YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP): For Sadio Mane, it was a wasted opportunity. The Senegal striker scored the first goal in his team’s 2-2 draw with Japan yesterday at the FIFA World Cup, so there was something to celebrate. But that does not mean he was satisfied with the result. “Frankly speaking, I think we are a bit disappointed. And that’s normal because there was a way to win this match,” Mane said. “We started this game well. … We were dangerous, but in the end, we scored, and they equalised.” The 26-year-old Liverpool winger, playing in his first World Cup, was named Man of the Match, largely because of his goal. A charging Mane found himself in the right place at the right time in the 11th minute, deflecting a missed shot by Youssouf Sabaly past Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima to put Senegal ahead 1-0. Although Japan equalised when Takashi Inui scored with a curling shot in the 34th minute, Mane was involved in the play that led to Moussa Wague’s goal in the 71st. Japan, however, earned the draw when substitute Keisuke Honda scored in the 78th. Two preventable goals allowed, as far as Mane was concerned. “There was a way for us to win the match, and we didn’t do it,” Mane said. “We can’t underestimate the Japanese team that played very well. They managed to create quite a lot of opportunities, and they scored twice. And now, we have to admit it.” Japan coach Akira Nishino said he thought his defenders did a “pretty good job” on Mane. “But we were more concerned about him giving positive impact on other players, especially in the first half,” Nishino said. “We let him and the other players play freely a bit too much. But as a countermeasure against Sadio Mane, I think we did pretty well.”
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With the funeral rites about to be read over the AFC at the LGE, there are once again calls for a “multiracial” party. Now, what is a “multi-racial” party? Is it one in which the leaders are drawn from all or most of the various racial/ethnic blocs that constitute our polity? Is it one that has members drawn from all the various groups? Do the proportions have to roughly mirror the population, or will any assorted agglomeration (like APNU/AFC) do? Or does it mean that the interests of all the groups must be expressly articulated and represented? Should those interests be subsumed under some notion of a “national” interest? Who defines that “national” interest? And so on.In Guyana, all political parties before ROAR claimed they were “multiracial”. They took special pains to have individuals from the major race groups in their executive, and courted votes from across the spectrum. They constructed “national” manifestos. Yet, when it came to elections, the majority of the people invariably voted for one of the two major parties which were firmly identified with specific ethnic blocs – the PPP with Indians and the PNC with Africans. This even occurred with the carefully crafted “multiracial” AFC in 2011 and 2015. So the question is posed again: “What is an “authentic” multiracial party?”The question harks back to the roots of what constitutes “representation” in our “representative democracy”. The favoured approach from both the old Liberal and Marxist ideologies was the “representation of ideas”. That is, once the interests of the group are articulated, then anyone could “speak” for the group. By constructing “national” platforms in personnel and content, the PPP, the PNC and the AFC claimed to be capable of speaking for “all”. Yet, based on the results of elections, it is obvious in some way that the people were getting “ethnic” signals as to which party better represented their interests.ROAR’s precursor, Jaguar Committee for Democracy’s insertion into Guyanese politics occurred in the immediate pre-1992 years, and the free and fair elections of that year proved its thesis that “multiracial” voting remained the exception in Guyana. At that time, as articulated in our 1990 paper, “For a New Political Culture”, we proposed representative, professionalized, disciplined forces and temporary Shared Governance – segueing into federalism – to address the ethnic concerns over control of state power. If the status quo were retained, our theory predicted ethnic violence, which unfortunately came to pass in 1997 and the following decade.So how do we arrive at “multiracial” politics that can represent all the groups to their satisfaction? We thought it was self-evident that the parties that the various ethnic groups selected via their votes should come together and work on a programme that combined their several platforms. We still believe that this is the way to begin, and then work towards a federal approach, which would need the trust engendered during a period of working together.But a final piece of semantic confusion still remains, in addition to the need for political will. There still remains a distaste by the political parties to acknowledge they are “ethnically” based. The greatest irony is that this acknowledgement, coupled with the acceptance to work together, would result in “multiracial” governance, which, after all, is what they claim to be the goal of their politics. The “multiracial” party was supposed to only be a way-station to the “multiracial” government, wasn’t it?A multiracial/multiethnic party must explicitly articulate the interests of the several constituent groups it purports to represent. This can be done, as in the Democratic party in the US, by having specific “caucuses” for African and Hispanic voters. There is no shame in this, or apologies to be made. It is now conceded that in addition to the old “representation of ideas,” there is the need for “representation by presence”, especially for those who have been excluded or have experienced unique defining experiences. Can’t we at least go this far in Guyana? We have quotas for women representatives.“Representation by presence”, by its operation, has its own liberating potential. There are some who sincerely want to belong to “non-racial” parties, but I do not think we can create ever this unicorn in Guyana. Where has it been created? We have to work with the material we have: politics has to be pragmatic in the philosophical sense of the word.
“Vijaya-Dashami” (literally “Victory-ten days) is a festival celebrated by Hindus on the day – after the nine nights of Nau Raatri during which God was worshipped as female. The festival is also called “Dassera” and is commemorated in different manner in various parts of India. Diwali will be celebrated 20 days after Vijaya-Dashami.In Northern India, from where most of the Indians who came as immigrants to Guyana originated, the festival commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over the King of Lanka, Ravana, who had kidnapped his wife, Mother Sita. Typically, in the nine days before Dassera – as Nau Raat is commemorated – villagers and artists would enact parts of the story of Rama and Sita in the performance called “Rama Lila”. On Vijaya-Dashami effigies of Ravana and sometimes those of one his brother Kumbhkaran and his son Meghanada are burnt after the last performance of the Ram Lila.On Saturday evening the Hindus for Selfless service (HSS) celebrated Vijaya-Dashami in fine style at the village of Tuschen on the east bank of Essequibo. The ceremony started with all the assembled youths and guests paying obeisance to the Bhagwa Dwaj or “Saffron Flag” which represents Hindu Dharma. They then offered flowers to replicas of all the weapons carried by Devi Durga to acknowledge the need for all to defend Dharma – Shastran Puja.A speech was then delivered by the SanghaChalak or Guide, who quoted from the Ramcharitmas (Story of Rama’s Exploits) to outline some values for living according to Hindu dharma in modern day Guyana. These had been suggested by Sri Rama himself, in an extended discourse on ethics for living a Hindu life. The values illustrated were courage, fortitude, truthfulness and good character.The participants were then led in a procession by the beat of tassa drums to the ground where the effigy of Ravana had been constructed. A young member of HSS, dressed in the garb from the days of Sri rama shot an arrow into the effigy which burst into flames, as everyone shouted in praise of Hanuman, the faithful devotee of Sri Rama. The participants had written on pieces of paper one negative quality of theirs they wanted to eliminate and these were thrown into the flames consuming the effigy.
The Southampton boss did not field him in their last two games including last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Norwich that kick-started their English Premier League campaign claiming the Kenyan midfield star was not in the right frame of mind.Wanyama hit the headlines when he handed in a transfer request last Friday to force a move from the club.“I will fully concentrate on Southampton since I have a contract with them running. It didn’t affect me in any way. I’m still a Southampton player and I will give my best when I go back and hopefully, we will win more games.“It has been difficult for the team when I was away but things will be alright. These things happen but I’m good to go,” the former Glasgow Celtic player said after joining head coach Bobby Williamson’s Stars on Thursday morning.With the collapsed move now behind the Kenyan captain, Wanyama expressed disappointment with the Saints’ failure to qualify for the group stages of the UEFA Europa League after the club exceeded all expectations to finish in European places last season.“Our intention was to do well in the play-offs in my first appearance in the tournament but we have to focus to return to Europe next season,” the most expensive Kenyan footballer in history after moving across the English border from Celtic to Southampton for 10 million pounds expressed.“It was disappointing but we have to move on. We have a young team and we had to get experience and come next season we hope it will be better,” he added.Denmark champions, FC Midtjylland, caused an upset when they fell the fancied Saints 2-1 on aggregate after a nail-biting second leg 1-0 reverse on August 27 in the away leg.It was the first crucial tie for Wanyama to miss before he was also omitted from the Norwich squad where a Dusan Tadic double added to Graziano Pelle’s opener to give Southampton a first victory of the season last Saturday.Wanyama was keen to reunite with the manager who brought him to England, Mauricio Pochettino who left the Saints at the end of the season before last to take charge at White Hart Lane.However, Koeman and chairman Ralph Krueger, stuck to their guns insisting the midfield dynamo was not on sale with the manager urging Wanyama to emulate his former teammate, Morgan Schneiderlin, and stop trying to force a move to Spurs.The Dutch boss told the Kenyan captain that his friend Schneiderlin was happier now after joining giants Manchester United in the close season after his move to Spurs collapsed the previous summer when Pochettino left Saint Mary’s stadium.“It was important to get the win against Norwich; we needed it because we started badly and we are on our way up and hopefully, we will keep our momentum going.“Our aim is to get better than last season so hopefully we will work hard,” the midfielder summed.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach, Bobby Williason (left) greets captain Victor Wanyama at the team’s training camp on Thursday. PHOTO/ALEX ISABOKENAIROBI, September 3- Harambee Stars captain, Victor Wanyama, is happy to play out the campaign at Southampton after a proposed move to north London giants, Tottenham Hotspurs, fell through on transfer deadline day Monday.Wanyama, who delayed his arrival to link up with the squad that will play Zambia in a 2017 Nations Cup qualifier on Sunday, in a bid to push his exit from the Saint Mary’s, said Thursday he was now focused on re-claiming his place in Ronald Koeman’s side.
However, Councilman Bill Molinari criticized the decision to endorse at all. “They’re basically choosing up sides and because of the variety of political views and relationships with different people, the chamber would be better off to stay impartial and not endorse,” Molinari said. “The people they’re endorsing may not win the election,” he said. “How do you then suggest that you have a productive relationship with people you didn’t give a chance to be considered.” Molinari said he especially resented the endorsements because no forum was held to get all of the candidates’ views. Reactions like Molinari’s are reasons that some chambers stay out of the endorsement business. And in fact no other Whittier-area chambers endorse in city council elections. “We represent 700 businesses and maybe some of them would be in favor of one candidate or another,” said Chris George, president of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce. “We always felt that is wasn’t in our best interest to have some kind of rift between the businesses,” George said. “So we just stayed out of that kind of stuff.” Stacy Cripe, executive director of the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce, said it’s usually the larger chambers which are more likely to endorse. “They usually have some kind of leadership program,” she said. From that, you can get good candidates, she said. In La Mirada, it just hasn’t been necessary to endorse, she said. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. When the Montebello Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee endorsed the two incumbents for the upcoming Nov. 6 City Council race, it reflects a new trend. In the past, many chambers of commerce have avoided getting involved in these kinds of races, but more and more are choosing to endorse, said Denise Davis, vice president for media relations for the California Chamber of Commerce. “The voice of business in a local community is an important one,” Davis said. “Chambers are realizing the power of their voice, and they want it heard.” About 30 percent of local chambers have created political action committees – a required step in order to give money – Davis said. The Montebello chamber began endorsing four years ago as a way of increasing its influence, said Albert Napoli, chairman of the chamber’s PAC. It endorsed Bob Bagwell and Norma Lopez-Reid in this year’s election. “They’ve made some pretty tough decisions for the betterment of the city,” Napoli said. For example, the city’s budget has gone from a $1 million deficit to a $1.5 million surplus without a tax increase, he said.
Piers Morgan says Thomas Ince should never be able to play for England’s senior side after his Under-21s snub.The Hull winger, currently on loan at Derby, has opted to pass up the chance to play for the Young Lions at this summer’s European Championship finals to concentrate on his club career.Morgan, guest co-host on Drivetime on Thursday, said: “If I was running English football, I would ring Tom Ince and say: ‘You don’t want to play for England Under-21s, then you will never play for England at any level ever again for as long as you live!’“What he has done is bordering on treason. Who do these kids think they are? A 23-year-old kid rejecting the chance to play in a major tournament for his country – it is unbelievable.”
Iraq war vet Juan Beltran, 33, who broke his back in a helicopter crash and uses a wheelchair, was served a lunch of chicken, potatoes and salad.“I’ve actually had a pretty good experience after coming back from Iraq; people have treated me very nice,” Beltran said.But he said getting lunch at the church Sunday was the first time, since coming back to the United States, that he was treated as a guest of honor at a public event.There were several other Big Sunday events in the Valley. At ONEgeneration in Reseda, a crew of volunteers repainted the interior of the senior center.At Boxer Rescue in Sun Valley, volunteers gave dogs a break from kennel life by taking them on walks and bathing them.Big Sunday keeps getting bigger every year.Not bad for what started in 1999 as Temple Israel of Hollywood’s volunteer day, the brainchild of screenwriter David Levinson, who attended the synagogue.It wasn’t long before Big Sunday founder Levinson was approaching other synagogues and churches. Soon organizations were contacting Levinson, and now everyone from hockey players to book club members has gotten involved.“Everyone’s welcomed,” said Levinson, 46. “The whole idea behind it is that no matter who, how rich or poor or anything else, everyone has something that they can help someone else (with).” email@example.com(818) 546-3304160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“We’re one city today,” Villaraigosa said. “We are one city.”In Big Sunday’s largest San Fernando Valley event, some 2,000 volunteers at Reseda High planted 120 trees, painted a mural, pulled weeds, collected trash and spruced up the landscape.Mariya Berkovich, 18, was one of the many students who picked up a hoe, broom, paint brush or spade.“Since I’m a senior, I’m about to leave. It’s just a wonderful experience,” she said.In Studio City, volunteers at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church served lunch to Iraq war veterans. They also wrote letters to wounded vets and made care packages for soldiers fighting in Iraq. Some 25,000 people fanned out across the Southland on Sunday to plant trees, serve lunch to Iraq war veterans, bathe dogs and perform countless other volunteer acts on Big Sunday – a day devoted to giving time and energy to the community.This year, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa put his political muscle behind the annual event, visiting Big Sunday projects all around the city.The mayor was anything but lonely, with thousands of volunteers pitching in on 250 projects from Anaheim to Palmdale.The mayor was greeted by a throng of screaming teens at Reseda High, where he grabbed a microphone and addressed students with his arm around a DJ in black shades.
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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’While President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is a close U.S. ally in the war on terror, Bush is highly unpopular in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Initially, the White House thought Bush would have to fly to Indonesia on a backup Air Force One. There was a problem with a tire upon landing in Ho Chi Minh City, said White House spokesman Tony Fratto. But a replacement tire was found, and the president is scheduled to fly his regular Boeing 747 to Indonesia. In Ho Chi Minh City, Bush visited the Vietnam stock exchange, where trading began in 2000 and expanded to Hanoi last year. The exchange initially listed two companies and two bonds. Now, there is trading in 56 stocks and funds on the combined exchanges with total capitalization of $3.5 billion. The president, wielding a red-handled mallet, struck a gong to open the day’s trading. Bush hit it three times, then shook hands with floor traders. He also planned to meet with business leaders and visit the Pasteur Institute for a briefing on its research. HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam – President George W. Bush paid tribute to new symbols of capitalism in this struggling communist country today and offered encouragement for Vietnam’s battle against bird flu and other public health challenges. The president was quickly touring this city, once known as Saigon, before flying to Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, where thousands angrily protested America’s policy in the Middle East and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The White House said it was confident about security precautions for Bush’s visit despite police warnings of an increased threat of attack by al-Qaida-linked groups. The president was to spend just six hours in Indonesia, most of it at Bogor Palace, a presidential retreat outside the capital of Jakarta and far from the scene of protests where Bush was denounced as a “war criminal” and a “terrorist.”