Vertonghen and Alderweireld are yesterday’s men amid Spurs’ defensive woes

first_imgTHEY were once the most solid central defensive pairing in the Premier League.But now Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen suddenly look like yesterday’s men.6 Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen looked dodgy again, with Harry Winks and Danny Rose the miserable men in the middle hereCredit: Getty – Contributor6 Abdoulaye Doucoure hails his early opener for struggling Watford at TottenhamCredit: PA:Press Association6 France U-21 midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure arrives at the right time to put Watford in front, with Spurs all at seaCredit: AFP or licensorsMaybe it is just as well for Tottenham the pair are both out of contract at the end of the season.The worry for Spurs fans, given their club’s appalling recruitment record, is who will replace the Belgian duo.But given the way they performed against rock-bottom Watford it surely should not be too difficult to bring in better.There is no doubt they have been outstanding in their time.But their form, like the time remaining on their contracts, is dropping drastically.JAN SAVED BY VARAlderweireld was caught on heels for Abdoulaye Doucoure’s sixth-minute opener.And Vertonghen, whose positioning left a lot to be desired again, was fortunate VAR John Brooks decided not to rule a stonewall penalty against him for a blatant foul on Gerard Delofeu just before the break.Admittedly they were not helped by playing the first half alongside Davinson Sanchez in a back three which just invited the Hornets to attack them.The clumsy Colombian has all the balance of a baby giraffe and hardly inspires confidence.That is why Tottenham’s new defensive heroes will be have to be signed rather than developed.6 Harry Kane bemoans the plight of Tottenham as the Hornets held themCredit: Reuters6 Jan Vertonghen cannot believe it after Spurs fell behind after just six minutes and only equalised late onCredit: Getty Images – Gettymost read in footballTO CATCH A CHEATFurious wife beats and strips her husband’s suspected mistress in the street – but crowd does nothingWORMS FEARSHas your child got threadworms? Here’s the symptoms – and how cure themTAKING THE PISSDisgusting man PEES from airport seat in front of shocked passengersMIND BLOWINGThe rudest hotel room sign ever? Optical illusion has internet in hystericsExclusiveBRIDE AND GLOOMInfamous Don’t Tell The Bride couple reveal what REALLY happens on the showTEST ON ENTRYTourists arriving in Majorca and Ibiza may get coronavirus test at airportNot so long ago it was widely believed Spurs’ biggest concern was finding a striker able to play alongside or instead of Harry Kane.Now an even bigger concern must be bringing in a couple of replacements for the Belgian Statler and Waldorf at the back.Because to paraphrase the Muppet Show curmudgeons: “They were not half bad against Watford, they were all bad!”6 Tottenham show their dejection after the shock Watford openerCredit: ReutersTottenham boss Pochettino risks fans’ wrath by ruling out January transfer spending spree despite woeful formlast_img read more

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Human Rights Day 2019: Youth standing up for human rights

first_imgDear Editor,The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948, envisioning a world where “all members of the human family” enjoy “freedom, justice, and peace in the world.” These efforts are the responsibility of the state, but no Government can do it on their own. This is a call for youth involvement in the pursuit of human rights. Young people represent the majority of most developing countries’ population, where we are often directly exposed to the effects of climate change, conflict, exclusion or economic instability. Moreover, in many parts of the world, it is still difficult for youth to garner a place in the decision-making processes. In Guyana, young people under the age of 35 make up at least 65 per cent of the population.Despite these challenges, every day, young people stand up for rights and against racism, xenophobia, hate speech, bullying, discrimination and other forms of human rights violations. We also take a lead role in many areas – including advocating for climate action. On Human Rights Day, we recognise the leadership and courageous efforts of “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights” in light of this year’s theme. The aim is to celebrate the potential of youth as productive agents of change, magnify their voices, and involve a comprehensive range of global audiences in the protection and promotion of human rights. The contribution of our youth is invaluable.Youth participation is essential to achieve sustainable development for all. Involvement in public life is an essential principle of human rights. Young people are pursuing involvement in decisions that have a direct and indirect impact on their lives and wellbeing. We need to be heard to inform current decision-making and realise sustainable development for all people.Youth can play a crucial role in positive change. Young people are the key drivers of political, economic and social revolution. We are at the forefront of grassroots mobilisation for positive change and bring modern ideas and solutions for a better world.Empowering youth to better know and claim their rights will generate benefits globally. Regularly, young persons are marginalised because of our age. Safeguarding our human rights and empowering us to better know and claim them will generate benefits at country, regional and global levels.On this Human Rights Day, let us commit as individuals and organisations to doing all that we can to guarantee that young people have safe and inclusive spaces and can contribute in all decisions that have an influence on our wellbeing and our communities’ development.Yours faithfully,Sarah Bovell,Human RightsCoordinator,Guyana’s SocietyAgainst SexualOrientationDiscrimination(SASOD Guyana)Kobe SmithPresident, YouthAdvocacy Movement(YAM), GuyanaResponsibleParenthoodAssociation (GRPA) alast_img read more

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Big Oil and Gas rights sale

first_imgB.C.’s ailing economy got a major boost yesterday from the October sale of oil and gas land rights. The biggest sale this calendar year, it resulted in slightly more than $370 million in bonus bids, which is more than the previous nine months combined.  The sixth largest monthly sale on record, it also pushed the calendar year-to-date total, to just over $700 million.In addition, it was the second-highest per-hectare sale in B.C. history, with the 58 parcels sold covering just over 65 thousand hectares, making the average per-hectare price $5,625.- Advertisement -Four drilling licences about 20 kilometers north of Hudson’s Hope, went for more than $201 million, with bids running as high as $18,650 per hectare.  The sale more than doubled the sale of last October, which totalled just under $152 million. However, with just two monthly sales left in the calendar year, it’s still unlikely the 2009 total will be anywhere near the 2008 record of $2.66 billion.last_img read more

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First ever MOU signed in FSJ

first_img– Advertisement -A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the city of Fort St. John and the Doig River First Nation.The MOU is the first one to be signed in the Peace Region and could open the door for further agreements between the city and other First Nations groups in the area.Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz says he believes the signing means the city will be able to move forward into the future to create better partnerships.[asset|aid=3106|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=92784d0939ed827d9c4818454b80de38-Lantz – MOU_1_Pub.mp3] Diane Able, a representative of Treaty 8, says they support the MOU and believes it will be a beneficial relationship for both communities.Advertisement [asset|aid=3107|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=92784d0939ed827d9c4818454b80de38-Able – MOU_1_Pub.mp3] Chief Norman Davis of the Doig River First Nation says the MOU will help in the establishment of an urban reserve.The urban reserve would be an area of land adjacent to the city boundary, in which the aboriginal community would contribute financially to the city and receive the benefits of some of its services.Davis says this would be applicable for some of the Doig River members who choose to live in the area to go to school or to work. He says this would probably occur by Fall 2011.Advertisement Photo: (From Left) Chief Norman Davis of the Doig River First Nation, Doig River Councillor Gerry Attachie, and Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz, sign the first-ever Memorandum of Understanding in the Peace region. MLA for Peace River North Pat Pimm says the signing of the MOU is a step forward for cooperation between the government and First Nations people. [asset|aid=3108|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=92784d0939ed827d9c4818454b80de38-Pimm – MOU_1_Pub.mp3] He added that signing the MOU would help create tangible opportunities for First Nations, as well as for industry and the province.The Fort St. John city council was in attendance at the signing. As well, other representatives from around the Peace River region attended, including Diane Able, a Treaty 8 representative, the Mayor of Chetwynd Evan Saugstad, and Director of Area C Arthur Hadland.last_img read more

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RCMP encourages citizens to record serial numbers of valuables

first_imgAfter responding to a number of instances where break and enters and thefts have occurred, it’s been noted that few people record the serial numbers of their possessions. RCMP note that if the serial number, make and model of an item are not recorded, there is no way to track the items back to the original owner  if police make a discovery.Any item such as computer, television, bicycle, firearms and sporting equipment should have all of the appropriate information documented. In the case that an item is taken, if the appropriate information is given to police, it is stored in a database with the hope that it will be eventually found.- Advertisement -The practice is also beneficial to police as recovered property with recorded serial numbers as stolen is often a strong piece of evidence that could possibly lead to the conviction of a suspect.last_img read more

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Massoud brace dumps Sofapaka out of GOtv Shield

first_img0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks defender Pau Kamau and striker Massoud Juma celebrate a goal against Sofapaka in a GOtv Shield round of 16 match at Nyayo Stadium on July 23. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 23- Massoud Juma’s two second half goals helped Kariobangi Sharks thrash Sofapaka 3-1 at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday, dumping the three-time GOtv Shield champions out of the tournament in the round of 16.Batoto ba Mungu will have only themselves to blame after missing countless chances in the first half and were punished by a determined Sharks side which has been on a roll, failing to lose a single match since late April. Juma struck twice in a space of 30 minutes, adding on to Paul Kamau’s first half goal as William Muluya’s men kept their hope of reaching the final alive.Umaru Kassumba scored Sofapaka’s goal in the 87th minute, but it was only consolation as the damage was already done.Goal keeper George Opiyo, standing in for the absent Mathias Kigonya who is away in Spain with the KPL All-Star team gifted Sharks with opening goal just two minutes to half time when he drifted off his line way above the 18-yard box.Kamau, playing his third match this season simply lifted the ball over the advancing Opiyo, punishing Sofapaka for all their missed chances.Sofapaka had found space inside the Kariobangi Sharks box on numerous occasions, but they could not get the right formula to break the deadlock.Michael Oduor had the first attempt for the 2014 champions in the seventh minute, noticing Sharks keeper Robert Mboya off his line, but his attempt from close to the halfway line was wide.On the other end, Massoud Juma’s ferociously curled freekick from the left was well saved by Opiyo for a corner that wasn’t put into good use.Sofapaka continued to dominate the early proceedings and Ezekiel Okare had a golden chance when he was picked out by Oduor unmarked inside the box but he was too quick to make an attempt at goal, Mboya making an easy catch.Kariobangi Sharks midfielder Elli Asieche vies for the ball with Sofapaka’s Abdulatiff Omar in a GOtv Shield round of 16 match at Nyayo Stadium on July 23. PHOTO/CourtesyIn the 21st minute, Sharks built up play beautifully with Mathew Tayo backheeling the ball for Juma at the edge of the box, but Sofapaka midfielder Hillary Echesa backtracking managed a superb tackle to pluck the ball off Juma’s feet as he went for the trigger.Sofapaka had more chances to score, but they seemed to be off the mood. In the 29th minute, Umaru Kasumba picked out Oduor with an incisive through pass, but the midfielder’s effort at goal was wide.In the 33rd minute, Sofapaka had an even better chance when Willis Ouma’s lofted ball from deep in defense found Okare, but the forward took too much time with the ball, the Sharks defense managing to poke it off.It fell on Kassumba who once again failed to act on it first time and was challenged as he went to pull the trigger, the Ugandan forward bungling over with the entire Sofapaka team crying for a penalty.They were punished for the missed chances two minutes to the break when Kamau simply lifted the ball over the advancing keeper who was way off his line trying to claim a long ball.In the second half, Sharks came in with more vigor and it only took them seven minutes to double their lead. Juma picked up a superb long range pass from Kamau, lifting the ball over the advancing Opiyo.Sofapaka’s Ezekiel Okare attempts to lob the ball over advancing Kariobangi Sharks keeper Robert Mboya during a GOtv Shield round of 16 clash at Nyayo Stadium on July 23, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe goal drew in a punch in Sofapaka’s balloon and they deflated with Sharks picking up. Three minutes after they went 2-0 up, Elly Asieche almost scored against his former side with a shot from close range, but Opiyo saved.Sharks had built up a swift move from the left with Juma breaking off from his markers before cutting back for Asieche who was well positioned inside the box. Another brilliant chance presented itself in the 57th minute when Kennedy oduor misjudged a long ball, but Juma could not beat Opiyo one on one.The deflated Sofapaka had a chance to half the deficit five minutes later when confusion in the Kariobangi Sharks defense from a Bernard Mang’oli through pass found Kassumba, but the Ugandan shot over even after side-stepping keeper Mboya.But Sharks kept on their A game and they got the third in the 83rd minute when Juma got the second after breaking the offside trap and despite Opiyo saving his initial shot, he picked up the rebound and banged it home.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DD LIFESTYLE: BEAUTY QUICK FIXES TO SAVE TIME & CASH

first_imgDD LIFESTYLE: You have a big night out at the end of the month but you’re cash won’t stretch to salon beauty treatments.Never fear. Here are some beauty products that will save the day.ELEGANT TOUCHEXPRESS NAILS These little gems are brilliant. I have come to accept my nails are brittle, flaky and will never be glamorous painted talons.I have spent more money than I care to mention on paint-on products to strengthen and make them look passable.From now on, I will stick to these no-fuss press-on nails.They come in a range of colours and designs, last the whole evening and longer if you take care of them and they come in all sizes. You also have spares.I bought mine at Cara Pharmacy €4.95.RIMMEL BROW THIS WAY EYEBROW GELThis is a Mini precision mascara brush applicator to groom your brows and comes in four shades – Clear, Blonde, Mild Brown, Dark Brown.Smudge proof, lightweight, shapes and defines and you can build the product up as you like it. €5.49 but have a look around in different pharmacies as its on offer a lot. SCHWARZKOPF GOT2B CRAZY 4 SLEEK DAYSLove, love, love this product. Spray through the hair and comb through before blow drying and straightening. Helps to achieve a lovely smooth finish leaving your hair smooth and sleek. Works well on thick hair also. €3.99FAKE TANThere are so many good fake tan products that will give you an all-over glow if you can’t stretch to a professional spray tan. Prices range from €6.00 -€20plus. Remember that a spray tans cost approx €20-€25.LASHES First time wearing fake eyelashes and not as difficult to apply as you would think. I bought Eyelure Naturals 015. These were quite light and delicate and a cinch to use.They come in a strip but I trimmed them used a small section at the ends of my natural lashes to add a subtle look of volume.Lash Glue and application and care instructions included in all packs. €5.49DD LIFESTYLE: BEAUTY QUICK FIXES TO SAVE TIME & CASH was last modified: May 21st, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegal daily beautyELEGANT TOUCHEXPRESS NAILSlaselasheslast_img read more

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TRIPADVISOR SELECTS TOP TEN BEACHES IN IRELAND – BUT NO PLACE FOR ANY IN DONEGAL

first_imgThe beautiful Carrickfinn Beach.Leading travel website TripAdvisor have failed to select any Donegal beach in their list of the Top Ten beaches in Ireland.That has prompted some angry responses from Donegal residents both home and abroad who are dismayed at the fact that not ONE beach made it on to the list.We’re used to being overlooked in Donegal, and have been regularly dubbed ‘The Forgotten County’. But one thing we were always renowned for was having some of the most stunning beaches and scenery in the world.However, we now may need to re-evaluate that belief after leading travel giant TripAdvisor failed to select any Donegal beach in their list of the Top Ten in Ireland.One angry Donegal resident took to Facebook to express their surprise at Donegal’s omission from the list, “What an absolute joke of a selection from TripAdvisor, I’m sure there are plenty of other places in Ireland that are annoyed they didn’t make the list, but seriously how can we not get ONE beach on that list.Another posted under TripAdvisor’s post, “We have a number of the most beautiful beaches in the world here in Donegal, but we don’t make the Top Ten, did anyone even bother to visit Donegal? While another added, “I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world and see some beautiful places, but Donegal is up there with anything I’ve seen, can’t believe that’s not recognised in your selection.The Top Ten beaches selected by TripAdvisor were: No.1 – Inchydoney Beach, Clonakilty.No.2 – Derrynane Beach, Caherdaniel. No.3 – Inch Beach, Inch. No.4 – Lahinch Beach, Lahinch. N0.5 – Rossbeigh Beach, Glenbeigh. No.6 – Curracloe Beach, Curracloe. No.7 – Banna Strand, Tralee. No.8 – Kilmurvey Beach, Inishmore, Aran Islands. No.9 – Salthill Beach, Galway. No.10 – Portmarnock Beach, Dublin. TRIPADVISOR SELECTS TOP TEN BEACHES IN IRELAND – BUT NO PLACE FOR ANY IN DONEGAL was last modified: February 18th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:beachesdonegalFeaturesnewsOmissionSelectionTop TenTripAdvisorlast_img read more

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SA census app to improve planning

first_img14 August 2013 South African mapping firm mapIT has released a location-based business intelligence application, MarketScope, based on Statistics South Africa’s census 2011 data, as a tool to improve government and business planning. The app has incorporated data for race, gender, age, income, education, language, employment status, household size and total population within local and district municipal boundaries. “This inclusion of the census data offers enterprise and government a comprehensive geo-spatial snapshot of their operations to allow planning, benchmarking and market analyses. It’s a virtual replication of reality,” mapIT managing director, Etienne Louw, said in a statement on Monday. MarketScope also comes standard with navigation service provider TomTom’s mapping data to ensure accurate analysis and benchmarking. TomTom has developed the most extensive mapping database in the world and includes over 10-million kilometres of roads and 2-million points of interest in Africa. “MarketScope’s four-module application geo-codes, imports, integrates and overlays proprietary information – customer, store, supplier and logistical data and third-party demographic research including census 2011 – onto a digital map for analysis and display in a geo-spatial context,” mapIT said. The four modules are client centric information, router, locator and spatial analyser. MarketScope also provides “decision-makers the ability to compare and contrast company data on consumers, sales patterns and customer trends with the latest census 2011 data and demographic information such as Living Standards Measures”, according to mapIT. Another feature of the app is the drive time analysis, which determines a drive time zone – the distance travelled through a road network in the given time. “The tool selects a driving time according to the nature of a business and how much time people would probably be willing to spend in their cars to get to this location,” the company said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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IPL 2016: SRH can’t afford to get complacent at any stage, says VVS Laxman

first_imgNotwithstanding Rising Pune Supergiants’ poor run in IPL-9, Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman considers the new side as a formidable unit and said his team will have to put their best foot forward when they clash with them in their IPL match on Tuesday.”It goes without saying that (RPS captain MS Dhoni) Dhoni will be looking forward to use Ashwin against Warner and Shikhar. I believe that Pune has got a very formidable batting line up,” Laxman said in a pre-match press conference. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )”Lot of people talk about Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis being similar. They are all extrordinary T20 players. We cannot at all be complacent or we cannot at all underestimate the batting strength of Pune. We are very mindful,” he added.The former Test batsman, however, exuded confidence that SRH can take on any opposition if it sticks to their plans and executes them well.”But, I believe that if we concentrate on our plans and try to execute our plans, then we can do well against any opposition. It’s more about concentrating and playing to our strength, while strategizing for each and every oppositon batsman or bowler,” he said.Noting that the MS Dhoni-led Pune team would look to bounce back strongly, Laxman said no team can be ruled out as it is still the early part of the long IPL tournament.”I was reading that Fleming was disappointed with the way they started their campaign. But, they got an exceptionally talented side with captain MS Dhoni leading from the front. I am sure they will look to bounce back strongly. We have seen in the past someone like Mumbai Indians lost lot of the matches and went on to win the IPL.advertisement”So, it is just the start of the tournament and no team can be ruled out. I am sure they would like to bounce back. We have seen this in IPL where it’s all about momentum. Once you start winning the matches, then you win continuously and once you start losing matches, you start losing consecutively two or three matches. It’s all about momentum. Pune will be looking forward to win. That’s why it’s going to be a very important match against them,” he said.After losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in the first two matches, the Hyderabad side has registered three wins in a row and Laxman said they would like to continue the momentum on Tuesday.”SRH has got great depth in its batting with openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan and other batsmen, including Eoin Morgan, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha and Deepak Hooda raising the bar,” he said.”In the last two years, we were told we did not have enough firepower in the middle order. Now, if you see, Naman Ojha in the last match had come at number seven, Moises (Henriques) at number six and Deepak Hooda at number five and Morgan at four,” Laxman said.”So, I think we got enough depth in our batting. Bowlers like Bipul (Sharma) and Karn (Sharma) can also bat and so does Bhuvneshwar Kumar. So, I think we are very pleased.”But, in T20 format, it’s also important that your top three batsmen perform and invariably, when that happens, you are always in a comfortable position to pile up a big total or chase a big total. So, the importance of the top three is very crucial,” Laxman said.He also complimented the way SRH bowlers, including Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran have performed in the recent matches.”We are very pleased with the way our bowlers have performed. Especially, if you see the last two games against formidable batting line ups, our bowlers did really well. Not to single out anyone, as a bowling group, I thought, to defend both the teams below 150 was exceptional on good batting wickets. That’s something which we want to continue,” he said.Laxman said seasoned players Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj Singh, who are recovering from injuries, would be invaluable when they join the team after being declared fit.”To answer when Nehra and Yuvraj comes, both of them are match winners and experienced players. We are fortunate to have both of them. We will try to use their experience.”I am sure both of them are raring to go. But, we have to wait on their fitness. Once, both of them are fit, they will be invaluable to win the matches. It’s important to have match winners. We do not want to rely on one or two individuals to win us matches, the more the number, the better for us.”advertisementReplying to a query, Laxman said Hyderabad’s key player Kane Williamson is now fit.The 41-year-old from Hyderabad said captain David Warner does have a big say in team selection and that the playing XI is picked as per team’s requirements.”But, I think me, Tom (Moody), Murali (Muralidharan), along with David, we sit down and select the XI and we choose the XI depending on the opposition we are playing and depending on the condition we are going to confront,” he said.”But, having said that, I think we want to be as consistent as possible with our selection. I have experienced in the past, if you chop and change with one or two bad performances, it will create a feeling of insecurity within the group which we don’t want.”Over the years, we have been very consistent in giving opportunities to each and every individual. Warner definitely has a big say in picking up the XI,” he said.last_img read more

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