Tottenham star Dele Alli gets Premier League suspension for social media post mocking coronavirus

first_imgThe excitement about the return to competition for the Premier League might be muted for Tottenham Hotspur fans after star midfielder Dele Alli received a one-game suspension for a SnapChat video he posted that was deemed “insulting” by the Football Association.The FA announced Thursday that Alli will be banned from the Spurs’ crucial June 19 game against Manchester United because of the video he posted that appeared to mock an Asian man and made light of the coronavirus, which became a pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 people worldwide. That apology was not enough to avoid punishment from the FA, which released a statement:“The Tottenham Hotspur FC player denied that a social media post breached FA Rule E3(1), as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute, and constituted an ‘Aggravated Breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included a reference, whether express or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin and/or nationality. However, it was subsequently found proven by an independent Regulatory Commission.”Alli subsequently responded in a statement that he was relieved to be cleared of the racism charge and reiterated his apology for the “poorly judged joke about a virus that has now affected us more than we could ever have imagined. I’m grateful that the FA has confirmed that my actions were not racist because I despise racism of any kind. We all need to be mindful of the words and actions we use and how they can be perceived by others.” He also must pay a fine of $63,220 and go through a training course.Alli has started 20 Premier League games for Tottenham in 2019-20, scoring eight goals and assisting on four others. He is one of England’s top midfielders and started four games as they reached the semifinals at the 2018 World Cup.MORE: What to know about Premier League’s returnHis absence from Tottenham’s first game back will be particularly punitive. Spurs stand eighth in the Premier League with 41 points, four behind fifth-place Manchester United. With Manchester City banned from European competition for two seasons — that penalty is under appeal — fifth place currently represents a Champions League berth. Spurs could close the gap to a single point, but will have to do it without one of their best players.Alli’s video showed him in an airport wearing a protective facemask, then cut to a shot of an Asian man before sweeping to a shot of a bottle of hand sanitizer. There, the caption appeared: “This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.” Alli told the FA, according to Football London, he filmed the man in the video because he was coughing.The video was posted in early February and then quickly removed. Alli posted an apology video the next day, in which he acknowledged the original video “wasn’t funny” and explained that’s why he deleted it.“But, yeah, I let myself down, and the club,” he said. “I don’t want you guys to have that impression of me because it wasn’t funny, and I realized that straight away and took it down. It isn’t something that should be joked about. I’m sending all my love and all my thoughts and prayers with everyone in China.”last_img read more

Labor Day win clinches hydroplane title for Hoopa’s Roger Sanderson

first_imgGrants Pass >> Though he would start in 17th position, Hoopa’s Roger Sanderson crossed the finish line first to win the ‘Wild River Pizza & Brewing Labor Day Regatta’ hydroplane race on the smoky Rogue River in Grants Pass, Oregon on Monday.Sanderson, a five-time Champion of the Cal-Ore River Racers Association, bounced back from defeat and failure from the last race in Gold Beach to command the field of 18 boats by securing his fifth win on the seven-race summer circuit and capture the …last_img read more

South Africa upgrades birth certificates

first_img5 March 2013 Nkosinathi Dludla and his wife Patricia on Monday became the first South African parents to receive an unabridged birth certificate for their new baby boy, Sakhile. Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor visited the young couple at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg to hand them an unabridged birth certificate for their four-day old son. South Africa’s new birth certificates contain details of both parents along with added security features that will make duplication much more difficult. Pandor said her department would no longer issue abridged birth certificates, as part of a move to secure the integrity of South Africa’s National Population Register, and to eradicate identity book theft and fraudulent birth registrations. “This initiative will really give us a chance of having a national population register that we all trust and which we can use for planning service provision,” Pandor said. “As from today, all [newborn] babies will be receiving unabridged certificates, and our wish is to issue them on the spot, but at the most it will be within 30 days.” The certificates will be issued at no cost to first-time applicants. Existing abridged certificates will, however, continue to remain legal documents. Speaking to SAnews at her hospital bed, Patricia Dludla said: “Being the first mother in the country to receive these new birth certificates, it is a real honour to me. I feel so special.” Pandor also issued an unabridged certificate to Silulami Libalele, whose baby girl, Dala, was born on Saturday. “Together with my wife, we are very excited by the department’s move to issue this new birth certificate to our baby without us travelling to their offices,” said Libalele, adding that his daughter’s name, Dala, means “to create”. Source: read more

Play Your Part heads to Mpumalanga to encourage youth entrepreneurship

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 31 July 2019 – Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme, in partnership with the Youth Economic Alliance, will host Grade 11 and 12 High School learners, as well as young entrepreneurs in Mpumalanga, to engage in a community outreach activity, themed “turn your ideas into currencies”.The Youth Economic Alliance Non-profit Company (YEA), is an entity established to drive the development and advancement of youth entrepreneurship. It champions youth entrepreneurship through targeted programmes that collectively address the unemployment problem among youth (particularly in previously disadvantaged backgrounds) by providing them with opportunities to develop their businesses, as well as providing access to resources and linkages needed to realize their potential, as young social and economic entrepreneurs.The Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Ms Thembi Siweya will give the keynote address. Deputy Minister Siweya is a youth activist and a philanthropist who is very passionate about promoting a culture of reading and writing.The outreach activity will emphasize the importance of active citizenship with a focus on how young people can support their communities.The conversation on Play Your Part will seek to identify innovative solutions and opportunities big or small for the community. This is to encourage and guide them on how to leverage opportunities in entrepreneurship towards a progressive frame of thinking and action.Media is invited to attend. Details are as follows:Date: Saturday, 3rd August 2019Time: 12h00 -15h00Venue: Bongisimbi Comprehensive SchoolThomas Mahlangu4052 Thys Jonker StreetAckervilleeMalahleniFor more information please contact Ms Ntombi or 064 890 6819Follow the conversation on @PlayYourPartSA #PlayYourPart #GetInvolved.last_img read more