English Premier League Standings

first_imgEnglish Premier League StandingsSTANDINGSPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 23 13 8 2 42 26 16 472 (2) Manchester City 23 13 5 5 45 23 22 443 (3) Arsenal 23 13 5 5 37 22 15 444 (4) Tottenham Hotspur 23 11 9 3 41 19 22 425 (5) Manchester United 23 10 7 6 28 21 7 376 (6) West Ham United 23 9 9 5 36 28 8 367 (7) Liverpool 23 9 7 7 30 32 -2 348 (8) Southampton 23 9 6 8 32 24 8 339 (9) Stoke City 23 9 6 8 24 25 -1 3310 (10) Watford 23 9 5 9 27 26 1 3211 (11) Crystal Palace 23 9 4 10 24 27 -3 3112 (12) Everton 23 6 11 6 40 34 6 2913 (14) Chelsea 23 7 7 9 32 34 -2 2814 (13) West Bromwich Albion 23 7 7 9 22 30 -8 2815 (17) Swansea City 23 6 7 10 22 31 -9 2516 (15) Bournemouth 23 6 7 10 27 38 -11 2517 (16) Norwich City 23 6 5 12 28 43 -15 2318 (18) Newcastle United 23 5 6 12 25 41 -16 2119 (19) Sunderland 23 5 4 14 28 46 -18 1920 (20) Aston Villa 23 2 7 14 18 38 -20 13last_img read more

Lambert hails Villa’s hunger after big-spending QPR fall short

first_imgAston Villa boss Paul Lambert suggested that his team’s battling draw at QPR said much about the respective clubs’ transfer policies.Lambert has looked to nurture young talent at Villa, while Rangers are bottom of the table and without a league win this season despite their big spending.“Money doesn’t guarantee success,” said Lambert.“If you can build team spirit and have lads with hunger and enthusiasm it’s great to work with. You’ve always got to have that hunger.”More reaction to follow later.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa is top for affordable financial services

first_img26 August 2015South Africa ranks second for its excellent access to and usage of affordable financial services, according to a report released yesterday.The 2015 Brookings Financial and Digital Inclusion Project (FDIP) Report and Scorecard, which evaluated 21 countries, examined broad dimensions relevant to financial inclusion such as country commitment, mobile capacity, regulatory environment and adoption of traditional and digital financial services.As of 2014, about 75% of South African adults had bank accounts and 5% used non-bank financial products. ATM and debit cards were more common, with 34% of the banked population owning a South African Social Security MasterCard.“Unlike in many other countries in our study, women in South Africa are generally not disproportionately excluded from formal financial services,” the report said. “The 2014 Global Findex found that about 69% of men and 69% of women had accounts with a formal financial institution or mobile money provider.”South Africa earned 80% and was ranked number 12 for country commitment, number one for mobile capacity, number 17 for regulatory environment and number three for adoption. It also received the highest score for formal account penetration, including among rural, low-income and female groups.Strong mobile capacitySouth Africa’s mobile capacity was strong, the report showed, with the percentage of unique subscribers comprising about 70% of the population and about 96% 3G mobile network coverage by population.“South Africa also has a number of mobile money deployments offering P2P domestic transfers, bill payment, and international remittances,” it said. “This has allowed it to reach more people and engage them in financial services.”Initiatives to digitise government transfers, along with the country’s quite extensive banking infrastructure, supported financial inclusion. “Efforts to diversify the digital financial services market and encourage digital transactions could propel further advancements in financial inclusion.”According to estimates from a recent Imperial College and Citi report, “a 10% increase in the digital money readiness and commensurate increase in adoption for the countries included in the index, can help up to an estimated 220 million individuals enter the formal financial sector. This translates to an additional $1- trillion (R13.15-trillion) moving from the informal economy to the formal economy”.Financial inclusionThe report said financial inclusion had become a crucial aspect of economic development.“Developing economies need consumers who can pay bills or send remittances in an affordable and convenient manner. Digital services are an increasingly important component of the nexus between development and financial inclusion.“Having greater access to financial services promotes entrepreneurship, lifts people out of poverty, and gives them greater hope for a brighter economic future. This is especially the case in regard to women and marginalised groups.”Source: News24Wirelast_img read more