first_imgASTON VILLA VS SWANSEAAston Villa have not won in the Barclays Premier League since the opening day of the season at Bournemouth and last won at home in the league in May against West Ham. But after a four-game unbeaten start, Swansea have taken two points from their last five outings in the league.LEICESTER CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACELeicester’s games at the King Power Stadium have seen goals in abundance with 20 scored there (10 by Leicester), the most in the Premier League. Palace lost 3-1 at home to West Ham last Saturday, but they have won three and lost just one of their four away games so far. In three Premier League visits to Leicester, they have won two and drawn one.NORWICH CITY VS WEST BROMNorwich City have dropped from eighth place in the Barclays Premier League to 16th following a run of four games without a win, and they have conceded20 goals, the most in the division. But West Bromwich Albion have scored only seven goals, the fewest in the top flight.STOKE CITY VSWATFORDStoke City are on a roll; after six games without a win in the Barclays Premier League, the Potters have won their last three – four including the Capital Cup – and bid to claim a fourth straight league victory for the first time since December 2011. Watford, meanwhile, are seeking only their third win of the season in the league and first in four games.BOURNEMOUTH VS TOTTENHAMPrevious results point to a game with few goals. Games at the Vitality Stadium have produced just seven, four from Bournemouth and three by the opposition. And Spurs have scored just four and conceded four on the road. Tottenham have not lost in the league since the season’s opening day, but have drawn five of their last eight.LIVERPOOL VS SOUTHAMPTONLiverpool have won their last three games against Southampton, but the last five clashes between these teams at Anfield have seen the winners claim the points by only a one-goal advantage. Overall, Southampton have won just three times at Anfield in the Premier League while losing nine and drawing four.last_img read more

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Zidane looks to gee up squad amid talk of Madrid crisis

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s coach Zinedine Zidane, pictured at a training session in Madrid, said he has no interest in signing a striker in the January transfer window despite an injury to Karim Benzema © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Jan 9 – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has defended his players and dismissed talk of a crisis at the reigning Spanish and European champions after seeing them fall further behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.Madrid ended an outstanding 2017 with a 3-0 defeat at home to their bitter rivals in the Clasico and their first La Liga outing of 2018 saw them draw 2-2 at Celta Vigo on Sunday. That means they lie fourth in the table, 16 points behind Barca, the unbeaten leaders, as the halfway stage in the season approaches. They have a game in hand, but their hopes of a successful title defence already appear in tatters.“We are all in the same boat, all responsible, me the first as coach,” said the Frenchman as he refused to blame any individual members of his squad for their slump in form.“We had two spectacular years and people should not forget that. I know the next game is the most important. We will not live in the past, but will not throw away what has been done either.”Real are preparing for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey last 16, second leg at home to second-tier Numancia, which should be a formality after they won 3-0 in Soria last week.Zidane, who was named French coach of the year for 2017 by France Football magazine after leading Madrid to a record five trophies in the last 12 months, held a meeting with his squad on Tuesday that delayed the start of his pre-game press conference.“I am not going to tell you what we spoke about, it was just one of these chats that teams have. You can analyse it however you like, call it a crisis or whatever, but we are looking for solutions and to make things better,” he said.“When things are not going as we want them to, we have work to do. The players think the same, we are going to work harder than ever, in every sense. It is not a physical thing or more in the head…it is a little bit of everything.”Zidane said he has no interest in signing a striker in the January transfer window despite an injury to Karim Benzema.Real may be off the pace in La Liga but they are still alive in the Copa del Rey, a competition they have won only twice in the last 25 years. They also have a Champions League last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain to prepare for in February.“I don’t mind if people think the league is over. The most important thing is to give our best. We’ll see what happens in the league, but we have the cup and the Champions League too,” Zidane said.Holders Barcelona host Celta on Thursday after drawing 1-1 in the first leg at Balaidos last week.New signing Philippe Coutinho will not make his debut until later in the month after arriving in Catalonia with a thigh injury.The draw for the quarter-finals is set to take place on Friday, with the first legs scheduled for next midweek.Copa del Rey fixtures on Wednesday and Thursday:Last 16, first leg (1830 GMT unless stated; first-leg scores in brackets)WednesdayVillarreal v Leganes (0-1)Alaves v Formentera (3-1)Real Madrid v Numancia (3-0) (2030 GMT)ThursdayLevante v Espanyol (2-1)Sevilla v Cadiz (2-0)Barcelona v Celta Vigo (1-1) (2030 GMT)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Rugby U-15 girls have been invited to play at Donneybrooke at half time when the Ireland Ladies take on the ladies of Wales on Feb 6th. They will represent Ulster against Connaught team Ballinasloe. This represents lots of hard work both by the team(who only started playing competitive matches this year) and coaches Allen McCrea, Seamus Culhane and James Sparkes.The girls wll play at halftime in front of an expected 10,000 crowd, indeed the IRFU had to print more tickets when they heard the Letterkenny ladies were coming. The girls will be training hard this week to get everything ready for the big day . Letterkenny U-15 started playing league matches in November and although they have yet to win a match it won’t be long as both the interest and skill levels are rising dramatically.The team travelled to Enniskillen with a weakened team this week, but ended up playing on what can only be described as a dung heap and lost 39-0. we are not used to playing on the type of pitches that were common in letterkenny up until 5 years ago. The main thing was they enjoyed the experience and next time they will be a lot wiser. Stars of the show on tackling alone were Emma Curran, Sara Bundescue and Jade Duffy, who brought off one of the most fantastic try saving tackles of the season, when she tracked back 50 yards on a sodden pitch to bring down their flying winger a yard from the line.WE will assume that this week there will be a much better pitch on which to make their mark. So “We’re all off to Dublin in the Green” this weekend to play our part and support the National Team and Ourselves of course.The Under 18 team were to make their mark this weeek-end but due to circumstances beyond our control, they will have to wait a couple of weeks. LETTERKENNY RUGBY GIRLS GO INTERNATIONAL was last modified: February 3rd, 2016 by StephenShare 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:donegalLETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBlast_img read more

Bradford City appoint 32-year-old coach as their new manager

first_img predicted ALTERED Latest Football news on talkSPORT.com Bradford have announced the appointment of former Under-18s manager Michael Collins are their new head coach. NEW ERA Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener crackers ✍️ Bradford City are delighted to present Michael Collins, Greg Abbott and Martin Drury as our new coaching team.Michael Collins will assume the role of Head Coach, with Greg and Martin both joining his staff as Assistant Coaches.Read more 👉 https://t.co/ygPwwks72w pic.twitter.com/uJkKllT66j— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) June 18, 2018Collins says he is ready for the challenge after stepping up from his role as a youth coach.He said: “I’ve been working towards this for a lot of years now. Even when I was playing at Oxford I was coaching locally, and when I was at Leyton Orient I’d be in at Spurs’ training ground as often as I could.“I’m honoured that (co-owners) Edin (Rahic) and Stefan (Rupp) have entrusted me with the head coach role, but we truly are a team here and I can’t stress that enough.“Martin is one of the best coaches I’ve ever worked with and Greg’s experience is invaluable for us both.” possible xi highlights Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics 1 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? gameday who plays? The 32-year-old has been named as part of a new three-man coaching team at the League One club, with Greg Abbott and Martin Drury named as his assistants.They succeed Simon Grayson at Valley Parade, who left the Bantams after his contract expired at the end of May. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and morelast_img read more


first_imgThe annual Manor 5k Road Race was held today Tuesday 1 st July.Ivan Toner, winner of the Manor 5K.On what proved to be one of the warmest evenings so far this year, more than 150 runners and walkers turned out in the village of Manor to compete in this popular 5k road race.Ivan Toner LAC, proved just how good an athlete he has become with a comfortable and controlled performance to win in a time of 16.26. The next three places were filled by Ronan McLaughlin in a time of 17.10, local man Anthony Doherty, Upper Corkey in 17.25 and Patrick Mahon of Sparta, Derry.The senior Ladies race was won by Finn Valley athlete Claire Kennan in a fine time of 21.29 from Emma Jo McConnellogue NW Triathlon club, and the ever improving Sabrina Mackey 24/7 club 22.39.The men’s over 40 aw Colin McNulty FV triumph in a time of 17.58 with John Daly 24/7 club come in second in a time of 19.10. Barry Mackey proved how tough he is with a 20 minutes dead time to win the over 50s from local Lagan Harps man Ernie Pollock. Karl McGinley of Lagan Harps won the under 18 in a time of 21.33 Karl is still under age for another 4 years, a nephew of well known Finn Valley athlete Pat Hegarty. Perhaps there is an athletics career ahead for Karl?The Ladies over 40 race was won by Patricia McKenna LAC 22.33 from local athlete Eileen Morning 26.53. In the Ladies over 50 Gloria Doherty FV took the honours in a time of 24.40 from Catherine Gilligan Drumoghill couch to 5k 32.16 a great start for Catherine after only a few weeks of regular training. Ciara Crossan won the junior girls in a very good time of 24.22. The prize for the first Lagan player home went to young Dean Murray. What a run from the young lad, and he looked like he could have went around again! Breege McGinty’s training is paying off.On the Local front Drumoghill Couch to 5k Group were out in force tonight, having spent the last 8 weeks training in Drumoghill. Over thirty members turned out and performed admirably. It just goes to show that with a little effort and dedication everyone can enjoy a fitter and more fulfilling life. Well done to all runners and their coaches. Keep up the good work.Once again and a year older, the local battle that spilled over from last year between Shaun (Swan) O Donnell and Eugene and Errnie was on again. Only yards seperated the three as the passed through the village of Manor and made their way out into the country via Ray Grave yard. No resting at the McKeammy Hills this time to gain a breath, they didnt even stop for a water break. Shaun had suffered a sore defeat on home ground in 2013 having got his tactics all wrong. Eugene had set the pace with Ernie on his shoulder but Shaun had got it right and closed the gap and at the 4k mark as they rounded Platts corner only 4 seconds seperated the three of them. Ernie hit for home on the Derry Road, and it proved decisive as his ten metre gap was maintained to the finish at the orchard foot ball field. However Ernie was much the worst for ware and shaun advised that Ernie might require an ambulance. Eugene wasn’t available for comment after the race, so we will let Shaun have the last word. He is holding back for the Termons 5k on Thursday night and was only using this race as a warm up.Lagan Harps would like to thank everyone that help on the night and a special word of thanks to Lorraine and the Ladies that made the home baking and served up refreshments after the race. Thanks to the Resource Centre for the use of the Premises.Manorcunningham Road Race 2014 Race No. First Name Surname Club Category Time16 Ivan Toner LAC Senior Men 16.2664 Ronan Mc Laughlin Senior Men 17.10109 Anthony Doherty Local Senior Men 17.25 15 Colin Mc Nulty Finn Valley O40 men 17.58112 Patrick Mahon Spart Senior Men 18.3020 David Porter Inishowen AC Senior Men 18.4065 Aaron Deane NW Triathlon Club Senior Men 18.5638 John Daley 24 seven O40 men 19.10101 Brendan Irwin Finn Valley Senior Men 19.2262 Jason Brown Senior Men 19.3032 Aaron Cole O40 men 19.3145 Paul Mc Connellogue NW Triathlon Club O40 men 19.3346 Emmett Mullan NW Triathlon Club Senior Men 19.4019 Vinny Hegarty Inishowen AC Senior Men 19.4756 Adrian Gill United Health Senior Men 19.48108 Paul Lynch Local Senior Men 19.4921 Barry Mackey O50 men 20.0072 Martin Donnelly Letterkenny 247 O40 men 20.1218 Rory Mc Laughlin NW Triathlon Club O40 men 20.21110 Seamus Nallen 24 seven Senior Men 20.2366 Cathal Morrison O40 men 20.27118 Cairan Bovaird O40 men 20.4241 Garet Mc Carron Lifford ac Senior Men 20.5927 Kevin Higgins Drum Football Senior Men 21.2640 Philip Kelly Lifford ac Senior Men 21.2836 Clare Keenan Finn Valley Senior Lady 21.2968 Stephen O Donnell Senior Men 21.31125 Gerarld Mc Connell Senior men 21.3211 Karol Mc Ginley Junior Lagan 21.3354 Gareth Rodgers Senior Men 21.3763 Shane Brown Senior Men 21.4547 Emma Jo Mc Connellogue NW Triathlon Club Senior Lady 22.3022 Patricia Mc Kenna LAC O40 Lady 22.332 Gary Neely Local O40 men 22.37105 Siobhan Mackey 24 seven Senior Lady 22.396 Ernie Pollock O50 men 22.40119 Shane Kevenney Senior Men 22.441 Shaun O Donnell Lifford ac O50 Men 22.55107 Gearld Baxter Local Senior Men 23.0655 Roy Mc Connellogue Senior Men 23.0710 Eugene Mc Ginley O40 men 23.0917 Paul Gillen O40 men 23.26102 Annmarie Dalton Finn Valley Senior Lady 23.35103 Liam Mc Mullen O40 men 23.5333 Sam Cole City Of Derry Junior 23.5974 Wesley Vance O40 men 24.1758 Pat Byrne Killybegs O50 men 24.18111 Orla Nallen 24 seven Senior Lady 24.19117 Grace Devine Drumoghill Couch to 5k Senior Lady 24.2067 Ciara Crossan Junior Lady 24.2239 Robert Mitchel Lifford ac O40 men 24.3737 Gloria Donaghey Finn Valley O50 lady 24.4030 Clare Molloy Senior Lady 25.57123 Wendy Gordie Senior Lady 26.20106 Brian Doherty Local O40 men 26.4528 Jonathan Wilson Drum FC Senior Men 26.4657 Billy Brodrick Killybegs O50 men 26.5171 Eileen Morning O40 Lady 26.53205 Dean Murray 26.53204 Teirnan Brown 27.1773 Noel Heekin Senior Men 27.42113 Jordan Gallagher Lagan FC Junior men 27.56115 Bernie O Donnell Drumoghill Couch to 5k Senior lady 28.02124 Amanda Stephenson Senior Lady 28.2135 Jacko Crawford Lagan FC Senior Men 28.3734 Damien Mc Fadden Lagan FC Senior Men 28.385 Daniel Bonner O40 men 28.4453 Aishling Rodgers Senior Lady 29.2842 Mary Curran Lifford ac Senior Lady 29.4643 Damien Monaghan Lifford ac Senior Men 29.47225 Mary Meilly 29.50114 John Boyle Ind O40 men 30.16116 Annmarie O Donnell Drumoghill Couch to 5k Senior Lady 30.1769 Sarah Hunter O40 Lady 30.3475 Orla Redmond Senior Lady 31.0413 Georgiana Mc Crudden Senior Lady 31.18224 Ciara Meilly 31.1944 Lucinda Magee Drumoghill Couch to 5k Senior Lady 31.42217 Mark Bonner 31.4414 Andrea Mc Gowan Finn Valley Senior Lady 31.5829 Catherine Gilligan Drumoghill Couch to 5k O50 lady 32.16104 Ciara Kavanagh Drumoghill Couch to 5k Senior Lady 32.173 Graham Edge Senior Men 32.1960 Catherine Stewart Senior Lady 32.2749 Elaine Brogan Drumoghill Couch to 5k Senior Lady 32.31229 Roseleen Lynch 32.4861 Ann O Donnell O50 Lady 32.53218 Conor Bonner 32.57222 Mathew Doran 32.58237 Niamh O Donnell 33.13221 mia Doran 33.14122 Emma Coyle Senior Lady 33.1570 Darah Rodgers Lagan FC Junior Men 33.4152 Laurren Gallagher Lagan FC Junior lady 33.42232 Amy Lynch 34.0924 Josephine Duggan O50 lady 34.17228 Eithne Wallace 34.38121 Gillian Doran Senior Lady 34.44120 Jannet Mc Crudden Senior Lady 34.45230 Gary Lynch 35.028 Olive Mc Ginley O40 Lady 35.0626 Damien Bonner Drumoghill Couch to 5k Senior Men 35.06244 Oisin Sharkey 35.14100 Karen Flood Senior lady 35.274 Ann Maria Gallagher O40 Lady 35.309 Germain Mc Ginley O40 Lady 35.3059 Deborah Clawson Drumoghill Couch to 5k O40 Lady 36.5225 Monica Bonner Drumoghill Couch to 5k O40 Lady 38.2951 Leah Gallagher Lagan FC Junior lady 38.5050 Damien Mc Fadden Jnr Lagan FC Junior boy 38.58234 Conal Brennan 40.07241 Gerard Sharkey 40.0823 Lisa Duncan Drumoghill Couch to 5k Senior Lady 40.5348 Antennette Moore Drumoghill Couch to 5k Senior Lady 44.22219 Dee Dee Diver 44.51209 Laura Mullally 44.59243 Aine Sharkey 45.09211 Meave Gillen 45.15240 Aoibhean Diver 45.48236 Ronan O Donnell 45.50239 Bernadette Burke 45.50238 Eamon Burke 46.00242 Carmel Hackett 46.00226 Kate Gibson 46.27227 Joan Farrel 46.27245 Geraldine Connelly 47.00208 Hanna Gillen 47.02210 Katie Gillen 47.02206 Marian Dill 47.30220 Kathleen Diver 47.30200 Pauline Mc Ginley 47.47201 Loretto Patton 47.47213 Alison Gibson 49.32214 Ann Gibson 49.32215 Cathy Bonner 49.32216 Sarah Louise Bonner 49.32202 Laura Mc Ginley 50.13203 Grace Sheridan 52.14212 Emer Gillen 52.30207 Veronica Gillen 52.317 Linda Mc Daid Senior Lady12 Majella Mc Hugh O40 Lady31 Ann Marie Cunningham Drumoghill Couch to 5k Junior Lady223 Angela Doran231 Jodie Lynch233 Margorie Brennan235 Annette O DonnellTONER WINS MANOR 5K – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: July 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalIvan TonerManor 5Klast_img read more

DreamWorks has Q3 loss

first_img Goldman Sachs analyst Anthony Noto said in a research note Thursday that he does not expect `Wallace & Gromit’ to have much more steam domestically, but believes the film’s bigger international success could offset those shortcomings. “We anticipate that Disney’s ‘Chicken Little’ will likely continue to steal away the remainder of the family audience for the next couple of weeks followed by Warner Bros.’ new ‘Harry Potter’ film on Nov. 18, making it increasingly difficult for ‘Wallace & Gromit’ to attract moviegoers,” Noto wrote. Katzenberg touted the company’s two 2006 releases: “Over the Hedge,” set to bow in May, and “Flushed Away,” which has a fall release date. “Both of next year’s films look great,” he said. Shares of DreamWorks Animation rose 14 cents Thursday to close regular trading at $26.53 per share on the New York Stock Exchange and rose an additional 17 cents in after-hours trading. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758 greg.hernandez@dailynews.com!dtpost 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – DreamWorks Animation SKG, dragged down by the mediocre domestic box office performance of its current release “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit,” posted a third-quarter loss Thursday. For the quarter ended Sept. 30, DreamWorks reported a loss of $656,000, or 1 cent per share, compared with 2004 third-quarter net income of $20.3 million, or 26 cents per share. Revenue fell to $87.1 million from $241 million a year ago. The bright spot for the company was “Madagascar,” which has earned $525 million worldwide and is the sixth-highest-grossing animated film of all time and DreamWorks’ biggest nonsequel hit. “Now with the plan for a sequel under way, we believe ‘Madagascar’ has the potential to become our next great franchise,” DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said during a conference call after markets closed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week DreamWorks Chief Financial Officer Chris Leslie said she expects the sequel to cost more than the $130 million it took to produce “Madagascar” because returning talent, including Ben Stiller and Chris Rock, will be paid more, although the talent costs are not expected to reach “Shrek 2” levels. Katzenberg expects results for the 2005 fourth quarter to be primarily driven by the DVD release of “Madagascar” next week. During the third quarter, “Madagascar” contributed about $64.6 million in revenue while still playing in some theaters. The fall 2004 release “Shark Tale” contributed $10.3 million in revenue, primarily from pay-television licensing. Other revenue came from the 2004 smash “Shrek 2,” which produced $2.6 million in the quarter from consumer products, and $9.6 million in revenue came from the studios’ library of other films. The company’s earnings were reduced by several charges, including one charge related to taxes, which had a net impact of about $8 million, or $0.08 per share, as well as a $3.9 million, or $0.04 per share, charge for the partial write-off of film inventory for “Wallace & Gromit.” “Wallace & Gromit,” released Oct. 7, had earned just $53.2 million domestically as of Wednesday. Worldwide, the film has taken in a total of $160 million. last_img

WATCH: Donegal jiu jitsu coach pulls surprise move on student

first_imgJiu jitsu instructor Bryan Gorman made an unexpected move on his student and girlfriend Emer Martin when he got down on one knee!Bryan, co-owner of DT Fitness in Donegal Town, surprised Sligo native Emer when he called her out in class for a promotion, but instead he proposed!Speaking to Donegal Woman, Bryan said he confused Emer by asking her to step forward during this routine part of the class. “I would normally line everyone up after the class and promote students if they deserve a promotion, stripe or change of belt.“I you have four stripes on your belt you change colour, but Emer has a white belt and wasn’t due a change, that’s why you see her looking down at hers in the video,” Bryan said.Bryan had planned the whole thing, and made sure to have someone recording the priceless moment.The video gone viral in just two days and the couple are getting congratulations from all over the world. Bryan too has earned much praise as an old romantic! “There was a big reaction to it, I wasn’t expecting that,” Bryan said.Emer had a different take on the video, commenting just one word: Morto 😂🙈❤️Bryan and EmerThe proposal happened on August 1st, before the happy couple jetted off on holiday to celebrate for a week.Bryan and Emer have been going out for seven years and Emer has trained at DT Fitness for the past couple of years.Congratulations to Bryan and Emer. We think Bryan has earned himself some stripes in the art of romance! WATCH: Donegal jiu jitsu coach pulls surprise move on student was last modified: August 14th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:bryanDonegal Towndt fitnessJiu Jitsuproposalvideolast_img read more

Africa’s outlook bright: Obasanjo

first_img24 January 2006Africa is better off than ever before in terms of socioeconomic development, peace and stability, outgoing African Union (AU) chair Olusegun Obasanjo said at the opening of the sixth AU summit of heads of state in Khartoum, Sudan on Monday.He said the “high spirit” of African people was a good sign that the AU was succeeding in its efforts to improve political and socioeconomic conditions on the continent.“Over the past year, since our gathering in Lybia, we have demonstrated an unprecedented capacity to champion the cause of peace, unity and development in Africa,” the Nigerian president said.The African Union’s international partners, including the G8 countries, were encouraged by the positive strides of the organisation and were “complementing our efforts to transform our continent,” he said.“The challenge before us, therefore, is to sustain the momentum, carry our people along, encourage best practices and consolidate the gains of reform.”Obasanjo warned the continent’s leaders not to allow AU successes to make them complacent. He decried the situation in Darfur, urging negotiating parties to discuss a settlement with “sober heads”.“In spite of the efforts made by the AU mission in Sudan, insecurity continues to prevail while the humanitarian situation appears not to have improved,” he said, adding that a resolution to the regional crisis was essential to the continent’s success.Human rights and educationThe summit will also discuss the issue of Hissene Habre, who stands accused of gross human rights abuses during his tenure as president of Chad. Habre ruled the country from 1982 until 1990, when he was deposed by current President Idriss Deby and fled to Senegal. His one-party regime committed widespread atrocities.African civil society groups have urged the AU to recommend his extradition to Belgium, where he will be tried for crimes against humanity, or to arrange for him to be tried in Africa.With the theme “Education and Culture”, the summit also aims to develop plans to improve education and preserve indigenous cultures on the continent, with distinguished African educationists and cultural personalities making presentations.In his address, Obasanjo cautioned about the dangers of internalising foreign cultures and educational principles at the expense of “own indigenous culture and norms”.“Culture is the essential cement of every social group. It is the primary means of inter-communication as well as interaction with the outside world,” he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Fighting crime by saying hello

first_imgAt the heart of the Stop Crime SayHello campaign is respect for others.(Image: Stop Crime Say Hello) The Stop Crime Say Hello campaign visitsschools around the country to spreadthe message.(Image: South African Tourism)Janine ErasmusViolent crime in South Africa has taken many lives, driven many others away from their land of birth, and has impacted on vital areas like tourism and foreign investment. A new campaign aims to fight violence not with more violence, but with dignity, respect and communication.The Stop Crime Say Hello (SCSH) campaign aims to train South Africans to think differently, to engage with each other on a positive basis, and to believe that a small act can make a big difference. While the campaign whole-heartedly supports the work of the police and other anti-crime organisations, it works on the premise that each South African can make a difference simply by reaching out to the person next to them and treating them with dignity and friendship.SCSH founder, marketing guru Justin Foxton, believes that one of our most potent weapons against crime is to create an environment where it simply cannot flourish. “I’m a long-distance runner and I make a point of always greeting everyone I pass. Most people are pleasantly surprised and greet me back warmly.” An experience with a group of labourers while on an evening run proved his point and convinced him that a simple greeting can be used effectively to soften people’s hearts.The campaign is driven through community meetings, the website and other media, talks at schools, and merchandising. “We can’t put new cops on the streets, or change the justice system,” says Foxton. “We can’t all create jobs or alleviate poverty. What we can do is get out from behind our walls of fear, humanise one another and in doing so prick the bubble of anger and bitterness that hangs over our nation.”Originally trained in the theatre industry, Foxton transferred his talents into the world of experiential marketing, which uses personally relevant ways of connecting consumers with brands. He is now known as an expert in the innovative style of communication called corporate theatre. This technique provides companies with tailored theatrical face-to-face communication solutions that are used to motivate and inspire the audience.“After I returned from an extended stint overseas,” says Foxton, “I was very interested in people’s reaction to crime in South Africa. The overwhelming feeling, I found, was one of helplessness. And this made me think, because we know the degree of crime we’re experiencing is a symptom of a greater socio-economic problem that we ourselves have created over the years! If we have created the situation, surely we can un-create it.”Respect for each other and our surroundingsIn the global context the crimes that happen in South Africa happen in many other countries, but the media has focused so much on this country’s crime problem that it is often the first thing that a potential visitor will think of. While ordinary South Africans don’t have the resources of the police at their disposal, the SCSH campaign empowers them to start, in their own communities, to change attitudes one step at a time.To a degree, Foxton bases his campaign on theories put forward in Malcolm Gladwell’s best-selling book The Tipping Point. In his book Gladwell cites, among other examples, a dramatic decrease in crime in New York between 1987 and 1992. During that time murder dropped by over 62% and felonies by 50% although, says Gladwell, there was no major change in policy, and the city’s overall status had not changed.Gladwell postulates that it was a few small but significant changes that set off the decline in crime. One of these was the use of the “broken windows” theory in decision-making. This theory holds that unattended signs of decline in a neighbourhood will attract bad elements, because criminals will operate more readily in areas where disorder already exists.To combat the situation, city authorities took steps such as eliminating graffiti and encouraging more responsible public behaviour. Soon these changes in the environment took hold and by promoting respect amongst citizens the authorities successfully managed to crack down on crime.Say hello, but do a little moreFoxton argues that it is these very steps – starting a conversation, fixing something, or helping someone – that will start to create an atmosphere of dignity and respect. He also suggests that people do more than just say hello, but actively look for opportunities to make a difference.“Like small crimes lead to bigger ones, so small acts of friendliness lead to bigger acts of respect,” says Foxton. “If all you do each day is say hello, that’s great. But we urge people to go beyond just saying hello. For instance, managers can use meetings to teach their employees about showing each other respect. Take on apprentices. Start conversations. Take cake and coffee to your local police station. Use your own environment and resources to go beyond just saying hello.”To counteract the notion that the SCSH campaign is based on idealism, Foxton cites the island nation of Singapore. “The country has low instances of violent crime because the authorities have legislated respect into the culture. For instance, if you drop your chewing gum on the ground you are liable for a S$1 000 fine. Respect for each other and our environment are the values we should be inculcating into our society.”So far, Foxton says, the results have been inspiring. “I’ve received so many amazing stories from people who have had wonderfully positive experiences, all through reaching out to others. It can happen. We need to encourage our population to see this country for what it is, not for what it isn’t.”Even those who have been victims themselves have reacted positively. “For the victims I’ve talked to,” says Foxton, “their anger is directed not against a nation but against one or two individuals. Many have climbed right in behind this campaign, using their own negative experiences to help turn things around.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Useful linksStop Crime Say HelloSouth African Police Institute for Security StudiesTrue Crime Expo South AfricaThe Tipping Pointlast_img read more