Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to move for Clint Dempsey and wants to play him behind Robin van Persie and Lukas Podolski, according to The Sun.Dempsey, who has scored 23 goals for Fulham this season, has frequently been linked with the Gunners as well as the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool.His contract expires next year and Fulham manager Martin Jol is hopeful the American will sign a new long-term deal at Craven Cottage.It is claimed that if Arsenal fail to land Dempsey they will go for Blackburn’s Junior Hoilett, who is one of several players being targeted by QPR.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SANTA CLARA – Last Sunday, lineman Damontre Moore was cooking and watching his 6-month-old son at his house outside of Dallas, wondering if he would ever play in the NFL again.This Sunday, he made the play that sealed the 49ers’ 36-26 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.With the Cardinals down four with 31 seconds left, Moore tracked down receiver KeeSean Johnson from behind and forced a fumble that was recovered by safety Jaquiski Tartt at the Arizona 30. The 49ers later scored …
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has been held for over 40 years, with Africa’s involvement and its interests at the heart of a dedicated annual continental forum since 1990. Here are some of the highlights from those 26 years in preparation for the forthcoming WEF on Africa to be held in Rwanda in May 2016.1990 and 1991WEF’s first Africa meeting took place in Geneva, Switzerland in 1990, featuring participants from business, government and civil society, including many burgeoning economy policymakers and business leaders from South Africa.The priority was to gain international support for South Africa’s future, as a united front featuring both Thabo Mbeki, chief economic policy maker for the African National Congress (ANC), and the National Party government’s finance minister Barend du Plessis. They took the findings of the forum on a roadshow through Africa and major international financial centres to drum up support for a smooth economic transition to a democratic South Africa.The following year, the forum held again in Geneva, took a more pointed focus on the rest of Southern Africa, with the theme “Opportunities for Growth and Development in a Southern Africa in Transition”.1992Then South African President FW de Klerk, Nelson Mandela and Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the three primary players in political and economic negotiations in South Africa, presented a united front at the 1992 WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Mandela chose the occasion to make his first speech on South Africa’s economic future under the ANC and credited the forum with inspiring his reversal of ANC policy on nationalisation of the mining industry.1993This was the first year WEF on Africa was held in Cape Town. It was also the first time many of the world’s leaders, particularly African heads of state, visited South Africa. The country remained a regular host over the next 20 years.The 1993 event saw the creation of the ten-year Global Leaders of Tomorrow initiative that heralded the emergence of new economic players out of Africa, including some of the most prominent and powerful players in African affairs today such as Cyril Ramaphosa, Patrice Motsepe and Ugandan-born Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam.1998The 1998 event, held in Windhoek, Nambia, saw the launch of the first Africa Competitiveness Report, one of the world’s most vital economic barometers.Historic video: Nelson Mandela speaks at World Economic Forum in Davos, 1999. http://t.co/ztELLsRJcF #Davos #WEF14SA pic.twitter.com/aZ2MCmQ1CA— MediaClubSouthAfrica (@MediaClubSA) January 20, 20142000WEF in Durban, hosted by then-President Mbeki, saw the emergence of his African Renaissance concept that focused on regional integration for the continent.2001The rise of social entrepreneurs, and the founding of WEF’s Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship were some of the highlights from 2001. The Schwab Foundation brought acclaimed Africa-based social enterprises to international attention.2002Almost 150 global and regional companies doing business with Africa endorsed the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).2005The WE Forum of Young Global Leaders was launched, including 16 up-and- coming African economic players, some of whom were integral to the success of the 2005 WEF Africa summit.2008Under the theme, “Capitalising on Opportunity”, the 18th WEF on Africa focused on raising the quality of leadership and education to capitalise on the growing opportunities available because of the continent’s economic growth and significant decrease in conflict.2010With the largest gathering of African heads of state and over 1 000 global economic players from 85 territories, WEF on Africa celebrated its 20th Forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, under the theme “Rethinking Africa’s Growth Strategy”. It re- evaluated global changes, such as the 2008 economic downturn, and its effects on African economies.2011The Grow Africa initiative, co-founded by the African Union Commission, Nepad and the WEF, was the hallmark of the 2011 Africa event, held in Cape Town. It focused on an African-owned, country-led, market-based and an inclusive approach to accelerating investment in sustainable growth with an emphasis on agriculture.2015The 25th World Economic Forum on Africa was held in Cape Town with the theme “Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future”.With over 1 250 participants from business, politics, civil society, academia and the media, the forum was the largest WEF event ever held in Africa due to an increased number of female participants and young, economic minds from the continent.The milestone was seen as an indication of the unprecedented levels of commitment by global private-public economies to achieving Africa’s transformation. A continuing investment of over $10-billion (about R151-billion) in the Grow Africa initiative saw the creation of almost 60 000 agriculture jobs in 12 countries.Over 8-million smallholder farmers received assistance from the programme. The WEF Africa Strategic Infrastructure Initiative has also helped accelerate 23 cornerstone projects across the continent valued at $9.7 billion (about R145-billion).Source: World Economic Forum
A BJP booth level leader was shot dead and a party worker seriously injured when unidentified miscreants attacked them in West Bengal’s Paschim Burdwan district, police said Monday.The BJP booth level president Sandip Ghosh and party worker Jaidip Banerjee were returning home after attending a meeting when they were attacked by the miscreants at Malandighi Saraswatigunj area of the district on Sunday night, they said. Banerjee has been admitted to a private hospital in Durgapur. Bijay Ghosh, the father of the deceased, said his son had told him that he was going to attend a picnic. The BJP alleged that Ghosh was killed by TMC goons. Denying the allegations, a Trinammol Congress district leader said that BJP’s internal party rivalry was responsible for Ghosh’s death.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said he would take up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the issue of persuading Pakistan to grant Indian devotees open access to more historic gurdwaras across the border.Expressing his gratitude to Mr. Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for helping realise the Sikh community’s dream of visiting the Kartarpur Gurdwara, Capt. Amarinder hoped this would be followed by more such gurdwaras in Pakistan, such as Panja Sahib and Nankana Sahib, being opened to Indian devotees.He said he would personally take up the matter with Mr. Modi and urge him to raise the issue with Mr. Khan.Capt. Amarinder acknowledged the support given by the Union government in making the historic celebrations a success and expressed happiness at the participation of people from different political parties, as a tribute to the first Sikh guru.President present President Ram Nath Kovind, who attended the celebrations, said Guru Nanak Dev tried to free people from caste and creed and ritualism by teaching them lessons of equality, brotherhood, kindness and morality. “True followers of Guru Nanak Dev Ji work for the welfare of all, live in harmony and do their job with diligence and honesty,” he said. Mr. Kovind paid obeisance at Gurdwara Ber Sahib and then went to the stage set up by the Punjab government for the celebrations. Later, he went to the other stage (pandal) set up by the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.Two stagesHowever, the setting up of separate stages for the celebrations didn’t go down well with the pilgrims, many of whom felt that the Guru’s message of ‘oneness’ was unheeded by political parties.Forty-five-year old Baljinder Singh from Patiala, who had come to the holy town for the first time, said that he was peeved at the two stages. “They [SGPC and the State government] should have joined hands and set up only one stage. Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s idea and message of ‘oneness’ has been disregarded by them,” he said.“I’ll pay obeisance at the gurdwara and return. I’ll not go any of these stages,” he added.A group of youngsters from Jalalabad in Fazilka expressed similar sentiments. “How will they [political parties] preach the message of the Guru, when they seem to be involved in their advertising through there stages and events?” said 32-year-old Daljeet Singh.Seventy-five-year-old Darshan Singh from Amritsar said: “Such division is not good for humanity. The message of unification and integration should have been sent, instead an opposite message has been conveyed.”Guru Nanak Dev had spent 14 years of his early life in Sultanpur Lodhi.
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal remained in the number one spot in the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings released on Monday.Nadal, 16-time Grand Slam champion, maintained the top spot although he lost the Shanghai Rolex Masters final on Sunday against Switzerland’s Roger Federer who came in second, reports Efe.Britain’s Andy Murray occupied the third position, while Croatian Marin Cilic jumped to the fourth.German Alexander Zverev dropped to fifth.Austrian Dominic Thiem went up one position to replace Serbian Novak Djokovic, who held the seventh spot.Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov jumped to the eighth spot, while Swiss Stan Wawrinka dropped to the ninth..@cilic_marin rises 1 spot after a @SH_RolexMasters SF run. Read & View Latest @Emirates ATP Race To London: https://t.co/g8XwUW4T0A pic.twitter.com/w2C4vLuttw- ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) October 16, 2017HALEP LEADS THE PACKFrom @ChrissieEvert to @Simona_Halep: The 25 WTA World No.1s ???! –> https://t.co/jAHCsg6DkA pic.twitter.com/DJqRe28LAu- WTA (@WTA) October 7, 2017Romanian tennis player Simona Halep continued to lead the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings released on Monday.The 26-year-old Romanian star reached the number one for the first time in her career last week to put an end to the four-week reign of Spaniard GarbiNe Muguruza, who came in second, reports Efe.There were no changes in this week’s rankings, as Czech Karolina Pliskova held the third position, followed by Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.American Venus Williams came in fifth, followed by Danish Caroline Wozniacki.advertisementThe current ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 10,465 points2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 8,5053. Andy Murray (United Kingdom) 5,2904. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 4,5055. Alexander Zverev (Germany) 4,4006. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 3,9357. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 3,7658. Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 3,5909. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 3,45010. David Goffin (Belgium) 2,885.The current WTA rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Simona Halep (Romania) 6,175 points2. Garbine Muguruza (Spain) 6,1353. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 5,6054. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 5,4655. Venus Williams (United States) 4,6426. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 4,6407. Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) 4,5108. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 3,9509. Caroline Garcia (France) 3,86010. Johanna Konta (Britain) 3,795.
Srinagar: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday paid tributes to the Kargil War martyrs at the Martyrs’ Memorial inside the headquarters of Army’s 15 Corps here. President Kovind laid a wreath at the Martyrs’ Memorial inside the Badami Bagh headquarters. He also signed the visitor’s register at the Memorial. Senior Army officers, including GOC 15 Corps Lieutenant General K.J.S. Dhillon, were present during the wreath laying ceremony. As supreme commander of the Armed Forces, President Kovind was scheduled to visit Drass town of Kargil district today to attend the 20th anniversary celebrations of Kargil victory there. However, the programme was cancelled due to bad weather.
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Conservative government unveiled a carbon-copy federal budget Monday containing modest investments to First Nations policing, reserve infrastructure and for a highway in the Northwest Territories.The budget was essentially a replay of the previous budget unveiled on March 22 which was rejected by the opposition parties and failed to see the light of day after the triggering of the last election which led to a Conservative majority government.The two main additions in this incarnation of the budget was the $2.2 billion harmonized sales tax agreement with Quebec and the beginning of the phase out of the per-vote subsidy for political parties.The undercurrent of the budget remains belt tightening, with the government projecting a return to a balanced budget by 2014-2015.The government is projecting a deficit of $32 billion for 2011-2012. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said the government planned to find about $4 billion in savings a year.The main commitments on the Aboriginal affairs file in this latest version of the 2011 budget were also highlighted in the Speech from the Throne including completion of a highway in the Northwest Territories, investments in clean energy technology, expanding adult education and supporting an Indian Affairs initiative to help bands develop and enact laws governing their reserve lands.The government is committing $150 million to finish the final leg of the Dempster Highway to link Inuvik, NT., with Tuktoyaktuk, NT., according to the 2011 budget.The budget also set aside $8 million to continue investments in clean energy technology to power remote First Nation and northern communities that currently rely on non-renewable energy, like diesel powered generators, to provide electricity.The government has committed to invest about $22 million over the next two years to upgrade fuel tanks for these power plants that supply electricity to “off-grid” First Nations communities.The government will also put $30 million over the next two years into the First Nations Policing Program to continue funding on-reserve First Nations police forces.The First Nations Land Management program, which helps First Nations communities develop and enact laws governing reserve land use, will also get about $20 million in reallocated funds, according to the 2011 budget.Basic adult education is also getting about $9 million over two years.Nunavut’s justice system will get about $4.2 million to hire new judges and prosecutors.The budget also invests $68 million to clean up federal contaminated sites over the next two years, including the Giant and Faro mines in Northern Canada.