first_imgNEWCASTLEVS ARSENALArsenal have four points from their opening three games, their worst start since 2011. But they have gone nine Barclays Premier League games against Newcastle without loss, winning their last seven home and away. Newcastle could start with Florian Thauvin, their latest signing from Marseille who scored on his full debut for Newcastle in the 4-1 Capital One Cup win over Northampton.ASTON VILLA VS SUNDERLANDSunderland have failed to score in their last four games against Villa while managing just one in seven previous encounters. Three of the last four games between these teams at Villa Park have ended in goalless draws while seven of Sunderland’s 14 visits there have also been draws, with Villa winning five and Sunderland just two, most recently in January 2011.BOURNEMOUTH VS LEICESTER CITYLeicester have won 29 Premier League points since April 1, more than any other side. And Riyad Mahrez has scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances, including four in his three games of this campaign. Leicester have beaten Bournemouth in their last four league clashes, and last lost against the south-coast club in March 1989.STOKE VS WEST BROMStoke have started poorly with just two points from a possible nine, their worst Premier League start for five years; in 2010 they lost their opening three games and went on to finish just seven points clear of the relegation zone. Albion’s one point is their worst start since 2013.TOTTENHAMVS EVERTONTottenham have two points, their worst start for three years. But Everton last won at White Hart Lane in November 2008, one of three victories there in 22 visits. Everton defender John Stones put in a transfer request in midweek, while Chelsea have had three unsuccessful bids for the defender, and so he may not feature.SOUTHAMPTON VS NORWICH CITYSouthampton’s two points is their worst start since 2012 when they lost their first four games in the Barclays Premier League and sees them in the bottom three – their lowest place in the top flight since December 2012. Indeed, Saints have won just once in their last nine league games, losing five and drawing three.last_img read more

UMA Executive Director Returns from Reproductive Health Confab, Urges Financial Support for Sensitization/Awareness Nationwide

first_imgThe executive director of Unions of Muslim Association of Bomi and Gbarpolu (UMABG) Counties has urged supporting partners to provide financial support to entities in Liberia in order to buttress the reproductive sector.Director Sheikh Idrissa Swaray made the plea recently in an interview upon his return from Istanbul, Turkey where he attended a four-day conference on ‘Building A Faith-Inspired Momentum for Sexual and Reproductive Health Post 2015.’Director Swaray disclosed that the Istanbul’s reproductive conference drew more than 100 participants to discuss critical health and other related issues at a global level.The UMA boss said the internationally acclaimed conference brought together highly qualified scholars in the world’s distinguished religions and findings will be sent to the United Nations in New York for possible consideration.Amongst the many topics discussed, Director Swaray pointed out; include Gender-based Violence (GBV), HIV/AIDS, Maternal Health, Family Planning, Education for Sexual and Reproductive Health.The UMA official added that participants at the four-day conference came from Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, West, Middle East, South and North Africa.He also indicated that the critical issues of dissemination, sensitization and awareness remain some of the serious challenges and constraints throughout the country.“I have acquired a substantive knowledge and skills from the Istanbul conference and would greatly appreciate a sustained support from all donor partners for the successful implementation of the initiative in the country,” Director Swaray stressed.Director Swaray further disclosed that the Istanbul conference also discussed the fundamental issue of women rights in the reproductive health sector in their respective countries.The UMA Director also intimated that the intent and purpose of the Istanbul, Turkey conference was to seek and gather the perspectives of the world’s religions on the cardinal issues of reproductive health.He also noted that the conference discussed specific challenges such as language, building partnerships, resources, evaluations, innovative approaches, experiences and many others relevant issues related to reproductive health.Director Swaray also extolled the exemplary role of the United Nations Population Fund {UNFPA} Liberia’s office in facilitating his travel from Monrovia to Istanbul for that global conference.“I want to make a specific appeal to the UNFPA-Liberia’s office for an extended support and assistance to the UMA’s leadership in order to enhance the sensitization to the Muslim Community in the country,” Director Swaray pleaded.He added that one of the challenges becoming increasingly difficult to ignore, especially for secular development organizations, is the extent to which religion is surfacing as a critical broker of human and even governmental existence.Director Swaray explained that there is no coordinated global faith based engagement around the diverse development priorities.“Some areas remain highly contentious and see little coordination, activism or visibility and issues pertinent to gender equality and sexual and reproductive health are the single most contentious areas of rights in the entire development agenda,” Director Swaray concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Standard Chartered renew Liverpool deal

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool forward Sadio Mane celebrates a goal during the Champions League semi-final against RomaLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 24- English Premier League side Liverpool FC have renewed their shirt sponsorship package with Standard Chartered Bank for a further four years, a partnership that will go through to the 2022/23 season.The Bank first signed up as the Club’s main sponsor in July 2010, and the agreement was extended in 2013 and again in 2015. Financial terms of the agreement remain confidential. Liverpool FC has a large number of fans across Standard Chartered’s core markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and the sponsorship provides the Bank with an opportunity to accelerate visibility of its brand, improving recognition across key markets around the world.Additionally, over the last eight years Standard Chartered and Liverpool FC have used their partnership to support a number of the Bank’s sustainability and community investment programmes.Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring Liverpool’s equaliser on the nightThe annual ‘Perfect Match’ game – where LFC players swap the Standard Chartered logo on their shirts for the Seeing is Believing logo – has raised more than Sh48mn to tackle avoidable blindness.Billy Hogan, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer, Liverpool Football Club said: “As a Club we’re very proud to have Standard Chartered renew their relationship for another four years. Our connection runs deep, it means more than just sponsorship, from the outset it has been about working together with the Club and our communities and supporters around the world.“Importantly, it also means we are able to support our ambitions on the pitch and compete with the best in the world. We have enjoyed many highlights of this relationship so far and I look forward to many more.”Bill Winters, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered, said: “Liverpool FC is one of the world’s best-known football clubs and we are proud to be associated with them. It is a fantastic club that shares many of our values and is hugely popular across our global footprint.”“Our partnership has provided valuable support to the charitable initiatives close to our hearts and has helped us to further engage with our clients and staff as well as with LFC fans. We are excited to be able to continue this partnership, and look forward to building on our successful relationship.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more