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Half-time: Chelsea 0 Crystal Palace 0 – Blues fortunate not to be behind at the break

first_imgChelsea dominated much of the first half at Stamford Bridge but the best chance fell to Yohan Cabaye, who should have put Crystal Palace ahead.Pedro, making his home debut for the hosts, sent a left-footed strike wide and Willian fired over as they had the majority of possession.But Palace have so far defended well, passed the ball nicely and been a threat on the counter-attack.Bakary Sako found space in behind Branislav Ivanovic and brought a save from Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois.And when a succession of tidy passes culminated in Wilfried Zaha teeing up Cabaye, the Frenchman could only side-foot straight at Courtois.Eagles keeper Alex McCarthy produced a double save shortly before the break, stooping to his right to block Diego Costa’s low shot and then Cesc Fabregas’ follow-up.McCarthy was then called into action again, reacting quickly to keep out Nemanja Matic’s shot after the midfielder had made space for himself in the penalty area.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Baba, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Remy, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Time to ignite the 2010 World Cup – Celebrating 365 days to kick off

first_imgCall to all South Africans to fly the flag, wear a football shirt, blow your vuvuzela and sing out the National Anthem on 11th June 2009.Thursday 11th June 2009 at 16h00 marks one year to the kick-off of the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup – it’s time for ignition! In a symbolic demonstration of national unity and pride, Brand South Africa calls on all South Africans to wear a football jersey (preferably a Bafana Bafana one) or a yellow shirt, on the day and fly the South African flag. And at exactly 16h00, to blow a vuvuzela and sing the National Anthem.A five-minute count-down will begin at 15h55 on radio stations across the country, to cue all citizens, wherever they are, to sing Nkosi Sikelele Afrika at 16h00. The intention behind this nation-wide activation is for South Africa to celebrate one year to kick-off, and to serve as a point of ignition for the tournament. “It is also an act of national pride in, and support to our country as Africa’s first host of this prestigious tournament,” says Paul Bannister, International Marketing Council of South Africa’s Chief Executive.“With the Bulls Super 14 victory fresh in our minds, the IPL cricketing extravaganza successfully behind us, the British and Irish Lions clash in play and the Confederations Cup literally only hours away, South Africa’s sports buzz is infectious,” says Bannister.There is however a subtle but vital difference between being a good host and a great one. “The magic underpinning being great lies in our people, who are able to provide event viewers and visitors with the contagious, edge-of-your-seat buzz and a taste of the competitive spirit to come whilst making them feel truly “at home” in South Africa,” he says.It is up to us all to rally together, as South Africans. “We encourage every South African, whether you are in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Sydney, Toronto or London to join us as we mark an important milestone in our Nation’s history,” concludes Bannister. “This is an easy and fun way for us to let the world know that we are lighting the touch paper for the 2010 World Cup .” Be a part of South Africa’s World Cup revolution!1.       South Africa’s national anthem2.       South Africa 2010: find out more About the International Marketing of South Africa (Brand South Africa)The International Marketing Council of South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa. At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. This did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective. This led to the creation of the IMC, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign.  There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.For further information:Margaret DingaloDirector: Stakeholder RelationsInternational Marketing Council of South AfricaTel: +27 11 483 0122Web: www.brandsouthafrica.comYolande De NysschenAccount DirectorMS&L Worldwide | South AfricaTel: +27 11 235 4300Web: www.mslworldwide.comlast_img read more

Five accused behind terrorist’s escape from SMHS hospital in NIA custody

first_imgThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday took the custody of five accused arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in connection with the escape of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Mohammed Naveed Jhatt from the SMHS hospital, an official spokesman said here. The NIA spokesman said the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate here granted a two-day transit remand of the five accused who had been nabbed by the police on February 8, two days after the escape of 22-year-old Jhatt alias Abu Hanzalla from the busy hospital in the city. The five accused — Shakeel Ahmed Bhat, Tika Khan, Syed Tajamul Islam, Mohammed Shafi Wani and Jan Mohammed Ganai — were arrested by the police for allegedly conspiring in the escape of Jhatt. All the five accused are residents of Pulwama. The NIA re-registered the case pertaining to the escape from custody of Jhatt from the SMHS hospital where he was brought in for treatment on February 6. The accused will be produced before the NIA special court at Jammu tomorrow for seeking police custody, the spokesman said. The designated court for the NIA is in Jammu, the winter capital of the state. Two policemen — head constable Mushtaq Ahmed and constable Babar Ahmed — of the Jammu and Kashmir Police were killed by Jhatt and his accomplice on the fateful day. Bhat is believed to be one of the masterminds of the escape of Jhatt and his motorcycle had been used in the escape of the terrorist, police said. Khan, a resident of Pulwama, is alleged to have provided his car for further transportation of Jhatt out of the city, police said. Jhatt is at present believed to be in the Pulwama area of South Kashmir, they said. Shafi, who is from Narbal on the outskirts of Srinagar city, had posed as a patient to provide cover for the terrorists escape. Jhatt had managed to escape on February 6 after at least two other militants attacked the police escort team at the SMHS Hospital here, killing two cops.last_img read more

Delhi University’s first cut-off hits ‘insane’ 100%

first_imgThe cut- off marks for admission to Delhi University’s prestigious colleges have always been high. But this year, they have touched the height of absurdity.Consider this. Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) has pegged its first cut-off for its hugely popular B.Com (Honours) course at a staggering 100%, for students who haven’t studied any of the commerce subjects – Mathematics, Accounts, Economics and Business Studies – in Class XII! Incredibly, SRCC Principal P. C. Jain does not see anything absurd in insisting that students from the non- commerce stream in Class XII score perfect marks in all their subjects.”We get the best students from across the country and getting 100% in the aggregate of your best performance in four subjects is no longer impossible in Board examinations,” said Jain on Tuesday.Jain clearly hasn’t been tracking the results in various states. In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, the topper Akash Yadav secured 92.3%. In Karnataka, of the over five lakh students who appeared for the 12th standard exam, fewer than one hundred scored in excess of 95%. In West Bengal, the topper in this year’s West Bengal Secondary Certificate examination scored 95%.The tale is similar across the country, with even various state-level toppers failing to score the minimum entry marks for admission to a top Delhi University college. This has virtually slammed the door in the face of applicants from other states.But SRCC is not the only one with stratospheric cut-offs. Colleges such as Ramjas, Hindu and, surprisingly, even Keshav Mahavidyalya are not too far behind. For B.Com (H), Hindu College expects applicants to have scored between 95.5% and 99%. At Keshav Mahavidyalya, the cut-off ranges from 94 to 99%.advertisementMost colleges have substantially increased the cut-offs to try and stem the rising tide of applicants. Among science subjects, the increase in the first cut-off marks, as against last year, is as much as 10% in North Campus colleges.Lokesh Bhandari, a student of Ahlcon Public School in Mayur Vihar, was happy with his aggregate of 91.25% – till the cut- offs were announced. “I am interested in economics and mathematics, but I think I’ll have to wait till the third or the fourth list to see if I can get through any of the North Campus colleges,” he said.The absurdity of the increase registered in the qualifying marks of the first list has also been acknowledged by the university at the time of announcement, albeit tacitly.The university press release sent to all newspapers states: “Colleges have exercised abundant caution in declaring the first cut- off list. Aspirants for admission are advised not to get discouraged. Most colleges are expected to announce four more lists with lower cut- offs.” The “abundant caution” exercised is due to the new admission process adopted by the university. DU, from this year, has discontinued the use of pre-admission or application forms.As per university rule, once the cut-off is declared, colleges have to compulsorily admit all students who come to them with marks equal to or above the cut-off within three days of announcing the cut-offs. So, if the qualifying mark is kept too low, the institution could end up admitting more students than the sanctioned capacity.In absence of any application data, colleges have played safe by pitching higher cut-off marks for the general category.The degree of precaution taken is so extreme that colleges do not mind if they don’t admit even a single student in the first list. How else could one explain Kirori Mal College pitching its first cut-off for B. Com (H) at 97%,higher than even SRCC, which is the most sought after college for commerce?”We are in no hurry to admit students. Instead of being the first ones to close admission in the first list, we have decided to proceed very carefully this time,” said VK Srivastav, principal, Hindu College.Even that may not help students from other states. Malini Bhagat, principal of Kolkata’s Mahadevi Birla school, said the total number of students scoring above 90% in subjects in the state higher secondary exam has gone down significantly this time. “It naturally becomes difficult for students coming from the state boards to qualify,” Bhagat said.Apart from blaming the new admission procedure, college principals have also pleaded helplessness in the light of the unprecedented number of students who have scored above 90% in the CBSE exam this year.The category of students scoring above 95% across the country in the CBSE exam witnessed an unprecedented spike as its number jumped from 1,202 in 2010 to 2,097 this year. In the Delhi region alone, this number trebled from 288 last year to 818 students this time.advertisementAccording to Krishna Kumar, former head of NCERT, the marks inflation has been going on for quite some time. “The National Curriculum Framework made by the NCERT in 2005 had suggested various reforms to contain this trend of inflating results. Board results are no longer indicators of a student’s real potential,” said Kumar.”The real problem is the gap between demand and supply. There is a need to create more quality institutions of higher learning,” said Ashok Ganguly, former head of CBSE.Admission guideIf you are eligible in the first cut-off list for a college of your choice, then take admission and do not wait for the second list.If you don’t, you lose your right to admission the next time.If you want to change your college after the second list, then go to the previous college to cancel your admission only after you have an admission slip from the second college or a verbal assurance of admission from them.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more