshwane/Pretoria.Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 1 December 2009.
Athandiwe Sikade’s entry was an animated retelling of uMboleki, a humorous children’s story with a deeper message about how to behave appropriately in society. (Image: Nal’ibali)A seven-year-old has become South Africa’s Story Bosso after winning the Nal’ibali storytelling competition.Athandiwe Sikade of Khayelitsha in Cape Town, who is only seven, is the winner of the competition. Itis a nationwide talent search to get people of all ages excited about reading and telling stories.The competition invited members of the public to send in audio or video clips of themselves reading or telling their favourite stories.“We collected more than 2 000 submissions from across the country,” said Jade Jacobsohn, the managing director of the Nali’bali reading-for-enjoyment campaign.”Stories came in from all age groups and in all languages.“They ranged from those that made us laugh, to those that made us cry, but best of all, they showed us that a spirit of storytelling – oral, written and in many languages is alive and well, which we can use to inspire children to want to read and write.”Athandiwe is joined by two runners-up: 12-year-old Atang Makgata, who was selected for her original story, A Dream About the Enchanted Forest, and Kerrin Kokot and Jayne Batzofin who entered their bilingual story, The Lonely Frog, in English and Sign Language.The finalists each receive cash prizes, Ackermans vouchers as well as a home library with books courtesy of Exclusive Books, Bargain Books, Cambridge University Press, Jacana Media and the Save Our Seas Foundation.Jacobsohn added that while they were delighted to have discovered so many promising storytellers, Story Bosso was ultimately about helping to root a culture of reading in South Africa.“Sharing stories builds children’s knowledge, concepts, language ability and imagination. So, growing the storytelling and reading habit at home, is a perfect way to help children become motivated and curious learners with greater capacity to succeed at school,” said Jacobsohn.A STORY ON BEHAVING APPROPRIATELYAccording to Nal’ibali, competing against 14 other finalists for the title of South Africa’s first Story Bosso, Athandiwe was chosen for her spirited storytelling style and skill relative to her young age.Her entry was an animated retelling of uMboleki, a humorous children’s story with a deeper message about how to behave appropriately in society.Athandiwe received a surprise visit from renowned local author and Story Bosso celebrity judge, Sindiwe Magona, who treated her and her class to a special storytelling of her own.“In books and stories you will find all the dreams you will ever need,” said Magona.”You will find all the truth the world can give and all the fun there is for each and every boy or girl, little, or big, or somewhere in between.”Athandiwe is from Chumisa Primary in Khayelitsha, where Nal’ibali hosted one of 30 Story Bosso pop-up auditions to source stories directly from the campaign’s network of reading clubs and communities across the country.Along with its partners, Times Media, National Book Week, Jozi Book Fair, Soweto Theatre, Vodacom Teacher Centres, Mad About Art and Africa Unite, auditions were held which served as an opportunity for Nal’ibali to provide caregivers and children across the country with books and literacy materials in their home languages.Over 13 000 books and 26 500 story cards in a range of South African languages were distributed over the duration of the competition.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON (DTN) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said late Wednesday that a second trade aid package for farmers may total $15 billion to $20 billion, the latter figure $5 billion higher than President Donald Trump has suggested.In a call to reporters from South Korea, Perdue said that the $15 billion to $20 billion is the “early estimate” that USDA has made regarding lost export sales since China imposed tariffs on U.S. farm products in retaliation for tariffs that the Trump administration imposed on Chinese products.Perdue said that USDA would calculate “the legally defensible trade damage done to our producers,” give that estimate to Trump and would be “prepared to defend those amounts” to the World Trade Organization, where the United States could face charges that it has violated rules on subsidies.Perdue said he could not comment on whether the formula for providing payments to farmers would be different from the last package, in which soybean growers got $1.65 per bushel, corn growers got one cent per bushel and wheat growers got 14 cents.USDA said at the time that the level for each commodity was based on export losses and calculated with an eye toward not violating WTO rules. Corn and wheat growers complained, however, and are lobbying the administration for a different formula in the second package.Perdue said USDA is “operating conceptually” at Trump’s direction. He said he believes the last package “went well” but realizes that some farmers were not happy and said the administration would try to learn from that experience and improve on it.Perdue also said that, although Trump has talked about using a portion of tariff receipts to pay for the aid, he believes that the money will come from the Commodity Credit Corporation, as it did last time.Perdue said he is keeping Congress informed about the development of the package. He said the administration is “studying the text” of the supplemental disaster aid bill moving through Congress “to see if there is an opportunity to address trade mitigation,” but was not clear about whether the administration would need funding from Congress to make the payments.The CCC can spend $30 billion per year, and it is not known whether the CCC is bumping up against its spending cap this late in the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. Perdue said that, in any case, he should keep Congress informed because members are the “pursekeepers.”The secretary also hinted that one reason the talks with China broke down last week was that China had reneged on previous agreements to buy certain levels of U.S. commodities. Perdue said that one of the purposes of the farm trade aid package is to make it clear to Beijing that Chinese negotiators cannot use “the impact” on U.S. farmers in the negotiations.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
In one of the largest drug seizures in Manipur, the police have seized banned party drugs worth ₹400 crore in the international market from Thoubal district, a senior police officer said on Sunday. Acting on a tip-off, a police team with the help of local civil associations detained a mini-truck at the Phoudel Keirambi Makha area of Thoubal district on Saturday, Thoubal Superintendent of Police S. Ibomcha Singh said. The seized vehicle was brought to the Thoubal police station. During its search, the police recovered 40 lakh contraband amphetamine-based ‘World is Yours’ tablets, popularly known as party drug, valued at ₹400 crore in the international market, the SP said. “The red-coloured tablets were kept concealed underneath carpets in the mini truck,” Mr. Singh said, adding that the drugs were smuggled in from Myanmar. The truck driver Md. Hussain was arrested. ‘International dealer’ Based on the information provided by Hussain, police arrested Myanmarese national Kyaw Kyaw Naing from Imphal airport and two others, he said. Naing is suspected to be an international drug dealer, police said. The police had earlier busted a heroin manufacturing factory and seized 183 kg of drugs worth over ₹160 crore in international market from Moijing Awang Leikai area of Thoubal district on August 17. In June this year, the police had busted a similar drug manufacturing unit at Lilong Turel area of Thoubal district and had seized 111 kg of heroin and brown sugar worth ₹100 crore in the international market.
Kolkata: Metro Railway conducted an anti-littering drive last month in its stations last month which revealed that the number of such cases has gone down a lot.According to Metro Railway authorities, since the past few years special anti-littering driver were being carried out to prevent such nuisance practices by the passengers. During May 2018, the highest number such cases was recorded. Metro Railway had earned Rs 1.47 lakh from 576 cases at that time. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLast month, Metro Railway authorities found that the number of such cases has gone down a lot. From May 1 to May 31 only as many as 165 such cases were detected by the authorities. Fines worth Rs 42,000 have been collected. Maximum number of cases, which is 52 has been recorded in Dum Dum metro station. Metro authorities informed that adequate number of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable dustbins have been installed at all the stations to prevent littering at the platforms and the metro tracks. In spite such efforts, a section of commuters have still been littering the stations premises, trains and track beds. To prevent such nuisance activities, drives will be conducted in future as well.