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first_imgThousands of ticketless supporters of German club Cologne arrived at the Emirates, with kick-off delayed by an hour in the interests of “crowd safety”.Police, forced into deploying extra officers, made five arrests after dealing with “disorder” at the Emirates as Cologne fans occupied home sections of the ground, with an estimated 20,000 supporters having travelled from Germany despite there only being 3,000 away tickets.Arsenal fell behind early on to a brilliant long-range strike from Jhon Cordoba before bouncing back in the second half, substitute Sead Kolasinac equalising before goals from Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin saw the Gunners to victory.Afterwards Wenger said he was getting ready for the game to be postponed but was uncertain if the delayed kick-off was to blame for the Gunners’ poor start.Arsenal’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez passes the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group H football match against FC Cologne at The Emirates Stadium in London on September 14, 2017 © AFP / Adrian DENNIS“It’s difficult to say,” he said. “It was similar for Cologne but we had some problems to get off, to start, yes. I don’t know, was it mental?“We waited patiently in our dressing room but what was difficult for me was I had all kind of plans to think about at some stage.”– ‘Infiltrate’ –Wenger added: “I had to think if we play tomorrow at what time do we want to play, do we play next week but they had the Bundesliga again midweek and we had a League Cup game midweek as well.Atalanta’s forward Alejandro Gomez controls the ball during the UEFA Europa League Group E football match against Everton at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio Emilia on September 14, 2017 © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINA“But in the end at some stage I thought they would not play the game, because I can’t see the police taking any risk,” he explained.“We live in a society of 100 percent security and I thought they would never take a gamble to play this game when I saw the images around the stadium.“But I must say our supporters dealt well with the situation as well and there was no aggravation.”Wenger said Cologne fans had been “very clever” to get into areas reserved for home supporters.“I don’t know how they managed to infiltrate our fans and get everywhere but they did that very well. I don’t know if they went through Arsenal membership, on the internet… they did very well.”Atalanta’s forward Andrea Petagna (L) vies with Everton’s forward Nikola Vlasic during the UEFA Europa League Group E football match September 14, 2017 © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAOne social media post appeared to indicate scuffles inside the ground, with Richard Conway, a BBC sports news correspondent, tweeting: “Koln (Cologne) fans fighting with stewards inside Emirates stadium. Group arrived in home end and fought their way into away section.”Cologne coach Peter Stoeger refused to be questioned on the actions of the club’s supporters: “I have no comment about the fans,” he said.“I’m the coach, my job is the team, my job is football not the fans,” the Austrian added.Milan’s forwards Nikola Kalinic (L) and Andre Silva celebrate the second goal during the UEFA Europa League group D football match against FK Austria Wien in Vienna, Austria on September 14, 2017 © AFP / JOE KLAMARAsked on the eve of the match if he had a message for the thousands of travelling Cologne fans, Stoeger replied: “Enjoy the pubs!”Cologne are currently bottom of the Bundesliga table, having lost all three of their opening games in this season’s German top flight.But they qualified for the Europa League after finishing fifth last term.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Police inside the stadium keep an eye on Cologne supporters in the stands as the kick off is delayed due to crowd safety issues ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group H football match between Arsenal and FC Cologne in London on September 14, 2017 © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 14 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed he was contemplating a re-arranged fixture after the Gunners beat Cologne 3-1 in a Europa League opener marred by crowd trouble at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.The Group H fixture kicked off an hour late following chaotic scenes inside and outside north London club Arsenal’s home ground.last_img read more

first_imgMelissa JavanA brand should behave and uphold the message it communicated, said Kingsley Makubela, chief executive officer of Brand South Africa, ahead of the South African Top 50 Brands announcement.The leading brands will be announced by Brand South Africa and Brand Finance Africa on Thursday, 15 September at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg. This will be the fourth annual survey released on South Africa’s Top 50 BrandsHow the top brands are valuedThe Brand Finance approach to brand valuation involves valuing brands on three different levels, each reflecting the different definitions of brand commonly used in the marketplace, reads Brand South Africa’s site. “The levels include: brand business value, brand contribution and brand value.”South African commercial brands are a key component of a strong nation brand and how this is experienced by domestic and international audiences, it adds. “As such, commercial brands are key messengers in positioning the country competitively.”Brand Finance defines brand as the “trademark and associated IP (intellectual property) including the word mark and trademark iconography”.Last year, the five Most Valuable Brands in the country were MTN, Vodacom, Sasol, Standard Bank and First National Bank. Retail group Woolworths and First National Bank were the strongest brands in South Africa in 2014-15. The cellphone network MTN was the Top Valuable Brand in the country.The top 50 corporate brands in South Africa last year were valued at approximately R1.5-trillion, reported Media Club South Africa.News portal Business Tech reported that the Top 50 Brands survey was conducted by Brand Finance, which calculated brand value using the Royalty Relief approach. This approach involves estimating the likely future sales that are attributable to a brand and calculating a royalty rate that would be charged for the use of the brand.Characteristics of top brandsLast year, Thebe Ikalafeng, chief executive officer of Brand Finance Africa, said the key pillars of a brand’s success were its performance, its relationship with its customers, and the money it spent on equity.This week, Makhubela narrowed the characteristics of a successful brand down to authenticity. “This is an especially important principle in positioning the Nation Brand positively.”Authenticity, honesty, reliability and credibility are crucial to how a brand is able to weather crises that may impact on its reputation.”It was very important for a brand to be able to generate positive emotions to help it to enable the conversion of attention into loyalty, according to Makhubela.Why celebrate top brands?Commercial brands were important carriers of the South African brand and message, he said. “It conveys the story of a South Africa that is innovative, caring and entrepreneurial.”Commercial brands can also carry a message of a country that is grounded in the principles of good governance,” he said. “Behaviour to the contrary impacts negatively on the corporate entity as well as the nation brand.”In international markets, the corporate entity is sometimes a consumer’s first experience of a country. South Africa’s corporates are therefore very important in our work to position South Africa positively.”South Africa’s Most Valuable Brands of 2014 and 2015 are listed here.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mostly dry today and tomorrow. Notice we still are saying “mostly…”. Much like yesterday, where scattered showers reared up and moved over northern and northwestern parts of Ohio, we can’t rule out a bit of action today and tomorrow. However, it should be smaller in scope than yesterday, and be less intense. Still, we can’t completely wave the all clear flag yet. Temps stay at above normal levels, and south flow will keep humidity levels elevated.Our next good threat of rain comes Thursday afternoon into Friday, and that kicks of a fairly active weather pattern over the state. Thursday, we see a front sweeping in that brings rains on the order of a quarter to three quarters of an inch over 60% of the state. These rains will slowly sag through, mostly drifting from north to south. This should lead to a mostly dry Friday, although we expect some lingering showers though at least the morning in far southern parts of the state.A strong frontal complex approaches from the west on Saturday and looks to be augmented by the remains of Tropical system “Gordon”. Gordon makes landfall sometime late this week in Mississippi and/or Louisiana, then curves through the mid Mississippi river valley and sweeps across IN into lower Michigan and southern Ontario. We will see a large segment of the state dry through the day Saturday, but the thunderstorms to the west will be impressive. The best push of rain comes Sunday as the actual remaining low from Gordon sweeps cross IN, MI and NW OH. Rain can be heavy, especially north and northwest, and thunderstorms can be strong. The rains can linger through Monday, particularly down south. All told, weekend rains can be from .25″ to 1.25 inches, and we have concern that a few areas could try and exceed that upper limit. However, we are going to stay conservative in the forecast for right now. The map at right is a snapshot of potential Sunday morning.Midweek next week can be very interesting. We are keeping rain in the forecast for late Tuesday through Wednesday and Thursday. However, the little disturbance that tries to work through is completely cut off from any significant circulation. This means the precipitation potential is light, and may easily go away, depending on how the weekend storm complex lifts off to the north and east. We can see this period ending up drier as we get closer to it.For the extended 11-16 day forecast window, we have a minor front toward the end of next week late Friday that brings scattered showers and rain potential up to .25” to about 50% of the state. Then toward the end of the extended period, we have a stronger system working in that has potential for half to 1.5” rains over 80% of the state. The pattern looks like we continue to see ample moisture into the start of the second half of the month. Whether it turns out to be excessive or not remains to be seen…but the tropics are getting much, much more active, and if the track of the tropical storms heads into the gulf, it would help keep the pattern wetter.last_img read more

first_imgWhile preparations for celebrating the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev are apace, the ruling Congress is at loggerheads with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab over the holding of a key event at Sultanpur Lodhi.In the run-up to the Assembly byelections on October 21, both parties are slugging it out to woo the Panthic (Sikh) voters against the backdrop of the celebrations. The byelections are to be held for four Assembly constituencies in the State.The Congress and the SAD have been trading charges with each other over the politicised preparations. While the SAD has accused the Congress-led State government of “trying to create a new history” by holding a separate programme from that being organised by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) at Sultanpur Lodhi, the Congress has alleged that “the Badal family” was trying to create hurdles and attempting to exploit the occasion for petty political gains.As the tussle over the event continues, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “Religious institutions have their own sphere and the SGPC, a democratically elected religious body, has been conducting all religious functions. The Congress should not try to create a new history.” The Punjab government is celebrating Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary over a week from November 5-12.Punjab Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa on Sunday alleged, “The ‘Badal’ family was creating hurdles in the joint celebrations of [Guru Nanak Dev’s] 550th anniversary as the design was to lord over the celebrations,” he said, adding that Mr. Sukhbir Badal was now purposely spreading the misinformation.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say West Ham defender Balbuena: England feels like a movieby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United defender Fabian Balbuena is living the dream in his debut Premier League season.The Paraguayan arrived from Corinthians in the summer for £4million.”I saw all the good matches,” Balbuena told Standard Sport. “Chelsea vs Manchester United, United vs [Manchester] City, Arsenal vs West Ham, Tottenham vs Arsenal… when I was a child all the teams had good players.”I saw every game on TV and when I came to the Premier League in my head it seemed like a movie because all the players want to play in the Premier League and now I make the target possible.” last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Alisson credits Liverpool teammates for FIFA Best awardby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker believes that his FIFA award is partially due to his excellent teammates.Alisson won the FIFA Best Goalkeeper award in midweek, capping off a tremendous first year with the club.But he believes that despite his excellent personal performances, the team’s displays and results helped him win.”Well, like I always said, for me the most important thing is to achieve my goals that are the same of the team: winning something for the club, winning something together. And then if you win some awards individually then it’s OK if you win always together,” Alisson told Liverpoolfc.com.”I’m really happy because I worked a lot to arrive here, to win the Champions League, to become a great player, to have a great season as I had in the last one with Liverpool and with the national team also. “So yeah, I’m very happy because always I just feel grateful for my family – they help me a lot in all the moments, good moments, bad moments. They are together with me so I’m really happy for that.” last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada enlisted citizens who travelled to Communist countries during the Cold War to gather needed intelligence — a shadowy element of a little-known government program detailed in a newly declassified history.Officials became sufficiently nervous about the tasking of Canadians — and the prospect of being caught snooping overseas — that they had John Diefenbaker, prime minister at the time, give his blessing, reveals a study by intelligence expert Wesley Wark.Wark began work in the late 1990s on the government-commissioned study of how Canada’s intelligence community evolved in the years following the Second World War. Much of the book-length manuscript, based on classified files, was released under the Access to Information Act in 2005, but considerable portions were considered too sensitive to disclose.Additional details of the intelligence effort to conscript travellers were released to The Canadian Press following a complaint to the information commissioner.Canada decided against creating a secret intelligence service to spy abroad in the early phase of the Cold War. But officials were conscious of the value of trying to provide some Canadian intelligence from human sources, especially to ensure favour with Canada’s more powerful partners, such as the U.S. and Britain, notes Wark, who teaches at the University of Ottawa.An interview program was established in 1953 within Canada’s Joint Intelligence Bureau, which handled a steady flow of secret information on economic and military matters.In the beginning, officials collected intelligence largely from defectors and recent immigrants from the Soviet Union and East Bloc countries. The program got a boost in 1956 with the influx to Canada of refugees fleeing the aftermath of the failed Hungarian uprising, Wark notes.In mid-1958 the program turned to the potential value of intelligence gleaned from travellers, mostly business people and scientists, who ventured to Communist countries, he writes.Initially, the Joint Intelligence Bureau limited the collection effort to debriefing people upon their return to Canada. But soon it realized there might be greater value in advising travellers, in advance of their visits, of the sort of information desired, the study says.“This was tricky ground, for it raised the spectre of Canadian citizens abroad being caught and accused of espionage without the protection of any diplomatic status and with attendant political risks and embarrassment.”In February 1961, Robert Bryce, then secretary to the cabinet, informed Diefenbaker about the practice of gathering interview intelligence — including advance requests for information in “a very few cases” following specific approval of the federal government.Safeguards in place were “designed to ensure that the more gung-ho travellers did not engage in anything approaching espionage — no field notes, no photographs, no specialized intelligence equipment were to be allowed,” Wark writes.Selected travellers who received briefings were told not to discuss their activities with anyone, including Canadian diplomatic representatives in the country being visited, Bryce’s memo said. Only “thoroughly reliable and trustworthy” Canadians would be approached to undertake such missions.“What John Diefenbaker made of such shenanigans is hard to say, but Bryce’s memo records a simple ‘approved by the Prime Minister’ dated 1 March, 1961,” Wark writes.It was one of the few instances during the period when prime ministerial approval of an intelligence-collection program was sought, the study adds.“There was always a distinction in the program between tasking travellers prior to their visits abroad, where the dangers of being accused of spying lurked, and more passively receiving information from returned travellers,” Wark told The Canadian Press.Kurt Jensen, a former employee of Canada’s foreign ministry, noted in a 2004 journal article that Canadians who went to the Soviet Bloc, China and Cuba were of particular interest to the program in its early days. However, Jensen found the government files silent on the number of individuals who might have received pre-visit briefings and the extent to which “tasked” intelligence-gathering operations actually occurred.“The danger of sending untrained observers into hostile areas with specific intelligence collection requirements is self-evident. Such a program could not have survived long before disclosure,” Jensen writes.“All indications suggest that this facet of the program was short-lived and, at best, involved a handful of individuals before ceasing altogether.”— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Many gathered at the Fort St. John Legion for Remembrance Day ceremonies on Sunday, to pay their respects to those that have served.A silent Remembrance Day parade marched from the Legion to City Hall and back again, in honour of those lost and to those that continue to serve in the line of duty. Following the parade, a brief ceremony was held at the Cenotaph with speeches made by dignitaries highlighting the importance of remembering those that served to ensure Canada’s freedom.This Remembrance Day was unique as it marked 100 years since Armistice was signed, officially ending World War One. A moment of silence was given to reflect on this milestone.After a ceremony at the Cenotaph, the service continued inside the Legion. It included speeches made by dignitaries, a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. and the laying of the wreaths. The service was followed by a coffee social.The Legion will be serving turkey dinner at 6:00 p.m. for $10.00 per person. All ages are welcome to attend.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Hospitality firm OYO will invest Rs 1,400 crore in India and Nepal markets in 2019 as part of efforts to increase infrastructure, strengthen technology and internal capability, it said Tuesday. The company also announced the launch of a new brand, Collection O hotels, to its existing portfolio of the budget- to mid-segment hotel chain brands. “Rs 1,400 crore will go in capex, technology and leadership,” OYO India and South Asia CEO Aditya Ghosh told reporters here. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe idea is to further deepen and widen presence across India while focusing on aggressive capacity building to bring the choice of an OYO hotel to every corner of the country, he added. The company is currently present in over 259 cities in India with over 8,700 buildings (hotels and homes) and more than 173,000 rooms. “As we expand our presence in the market, consistency of quality is key. As a customer first company, we are heavily invested in ensuring customer responsiveness,” he added. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsOYO also launched an in-app SoS button for emergency assistance with options to contact the OYO safety response team as well as local law enforcement authorities. When asked whether the Rs 1,400 crore investment for India and Nepal will come from the $1 billion funds raised by the company, Ghosh replied in the affirmative. Commenting on the plans of the company going forward, OYO Founder and Group CEO Ritesh Agarwal said: “With a strong balance sheet, today we can go to more places than ever, introduce new categories, invest in our assets, while maintaining our high-quality standards, without raising any further capital.” The company is also narrowing its losses as a percentage of realised value (OYO Hotels’ sales run rate) year-on-year from 44.5 percent in 2016-17 to 20.3 percent in 2017-18 and 10 per cent in 2018-19, he added. OYO is currently present in more than 500 cities across 10 countries – India, China, Malaysia, Nepal, the UK, UAE, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, and more recently Japan.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) and Facebook Tuesday said they have collaborated to help small entrepreneurs in India build their businesses using digital platforms to aggregate demand, market products and acquire customers. The objective of this partnership is to ramp up job creation and to further empower entrepreneurs, in line with Facebook’s commitment to train 5 million people with digital and entrepreneurial skills by 2021, a statement said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal “GAME and Facebook will kick-start their engagement with a project empowering local communities of rural entrepreneurs – using digital and physical modes, a landscape review and identification of solutions for women entrepreneurs and a grand prize challenge for innovative models that spur new business creation,” it added. Phase I will be rolled out this year covering 10 states including Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jammu and Kashmir and Maharashtra among others. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “Imagine the power of a platform that can bring together communities of artisan clusters, agri-entrepreneurs or homepreneurs in the thousands to learn, collaborate and succeed – the possibilities are boundless,” GAME founder and former Chairman of Microsoft India, Ravi Venkatesan said. GAME — a consortium of public and private organisations — was formed last year and aims to facilitate creation of 10 million new entrepreneurs and 50 million jobs by 2030, with a special focus on opportunities for women. The statement pointed out that women currently comprise 23 per cent of internet users and six per cent of mass entrepreneurs in India. The partnership aims to significantly improve women’s participation in the workforce through entrepreneurship by increasing internet usage and leveraging its potential to connect and empower, it added. “We believe that when you give women and youth the skills and technology to improve their lives, we can equip them to unlock economic and social value for themselves and their communities,” Facebook India, South and Central Asia Public Policy Director Ankhi Das said.last_img read more