Daily Archives: September 24, 2016

Perfect Man City extend lead at top; Tottenham, Liverpool in touch, Gunners Rout Chealsea

London, Dhu-AlHijjah 23, 1437, Sep 24, 2016, SPA — Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City maintained their 100 per cent record in the Premier League with a 3-1 win at Swansea on Saturday, dpa reported.
Raheem Sterling got the other to make it six wins out of six for City, extending their lead at the top to four points.
Everton dropped to fourth after a 1-0 loss at Bournemouth, while Tottenham are second after winning 2-1 at Middlesbrough and Liverpool climbed to third thanks to a 5-1 mauling of Hull.
Manchester United bounced back to form with a 4-1 thrashing of champions Leicester while Sunderland are bottom after letting slip a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace.
At Old Trafford, Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba, with his first goal for the club, gave United a first win in three league games.
“I think it was a very good performance,” United manager Jose Mourinho said.
“Obviously it was a very good result. It’s not easy to win against them and even more difficult to win in such an easy way.
“Today we had intensity, we had movement and we were very strong against a team that is easy to analyse but difficult to cope with.” Wayne Rooney was dropped from the starting United line-up and only came on late in the second half, but with three goals coming from corners, Leicester’s usually solid defence had an off-day.
Smalling headed the first before Mata finished a slick move with a superb finish, Rashford finished from two yards and Pogba, who signed for a world record 89 million pounds in the summer, powered in a header to make it 4-0.
Demerai Gray fired in a brilliant goal for an improved Leicester in the second half but it was just a consolation and United remain fifth.
Son Heung Min scored both goals as Spurs won 2-1 at Middlesbrough to go second.
James Milner scored twice from the spot as Liverpool thumped Hull 5-1, the visitors’ chances ending when Ahmed Elmohamady was sent off for handball.
Sunderland led Palace 2-0 through two Jermain Defoe goals but Joe Ledley and James McArthur pulled the visitors level and Christian Benteke won it for Palace with a late third.
Salomon Rondon’s late equalizer denied Stoke a first victory, cancelling out Joe Allen’s first goal for the club.
Bournemouth beat Everton 1-0 to move away from the relegation zone, with Junior Stanislas netting the only goal.
Later, Arsenal crushed Chelsea 3-0.
— SPA
21:27 LOCAL TIME 18:27 GMT

Pakistan Press Foundation is concerned over the threats to journalists in Philippines

Pakistan Press Freedom (PPF) in letter to Rodrigo Duterte, President of Philippines expressed concern over the threats to freelance journalist Gretchen Malalad and Jamela Alindogan Caudron correspondent of Al Jazeera.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter urged Philippines government to ensure safety of Malalad and Alindogan Caudron, also identify and penalize the perpetrators.

According to International Federation of Journalists and National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NJUP), both journalists became targets of social media attacks in recent days, receiving threats of rape and harm to them and their families.

They have been targeting for writing about the anti-drug campaign, which has seen almost 2,500 people killed since the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte on June 30, 2016.

Malalad allegedly provided information to a TIME Magazine journalist writing about the tragic consequences of the government policy. Alindogan Caudron has been threatened for her reports relating to the Philippine-based Islamist militant group Abu Sayyaf.

In July, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar announced establishing of a special task force that would investigate media related killings and said that his office was in the process of drafting the details of the team. The NJUP has highlighted the potential for this task force to tackle the threats against Malalad and Alindogan-Caudron.

Philippines remains one of the most dangerous countries for practicing journalists, with 145 media workers killed since 1990.

HH the Emir Leaves Los Angeles

Los Angeles, – HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani has left Los Angeles in the US State of California concluding a four-day working visit.

HH the Emir was accompanied by an official delegation.

Source: Qatar News Agency

QIPF Organizes Workshop on Public Sector Optimization Reforms in OECD Countries

Doha, – Qatar Institute for Public Finance (QIPF), a joint venture of the Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Ministry of Finance, is organizing a workshop entitled ‘Using Performance Information for Public Sector Budgeting and Management: Challenges, Lessons and Opportunities’, in Doha, on September 27-28.

The two-day workshop aims at sharing experiences of OECD countries that have engaged in public sector modernization reforms.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Abdulaziz Al Horr, CEO of QFBA, said: “Qatar has, over the years, engaged in a series of reforms that aim to modernize its public sector with a focus on increasing the efficiency of public services and optimizing the sector’s value creation, as part of the country’s National Development Strategy 2011-2016. QIPF’s upcoming workshop is set to bring into light important insights regarding Qatar and other OECD countries’ experiences in the process, while discussing the invaluable role that the systematic collection and analysis of information plays in making judgments about the performance of public policies and programs as well as the relevance of their outcomes.” During the workshop, speakers will discuss the prerequisites of such reforms, such as complete, reliable, and timely financial and operational information, clear guidance and guidelines for implementing departments, as well as the challenges associated with defining performance objectives and indicators.

The speakers will also explain how their countries have led the change, and managed to incorporate performance information in the budgeting, planning, and accountability processes.

Source: Qatar News Agency