English 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 13
WARNING: Graphic content and pictures contained.As the countdown continues to Halloween Gardaí in Donegal have issued a reminder about the danger posed by fireworks.Fireworks include items which burn and explode to produce noise or a visual effect for entertainment. Sparklers, bangers, fountains and rockets are all fireworks. There are laws about what types of fireworks you can have and how you can use them.It is an offence to:• Light an unlicensed firework • Throw a lit firework at a person or property, except for low-hazard fireworks• Have an unlicensed firework• Have an unlicensed firework with the intention of selling it or giving it to someone elseThose caught breaking the law could face up to five years in prison or a €10,000 fine, or both.Speaking to Donegal Daily last month, Inishowen Councillor, Jack Murray, urged parents to be viligant of their children this Halloween.He said: “Fireworks make for a good spectacle if used in a safe environment, but they are very dangerous and if young children get their hands on them they can be particularly dangerous.” Picture: An Garda SiochanaUrging parents to talk to their children about the dangers fireworks pose, the Donegal Fire Service added: “Members of the public are asked not to buy, use or supply fireworks and parents are requested to monitor their children and make sure they do not play with fireworks including bangers.“Every year children end up tragically injured and often scarred for life after using illegal fireworks.”Gardaí in Donegal issue firework advice ahead of Halloween was last modified: October 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:fireworksGardaiHalloween
An HIV/Aids awareness mural on a wall in Soweto, Gauteng. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Universal HIV testing and immediate treatment of those who test positive with antiretroviral (ARV) drugs could reduce new infections in countries with a high prevalence of HIV/Aids by as much as 95% within 10 years, according to a new study by scientists from the UN World Health Organisation (WHO).The findings of a mathematical modelling exercise, published in the 26 November edition of British medical journal The Lancet, suggest that immediate treatment – regardless of clinical or immunological evaluations such as CD4 count, which measures the strength of the immune system – could significantly reduce new infections in many sub-Saharan African countries.“We took available data from southern Africa, where the epidemic is generalised and transmitted mainly through heterosexual sex, and plugged it into a computer model,” said Reuben Granich, a medical officer with WHO’s department of HIV/Aids and lead author of the study.“The model found that if all adults were tested at least once a year and put on treatment immediately, then theoretically prevalence would reduce from 20 000 per million people annually to 1 000 per million people annually within ten years.”Granich said the model worked on the assumption that once patients started taking ARVs, their viral load – the amount of HIV in the blood – was significantly reduced and they became much less likely to transmit the virus.“The purpose of this study was to stimulate discussion and help define research questions on how to use ARVs, not only for treatment, but also for HIV prevention,” said Kevin de Cock, director of WHO’s department of HIV/Aids and co-author of the study.“The study does not in any way indicate a change in WHO policy or guidelines for testing and treatment,” he added. WHO policy on treatment stipulates voluntary testing and clinical evaluation to determine eligibility for ARV treatment.Potential obstaclesNoting that more research into universal testing and treatment would be necessary before any policy changes could be made, De Cock said WHO would convene a meeting in 2009 to discuss the findings of the mathematical model and see how best to overcome possible hurdles.“There are human rights issues involved with advocating for universal testing that need to be addressed. WHO continues to endorse testing policies that prioritise informed consent, confidentiality and dignity,” he said.“Other possible obstacles include the policy’s feasibility, and the possible weakening of other forms of HIV prevention.”Any interventions to scale up testing and treatment would need to be accompanied by expanded HIV prevention, such as male circumcision, correct and consistent condom use and partner reduction, among others.The study found that the policy would initially be costly to implement, especially in poorer countries. “Unless we manage to interrupt HIV transmission, we will endlessly be dealing with HIV treatment,” De Cock said.“Although the policy would be expensive to begin with, in the long run it would be cost saving.”Various versions of universal access to testing and treatment are already being practised successfully.“In the industrialised world, for example, all pregnant women have access to universal HIV testing and, if they need it, treatment,” he said. “As a result, in this part of the world, paediatric HIV has virtually been eliminated.”De Cock said WHO’s newest guidelines on infant treatment also recommended that children under one year of age receive ARVs as soon as they tested positive for HIV, regardless of clinical or immunological evaluations.According to WHO, nearly 80% of HIV-positive adults in sub-Saharan Africa are unaware of their status, and more than 90% do not know whether their partners are infected. Worldwide, about 3-million people were on ARVs at the end of 2007, but an estimated 6.7-million remained untreated.Do your have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]: Irin PlusNewsRelated articlesHIV/Aids in South AfricaAngola’s four-year plan for healthHigh-price vaccine for SA kidsVaccine hope for HIV immunity HIV in South Africa stabilising Useful linksWorld Health OrganisationThe LancetTreatment Action CampaignSouth African Aids Vaccine Initiative
Johannesburg, Monday 06 August 2018 – Johannesburg Emergency Services’ Mr Robert Mulaudzi has reported to the media that in the early hours of Monday morning, 50 shacks caught fire at Kathrada Park, an Informal Settlement in Claremont just West of Johannesburg, with about 100 – 120 people displaced.Mr Mulaudzi, further adds; “At this stage, there are no injuries or fatalities which have been reported, however, we just want to encourage all our residents throughout the city’s 189 informal settlements to exercise caution with all heating devices and not leave paraffin and stoves unattended to prevent fire incidences like this one.”Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret said, “It is unfortunate that we as a nation still wake to news that many people are left displaced due to fires.”“Thank you to the firefighters who were prompt in their response and were able to spare the many lives caught in the disaster. Your hard work does not go unnoticed. The greatness of a nation can be judged by how it treats its less fortunate citizens. It is, therefore, important that all citizens unite and play their part in helping in any way possible”, concludes Mrs Magapatona-Sangaret.Added to this terrible incident, the province is expected to be experiencing a cold front in the next few days, citizens are called upon to assist by donating and dropping off resources for the displaced families at the Sandton Fire station; Grayston Drive, Sandown, Johannesburg. Resources required;Non-Perishable FoodsWoodCorrugated Iron Sheets (Amazenke)MattressesBlanketsClothes, toiletries, sanitary pads, diapers, and toysThe Sandton Fire station can be reached at 011 375 5911.
29 July 2014South Africa returned to the top of the ICC test cricket rankings on Monday with a hard-fought draw in the second test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, securing only their second series win in the island nation. The Proteas previously triumphed in Sri Lanka in 1993.‘Awe, pride and great excitement’Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat praised the team, saying in a statement: “The performances of our players in Sri Lanka over the last month has left us breathless at times and have also produced moments of awe, pride and great excitement.“This is the first South African squad to triumph in both the ODI and test series in Sri Lanka and the last time we achieved this on the sub-continent was in Pakistan back in 2007.“It took great courage and tenacity to support the talents of our world-class players to achieve these series wins. They have now set the bar high for the 2014/15 season, which reaches a climax with the ICC World Cup in Australasia in February and March.”LeadershipLorgat also congratulated the team’s leaders, adding: “It is hard to find the right words to congratulate our new leadership team of Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Russell Domingo.“Hashim has made a wonderful start to his reign as captain of the test squad from every possible point of view, whether you look at his personal contributions with the bat, or his calm presence that he brings to the team, or his inspiring leadership and tactical acumen that was evident in his declarations in the first test match.“There will always be stand-out individuals in any match, but this was truly a team effort in getting us across the line in a tense finish and, on behalf of CSA and our loyal fans, I extend warm congratulations to all the players and team management.”A battling, defiant displayIt took a battling, defiant display from Amla and company at the Sinhalese Sports Club to claim the second test draw as they found the going tough batting on a pitch that was tailor-made for the Sri Lankan spinners.Almost from the start of the match, the Proteas were on the back foot. They reduced Sri Lanka to 16 for 2 early on, but the home team recovered strongly and went on to post 421 all out, with Mahela Jayawardene striking 165 runs before he was run out.Niroshan Dikwella was also run out, but not before he had made 72, while captain Angelo Mathews weighed with 63 runs.Amla unbeatenIn reply, South Africa mustered 282 all out to trail by a considerable 139 runs on the first innings. That was exactly the number of runs captain Hashim Amla contributed. He finished unbeaten too, but only three other batsmen made it into the thirties, and just one more reached double figures.Left arm spinner Rangana Herath enjoyed the conditions, snaring 4 for 71 after opening the bowling with Suranga Lakmal, while off-spinner Dilruwan Perera claimed 5 for 69.Batting again, the Sri Lankans declared their second innings on 229 for 8, led by 72 from Kumar Sangakkara and an undefeated 63 by Matthews. Morne Morkel shone with the ball, knocking over 4 for 45.Played for the drawSet 369 for victory, South Africa played for the draw and series victory and were aided by occasional rain.When the match concluded, the Proteas had reached 159 for 8 in their second innings off 111 overs, with the run rate of 1.43 emphasising just how difficult it had been to resist the Sri Lankan spinners on a turning track.Quinton de Kock top scored with 37, while Amla’s innings of 25 took 159 balls and 10 minutes short of three hours. He played a major role in the outcome of the contest, facing 541 balls in his two innings, the equivalent of 90 overs, or a full day’s play.Herath returned the astonishing figures of 5 for 40 off of 45 overs, with 30 maidens, while Perera took 3 for 60 in 44 overs, with 24 maidens, as the spinners opened the bowling for Sri Lanka.
QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFacing a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, La Salle could’ve just let Ateneo sweep the elimination round of UAAP Season 80.After all, with the Final Four seedings already set, the Green Archers would benefit more from a stepladder semifinals had the Blue Eagles completed a sweep.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC La Salle’s Ben Mbala wins 2nd straight UAAP MVP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next “Coach told us, never give up,” Mbala said. “We kept pushing and we just gave our everything and we left the rest to God, and it was able to help us win the game.”Mbala was sensational once again as the reigning MVP posted 28 points, 19 rebounds, six steals, and six blocks, while Ricci Rivero had 21 markers and five boards. The two combined for 19 of the team’s 25 points in the final frame.“Maybe, we just wanted it more than them. They took the lead, but our sense of urgency was there that we believed we can still win because we worked hard for this,” said Rivero.“That’s what we plan to do for the next few games. Play hard and leave the rest to God,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. But rivalries run deep and the players would be the first to attest that duels between La Salle and Ateneo are never no-bearing games.“We just wanted to win. We didn’t quit,” said La Salle star Ben Mbala.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAteneo seemed on its way to victory when it took a 76-69 lead with only 2:24 left.The Archers, though, still had a lot of fight in them as they staged a 10-0 blast en route to a 79-76 win. MOST READ
With Ken Hitchcock having been dispatched by the Columbus Blue Jackets, the question remains: What’s next for the Edmonton, Alberta native?The immediate answer is the Olympics. But as far as a future coaching position in the NHL, the answer isn’t so clear.“My focus right now is obviously on the Olympics,” Hitchcock said in a press conference last Thursday.Hitchcock will join Red Wings coach Mike Babcock’s staff coaching the Canadian team. The Olympics in Vancouver will be Hitchcock’s third stint with the Canadian team, having coached them in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2006 and Nagano, Japan, in 2002.Following the Olympics, there’s no doubt teams will be interested in Hitchcock’s services. The stoic 58-year-old has 500 career wins as an NHL coach. Hitchcock has also led three teams to the playoffs, including a Stanley Cup Championship in 1999, when he was coaching Dallas.However, Hitchcock isn’t sure he’ll jump back into coaching, as he did after being fired twice previously.After being let go by Dallas, Hitchcock immediately joined forces with the Philadelphia Flyers. And similarly, when he was cut loose by the Flyers, he was quickly picked up by the Jackets. But this time around the veteran Hitchcock says it might be different.“I’m not going to jump at the first job opportunity,” Hitchcock said. He went on to explain that he’s been in almost every coaching situation, from Stanley Cup contenders to teams building from the ground up. This time, Hitchcock says, the scenario would have to be perfect.“I think if it’s the right situation I would like to look at it,” Hitchcock said. But he also said he’s not rushing into anything, due in part to his connection to the Blue Jackets organization.“I feel a very personal obligation to the McConnell family and [Jackets president] Mike Priest,” Hitchcock said. “I have a contractual obligation, but it goes beyond that with Mike and myself. I feel like I started something here.”Hitchcock’s contract runs through 2011-2012, during which time he is due $1.33 million per year. But as he said, his ties are deeper than that. It’s believed Blue Jackets management will look to retain Hitchcock as an adviser if he doesn’t find work elsewhere this season. While that might create an awkward situation for all involved, a management position might be appealing to Hitchcock.“The next move I’d like to make is an organizational one,” Hitchcock said. “I don’t want to just be a coach. I’d like a long-term relationship.”
Luis Enrique says Wembley Stadium is the perfect venue for him to make his debut as Spain manager.Spain will play England at Wembley on Saturday evening, as new Spain manager Luis Enrique is looking forward to making his debut in the ‘mythical’ stadium.“I like adrenalin so I love the prospect of playing England here at Wembley which is the perfect place,” Luis Enrique told reporters in the pre-match press conference.“I know there will be difficulties and challenges but it is just great to be here. I’m looking forward to training tonight and I’m looking forward to playing in this unique and mythical football stadium.”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Enrique lavished praise on Sergio Ramos and hoped he could rely on his services in the future.“He (Ramos) is the captain because he is the most capped player in our national team,” Enrique said.“He has, of course, got a great personality and a great presence on the pitch. You’ve all seen Ramos competing, he is just a fantastic player and he is a great player on and off the pitch.“I’m delighted to have him and I hope he stays with us for many years and he keeps pushing his team-mates – on and off the pitch – to victory.”