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QPR may miss out on target

first_imgQPR boss Mark Hughes’ hopes of signing Chris Samba in the summer could be about to disappear.Rangers failed with two bids for the centre-back during the January transfer window and were expected to try again at the end of the season.Hughes was keen to sign Samba.But several of today’s newspapers include a story that Samba, who played under Hughes at Rovers, may be sold to Anzhi Makhachkala before the Russian transfer deadline.A number of papers also follow up Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas’ comment that club owner Roman Abramovich asked him about his team selection after the midweek defeat against Napoli.Villas-Boas left Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Michael Essien out of his starting line-up for the game.The Sun cover the story with the headline ‘Why did you drop them?’Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph suggest Jose Mourinho may return to Chelsea – if he apologises to Abramovich for wringing £18m compensation out of him when he left Stamford Bridge in 2007.And The Daily Mail say Villas-Boas wants to offer Salomon Kalou a new £80,000-per-week contract.Kalou’s current deal expires at the end of the season and he is said to want assurances that he is likely to get regular first-team football.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Latest: Wigan 0 QPR 0

first_imgQPR made a solid start to the Championship play-off semi-final first leg at the DW Stadium, where Armand Traore and Junior Hoilett were both named in the starting line-up.Wigan’s only early chance fell to Gary Caldwell, who headed straight at keeper Rob Green from Jordi Gomez’s cross.At the other end, Gary O’Neil had an effort blocked after being set up by Charlie Austin.Roared on by more than 3,000 travelling fans, Rangers have so far defended in numbers when needed and looked to hit on the counter-attack when possible. Wigan: Carson, Caldwell, Maloney, Gomez, McManaman, McArthur, Boyce, Beausejour, Perch, Kiernan, Fortune. Subs: Al Habsi, McClean, Espinoza, Barnett, Maynard, Waghorn, Collison. QPR: Green, Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Hoilett, Barton, O’Neil, Traore, Morrison, Austin. Subs: Murphy, Carroll, Yun, Doyle, Hughes, Henry, Kranjcar.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Lefika La Phodiso: Healing through art

first_imgMathiba MolefeAt Lefika La Phodiso’s open studio sessions, along with the many other group sessions the organisation runs, youth can express themselves in a safe, non-judgemental environment. (Image: Lefika La Phodiso, via Facebook)The visual arts, while not the first thing to come to mind when you think of therapy, have huge potential in promoting social well-being and dealing with some of the hardships faced daily by some South Africans.By tapping into this potential and making art therapy more accessible to those who can benefit from it, Lefika La Phodisa Art Therapy Centre hopes to address some of the issues facing South Africans.“It’s got nothing to do with being able to draw; it’s got nothing to do with having a talent of representing what you see,” explains Andy Cohen, one of the community art counsellors at Lefika La Phodiso. “It’s about representing what you feel, and it’s about the process.”Art is an exciting approach to therapy, partly because it has the ability to overcome boundaries of language, culture and class, while also allowing each individual to express themselves in a space that is nurturing and free of judgement.To spread the benefits of arts therapy countrywide, Lefika La Phodiso offers training to aspiring therapists. In exchange, these therapists dedicate some of their time to youth and community centres working with Lefika.THE AIM OF TRAINING“I think, especially with Lefika, we work with a lot of disadvantaged kids who come during open studio or one of the many other groups that we run,” says Humbu Nsenga, one of the many community art counsellors working with Lefika La Phodiso, the rock of holding.“When they do come and express themselves and they come to a place where you feel safe and you’re not being judged, and we give them a place to relate to adults in a different way.”To spread the benefits of arts therapy countrywide, Lefika La Phodiso offers training to aspiring therapists. In exchange, these therapists dedicate some of their time to youth and community centres working with Lefika.By giving people the necessary training and expertise to be counsellors, Lefika La Phodiso hopes to empower them to make a difference in their own communities.“I think, for me, it’s a way that I can use my form of communication to empower other people to use it as well in a helpful way,” explains Kamal Naran, another community art counsellor.Dr Hayley Berman, an art psychotherapist and clinical director at Lefika La Phodiso, began her work following her return to South Africa after completing her studies in the UK. This was before Nelson Mandela was elected as president.“There was a lot of work to be done, particularly in areas most affected by violence. So a lot of my work was based there and it was from there that the need became absolutely apparent around people needing to do more of what art therapy can offer.”Watch Derek Fowler Productions – Lefika La Phodiso – The Art Therapy Centre:GET INVOLVEDLefika La Phodiso often hosts volunteers from South Africa and abroad and encourages those who are serious about making a contribution to join the organisation.If you are interested in taking part in Lefika’s activities and feel you are ready to learn more about what goes into art therapy, you can have a look at its collaborate page on its website to find out more.The therapy centre extends the same invitation to organisations that either are, or are looking to align themselves with Lefika’s objectives to ensure sustainability and effectiveness. If your organisation is interested in joining forces with Lefika La Phodiso, visit its collaborate page for more information.Like many organisations working for the benefit of those in need, Lefika La Phodiso relies on the generosity of individuals and corporations to help it meet the cost of operation. If you would like to make a donation to the cause, visit the collaborate page for its banking details.Donations of equipment and other resources are also welcomed; there is a wish list of the most urgent needs on the website.PLAY YOUR PARTEveryone can make a positive difference in their own way. How are you working to support the development of those less fortunate?Are you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through your everyday actions? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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Brand South Africa encourages citizens to exercise their constitutional Right and Register to vote

first_imgSouth Africa’s Bill of Rights preserved in the Constitution is the cornerstone of respecting the rights of all people living in the country. This is an enduring affirmation of the democratic values for human dignity, equality and freedom – Bill of Rights, Chapter 2.The year 2019 marks South Africa’s 25th year of freedom and democracy. It is for this reason that citizens are encouraged to exercise their constitutional right to participate in the upcoming national elections and register to vote.The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is calling on the public to check their registration status at the nearest voting station between the 26 – 27 January 2019, or online to ensure that all citizens are able to vote.More info at http://www.elections.org.za/regweekend/ Brand South Africa through its Constitutional awareness campaign #InspiredByMyConstitution, seeks to ensure that the values enshrined in the widely admired constitution, are indeed a lived experience by all parts of society. Join in the conversations follow @Brand_SA or @playyourpartsa and #InspiredByMyConstitution to learn more.last_img read more

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Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for animated short ‘Dear Basketball’

first_imgGoogle honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Padda doesn’t regret benching star players early vs UE Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City The 39-year-old sports superstar believed the nomination validated that he could succeed off the court.“As basketball players, we’re told to shut up and dribble,” Bryant said on stage. “I’m glad we did a little bit more than that.”He thanked his wife, Vanessa, and his three daughters, naming each of them. He spoke a few words of Italian — a language he learned as a child growing up in Italy — and closed by telling them, “You are my inspiration.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Kobe Bryant poses in the press room with the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball,” during the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWNLOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant is a winner in retirement, too.The former Los Angeles Lakers star won an Oscar in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” a poem he wrote after ending his 20-year career on the court in 2016.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img He’ll add it to an already jammed trophy collection that includes five NBA championships with the Lakers, two Olympic gold medals, NBA Finals most valuable player awards, a league MVP award and four All-Star game MVP awards.As executive producer, Bryant accepted his golden Oscar statue from “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill on Sunday night. He shared the award with Disney animator Glen Keane.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAmong those offering their congratulations via Twitter were Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Bill Russell and Shaquille O’Neal, Bryant’s former Lakers teammate who admitted, “I’m jealous lol.”Since hanging up his basketball shoes, Bryant has delved into business (a new Nike shoe) and various forms of storytelling. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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India will soar high if Pakistan stoops low

first_imgNew York: India will soar high if Pakistan stoops low by raking up the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly session, India’s top envoy to the United Nations has asserted, warning that Islamabad which mainstreamed terrorism in the past may mainstream hate speech now. With an anticipated rant by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Kashmir during the UNGA session on September 27, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said “poison pens” don’t work for too long. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkKhan has repeatedly vowed that he will “forcefully” raise the issue before the international community during his address to the UNGA. “We explained to you what is our approach and what is our orientation and how we are working very differently from our previous experiences. But there may be somebody who is wanting to bring an issue which they have raised before…Your question further is that what if they become more shrill, what if they raise it in a much more sharper manner,” Akbaruddin said at a press conference here on Thursday. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenHe was responding to a question on whether he expects Kashmir to be raised during the UN General Assembly session and how will India tackle it. “What you’re telling me is that it will be more of the same, much more of the same from the side of one country. If that is so, what is our response? So let me put it this way.That it is for every country to determine its trajectory of how it wants to approach global platforms. There may be some who stoop low. Our response to them is we soar high. They may stoop low; we soar high,” he said. Akbaruddin, who laid out the focus and priorities of Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he arrives for the 74th UN General Assembly session, said a plethora of plurilateral and bilateral engagements and meetings next week highlight the examples of how India will soar higher.last_img read more

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New York Game of Thrones author GRR Martin says

first_imgNew York: ‘Game of Thrones’ author GRR Martin says the final season of the epic fantasy HBO show was “not completely faithful” to his book series, ‘A Song of Fire And Ice’ on which it was based. The remark comes hot on the heels of the eighth and final chapter of ‘GOT’ winning the outstanding drama series Emmy, including an individual trophy for Peter Dinklage in the supporting actor in drama series category. “The (final) series has been… not completely faithful. Otherwise, it would have to run another five seasons,” Martin told Fast Company magazine. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerThe loss in a book-to-screen adaptation can be “traumatic”, the author admitted. “Because sometimes their creative vision and your creative vision don’t match, and you get the famous creative differences thing – that leads to a lot of conflict,” he added. ‘GOT’ showrunners David Benioff and Dan B Weiss were called out for below par script writing and poor portrayal of women in the last season, resulting in lakhs of fans across the world sign an online petition urging the network to redo the final chapter, which ended in May.last_img read more

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Washington DC China seeks to mould world in line

first_imgWashington DC: China seeks to mould world in line with its authoritarian model and national goals, a top Pentagon official said on Tuesday, voicing concerns that Beijing has grown more prone to force other countries, ignoring the frictions in pursuit of its vision. Observing that China, under the leadership of the its President Xi Jinping has a different vision, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo Pacific Security Affairs Randall Shriver told a Washington audience that Beijing is increasingly developing the tools to pursue its vision and seems willing to accept more and more friction in pursuit of that vision. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportWe are competing with China, therefore, because we see China’s leaders have assessed that they are in competition with us, both our ideas and our capabilities. Globally, China seeks to shape a world consistent with its authoritarian model and national goals, Shriver said during his appearance at the Brookings Institute, a top American think-tank. The rule of the Chinese Communist Party is increasingly authoritarian and less respectful for human rights and dignity, he said and alleged they are even beginning to export some of these tools such as facial recognition software and nationwide surveillance capabilities to other countries who are learning from China’s governance model. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsWe are concerned that China has grown more willing, as I said, to apply pressure against other countries and accept friction in pursuit of its vision, he said. We observe China using influence operations to interfere in domestic politics of other countries, undermining the integrity of elections and threatening internal stability using economic coercion, and we’ve seen certainly recent examples in countries such as Mongolia, Australia, and Canada, he said. Shriver accused China of “promoting state-sponsored theft of other nations’ military and civilian technologies and exporting the most effective tools from its domestic toolkit to other nations for surveillance and potential use for internal repression”. “We see them extending its military presence overseas and expanding the one belt one road initiative to include military ties with China. We see deploying advance weapon systems to militarise disputed features despite pledges at the senior most level that they would not do so, he added. Noting that China seek to be a world-class military by 2049, and are making progress toward that goal, he said the Pentagon views military developments in China as seeking to erode the US military advantages. They are working to become a preeminent power in the Indo Pacific region while simultaneously undertaking plans to expand overseas presence and develop capabilities to sustain operations further from Chinese shores, he said. We see China widening the PLA’s operational reach to match what its leaders consider to be the global nature of China’s economic and national interest, he said, adding that press reports indicate that China has sought to expand its military basing and access in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the Western Pacific. Xi Jinping himself has called for the completion of a security system for OBOR to strengthen, protection of its overseas interest to ensure the security of major overseas projects and personnel, said the Pentagon official. China’s defense minister has also cited OBOR as a framework for China to increase its military cooperation with other countries, Shriver said. While our competition with China takes place on various levels, at the most fundamental and basic level, what we are really competing for is to sustain a position within the regional and international system, which allows us to promote, support, and protect a liberal rule-based order, whose institutions, rules, and norms have fostered peace for decades, he said. Shriver sad that all of this matters to the US because if China were to be successful and its authoritarian approach were to become ascendant, the world could look much different.last_img read more

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New Delhi Over a year after the lending major IL

first_imgNew Delhi: Over a year after the lending major IL&FS started defaulting on its commmercial papers and the massive corporate rot came to the fore, the cash balance of the group stands at over Rs 5,300 crore. The one year progress report of resolution and restructuring of crisis-hit group, released on October 1, said that the the board under Uday Kotak is building a “cash conservation culture” and has significantly increased the cash balance of the group. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraHighlighting the increase in cash reserve, the report said: “Building cash conservation culture – significant increase. (As of) August 31, 2019 balance > Rs 5,300 crore.” There seems to be a major jump in cash reserves as, according to the balance sheet of the group for the financial year 2017-18, under its tainted previous board, its cash and cash equivalents stood at Rs 2,407.29 crore as of March 31, 2018. IL&FS, in its progress report, also said that it has expedited the recovery of loans made to non-IL&FS group entities and so far Rs 1,200 crore has been recovered from such firms. It has rationalised its expenditure and its wage bill has reduced by 45 per cent. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysIt further said that resolution plans for all its 302 entities are ready and so far, debts of Rs 36,400 crore have been addressed. Three entities with a total debt of Rs 5,100 crore have been successfully restructured, the progress report mentioned. The group and its entities have a total external debt of Rs 94,216 crore. Speaking to the media here on Tuesday, the Non-Executive Chairman of IL&FS said that the board is confident on restructuring or resolving 50 per cent of the total debt. “We should be able to recover, restructure and/or resolve… which includes green companies as well… We believe that we should be above the 50 per cent mark… We are quite confident that we should cross 50 per cent based on our best estimates and judgements,” Kotak said. Public process has been launched for 65 entities including 54 domestic and 11 international entities and the public process for 11 others will be launched soon. Regarding the challenges in the asset monetisation process, the presentation said that large number of simultaneous processes, lack of centralized database, delay in audited accounts are among the major challenges. It also described the external economic environment as a challenge. It also mentioned the ‘coercive” creditor actions such as auto debit, and non-creation of FDs in contravention of court orders and said that a formal appr oval for resolution framework is awaited. It said that the new board has navigated through complexity and developed resolution plan for all 302 entities and the going concern status has been maintained to preserve value for all stake-holders. The board has formulated a unique resolution framework to balance interests of all stake-holders, it added.last_img read more