Arsenal starts 2020 strongly, blows away Man Utd

first_imgArteta celebrateS first win. PHOTO ARSENAL MEDIAArsenal blow away Man Utd to hand Arteta first winLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Mikel Arteta got everything he asked for in his first win as Arsenal manager with a rampant first 45 minutes from the Gunners earning a 2-0 victory over Manchester United at the Emirates.Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored the goals to secure just a second win in 16 games.Arsenal started the game three times as many points off the top four as the relegation zone, but a first home win in 87 days hauls Arteta’s men up to 10th and within four points of United in fifth.“I am very pleased with the performance, I’m even more pleased with the result,” said Arteta after his third game in charge. “Everything I wanted to see on the pitch, I saw tonight.”There were signs of encouragement for Arsenal in Arteta’s home debut against Chelsea on Sunday when only a late collapse saw a 1-0 lead turn into a 2-1 defeat.However, this time the hosts saw the game through as a dismal United performance raised fresh questions over their chances of finishing in the top four.“At the moment we are suffering to maintain that level of intensity of the first halves,” added Arteta.“That will come, but as well I really liked the resilience they showed. I liked to see them suffer together.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were again shorn of Paul Pogba, who faces another month out after an operation on a troublesome ankle injury that has kept him out for the majority of the season.Pogba’s absence is still evident in United’s inability to create when denied the chance to counter-attack and they failed to recover after falling behind early on.“After they scored the first goal, it seemed like they got loads of energy,” said Solskjaer. “They were the better team. They were aggressive, they regained the ball and it was hard to get the ball off them.”For the first time Arsenal started with all of Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil together in attack and Arteta’s bold choice paid dividends eight minutes in.Pepe scored just his second Premier League goal from open play since a £72 million move from Lille when he swept home Sead Kolasinac’s cross at the back post.The Ivorian was suddenly brimming with confidence as he twisted and turned Luke Shaw before crossing for Aubameyang to volley just over.Lacazette then rolled Harry Maguire easily in a night to forget for the world’s most expensive defender before pulling his shot across goal.David de Gea is another of United’s more experienced stars suffering an alarming dip in form and a poor clearance from the Spaniard offered another sight of goal to Pepe, whose long-range strike came back off the post.Arsenal’s first half dominance was rewarded with a second goal before the half-time interval as De Gea could only palm Lacazette’s header from a corner back into the danger area and Sokratis pounced to fire into the roof of the net.As the hosts’ energy levels dipped from a frantic first 45 minutes, United were allowed to dictate the game but did not have the guile to make their possession count.Andreas Pereira had the best chance to give United a lifeline but fired into the side-netting from Nemanja Matic’s clever reverse pass.“We have to be honest and admit physically we are not ready, but you have to show heart and this team is ready to change a lot of things,” said Arsenal defender David Luiz.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Body of two-year-old found during search for missing child

first_imgAuthorities in Montana are reporting that they may have found the body of a 2-year-old boy who was reported missing after his parents were found dead of an apparent murder-suicide on Wednesday.The body of a child believed to be Aiden Salcido was located Sunday in a remote area of Montana where his parents Daniel Salcido and Hannah Janiak were found days earlier.“Positive identification has not been made, however the decedent was located in the same area that Hannah Janiak and Daniel Salcido were seen by several witnesses days earlier,” the news release said.According to police, the couple had been convicted on burglary charges in 2018 and Janiak was expected to start serving her sentence on June 11th but when she did not show up, authorities issued felony warrants for the couple’s arrest.Officials reported that with the help of witness reports, they were able to locate the couple who was homeless and would camp along a greenway in Medford. Authorities conducted a trafficstop, however, the couple fled the scene.  Authorities perused the couple but when they finally caught up with them, the couple was dead in an apparent murder-suicide.Investigators than began searching for the couple’s two-year-old son who was pictured with the couple when they made a purchase at Walmart for two camping gear items on June 2nd.Authorities also found a Walmart receipt for the day of the couple’s death. Surveillance showed that the two-year-old was not with the couple at that time.An autopsy has been scheduled to identify the child’s body and time of death.last_img read more

‘Messi’s magic befuddles Reno in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgA Man of the Match performance by captain Chevonne ‘Messi’ Marsh, who dispatched a clinical 79th minute penalty and assisted his team’s opener, led Cavalier Soccer Club’s surge to a 2-0 win over Reno FC at Stadium East yesterday and seventh place in the Red Stripe Premier League.Marsh, who pushed his goalscoring tally to six this season, was menacing from the get-go. He should have scored in the first 10 minutes, but failed to tap in a ball which ran across the face of the Reno goal.Marsh then went on several marauding runs, one which, in the 71st minute, saw him slip by three Reno defenders, dribble into the box and deliver a pass on a silver platter, which substitute Andre Dawson bulleted high and hard into the Reno net to give the homesters the lead.Eight minutes later, Marsh, with the ball at his feet, bedazzled the Reno defence into fouling him as he drove skilfully into the box before being bundled over by defender Miguel Barnaby for a penalty.The attacking midfielder made amends for his early miss, as he stepped up and dispatched his penalty cleverly to the left of goalkeeper Devaughn Hawthorne in the 79th to round out his team’s 2-0 win.Cavalier moved to 27 points, courtesy of seven wins, six draws and eight losses.”We are very happy with the win,” said Rudolph Speid, the club’s coach. “We have been having a very bad 2015, and 2016 is looking very good.”Cavalier are currently on a three-game winning run since the start of the second round.”We went to work and got some firepower and fielded some young players here, only two players in the team were over 25 today,” he stressed, adding that their focus is on Harbour View, their next opponent, and over 40 points for the season.Reno’s coach, Michael Graham, blamed a lack of concentration in defence and injury to a key player for his team’s loss. They are fourth from bottom on 23 points.Yesterday’s ResultsCavalier SC 2 FC Reno 0Waterhouse FC 0 Mo Bay Utd 0Today’s Matches3 p.m.: Boys Town vs Humble Lion at Barbican Stadium3 p.m.: Portmore United vs Tivoli Gardens at Juici Park3 p.m.: Rivoli United vs Arnett Gardens at Spanish Town Prison Oval3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Harbour View at UWI Mona Bowllast_img read more

Rough Aunties to the rescue

first_imgThe Rough Aunties – from left, Eureka, Mildred, Studla, Thuli and Jackie. (Image: Women Make Movies) A Bobbi Bear, telling the tale of abuse in an explicit and visual way. (Image: Bobbi Bear) Founder Jackie Branfield shows love toa young victim. (Image: Bobbi Bear)Janine ErasmusRough Aunties, a documentary about a group of South African women who work with the police to bring child abusers to book and put young victims on the road to healing, has taken the world by storm, winning a top prize in the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.The documentary was produced by veteran filmmaker Kim Longinotto, whose previous work includes Divorce Iranian Style, Gaea Girls and Sisters in Law. While Rough Aunties lacks a formal dramatic structure it presents a hard-hitting real-life view of the activities of the women, all of whom are involved with Durban-based child welfare organisation Bobbi Bear.The film won a Grand Jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, which was founded in 1978 with Robert Redford as chair. The festival has earned a reputation as a top showcase for new independent films.The Grand Jury Prize, for the best independent feature film, is the centrepiece of Sundance. The prize is awarded in two genres – documentary and dramatic – by a panel of the nominees’ peers. The categories are World Cinema Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, Dramatic Competition, and Documentary Competition. Grand Jury winners are regarded as the best from the independent film community that year.Rough Aunties scooped the award in the World Cinema Documentary category and has been tipped as a worthy contender in the documentary category at next year’s Academy Awards.The film also screened at the 2008 International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam, to great acclaim.Shielding the vulnerableRough Aunties follows the work of a group of feisty women over a 10-week period as they take a stand for abused children in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, conducting harrowing interviews with the young victims, arresting molesters, and finding themselves in the midst of personal tragedy.The Bobbi Bear organisation was established by Jackie Branfield, originally from Zimbabwe. Herself a victim of abuse as a child, Branfield became an anti-abuse activist some two decades ago when she was approached through her church’s youth group to help those with problems. She realised that helping others was a way to move forward from her own experience, and it wasn’t long before she was counselling abused women and children from many surrounding areas and from as far afield as Johannesburg.Called to a police station in 1994 to assist with a rape case, Branfield witnessed how the level of communication between a police officer and a victim could have a huge impact on the final outcome, when the case’s young victim was unable to state what she had experienced. There and then Branfield decided to do something about it.Her challenge was to ensure that accurate information was gathered and clear legal evidence noted without compromising the care and support for the victim. It was necessary to find a means to coax information from children while not adding to their ordeal in any way.Branfield eventually settled on the beloved teddy bear as a medium through which traumatised youngsters could tell their stories. Children who are unable to voice their experiences use the bears to indicate what their abusers have done to them, by drawing with a marker or placing Band-Aid strips on the parts of their little bodies that were violated.The bear is part of a kit that Branfield and her crew give to young rape and abuse victims. Children also receive a small pair of panties or underpants, a sanitary pad, tissues, wet wipes, sweets and a cold drink, gloves, a notebook, and a pen and marker. There is another kit for adults, and one for children who need to go into protective care.Offering hope to young victimsAt Bobbi Bear Branfield is assisted primarily by Nontando “Studla” Maphumulo, Mildred Ngcobo, Thuli Sibiya and Eureka Olivier. The women and their other colleagues work with one male police officer who helps them track down and arrest abusers.Rough Aunties painfully highlights the inadequacies of South Africa’s criminal justice system in punishing and incarcerating those who hurt children. The country’s justice system is severely overburdened and there is a tragic tendency to pay scant attention to social issues. Sentences for abusers can be laughably light and in many cases the abuser is simply released back into society.But organisations such as Bobbi Bear offer care, compassion and hope for victims. Asked how many children they help every year, Sibiya replied, “It’s a difficult question to answer. We are just a bunch of women. Per month, I have 20 cases. We cannot calculate, but it’s a lot. I’m still sitting on cases from as far back as 2002.”The job demands a great deal of courage and fearlessness. The women have received threats but, as Ngcobo put it, if they don’t do the job nobody else will.Bobbi Bear is currently trying to raise around R4.1-million (US$400 000) to build a safe house where children can be kept in safety for longer periods, although still on a temporary basis. Information can be found on the website.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on [email protected] linksRough AuntiesOperation Bobbi BearBobbi Bear page on FacebookSundance FestivalJackie Branfield – Bobbi Bear founderKim Longinotto – Women Make MoviesInternational Documentary Festival in Amsterdamlast_img read more

The CNH Industrial Autonomous Tractor Concept

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We live in a changing world and farming is changing with it. Our growing population and a greater environmental awareness means farmers need to produce more food more sustainably from the same amount of land. It’s ultimately technology that will make the difference – and CNH Industrial is at the forefront of this change.last_img

a month agoReal Madrid weigh up bid for Rennes teen Eduardo Camavinga

first_imgReal Madrid weigh up bid for Rennes teen Eduardo Camavingaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid is weighing up a raid on the French transfer market.Marca says Real are already looking at young talents who are standing out this season.First on the list is midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who is already featuring for Rennes at 16 years of age.After making his debut last season, he has earned a starting position this year.In August, he was voted player of the month by his peers, winning the Union of French Football Players award.Real Madrid have been scouting several youngsters, but Camavinga has caught the eye the most. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

College Spun’s Staff Picks For Week 9 Of The 2015 Season

first_imgJames Franklin congratulates Carl Nassib after play.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 29: Head coach James Franklin congratulates Carl Nassib #95 of the Penn State Nittany Lions after a third down stop against the Michigan State Spartans at Beaver Stadium on November 29, 2014 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)Another weekend of college football, another absolutely insane ending to a big-time contest. This time around, it was Georgia Tech returning a blocked field goal for a touchdown to knock off Florida State as time expired. It won’t surprise you to hear that nobody on our staff picked the Yellow Jackets to pull the upset.This week’s slate isn’t as exciting as some earlier this year, but there are a few marquee matchups. Ole Miss and Auburn should be entertaining. Florida and Georgia renew their annual rivalry. And Notre Dame visits a surprising Temple squad in front of ESPN’s College GameDay.Dustin Tackett still holds a one-game lead over the field in our competition. Here are our picks for this week.Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.19.07 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.19.23 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.19.33 PMWho do you have?last_img read more

Surging oil prices help lift Toronto stock index Canadian dollar flat

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index rose modestly Tuesday, helped in part by strength in the energy sector as the price of oil surged nearly US$1.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 9.57 points to 16,357.55, as the March crude contract advanced 90 cents to US$64.47 per barrel.Colum McKinley of CIBC Asset Management attributed the rally in oil prices to recent positive comments from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries that its members and non-OPEC member Russia will continue to limit their production.“Inventory data over the last number of weeks has shown significant draws … and that’s positive, giving the market a clear sense that the supply and demand imbalance is quickly correcting,” said McKinley, a vice-president and portfolio manager of Canadian equities at CIBC.“If you look over the last numbers of months, you saw oil prices move higher. (Energy stocks) have moved higher but they have definitely lagged the commodity. We expect and we’re starting to see some catch up in that trade where the valuations on the energy stocks will start to expand to reflect a greater confidence in sustaining a larger oil price than originally anticipated by the market place.”South of the border, U.S. stocks were mixed as household goods makers including Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble sunk following disappointing quarterly reports. Solar power companies, however, spiked in early trading after President Donald Trump approved tariffs on imported solar-energy components in a step intended to help U.S. manufacturers.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average edged back 3.79 points to 26,210.81. The S&P 500 index added 6.16 points to 2,839.13 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 52.26 points to 7,460.29 — both record highs for the third trading session in a row.On the Canadian corporate front, shares of BCE Inc. were down 32 cents, or 0.55 per cent, to $57.72 after subsidiary Bell Canada alerted some customers on Tuesday — 100,000 by media reports — that some of their personal information has been illegally accessed in a data breach.Meanwhile, Cara Operations Ltd. Restaurants was up $2.45, or 9.83 per cent, to $27.38 following news that the Vaughan, Ont.-based company is growing its restaurant empire yet again with a $200-million deal to buy Keg Restaurants Ltd.In economic news, the International Monetary Fund estimated that the world economy expanded at a 3.7 per cent annual pace last year, the fastest since 2011, and said it believes growth will accelerate to 3.9 per cent in 2018-19. The IMF noted surprisingly strong growth in Europe and Asia and predicted that U.S. tax cuts will give the American economy a short-term boost.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.30 cents US, up 0.03 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the February natural gas contract climbed 22 cents to US$3.44 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$4.80 to US$1,336.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was down nine cents to US$3.11 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:CAO)last_img read more

Will AI give smallbusiness owners fintechs a leg up—or reinforce status quo

first_imgTwo months into the launch of her dance studio, Natalie Borch needed a loan.The 34-year-old first-time business owner had opened the doors to The Pink Studio in February after she and her brother invested $40,000 of their own cash and took out a $100,000 loan from the Business Development Bank of Canada.“We just needed a small amount of money to expand our services for new teachers and classes,” she said, from beginner Beyonce to Bollywood fusion.Finding no help from the main banks, she found Lendified Inc., a fintech startup that offers loans to small businesses based on artificial intelligence-powered screening assessments.After filling out a few online forms on cash flow and collateral, Borch received a $30,000 loan.Borch is one of the latest beneficiaries of an AI-driven overhaul in the financial sector as the big banks scramble to tap a vein that startups and credit unions have already started to mine.“I didn’t even go anywhere,” she said from the mirrored, hot pink walls of her studio on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue. “It was a life-saver.”Small-business loans have often been viewed as risky, with high interest rates due to a dearth of operating and credit history, collateral or consistent cash flow. Machine learning and big data can expand the pool of criteria that lenders can draw on, beyond the traditional factors such as payment history or current debt that produce a beacon score or bankruptcy risk rating.“In the past, underwriting has often relied on a fairly narrow set of data, in some cases just credit score,” said Andrew Graham, co-founder and chief executive of Borrowell.The four-year-old fintech, which offers unsecured loans and free credit scores, draws on millions of data points from thousands of debtors to assess credit risk. Factors from income and home ownership to interest in financial education feed into its algorithms.“The real promise of machine learning in loan underwriting is that it means more people who will be good borrowers will ultimately get loans,” Graham said.Large financial institutions have often shied away from small-business borrowers, said Arun Kumar, head of small-business banking at the Bank of Montreal. A $50,000 loan and a $5-million loan require a similar investment of time and labour, but the former might only yield $2,000 in interest — less than the cost of assessing the applicant.That prompted BMO to launch Business Xpress last month, an in-house lending platform that draws on oceans of data to assess a loan within minutes of the first click. Amounts range between $5,000 and $500,000.“It’s like moving from analogue to digital,” Kumar said.Other banks are also following suit. Toronto-Dominion Bank acquired Layer 6 AI in January and Scotiabank teamed up with Kabbage in 2016 to allow customers to apply for small business loans using the fintech startup’s platform.For credit unions, partnerships are a way leverage AI they could otherwise not afford.“It levels the playing field,” said Ed Michielsen, head of business banking at Prospera Credit Union in British Columbia. The 75-year-old financial institution partnered with fintech startup ASAPP Online Solutions Inc. to offer internet lending last April.ASAPP, like Lendified, licenses out its technology. Lendified does so for a monthly fee to credit unions including Vancity, on top of offering direct loans of up to $150,000.Lendified chief executive Troy Wright sees a deep well of untapped lending potential shimmering below the surface. Small and medium businesses applied for about $34 billion in debt financing in 2014, but received only $28 billion as 18 per cent of applications were denied, according to Statistics Canada.“The reality of it is that banks and financial institutions generally will not provide capital to a business that is under a year old,” said Wright, who ran Scotiabank’s retail distribution network for five years.In May, the Ontario government announced a pilot project with fintech startup Lending Loop, a peer-to-peer online platform for small-business loans, to provide $3 million in loans over the next two years. It also doled out a $1.75-million grant to encourage credit unions to buy into fintech software and increase loans to small businesses.However, a shortage of high-tech labour in Canada threatens to hamper progress in the field, as does the issue of bias, which can embed itself in any system, according to Graham.“If you have a data set that only includes male customers or only includes customers who fit a certain demographic, it may lead to a similar bias in the results that comes out of it,” Borrowell’s Graham said.“I think you have to be very careful and very deliberate about both what data you use and then how you set up the training.”Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO, TSX:TD, TSX:BNS)last_img read more

Liberals call for the NDP to reinstate Rural Dividend Program

first_imgOn September 17, the NDP announced $69 million to fund a new series of measures to support British Columbia forest workers impacted by mill closures and shift reductions in several B.C. Interior communities.Steve Forseth of the Cariboo Regional District told the CBC said he’s surprised the NDP was willing to cancel Rural Dividend funding because so many local governments rely on it for important community projects.Communities in the B.C. Peace received $978,082 in 2019 from the Rural Dividend Program.The grant is designed to help fund projects that support economic development and diversification in rural communities throughout the province. Grants can be up to $100,000 for a single applicant project or up to $500,000 for partnership projects. VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Liberals are calling on the NDP Government to re-instate the Rural Dividend Fund after it was suspended to pay for the Province’s forestry plan.The CBC published a report Monday that said small municipalities in B.C. had been told the Rural Dividend Fund program was cancelled for 2019 to that the Province could fund a forestry program.“John Horgan and the NDP have already ignored the crisis in the interior forest industry, and now they are going to steal from the Rural Dividend Fund to pay for their half-baked Forestry Transition program,” says Andrew Wilkinson, BC Liberal Leader. “This is an insult to every single community that has lost its primary forestry employment, and now the NDP are taking away their only real hope of diversification.”last_img read more