Sanchez now has six goals in five appearances against the Tigers, whose fine early season form has deserted them, not helped by the club’s on-going take-over talks and continued uncertainty over the future of caretaker manager Mike Phelan, who is yet to accept an offer to take the role full-time.Arsenal’s problems from the penalty spot continued as Sanchez missed the second of the four they’ve been awarded this season after Hull defender Jake Livermore was ordered off shortly before half-time for handball.Theo Walcott’s deftly chipped finish 10 minutes into the second half as the forward sprinted onto a perfectly weighted backheel from Alex Iwobi ensured there was to be no stirring comeback from the hosts.To their credit, Hull made light of their numerical disadvantage and pulled a goal back when Robert Snodgrass converted a penalty after Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech had been penalised for bringing down Dieumerci Mbokani.Sanchez made sure of the points four minutes later, powering home his side’s third after Walcott took the Chile forward’s pass in his stride, only to see his shot blocked by Eldin Jakupovic, the rebound falling invitingly for Arsenal’s outstanding performer.Granit Xhaka, a second-half substitute, provided Wenger with a reminder of his talents with a stoppage-time fourth, the summer arrival form Borussia Monchengladbach finding the top corner in impressive style from 30 yards after accepting a pass from Mohamed Elneny.– Dominance –Arsenal’s Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez shoots and scores during the English Premier League football match between Hull City and Arsenal on September 17, 2016Arsenal should have had more than a 17th minute strike by Sanchez to show for their first-half dominance.Jakupovic managed only to apply a weak parry to a driven cross from Walcott into the path of Iwobi, whose shot from 12 yards found the net via a minimal though significant touch from Sanchez, who was lurking six yards out.Sanchez had already fired over from close range from Walcott’s inviting cut-back, and Jakupovic produced a stunning save low to his right to block Hector Bellerin’s powerfully struck shot, with Mesut Ozil blazing the rebound over.The fortunes of Jakupovic continued on an upward curve after Livermore’s straight red card for blocking a goal-bound Francis Coquelin shot five minutes before the break.With regular penalty-taker Santi Cazorla — who has scored his last seven form the spot — looking on, Sanchez saw his effort saved by Jakupovic low to his right.Hull, who became the first club since Aston Villa eight years ago to name an unchanged line-up in their first five Premier League games, rarely looked likely to end their 101-year wait for a home victory against the Londoners.They created only one moment of danger in the first-half, Snodgrass shooting tamely at the recalled Cech from 15 yards at the culmination of a neat four-man move.Walcott’s first goal since the opening weekend defeat by Liverpool ensured Sanchez wasn’t left to ponder on his penalty miss for too long.And although Abel Hernandez sent an acrobatic kick against the bar, Hull posed only a sporadic threat until the late penalty from Snodgrass as the visitors made it 26 consecutive games without defeat against newly promoted teams.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal thrashed Hull City 4-1.PHOTO/courtesyKINGSTON UPON HULL, United Kingdom, Sep 17 – Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal secured three consecutive Premier League wins for the first time in nine months with a 4-1 victory at Hull City on Saturday.Sanchez could even afford to miss a first-half penalty at the KCom Stadium — where Hull were reduced to 10 men — as the Gunners continued their recovery following a slow start to the season which saw them take only a point from their first two games.
The application surge is the result of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, in effect since January, which required U.S. citizens to use passports when entering the United States from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean by air. Maura Harty, the assistant secretary for consular affairs, acknowledged the department did not adequately anticipate “the American citizens’ willingness and desire to comply” with the rule “in the timeframe that they did.” Last year, the agency processed 12.1 million passports. This year, officials expect to process about 18 million, she said. The department received 1 million applications in December, 1.8 million January and 1.7 million in February.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The goal is to allow more time to process a flood of passport applications that came in since the rule, one of many enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, took effect this year. Despite that move, security officials said they would proceed, as of January, with a requirement that passports be presented at all U.S. sea and land border crossings. Homeland Security plans to offer a draft in two weeks that spells out how the new rule would be implemented, said spokesman Russ Knocke. Several members of Congress were incredulous, and pledged to force a change in the January deadline. “They have got an awful mess that they can’t handle and they’re going to have to put this whole notion off for another year,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., whose district lies along the U.S.-Canadian border. “If there is a mistake to be made, I’m sorry to say DHS will make it.” Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, said Congress had given the State Department the flexibility to wait until June 1, 2009, to carry out the land and sea passport requirements. He strongly urged officials to wait “if it looks like what happened this summer becomes a possibility this winter.” WASHINGTON – Even as it bowed to complaints about vacation-ruining passport delays, the Bush administration insisted Friday it is pressing ahead with restrictions next year that could mean even bigger travel headaches. Responding to protests, the State Department and the Homeland Security Department said they would temporarily relax a rule requiring passports for air travel to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. From now until the end of September, they said, travelers would be allowed to fly to those destinations if they present government-issued identification, such as a driver’s license, and a receipt from a State Department Web site showing they had applied for a passport. The reprieve applies only to those with applications pending, not those who apply in coming days for travel later this summer. Travelers with receipts but not passports should expect extra scrutiny.
The civil-rights group cited studies and public statements attributed to government agencies and other groups that assert blacks have been more likely to receive higher-interest loans than other borrowers. The complaint did not include specific examples of borrowers claiming they were the subject of discrimination. One of the studies was issued last year by the Durham, N.C.-based Center for Responsible Lending. It found that blacks were 31percent to 34percent more likely to be sold subprime loans than whites with the same income and credit-risk profile, the lawsuit states. A majority of blacks in Boston who earned annual salaries from $92,000 to $152,000 also received subprime loans in 2005, according to a National Community Reinvestment Coalition study cited in the lawsuit. “These statistical disparities are not mere happenstance, but instead result from a systematic and predatory targeting of African-Americans,” the lawsuit states. Chris Orlando, a spokesman for Ameriquest, a unit of Orange-based ACC Capital Holdings, one of the nation’s largest subprime lenders, said he could not comment on specifics of the lawsuit because the company had not yet seen it. He added, however, that company lending decisions are based “strictly on objective, statistically proven risk factors.” Christina Pretto, a spokeswoman for New York-based Citigroup, said the company is “absolutely committed to fair lending practices and adheres to what we certainly believe are the leading practices in this industry.” Diane Bergan, a spokeswoman for Prospect Heights, Ill.-based HSBC, said the company hadn’t seen the lawsuit and doesn’t comment on litigation. Bergan pointed out that the company conducts reviews of its lending data and is confident that it is treating its customers “fairly and with integrity.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A call to Seattle-based Washington Mutual Inc. was not immediately returned. Subprime loans are often aimed at borrowers considered by lenders to be a higher risk because of spotty credit histories. Borrowers who obtain such loans can end up paying much more interest. Many people who took out adjustable mortgages or home equity loans at subprime interest rates in recent years have been unable to keep up with increasing payments. That has contributed to a spike in defaults and foreclosures in recent months, with dozens of mortgage lenders going out of business or filing for bankruptcy protection. In the lawsuit, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People contends the lenders have engaged in “institutionalized, systematic racism” and that black homeowners who received subprime loans from the lenders in 2004 were 30percent more likely to get higher interest rates than white borrowers with the same financial qualifications. The NAACP sued a dozen mortgage lenders on Wednesday, claiming the companies discriminated against blacks by steering them into higher- interest, subprime loans while giving more favorable loan terms to white borrowers. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. It demands a court order barring the lenders from discriminating against blacks and compelling them to comply with fair housing and credit laws. Among the defendants named in the suit are Ameriquest Mortgage Co., Citigroup Inc., HSBC Finance Corp. and Washington Mutual Inc. Ameriquest, Citigroup and HSBC defended their lending practices as fair.
“They could be a better team without him.”Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona may not be the disaster for #LFC that many have claimed, explains @Joey7Barton… pic.twitter.com/hHYBA8OKyk— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) January 8, 2018 Philippe Coutinho has joined Barcelona from Liverpool for £142million Joey Barton believes Liverpool could end up a better team without Philippe Coutinho.The talkSPORT presenter rates the Brazilian as an outstanding talent but reckons his move to Barcelona solves a selection headache for Jurgen Klopp and can benefit the Reds in the long run.FULL STORY – Barcelona sign Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho for £142million“Klopp was having an issue, certainly in the Liverpool games I had seen, of getting Coutinho, Mane, Salah and Lallana all into the same side,” explained Barton, speaking on the Sports Breakfast.“It is going to be Mane and Salah either side of Firmino and now he has got only a smaller issue of does he play Wijnaldum or Lallana.“I think it has actually helped Klopp out. He knew he had a player who wanted away, he was getting a load of money for him, he knew he would be able to reinvest in the side.“It is going to sound bizarre to say this because Coutinho was mercurial for them at times but they could actually end up being a better team, a more cohesive team, without Coutinho.“I don’t think he is as good as Hazard. Salah has been more influential than him this season, certainly with his goals.” 1
LONDON – British police revealed chilling details Thursday of the terrorist plot they thwarted, describing the plan as on the scale of 9/11. If successfully carried out, the plot – possibly just days away – would have blown up U.S.-bound jetliners over the Atlantic and killed thousands. Accounts leaked by investigators described a plan that would use common electronic devices to detonate liquid explosives concealed in sports drink bottles to bring down as many as 10 planes in a nearly simultaneous strike. The bombs were to be assembled on the aircraft apparently with peroxide-based solution and everyday carry-on items such as a disposable camera or a music player, two American law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Britain asked that no information be released. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.A federal law enforcement official in Washington said that at least one martyrdom tape was found during ongoing raids across England on Thursday. Such a tape, as well as the scheme to strike a range of targets at roughly the same time, is an earmark of al-Qaida. British authorities arrested 24 people based partly on intelligence from Pakistan, where authorities detained up to three others several days earlier. More arrests were expected, the official said. The suspects were believed to be mainly British Muslims, at least some of Pakistani ancestry. A senior U.S. counterterrorism official said the suspects, whose ages ranged from 17 to the mid-30s, were looking to sneak at least some chemicals on the planes in sports drink bottles. Teams of at least two or three men were assigned to each flight, the schedules for which they had researched on the Internet, the official said. Two other U.S. officials said British, American and Pakistani investigators were trying to trace the steps of the suspects in Pakistan and were seeking to determine whether a couple of them attended terrorist training camps there. American investigators praised Britain for preventing a catastrophe. “If this plot had actually occurred, the world would have stood still,” Mark Mershon, assistant director of the FBI, told the AP in New York. Terror threat levels were raised to some of their highest levels and hundreds of flights were canceled worldwide. Passengers stood in line for hours and airport trash bins bulged with everything from mouthwash and shaving cream to maple syrup and fine wine. Governors in at least three U.S. states – California, New York and Massachusetts – ordered National Guard troops to help provide security. “We want to make sure that there are no remaining threats out there, and we also want to take steps to prevent any would-be copycats who may be inspired to similar conduct,” said U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Experts said the nature of the plot could herald a new age of terrorism where attackers have access to explosives that are easy to carry and conceal. Emergency security measures quickly implemented on Thursday provided a stark vision of the possible future of air travel. Mothers tasted baby food in front of airport security guards to prove it contained no liquid explosives. Liquids and gels were banned from flights. Travelers repacked their luggage in airports, stowing all but the most necessary items in the hold. Although plots to blow up airliners using liquid explosives are not new – such an attempt was foiled more than a decade ago – the U.S. government has been slow to upgrade its security equipment at airport checkpoints to detect explosives on passengers. U.S. authorities did not say how long the security measures would last. “We are taking the step of preventing liquids from getting into the cabin to give us time to make adjustments,” Chertoff said. The raids in Britain on Thursday followed a monthslong investigation, but U.S. intelligence officials said authorities moved quickly after learning the plotters hoped to stage a practice run within two days, with the actual attack expected just days after that. The test run was designed to see whether the plotters would be able to smuggle the needed materials aboard the planes, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Targeted were United, American and Continental Airlines flights from Britain to major U.S. destinations, which counterterrorism officials said probably included New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. “This nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation,” President Bush declared. The plane bombings could have come just ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks carried out by al-Qaida. The terror group’s leader, Osama bin Laden, and his No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, are believed hiding along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and have repeatedly issued tapes threatening new attacks. “In terms of scale, it was probably designed to be … a new Sept. 11,” said Jean-Charles Brisard, a French private investigator who works with lawyers of many Sept. 11 victims. “It involved the same tools, the same transportation tools and devices.” The close call also shifted attention once more to Britain’s Islamic community just over a year after the London transit attacks. Three Britons of Pakistani descent and a Jamaican convert to Islam carried out those deadly bombings with a peroxide-based explosive that trained operatives can make using ordinary ingredients such as hair bleach. In Pakistan, an intelligence official said the arrest of an Islamic militant near that border several weeks ago played a role in “unearthing the plot.” The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said some suspects arrested in Britain were linked to al-Qaida. However, authorities stopped short of accusing al-Qaida directly for the plot. A senior Pakistani government official, also speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the matter, said “two or three local people” suspected in the plot were arrested a few days ago in the Pakistani cities of Lahore and Karachi. French Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy said the group “appears to be of Pakistani origin,” but did not give a precise source for the information. Britain’s Home Office refused comment. A British police official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation, said the suspects were “homegrown,” though it was not immediately clear if all were British citizens. He said authorities were working with Britain’s large South Asian community. Tariq Azim Khan, the Pakistani minister of state for information, said “these people were born and brought up in the United Kingdom. Some of them may have parents who were immigrants from Pakistan.” Raids were carried out at homes in London, the nearby town of High Wycombe and in Birmingham, in central England. Searches continued throughout the day, and police cordoned off streets in several locations. Police also combed a wooded area in High Wycombe. Hamza Ghafoor, 20, who lives across the street from one of the homes raided in Walthamstow, northeast of London, said police circled the block in vans Wednesday and that they generally swoop into the neighborhood to question “anyone with a beard.” “Ibrahim didn’t do nothing wrong,” Ghafoor said, referring to a suspect. “He played football. He goes to the mosque. He’s a nice guy.” The British government raised its threat assessment to its highest level – critical – which warns that a terrorist attack could be imminent. The U.S. government, following suit, raised its threat assessment to red alert, also its highest level, for commercial flights from Britain to the United States.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Today, the Hart High School junior is a cancer survivor, and on Wednesday she spoke at a kickoff fundraiser for blood cancer cures through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Known as “Light the Night Walk,” the national event returns to Santa Clarita for the second year Oct. 15. Carrying balloons with lights, corporate teams, families and volunteers walk two miles around Bridgeport Park with this year’s goal of raising $100,000, said Taly Fantini, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society director of special events. Last year, about 800 people gathered at the park and raised $50,000. This year’s walk is the first for Sandi and Joe Franco and their 8-year-old son Mateo, who was diagnosed with leukemia in September. Nearly 35,000 people each year are diagnosed with the form of cancer that’s characterized by an uncontrolled accumulation of white blood cells. “It impacts every part of your life,” Sandi Franco said. “Every part of our life changed a year ago.” VALENCIA – When 16-year-old Sarah Weichel was diagnosed with cancer, doctors told her to let them worry about the disease and urged her to live life as usual. So she did, despite aggressive chemotherapy treatments. The fair-haired teen danced at her prom, hung out with friends and went out at night like others her age. But one morning, she woke up and found much of her hair on her pillow. Suddenly, her reality of the disease changed. “I realized that day I was sick and I could die if I did not fight with all the strength I had,” she said. The Newhall family will walk with at least 20 others on their team in October. Wearing a button-sized picture of her 11-year-old grandson, Jonnie Lanners, who died three years ago from leukemia, Janet Snyder is on her sixth walk to raise money to find a cure. The Santa Clarita grandmother grinned when she described the boy who was in and out of hospitals for three years and eventually established a toy charity for other kids there. “I’m sad because I lost Jonnie. But if it (the walk) will prevent someone from going through what we did, that’s what it’s all about,” she said. Ana Butler’s mother, Lillith Machado, was 73 when she died of myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells that annually strikes nearly 16,000 people, typically at age 67. Machado was in the hospital for months before her diagnosis, with doctors bewildered by her symptoms. By the time the disease was recognized, it was too late for treatment, said Butler, who is forming a team of her five siblings to walk in their mother’s honor. “I want to find a cure,” she said. “We have to carry on.” For more information about the fundraiser, look at: www.lightthenight.org or call (877) 586-9255. firstname.lastname@example.org (661)257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Another festival of football is upon us as Euro 2016 starts tonight with France v Romania live on STV.You can follow all the action from France on air and online with matches from the group stage right through to the final on July 10 being broadcast on STV and shown on the STV Player.But who will come out on top? We asked members of the STV Sport team to select their winner.Will Paul Pogba be the star of the tournament? Mike Egerton / EMPICS Sport I’m going for France – they’re the home side and that usually works in their favour, they’ve got some exciting young players in their side and their form going into the tournament has been fantastic.@sheelaghmclarenCan Spain win three-in-a-row? Kai Pfaffenbach / ReutersFew people will tip them for success after a miserable World Cup defence two years ago but I expect them to bounce back in France.Defending champions, arguably the best goalkeeper (assuming De Gea is given the nod) and defence (Ramos, Pique, Alba, Junafran) in the tournament, goals from midfield, bags of experience, and a wily, shrewd manager.@STVPaulFrance lifted the World Cup on home soil in 1998. ReutersThey have a midfield packed with quality, exciting attacking options and a group where their defence can properly find their feet. And if you believe in this sort of thing… they’ve played two tournaments at home, and won them both.@STVGrantDidier Deschamps will lead France in another major tournament. ReutersDidier Deschamps’ team are favourites for a reason.There’s talent throughout the squad, genuine competition for places and a blend of experience and fresh faces. Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann are poised to be the stars of the tournament and the draw looks favourable as well. Add in home advantage and there’s a strong case for a party in Paris on July 10.@STV_AndyCan Luka Modric add more silverware after helping Real Madrid to the Champions League? SNS It might be a bit out of left field but bear with me for a minute. Croatia go into this tournament with a young, creative side. They play attacking football and are also strong defensively. They haven’t lost a game under Ante Cacic since he took charge last September and this is the strongest they’ve been since their outstanding 1998 World Cup run.I don’t expect Spain to do well this year and also think Turkey are an outside bet to go far, so with Croatia topping Group D they could potentially meet Poland in the quarter-finals, England in the semis and France in the final. While I think the French are understandable favourites maybe it’s wishful thinking a dark horse will trip them up at the final hurdle. @_LauraBrannan © ReutersWhile many of the top teams are in transition, France built on a credible showing at the last World Cup and have improved. Even without Karim Benzema, the hosts can win matches through pace, power, precision or a combination of all three.Lloris, Koscielny, Pogba and Giroud looks like a decent spine and along with some excellent supporting players, I’m going for a repeat of 1998.@mcclymontscott Press AssociationThey are the favourites for a reason. Didier Deschamps has countless options to choose between in every position, with Les France’s best players (the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba) all reaching their peak at the same time. Now Les Blues need some silverware to prove this is their golden generation.@grahamruthven Ok, I’m going to be very boring and go for France.At each major tournament, one player will shine. For me, that player will be Paul Pogba. His explosive energy and ability combined with talent of Kante, Payet and Griezmann will propel the hosts to the final and lift the trophy. I don’t think home advantage counts for that much at the Euros (unlike the World Cup on a different continent) but France, for me, have the best team and should go all the way.@STVRamanAnthony Martial is one of the bright lights in this French squad. PA
A Salem man was shot Saturday evening near Delaney Park in a road rage incident and a woman was injured; both being taken to Louisville by helicopter ambulance.Arrested was Robert Abner, 52, Vallonia. Abner, 52, SalemHe was charged with aggravated battery and criminal recklessness. He is currently awaiting arraignment in the Washington County Jail. Yesterday evening at 8:37 pm, Washington County 911 received a call of a shooting at the intersection of Delaney Park Road and East Nicholson Hollow Road near Salem.When Washington County deputies arrived, they located a male subject identified as Devin Roll, 24, of Salem, lying in a ditch next to the roadway with a gunshot wound to his leg.Also at the scene was Abner and his wife Anita Abner.Washington County deputies contacted the Indiana State Police to assist them in the investigation.An Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigator and detective arrived at the scene.After speaking with all the individuals at the scene, including witnesses. The preliminary investigation shows that Robert Abner and Devin Roll became engaged in a road rage incident which began on State Road #135 near Salem.The incident came to a head at the intersection of Delaney Park Road and East Nicholson Hollow Road near Salem, after the two men exited their vehicles and began a fist fight.During the fight at some point, Anita Abner, the wife of Robert Abner, got involved in the scuffle and was injured.Also during the fight, Robert Abner retrieved a handgun and shot Devin Roll in the leg.Devin Roll and Anita Abner were both flown by air ambulance to the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY with non-life threatening injuries. Robert Abner was transported to the St Vincent’s Hospital in Salem with non-life threatening injuries.After his release from the hospital he was arrested and incarcerated at the Washington County Jail for Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm and Aggravated Battery.This investigation is continuing.Assisting Agencies; Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Washington County EMS, Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Department, Indiana Department of Conservation Officer
Tigers host Bonduel in regional semifinal FridayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — Sammy Griesbach scored 15 points, and Taya Nett added 11 to lift the Stratford girls basketball team past Coleman 50-25 in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday night at Stratford High School.Stratford raced out to a 27-12 lead by halftime and limited Coleman (5-18) to 13 points in the second half to win going away.Stratford (16-7) moves on to a regional semifinal at home Friday against Bonduel (17-6). Game time is 7 p.m.The Tigers limited Coleman to just 10 made field goals and hit four 3-pointers, including two from Kaylee Hollatz.Hollatz and Chelsey Gliniecki each had nine rebounds for the Tigers.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 50, Cougars 25Coleman 12 13 – 25Stratford 27 23 – 50COLEMAN (25): Abagail Nowak 1 0-0 2, Elizabeth Henry 0 0-0 0, Hope Poetz 0 0-0 0, Maria Nowak 1 0-0 2, Ashlee Mayer 1 2-2 4, Meghan Fraser 0 0-0 0, Emily Dufeck 1 0-0 2, Clara Yoap 1 0-0 2, Chloe Morgan 0 0-0 0, Kailey Klimek 0 1-2 1, Mariana Meissner 3 2-6 8, Jenni Styczynski 0 0-0 0, Kyla Manning 2 0-0 4, Allyson Crandall 0 0-0 0, Abagail Marquardt 0 0-0 0. FG: 10. FT: 5-10. 3-pointers: none. Fouls: 8. Fouled out: none. Record: 5-18.STRATFORD (50): Olympia Garrigan 0-1 0-0 0, Taya Nett 4-11 2-2 11, Blaire Linder 1-2 0-0 3, Sammy Griesbach 7-9 1-2 15, Brooke Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Olivia Burrows 0-0 0-0 0, Mariah Zawislan 0-1 0-0 0, Chelsey Gliniecki 1-6 2-6 4, Kaylee Hollatz 3-8 0-0 8, Callie Lehman 0-0 0-0 0, Andie Zuelke 4-8 1-3 9. FG: 20-46. FT: 6-13. 3-pointers: 4-14 (Hollatz 2-6, Linder 1-2, Nett 1-6). Rebounds: 29 (Gliniecki 9, Hollatz 9). Fouls: 10. Fouled out: none. Record: 16-7.
The Women’s Empowerment index promises to advance women’s rights in Africa and change the conservative attitudes that so often impede them. (Image: Brand South Africa) • International Women’s Forum South Africa +27 11 325 5295 email@example.com • Want to grow Africa’s economy? Include women • Women taking SA forward • Foster builds a network of support • Towards gender equality in South Africa • Women’s rights in South Africa to advanceShamin ChibbaWomen’s rights in South Africa have taken a massive leap forward with the launch of the Women’s Empowerment Index by the International Women’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA). The index will evaluate the progress women are making from now until 2020, which marks the end of what the United Nations has named the African Women’s Decade.Speaking at the Africa Rising Conference in Johannesburg on Thursday, 19 June, IWFSA president Vuyo Mahlati said the index was all about ensuring that women could participate equally with men in the continent’s economy. “When we talking about inclusive development and growth, we’re talking about growth beyond numbers. We’re talking about growth that deals with issues of poverty and inequality. It is about women being part of the mainstream of the economy and allowing women to contribute in the development of society.”The index, she said, would redefine empowerment by looking at how women managed all aspects of life. It would also assess personal development, access to education, information and financial support, having the right skills for a specific task or job, and what sort of environment was appropriate for a woman to perform her best at work. “The indices are basically underlining the key elements that are critical for a person to be empowered.” Annual targetsEach year, the IWFSA will set targets for what women should achieve, which will be reflected in the index. Mahlati said this approach would make empowerment a long-term and sustainable goal. “By 2020 we must be able to say, ‘We were here and now we are here.’”She said that the work environment prioritised men, which the index would look to change. “We are addressing a legacy which says, ‘Women stay at home and look after the children, the men go to work and provide for the family.’ So with the index we are raising consciousness.”It was a reaction to the lack of progress women were experiencing in Africa. She said activists previously thought it was the law that suppressed women, yet after numerous amendments over the last 20 years, not much had changed. “Now we need new instruments that are going to push enforcement.”The IWFSA aims to publish the index annually. Empowerment means supporting one anotherJuliana Oyegun, the former chief diversity officer of the World Bank, said that when women supported and believed in one another, it led to empowerment for all. Women could feel empowered when they were organised and could integrate their work and home life. “One thing we don’t do enough is take care of ourselves. We must plan ahead. The more preparation we do the more empowered we feel.”Precious Moloi-Motsepe, the executive chairperson of African Fashion International and a member of IWFSA, insisted that giving should become a part of empowerment. “When you give to others you receive handsomely.” Networking was empowering as it allowed women to share knowledge, she said, adding that while making connections one should not be concerned with what others could do for you but instead ask what you could do for them.For Wendy Appelbaum, a director of companies and of her own foundation that sees to the health and education concerns of South African women, as well as a member of IWFSA, empowerment meant women taking their knowledge and connections and putting them together for a greater cause. She acknowledged that women had not worked together in the past but said the time had come when they needed to be more courageous and passionate about helping each other. “Women need to act like coalitions and look out for one another. Fifty percent [of the population] is women so we can expand our powerbase and work together.”Special gender envoy at African Development Bank, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, said people had become increasingly dedicated to gender equality because it made economic sense. However, she said that women should not abandon their roles as mothers, wives, sisters and daughters. “Disengaging [from these roles] would deprive the continent of half of its human capital.”The African Development Bank, she said, was playing a role in getting women into the mainstream economy by ensuring that female-owned businesses were able to access credit and direct loans. Women are impededAgostinho Zacharias, the United Nations Development Programme resident representative, said women had always been a force for good in South Africa. “The fact that they started the liberation struggle meant they have always been there. They’ve fought every battle.”However, he said women throughout Africa were still fighting, this time against poverty and the traditional notion that a woman’s place was in the household and not in the workplace. “It’s a struggle. And we have to continue fighting without relenting.” Several factors impeded women’s growth. These included:Political crises – political theory was invented to help resolve problems in society, but countries were more concerned with ticking the democracy box than analysing issues. “We see politics as an ends to itself rather than as a means to address more of society’s problems,” he explained.Short-term solutions, which were driven by greed and instant gratification.Economic policies adopted by nations had failed to create jobs and redistribute wealth, and instead they had brought instability to society.Continued lack of investment in education.