‘Let’s all laugh at Tottenham’ – Gooners remind Spurs fans about their special day

first_img Arsenal fans celebrate against Liverpool 2 2center_img Arsenal gave their fans plenty to smile about with a 4-1 hammering of Liverpool and their Easter weekend was made even better when Tottenham played out their drab 0-0 draw with Burnley, widening the gap between the north London rivals.It means the Gooners’ annual ‘St Totteringham’s Day‘ celebration – when the club guarantee themselves a higher Premier League finish than Spurs – is getting closer.It might not be silverware, but qualifying for the Champions League every season and finishing above a side who have never finished higher than fourth in the Premier League is as good as a trophy to most fans, right?last_img read more

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SA cyclist shatters 10-second barrier

first_img22 January 2013 Making full use of the Mexican high altitude conditions, the London 2012 Olympian obliterated the old record by 0.448 seconds to record a masterful 9.786 seconds. Cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, will shortly confirm the qualified riders for the UCI World Track Championships, which take place in Minsk, Belarus from 20 to 24 February. Esterhuizen’s name is expected on the list following his superb showing in Aguascalientes. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material It was an excellent weekend for Esterhuizen, who also finished in 11th place in the Keirin event after progressing to the second round with ease. The 20-year-old became the first South African rider to break the magical 10-second barrier over 200m, which could be equated to breaking the 10-second barrier for the 100m in athletics. Juan Peralta Gascon of Spain was the fastest qualifier in a time of 9.633 seconds. Kevin Sireau of France holds the World record of 9.572 seconds. SAinfo reporter Denis Dmitriev of Russia was the overall winner with Max Niederlag of Germany in second and Juan Peralta Gascon of Spain rounding out the placings. Significant stridesHis performances show the significant strides he has made since placing 11th in the sprint at London 2012. Esterhuizen is working with a new coach, having in December joined up with Andy Sparks, who coached him to the Junior 1Km World Time Trial title in 2010. Esterhuizen, however, won all three of his subsequent rides to win the B-final and finish in a credible ninth position overall. QualifyingAfter qualifying in eighth position out of 49 starters (only the fastest 16 riders qualify) he had a tough ride in the first round, narrowly losing to experienced Frenchman Michael D’Almeida who qualified in ninth position. South Africa’s Bernard Esterhuizen turned in a scintillating display of sprint cycling at the UCI Track World Cup in Aguascalientes, Mexico on the weekend, smashing his own national record of 10.234 seconds in the 200m sprint qualifying event. Nolan Hoffman, the winner of a silver medal in the 15km scratch race at the 2012 World Championships, has already qualified for the World Champs, which should mean South Africa will be represented in the endurance and sprint disciplines.last_img read more

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SA makes presence felt at Cannes

first_img22 May 2013 South Africa is making its presence felt at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival, where three SA features have been well received, the first image of the highly anticipated Nelson Mandela biopic has gone public, and crime thriller Zulu, set and filmed in SA, is due to close the festival. Backed by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), three South African films receive market screenings at Cannes this week: Diprente Productions’ comedy Blitz Patrollie, Triggerfish Animation’s new feature Khumba, and Ten10Films ‘Black South Easter. Speaking to the NFVF after the screening of Khumba, an animated story about a young zebra’s quest to “gain his stripes”, Australian attendee Veronique she said she was deeply touched. “It’s an emotional, heart-warming story which will resonate with all the audiences. I also noticed that the stripes on all the zebras are uniquely different. Congratulations to South Africa on this beautiful story”. Kirsten Barwise of producers Triggerfish said the attention that both Khumba and Adventures in Zambezia, the company’s first animated feature, were receiving in Cannes had been phenomenal. “Both the films have been bought by France, and Adventures in Zambezia will be releasing in France in August 2013,” Barwise told the NFVF. Blitz Patrollie, for its part, has caught the attention of Germany, according to the NFVF. “This partnership comes as outstanding news, as South Africa and Germany have a co-production treaty, which could open doors to Diprente Production’s future co-production projects with Germany.” South African company Videovision Entertainment, meanwhile, has had a busy week at Cannes. On Monday, the company released the first image of Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography. The teaser poster, the first of a series of images that will be rolled out in the coming weeks, was released at an event at Cannes attended by producer Anant Singh and Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, which has acquired the film for distribution in the United States. The film is due for release in South Africa later this year. Videovision has also acquired, for distribution in South Africa, two films that are in competition at Cannes – The Immigrant and Only God Forgives – as well as Blood Ties, which is screening out of competition. In February, Videovision also acquired distribution rights for the film selected to close this year’s festival, the crime thriller Zulu. Starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom as two policemen called in to investigate the gruesome murder of a national rugby hero’s daughter in post-apartheid South Africa, Zulu was filmed on location in Cape Town. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Pacman finding his groove

first_imgLike a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces are slowly coming together for Manny Pacquiao’s training for his defense of the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown.Trainer Freddie Roach watched Pacquiao spar three rounds each against lightweight Leonardo Doronio and light welterweight Sonny Katiandagho and was contented with what he saw.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast After grading Pacquiao a 4 during a listless sparring session Tuesday, Roach gave his ward a passable 6 this time.And with Pacquiao’s title bout against Australian Jeff Horn still on July 2, Roach knows the jigsaw puzzle will be completed in time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Batang Pier, Kings score Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READlast_img read more

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Toronto graffiti artist Skams work sells for thousands at Waddingtons

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With:center_img Graffiti artist Skam’s murals are all over downtown Toronto – he’s been painting alleys, laneways, commercial walls and rooftops in solo works and collaborations since the early 90s. On Wednesday (April 12), auction house Waddington’s hosted an intimate reception in honour of his work, sold for several hundred to a few thousand dollars each.“Graffiti art is therapy for me. I come from a very rough childhood,” he says. “Graffiti, in all honesty, has saved my life. When I paint, I don’t even know where I am. All my problems go away.”Skam produces street art weekly and estimates to have produced 1500 to 2000 pieces, from Toronto to Paris, and which are often wholly financed by himself and for free public consumption rather than profit. Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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Canadian backpack makers eye expansion abroad morph into lifestyle brands

first_imgVANCOUVER – Canada’s backpack makers are experiencing a boon beyond the traditionally busy back-to-school season as students and consumers with all types of carryall needs flock to their designs.That demand is pushing homegrown names like Herschel Supply Co. and Matt & Nat to scale up and open flagship stores, expand their bricks-and-mortar footprints and release products beyond just schoolbags.The back-to-school lead-up is “hot, hot, hot, hot,” said Manny Kohil, CEO of Montreal-based vegan bag brand Matt & Nat.“Month of August is always on fire,” he said, adding that flows into the first week of September before slowing down.Parents plan to spend an average of more than $300 on back-to-school shopping this year, according to an online survey conducted by Maru/Blue for Capital One.Parents will spend an average of about $45 on backpacks — though that jumps to about $68 for high-school students. About 40 per cent of respondents admitted they’d likely go over budget on supplies.The survey was conducted between July 27 and 29, and questioned 276 adults with school-age kids. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.Herschel Supply Co. anticipated a line out the door at its flagship Vancouver store, which opened this summer, in the three weeks leading up to the first day of school.The business certainly benefits from that time of year, said Lyndon Cormack, one of three brothers who co-founded Herschel in 2009.But it’s not dependent on it, he said, noting backpacks have become more “like an every-day purchase” as people increasingly flock to urban centres, live in smaller spaces, rely on public transit and commute using methods other than cars.Both brands saw an upsurge in demand that’s led them to open retail stores and plan domestic and international expansions.“I think that a retail store still hands down does it better than anything in the world in relation to conveying a brand’s purpose and message,” Cormack said.Herschel’sfirst shop is a logical step as the company previously only sold its goods online and through other retailers, like department stores, he said.In the roughly 5,000-square-foot space, the brand can present all its products to consumers rather than a small selection curated by another retailer, like the Hudson’s Bay Co., Cormack explained.Already, more stores are in the works, though Cormack said there’s no specific timeline for future openings.The company is eyeing a few spaces in New York City and London, England, at the moment. Within Canada, it definitely makes sense to eventually look at Toronto, he said.Matt & Nat already operates six locations, including an outlet shop outside of Montreal. It will soon open another discount store near Toronto, said Kohil, and plans to grow its presence to up to 15 stores in Canada and abroad next year. International locations will include the United States, England and the Netherlands, he said.He opened the chain’s first store more than two years ago “to elevate the brand,” he said.But the rucksack companies’ expansions aren’t just into real estate. Both are evolving into so-called lifestyle brands.Matt & Nat branched out beyond handbags and wallets by introducing shoes in the spring of 2016. It now also sells sunglasses and candles.Meanwhile, less than 50 per cent of Herschel’s sales come from backpacks, said Cormack. The company also makes wallets, laptop sleeves and luggage. It expanded into apparel with packable windbreakers and plans to add other diverse categories into its mix in the future.Herschel appears to be following a similar trajectory to another Canadian retailer: Canada Goose. The luxury winter jacket company started as an e-commerce business, then opened its own stores at home and eventually abroad before holding an initial public offering.Cormack doesn’t deny Herschel could eventually go public, but said the company is certainly not looking at an IPO in the near future.Follow @AleksSagan on TwitterCompanies in this story: (TSX: GOOS) (TSX:HBC)last_img read more

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States ask court to stop Trump from reviving US coal sales

first_imgBILLINGS, Mont. — Four states that say burning coal will hurt their residents as it makes climate change worse are trying to stop the Trump administration in federal court from selling vast reserves of the fuel that are beneath public lands.Attorneys for California, New Mexico, New York and Washington argue the coal sales have been shortchanging taxpayers because of low royalty rates and cause pollution that puts the climate and public health at risk.The states were joined by conservation groups and Montana’s Northern Cheyenne tribe in a lawsuit that seeks to revive a coal leasing moratorium imposed under President Barack Obama. The moratorium blocked new lease sales from federal lands that hold billions of tons of the fuel.U.S. District Judge Brian Morris, who was appointed by Obama, is presiding over a Thursday hearing on whether the moratorium should be reinstated.The Trump administration said in court filings that ending the moratorium last year was of critical importance to the economy. That claim comes despite the slow pace of lease sales in recent years and a precipitous drop in demand for the heavily-polluting fuel.U.S. lands in Western states including Wyoming, Montana, Utah and Colorado are a major source of coal for mining companies. There are 7.4 billion tons of the fuel in roughly 300 leases administered by the Bureau of Land Management .Morris recently ruled in a separate case that the administration must consider reduced coal mining in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana to help combat climate change.The judge has played the role of spoiler to Trump on another Obama administration policy reversal — the contentious Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Canada. Trump approved the pipeline last year, but Morris blocked it temporarily in March. The judge said further environmental reviews were needed for the line to comply with federal laws.Some of those same laws are at the centre of the coal moratorium dispute.The states and their allies want push to stop further leasing and resume a sweeping review of the program’s environmental impacts. Government attorneys and the National Mining Association say the review started under Obama was a voluntary step and the Trump administration is within its rights to end it.“We view this as a legal issue and believe this is an open and shut case,” said Conor Bernstein with the mining association, which has intervened in the case.Growing concerns over climate change have put a spotlight on the once-obscure coal leasing program, which has gone largely unchanged and not been through a major environmental review since 1979.Companies have mined about 4 billion tons of coal from federal reserves in the past decade, contributing $10 billion to federal and state coffers through royalties and other payments. Backers of the leasing program say those revenues would be at risk over the long term if it ended.The Obama administration blocked the sale of new leases in 2016 out of concerns over climate-changing greenhouse gases from burning coal and to review royalty rates paid by mining companies for federal coal.Federal officials and members of Congress have said for years the royalty rates were shortchanging taxpayers. Under Obama, the U.S. Interior Department was considering raising those royalty rates to offset the effects of climate change from burning coal.On an order from Trump, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke withdrew the moratorium in March 2017. The former Montana congressman said the Obama administration’s environmental review would cost “many millions of dollars” and that improvements to the program could be made without a full-scale environmental study.California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Zinke’s actions fly in the face of the dire consequences of climate change for the U.S. economy as outlined in a government report released last month.“He ignored the law in opening the door to expanded coal leasing without taking a hard look at the environmental consequences,” Becerra said in a statement. “The rule of law can be a stubborn thing for those who don’t wish to respect it.”After the Trump administration ended the moratorium, Zinke appointed a committee to review the royalty rates. Critics contend he’s stacked the panel with industry-friendly representatives interested in maintaining the status quo.___Follow Matthew Brown at https://twitter.com/matthewbrownapMatthew Brown, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Interstate meet held to discuss law order situation before LS polls

first_imgNew Delhi: With days to go for the Lok Sabha polls, senior officers from Delhi Police met with their counterparts from nine different states, to discuss complex policing issues in the NCT region and improve interstate coordination by sharing inputs about extremist outfits and terror-related intelligence for a smooth polling experience in the Capital. The interstate police meeting was chaired by Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and included senior officers from state police of Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttrakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, and Chandigarh.The meeting stressed on increasing intensive coordinated checking and patrolling at various vulnerable points to keep movements of illicit liquor, firearms, cash, and musclemen in check. In addition, the meeting also considered several measures for strengthening counter-terrorism operations in the run-up to the polls, including tenant verification, guest-house-checking, and sensitisation of cyber café owners and second-hand car dealers.last_img read more

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