West Ham defender blasts ‘malicious’ Van Persie after draw with Man United

first_img1 Robin van Persie challenges James Tomkins West Ham defender James Tomkins has slammed Robin van Persie following the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.Tomkins says he was shocked that Van Persie did not even receive a yellow card after an apparent elbow to the West Ham player’s head during the Upton Park clash and claims it was a malicious challenge.The defender later suffered a broken nose following a clash with Marouane Fellaini but is expected to be fit for the Premier League game against Southampton on Wednesday.However, Tomkins was more upset with the Van Persie incident in the first half and cannot understand why referee Mark Clattenburg did not take any action against him.Tomkins, speaking on London 24 website, said: “The nose is a bit swollen. Fellaini was the second time in the match when I broke it. He has always got that about him when he goes up with his hands a lot.“It is tough to say that he does it deliberately, but with the Van Persie one, I think he had a look at me first and then he has gone for me. I think that was more malicious than the other one, even though I came out worse the second time.“I was shocked he didn’t get a yellow card. I think the linesman could have helped [the referee] a bit more, he was closer to it and he had a good angle.“I think it was definitely a yellow at least, but I don’t like to say that some should have got sent off. I am sure that there are challenges that I might make in the future that could be yellow or something else.“He (Mark Clattenburg) was just saying he was there to protect me and that he was going to have a look at it at half time or after the game and decide for himself, and I think if he sees it again, he can see that there is a bit of intent in there.“I was expecting a little bit of physical contact from strikers, but when someone looks round and then comes for me it is a bit more malicious.”last_img read more

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Feel-good foliage

first_imgThe Million Trees L.A. program is shaping up to be another feel-good scheme that was good public relations, but the execution by City Hall fell short – as usual.Who could argue with having a greener city? Residents in particularly tree-barren places like Sun Valley and South L.A. were happy to hear of this environmentalist-approved program that partnered with other organizations and corporations to both plant trees and give them away to people to plant in their own backyards.Planting a million trees during Villaraigosa’s tenure – that’s 125,000 a year for eight years – was always going to be a challenging goal, especially considering the possibility of drought and water rationing.The image of a shady, tree-lined city keeping Angelenos cool is an attractive one. But as nice as it sounds, it might not be reasonable for a desert city that has a hard enough time keeping its current trees trimmed to become an oasis overnight – or even over a decade.Perhaps on the one-year anniversary, the mayor might consider scaling back the program to a realistic level, which includes strategically planting native and drought-tolerant seedlings and saplings throughout the city – and making sure they live to grow into actual trees. IN this sun-scorched town of smoggy days and endless concrete, what could sound better than a plan to populate the streets, boulevards and parks with the shade and beauty of a million trees?That’s more than the city even has now, and equals one tree for every four Angelenos – more than 2,000 for every square mile of city.Put in those terms, it starts to become clear why one year after its introduction, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Million Trees L.A. plan is having a hard time living up to the hype. Despite giving away thousands of tree seedlings in the past year at many events, the city has no idea where the seedlings have gone, whether they were planted in Los Angeles or even if they are still alive.City officials say that over the program’s first year, 110,000 trees were planted. Yet there are no records to prove that. Only the promise that they will start keeping records soon. Call it, maybe, Thousands of Trees L.A.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Tributes to MLK kick off

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita In Palmdale, the Los Angeles-based Lula Washington Youth Dance Ensemble will perform a Martin Luther King Jr. Day program at 5 p.m. Monday at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up beginning at 3 p.m. Monday at the Playhouse. Youth Dance Ensemble members are students of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, which was founded in 1980 and has become one of the largest African-American dance companies in the western U.S. Twenty dancers aged 10 to 17 will be performing a program of gospel, African and modern dance at the Palmdale event. African-drum players will provide live music. The show features the world premiere of a dance set to one of King’s speeches as well as a work by Lula Washington titled “Free,” a tribute to the civil rights movement. LANCASTER – Civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored with a number of events in Palmdale and Lancaster. Lancaster’s 17th annual King celebration is 4 p.m. today at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Admission is free. The event will feature civil rights writer, activist and filmmaker Constance Curry, local gospel music group LNE and opera singer James Sterrett-Bryant. Also featured will be readings by elementary, middle and high school students of the winning entries in the annual essay contest on King’s life and philosophy. last_img read more

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Napoli considering move for Manchester City outcast Stevan Jovetic

first_img1 Napoli are ready to pounce for Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic.The 26-year-old is currently one year into an 18-month loan deal with Inter Milan and he had been expected to make the move permanent in January.However, according to Corriere dello Sport, Napoli are hoping they can swoop in and sign Jovetic this summer.The Italian club are now in desperate need of a striker after selling Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus in a deal worth £75.3million.Napoli have identified a number of replacements, including AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca and Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi.But it is reported that Jovetic is also high on their wanted list and the club will speak to Manchester City to see if a deal can be struck. Stevan Jovetic is currently one year into an 18-month loan deal with Inter Milan last_img read more

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Skills initiative to boost growth

first_img27 March 2006The government has embarked on an intense drive to harness and improve the skills of South Africans to ensure accelerated economic growth.Launched by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in Pretoria today, the Joint Initiative on Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa) is a high-level task team that will identify urgent skills needs and advise on how they can be met.The Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA) has identified the shortage of skilled labour as one of the six constraints to its goal of boosting economic growth to 6%. The other five are exchange rate volatility, infrastructure backlogs, limits on investment opportunities, the regulatory environment, and deficiencies in state organisation, capacity and leadership.The government has acknowledged that the single greatest impediment to its public infrastructure programmes – as well as private investment programmes – is the country’s shortage of skills.Professional skills in engineering, science, finance and management, as well as technical and artisan skills, are critically needed as the South African economy moves into higher gear, the government has said.Jipsa will be chaired by Mlambo-Ngcuka, who also heads Asgi-SA, and will run for an initial three years.“Those parts of the legacy of apartheid most difficult to unwind are the deliberately inferior system of education and the irrational patterns of population settlement,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said in a media briefing on Asgi-SA in February.“In a period of growth it is evident that we lack sufficient skilled professionals, managers and artisans, and that the uneven quality of education remains a contributory factor.”InterventionsJipsa has already identified several interventions in need of urgent attention, such as mentoring programmes and overseas placement of trainees to fast-track their development. Others include special training programmes, bringing back retirees and expatriate South Africans, and drawing in new immigrants.Also planned are a major upgrade of Further Education and Training colleges and a revamp of the Adult Basic and Education Training programme, based on models developed in New Zealand and Cuba.The Employment Services System will be set up to close the gap between potential employers and employees. Already established is a scarce-skills database to fill the expected needs of the over 100 individual projects included in Asgi-SA.Another initiative is the deployment of experienced professionals and managers – including retired experts – to local governments to improve project development implementation and maintenance capabilities.The Jipsa task team will be made up of senior representatives from the government, the labour movement, business, academic institutions, science councils and state-owned enterprises.Gwede Mantashe, the general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, will chair the Jipsa technical working group.The National Business Initiative will constitute a secretariat for the project, and Cabinet has agreed that people with disabilities must be integrated into Jipsa activities.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Getting Shanghaied no burden in new Cathay lounge

first_imgCathay’s renovated Shanghai lounge. Photos: Cathay Pacific Getting Shanghaied has taken on a new meaning with the opening of Cathay Pacific’s swish newly renovated lounge at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.Located near gate 69 in Pudong’s Terminal 2, the 970 square- metre lounge continues the look and feel designed by London-based Studiolise and epitomized by the carrier’s widely-acclaimed The Pier in Hong Kong.It’s a styling that can be seen in many of Cathay’s newest lounges around the world.The latest addition, according to Cathay, has been designed to reflect the comfort and familiarity of a contemporary apartment.READ: Cathay sees mixed fortunes in June.Cherry wood combines with limestone tiling, high-quality leather as well as bronze and brass to create the atmosphere.“This relaxed theme is reflected in the choice of material, furniture, lighting, artwork, music and food, all of which have been carefully curated to emulate the idea of a real, modern home,’’ the airline says.cathay lounge ShanghaiThe main lounge features big windows with designer furniture and lighting Cathay says has been carefully selected for their practicality and comfort.It includes a generous sprinkling of side tables with in-built lamps and power sockets.The Food Hall contains a full self-serve food and beverage offerings, including freshly made food and drinks at the Servery counter,A self-service bar allows passengers to mix their favorite cocktails.cathay shanghai loungeNo Cathay lounge is complete without the signature noodle bar, in this case featuring Hong Kong-style furniture with a stylish wood-slat ceiling and wooden ceiling fans.It serves reshly made popular dishes from Hong Kong, Shanghai and around the region, including classic Cantonese Wonton Noodles, and Sichuan-style Dan Dan Noodles.A variety of freshly handmade dim sum is also served daily, including a Shanghainese favorite, Xiao Long Bao dumplings.cathay lounge ShanghaiThose wanting panoramic of the airport can take advantage of an open-ceiling verandah on The Terrace.Bespoke Solo Chairs, each equipped with a built-in reading lamp and anindividual side table, are available for those looking for a quiet space to catch up on their work.And so there’s no mistaking whose lounge this is,  guests are greeted by the signature Cathay scent blending lavender, bamboo, green tea and jasmine.“In using our brand scent, the arrival at a Cathay Pacific lounge isinstantly recognizable and the passenger can relax in a familiar feeling of a comfortable home,” the airline says.last_img read more

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A Slice of P.I.E.

first_imgAs a freshman accounting major in the illustrious School of Business and Industry (SBI) at Florida A&M University (FAMU), Dr. Auzenne taught me that achieving success in business required three things: Performance, Image, and Exposure – PIE. Done right, in proper proportions, the individual can achieve great success both in business and in other dimensions of life.P – PerformanceFace it; you must have the knowledge, skills and abilities to do the job – whatever the job is – competently. Doing it well helps!  Doing a bad job makes you successful…at failing!I – ImageLike it or not, as I mentioned in a previous post, clothes matter. How you dress is a part of your image, but it goes beyond attire. How you talk, walk, write, shake-hands, smile, and so forth all contribute to image. You’re hygiene matters. You’re associations matter. Hanging with the wrong folks, wearing the wrong clothes, saying the wrong things, especially at the wrong times don’t mean you are not technically proficient, but they can impede progress!E – ExposureThis trips a lot of us up. You perform well and have a flawless image, but who knows you? You have to make it to the receptions, luncheons, dinners, happy hours, volunteer efforts, holiday parties, staff meetings, and you have to glad-hand, schmooze, rub elbows, cheese…not cut cheese…with the right personnel. Some folks call this “networking.”I graduated a long time ago and am probably a bit of a disappointment to Dr. Auzenne today, because it took me so long to learn that he was right instead of just accepting that he was right.Fortunately, now I know he was right, not just because I heard it, but because I experienced it.Off to get a slice of the PIE!last_img read more

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UEFA Champions League: Crowd will Spur us on, says Hugo Lloris

first_imgHugo Lloris has endured a mistake-filled season, but the Tottenham goalkeeper knows his costly blunders will be forgotten if he can lead his side to Champions League success against Manchester City. Lloris will captain Tottenham in tonight’s All-English quarter-final first leg showdown with City at the London club’s new stadium. And the France star will be firmly in the spotlight on what promises to be a busy evening given City’s attacking prowess. Lloris has been well below his best for much of this term, with his latest error coming in the last minute 2-1 defeat at Liverpool last weekend. Despite such a wretched run of form, Lloris has retained the support of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Hugo Lloris Part of that belief is grounded in Lloris’s role as an influential figure in the dressing room. With Tottenham bidding to reach their first European semi-final since the 1984 UEFA Cup, Lloris knows the team will need the backing of the home support to rattle City. The 62,062-capacity stadium was opened amid much pomp for the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday. Now Lloris wants Tottenham to tap into the crowd’s passion. “At some moments in the game, we feel the power,” Lloris said. “I think this can be a help for the team. We will need the crowd for every game. Of course, this is a big moment for the club. To be part of a quarter-final for the Champions League is a great opportunity. “The target is to make City’s life harder. To be ready to compete from the first minute,” Lloris said. “We know we’re going to have the help of the crowd and so we have just to enjoy the moment. When I say to enjoy, I mean to enjoy running, defending, attacking and everything that can be decisive. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

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I have two kids who don’t sleep: Ashwin’s cheeky reply on why he stopped watching cricket

first_img Next I have two kids who don’t sleep: Ashwin’s cheeky reply on why he stopped watching cricketAfter picking up a five-wicket haul in the first Test against South Africa, India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on lauded South Africa batsmen Quinton de Kock and Dean Elgar, saying the credit needs to be given where it is due.advertisement India Today Web Desk VishakhapatnamOctober 4, 2019UPDATED: October 4, 2019 19:46 IST Ashwin grabbed his 27th 5-wicket haul in Test. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAshwin made an immediate impact on return to the Test XI by picking up his 27th 5-wicket haulR Ashwin returned to the Test XI after nearly an year’s time out of the set-upAshwin came up with cheeky response on why he stopped watching cricketR Ashwin made an immediate impact on return to the Test XI by picking up his 27th 5-wicket haul on Day 3 of the ongoing 1st Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam. Ashwin showed signs of his vintage self by getting the wicket of South Africa wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock with a beauty that had flight, dip and turn.R Ashwin returned to the Test XI after nearly an year’s time out of the set-up. Ashwin found himself out of the Test XI due to niggles after just one Test in Australia and the star off-spinner was not included in the side for the 2-Test series in West Indies. Despite having been picked in the squad, India went in with Ravindra Jadeja as their only spinner in the Caribbean.As Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock’s superb knocks of 160 and 111 respectively ensured South Africa’s fightback on day three of Vizag Test, Ashwin finished with his 27th fifer to bring the hosts right back into the game in the last session.Reporter: Why did you stop watching the game?Ashwin: I have two kids who don’t sleep & I got drawn to books & archaeology #TeamIndia #INDvSA @ashwinravi99 pic.twitter.com/y3Zv4iMFBG BCCI (@BCCI) October 4, 2019When asked on why did he stop watching the game for a while, Ashwin came up with a cheeky response as he went on to say: “For starters, I have two kids who don’t sleep….who don’t sleep all that well in nights. Jokes apart, I felt everytime I watched a game on TV, I felt like I wanted to play the game and I was missing out. I mean it’s very natural. I think everybody goes through it. I generally tried to d o a few other things in my life as well. Books, a bit of archaelogy work, stuff like that. I enjoyed it.”advertisementHis remarks came after the close of play on day three. South Africa ended the day at a score of 385/8, still trailing India by 117 runs. Ashwin also lauded South Africa batsmen Quinton de Kock and Dean Elgar, saying the credit needs to be given where it is due.”It’s a proper Test match pitch. You expect both sides to bat well, don’t you? I thought they batted really well, Elgar and de Kock batted really well. We probably gave too many runs in the morning session. Credit needs to be given where it has to be given,” Ashwin told reporters.Also Read | This is the start of a great career for Quinton de Kock: Dean ElgarAlso Read | India vs South Africa 1st Test: Ashwin leads India fight after Elgar, de Kock epicsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ravichandran AshwinFollow India vs South Africalast_img read more

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