KINGSTON:The 2016 staging of the Jamaica Cycling Federation’s (JCF) Kingston Criterium will take over the streets of downtown Kingston on Sunday, April 17 as the picturesque Kingston waterfront will provide the backdrop for an intense day of cycling.Action is scheduled to run from 1 p.m.-5 p.m., with registration set to begin at 11 a.m. The event is free to the public.Some of Jamaica’s finest riders, including 2014 Commonwealth Games representative Marloe Rodman and former national Oneil Samuels are among the participants.”We are expecting a very exciting event,” said Dr Wayne Palmer, head of the JCF Race Committee and overseer for the 2016 Kingston Criterium. “I think this has the potential to be one the most entertaining events undertaken by the federation in recent years. The Criterium event is usually one which is filled with thrills and daring racing manoeuvres, and that leads to a very enjoyable event from a viewing perspective.”The Kingston Criterium is a closed-circuit event, which will see cyclists racing several laps to complete a race. The events will be contested based on categories, including women’s and men’s elite, masters and juniors. In addition to the respective categories, there will also be a kids’ sprint.The circuit comprises parts of Ocean Boulevard, Orange Street and Port Royal Street. There is also expected to be an all comers ‘Rambo Race’, which will be a cash prize race for anyone brave enough to enter.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This Sunday, July 14, is the ‘All Joes, No Pros Disc Golf Tournament’.Hosted by the FSJ Disc Sports Club, this Tournament will be taking place at Toboggan Hill Park, a Professional Disc Golf Association rated course.The Tournament is $10.00 for club members and $20.00 for non-members and will include a game of 36 holes.- Advertisement -To sign up for this Tournament, you can visit discgolfscene.com.The ‘All Joes, No Pros Disc Golf Tournament’ takes place this Sunday, July 14, starting at 9:30 a.m., at Toboggan Hill Park.It is to note that prior to the Tournament, registration opens at 8:00 a.m., with a mandatory player meeting at 9:00 a.m.Advertisement For more information, you can visit the FSJ Disc Sports Club’s Facebook page.
On June 30, Kirani James, the Grenadian 400-metre Olympic and World Champion, wants to add the Aliann Pompey Invitational title on the long list of his accomplishments, but, 18-year-old Daniel Williams will be hoping to make a name for himself in his attempt to out-run the man known as the “Jaguar”.James, at the JN Racers Grand Prix on June 9, 2018, in Jamaica, clocked an impressive 44.35 seconds to win the 400 metres in his first race in over a year after recovering from Graves’ disease (an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones).The Grenadian’s time of 44.35 seconds is the eighth-best time in the world this year. James’ personal best in the 400 metres is 43.74 seconds, set in 2014.“I had him down to do the 100 metres and 200 metres, but he said that he wants to do the 400 metres to rub shoulders with Kirani James,” Johnny Gravesande, the coach of Daniel Williams said.Williams will be joined by Deshana Skeete and Kenisha Phillips on Guyana’s contingent for the July 10-15 IAAF World U-20 Championships, set for the Ratina Stadium in Tampere, Finland.Williams qualified for the 200 metres when he clocked 21.21 seconds, a personal best, in the Boys’ U-20 final at the just concluded CARIFTA Games. The qualifying standard time set by the IAAF is 21.35 seconds.However, last year, at the IAAF World U18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, Williams clocked 46.72 seconds in the boys 400 metres to win silver for Guyana; the country’s first at the championship which was the last of its kind, given the fact that it has since been cancelled by Athletics world governing body.To date, Kadecia Baird owns Guyana’s lone medal at the IAAF World U-20 Championships, running 51.04 seconds to finish second behind Americas Ashley Spencer but ahead of Erika Rucker (USA) in 2012, Barcelona, Spain.“Given the fact that he’s going to Finland to do the 200 metres, I had him down to only compete in that race on Saturday, but he insisted that he wants to run against Kirani. I mean, he has a mind of his own and I think the fact that he’s that passionate about running the 400 metres, I’ll support him,” Gravesande said.The qualifying standard time for the U-20 championships 400 metres is 47.70 seconds, and according to Gravesande, the Aliann Pompey Invitational presents a perfect opportunity for Williams to reach the time, especially since he the Linden-based athlete has been “healthy and putting in the work.”“He has been doing great, even though the weather got us a little bad in terms of using the track, but I think he’s in good shape to really put in a good time,” the award-winning coach pointed out.Meanwhile, Williams will truly have to show his worth in the 400 metres on Saturday, with Nigerian Chidi Okezie, the African Championships 400 metres bronze medallist, Guyana’s 400 metres record holder (45.25 seconds) Winston George, US-based Guyanese Stephan James, Arinze Chance, Carlwyn Collins, Dequawn Nkosi Vancooten, Brian Roman, Shawn Semple and Joshua Walcott.Fly Jamaica, E-Networks, Quality Plus, Banks DIH, the Communities Ministry and SleepIn International Hotel and Casino are among the sponsors for the event.Race time starts at 15:00h and tickets cost $1000 regular admission, $5000 VIP.
1 Ashley Fletcher (left) enjoyed a loan spell with Barnsley last season West Ham have signed England Under-20 international Ashley Fletcher from Premier League rivals Manchester United.The 20-year-old, who has signed a four-year contract with the Hammers, spent the second half of last season on loan at Barnsley, helping the Tykes win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and promotion from Sky Bet League One via the play-offs.The striker was out of contract at Old Trafford and, according to West Ham, the terms of the transfer will now be finalised. Fletcher told West Ham’s website: “I am very excited to be here. West Ham are a massive club and I am just happy that I can come and further my development here.“I think it is a club with a lot of ambition. They have a lot of good players and it was a special final season (at Upton Park). They managed to finish the campaign very well.“West Ham are a club built on traditions of giving youngsters a run and hopefully I can get my chance as well.”
2. Hull City P8/ W5/ D2/ L1/ F12/ A6/ GD+7/ Pts17 – July 15: Grimsby Town (Blundell Park) drew 0-0, July 16: North Ferriby United (North Ferribly) won 2-0, July 19: Mansfield Town (Field Mill) won 1-0, July 23: Scunthorpe United (Glanford Park) won 2-0, July 26: Barnsley (Oakwell) drew 2-2, July 30: Nottingham Forest (City Ground) won 2-1, August 3: Caykur Rizespor (Kufstein, Austria) won 3-1, August 6: Torino (Salzburg) lost 2-1 20 20 20 19. Leicester City P5/ W1/ D1/ L3/ F6/ A12/ GD-6/ Pts4 – July 19: Oxford United (Kassam Stadium) won 2-1, July 23: Celtic (Glasgow) drew 1-1, July 31: PSG (California) lost 4-0, August 3: Barcelona (Stockholm) lost 4-2, August 7: Manchester United (Wembley) lost 2-1 20 6. Burnley P6/ W4/ D2/ F14/ A6/ GD+8/ Pts14 – July 15: Stade Nyonnais ( Nyon) won 3-1, July 19: Morecambe (Globe Arena) drew 1-1, July 23: Bradford City (Coral Windows Stadium) won 4-1, July 26: Bolton (Macron Stadium) won 2-1, July 30: Rangers (Ibrox) won 3-1, August 5: Real Sociedad (Turf Moor) drew 1-1 12. Bournemouth P4/ W2/ D3/ F10/ A5/ GD+5/ Pts9 – July 21: Minnesota United (Minnesota) won 4-0, July 23: Portsmouth (Fratton Park) drew 3-3, July 29: Reading (Madejski Stadium) drew 1-1, July 30: Cardiff City (Vitality Stadium) won 1-0, August 3: Valencia (Vitality Stadium) drew 1-1 5. Swansea City P6/ W5/ L1/ F17/ A3/ GD+13/ Pts15 – July 14: Charlotte Independence (North Carolina) won 4-0, July 17: Richmond Kickers (Virginia) lost 2-0, July 23: Bristol Rovers (Memorial Stadium) won 5-1, July 27: Swindon Town (County Ground) won 3-0, July 30: Wolves(Molineux) won 4-0, August 6: Rennes (Liberty Stadium) won 1-0 20 16. West Bromwich Albion P6/ W2/ D1/ L3/ F6/ A7/ GD-1/ Pts7 – July 13: PSG (Austria) lost 1-2, July 16: Kidderminster Harriers (Aggborough) won 2-1, July 21: Vitesse Arnhem (Arnhem) won 2-1, July 23: PSV (Arnhem) cancelled, July 30: Plymouth Argyle (Home Park) drew 0-0, August 1: Torquay United (Plainmoor) lost 2-1, August 6: Real Mallorca (Iberostar Stadium, Palma) lost 1-0 17. West Ham United P6/ W1/ D2/ L3/ F9/ A13/ GD-4 /Pts5 – July 6: Seattle Sounders (Washington) lost 3-0, July 13: Carolina Railhawks (North Carolina) drew 2-2, July 19: Slovacko (Austria) drew 2-2, July 20: Rubin Kazan (Austria) lost 3-0, July 23: Karlsruher (Germany) won 3-0, August 7: Juventus (Olympic Stadium) lost 3-2 14. Watford P6/ W2/ D3/ L1/ F8/ A6/ GD+2/ Pts9 – July 10: Woking (Laithwaite Community Stadium) drew 1-1, July 14: Stevenage (Lamex Stadium) 7.45pm won 2-0, July 19: Union Berlin (Austria) won 3-1, July 23: Anzhi (Austria) drew 0-0, July 30: QPR (Loftus Road) lost 2-0, August 6: Lorient (Vicarage Road) drew 2-2 20 20 20 13. Tottenham Hotspur P6/ W3/ L3/ F13/ A6/ GD+7/ Pts9 – July 9: Nottingham Forest (Hotspur Way) won 3-0, July 16: Fulham (Hotspur Way) lost 1-0, July 21: Rotherham United (Hotspur Way) won 3-1, July 26: Juventus (Melbourne) lost 2-1, July 29: Atletico Madrid (Melbourne) lost 1-0, August 5: Inter (Oslo) won 6-1 3. Crystal Palace P8/ W5/ D2/ L1/ F14/ A9/ GD+5/ Pts17 – July 14: Philadelphia Union (Pennsylvania) drew 0-0, July 17: Cincinnati (Ohio) won 2-0, July 20: Vancouver Whitecaps (British Columbia) drew 2-2, July 25: Colchester United (Colchester) won 1-0, July 27: AFC Wimbledon (Kingsmeadow) won 3-2, July 30: Fulham (Craven Cottage) lost 3-1, August 2: Bromley (Hayes Lane) won 2-1, August 6: Valencia (Selhurst Park) won 3-1 20 20 15. Everton P6/ W2/ D2/ L2/ F8/ A6/ GD+2/ Pts8 – July 23: Barnsley (Oakwell) won 3-0, July 26: MK Dons (Stadium mk) won 3-1, July 29: Dynamo Dresden (Dresden) lost 1-2, July 30: Real Betis (Dresden) drew 1-1 (lost 4-3 on penalties), August 3: Man United (Wayne Rooney testimonial – Old Trafford) drew 0-0, August 6: Espanyol (Goodison Park) lost 1-0 20 1. Liverpool P9/ W6/ L3/ F17/ A7/ GD+10/ Pts18 – July 8: Tranmere Rovers (Prenton Park) won 1-0, July 13: Fleetwood Town (Highbury Stadium) won 5-0, July 17: Wigan (DW Stadium) won 2-0, July 20: Huddersfield Town (Huddersfield) won 2-0, July 28: Chelsea (California) lost 1-0, July 31: AC Milan (California) won 2-0, August 2: Roma (Missouri) lost 2-1, August 6: Barcelona (Wembley) won 4-0, August 7: Mainz (Mainz) lost 4-0 20 9. Arsenal P5/ W4/ D1/ F17/ A5/ GD+12/ Pts13 – July 22: Lens (Lens) drew 1-1, July 29: MLS All-stars (California) won 2-1, August 1: Chivas (Calfornia) won 3-1, August 5: Viking (Stavanger) won 8-0, August 7: Manchester City (Gothenburg) won 3-2 20. Manchester City (see below for a breakdown of City’s pre-season results). Played: 3/ Drawn: 1/ Lost: 2/ For: 3/ Against: 5/ Goal Difference: -2/ Points*: 1 – to see which Premier League club has the best pre-season record, click the arrow above, right! – July 20: Bayern Munich (Munich) lost 1-0, July 25: Man United (Beijing) cancelled, July 28: Borussia Dortmund (Guangdong) drew 1-1. Remaining pre-season fixture: August 7: Arsenal (Gothenburg) lost 3-2 20 The hard bit is over and the other hard bit is just around the corner.Yes, the new Premier League campaign kicks off on 13 August and players have almost completed their gruelling pre-season training.PEP GUARDIOLA’S FIRST MATCH IN CHARGE OF MAN CITY WILL BE EXCLUSIVELY LIVE ON TALKSPORTSo how is each side doing? *We’ve looked at pre-season friendly games (competitive Europa League qualifiers not included) and awarded points based on three for a win and one for a draw.Scroll through the pre-season table based on results, beginning with City.READ: THE PLAYERS INJURED FOR THE START OF THE SEASON 10. Chelsea P6/ W4/ L2/ F13/ A8/ GD+5/ Pts12 – July 16: Rapid Vienna (Vienna) lost 2-0, July 20: WAC RZ Pellets (Klagenfurt, Austria) won 3-0, July 28: Liverpool (California) won 1-0, July 30: Real Madrid (Michigan) – lost 3-2, August 4: AC Milan (Minnesota) won 3-1, August 7: Werder Bremen (Bremen) won 4-2 4. Southampton P5/ W5/ F10/ A1/ GD+9/ Pts15 – July 15: DC United Under 23s (Washington) won 2-0, July 23: PEC Zwolle (Zwolle, Netherlands) won 4-0, July 27: Twente (Twente) won 2-1, July 30: Groningen (Groningen) won 1-0, August 7: Athletic Bilbao (St Mary’s) won 1-0 11. Manchester United P5/ W3/ D1/ L1/ F2/ A7/ GD+2/ Pts10 – July 16: Wigan Athletic (DW Stadium) won 2-0, July 22: Borussia Dortmund (Shanghai) lost 4-1, July 25: Manchester City (Beijing) cancelled, July 30: Galatasaray (Gothenburg) won 5-2, August 3: Everton (Wayne Rooney testimonial @ Old Trafford) drew 0-0, August 7: Leicester City (Community Shield) won 2-1 20 8. Middlesbrough P7/ W4/ D2/ L1/ F16/ A5/ GD+11/ Pts14 – July 9: York City (Bootham Crescent) won 6-0, July 16: Doncaster Rovers (Keepmoat) won 2-0, July 19: Real Betis (Marbella) lost 2-1, July 23: Alcorcon (Marbella) drew 2-2, July 25: Al-Ahli (Marbella) won 2-0, July 30: Aston Villa (Villa Park) won 3-1, August 3: Udinese (Udine) drew 0-0 20 18. Stoke City P4/ W1/ D1/ L2/ F3/ A6/ GD-3/ Pts4 – July 16: Burton Albion (Pirelli Stadium) lost 3-0, July 23: Preston North End (Deepdale) drew 1-1, July 28: Orlando City (Florida) won 2-1, August 6: Hamburg (Hamburg) lost 1-0 20 20 20 20 20 7. Sunderland P6/ W4/ D2/ F12/ A5/ GD+7/ Pts14 – July 20: Hartlepool United (Victoria Park) won 3-0, July 23: Rotherham United (Rotherham) won 2-1, July 25: Stade Nyonnais (Evian-les-Bains, France) won 2-0, July 27: Dijon (Evian-les-Bains) won 3-2, July 30: Montpellier (Aix-les-Bains) drew 1-1, August 5: Borussia Dortmund (Altach, Austria) drew 1-1
A fight broke out in the Manchester United fans section by the press box during the Champions League clash with Juventus.The Red Devils were trailing to the Old Lady thanks to Paolo Dybala’s strike in the first half when the fight broke out. Now a fight has broken out in the United fans’ section just by the press box. Seems some stewards are escorting some fans out but still going on.— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) October 23, 2018United seemed to be stunned after getting caught in traffic on their way to the game for 45 minutes. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions gameday cracker Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update A fight broke out between fans during the game at Old Trafford Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ BEST OF latest Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Most Popular Football News According to Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News, stewards attempted to break the fight up but fighting still continued.He wrote on Twitter: ” Now a fight has broken out in the United fans’ section just by the press box.“Seems some stewards are escorting some fans out but still going on.” tense scrap revealed 1 LATEST In order to avoid being late, boss Jose Mourinho walked to the stadium with a hoodie – admitting he did not get recognised on his way to Old Trafford.
Extraordinary confirmation from Claude Puel. I’d been told that @kschmeichel1 had to be stopped by police on Sat night, as he ran towards the burning helicopter to try to help. Puel confirmed as much and said “Kasper lived and saw some terrible things.” #lcfc— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) November 1, 2018“A lot of people have been made available to help the players and staff and I think everyone’s reaction to this event is different and we have to understand that people can have a different reaction but we put in place all the help necessary for all the people.”When the first-team players visited the King Power Stadium to look at the growing number of cards, scarves and flowers being left, Schmeichel was visibly upset and, when news of his death was confirmed on the weekend, posted an emotional tribute. ADVICE 2 REPLY REVEALED BEST OF Speaking about Mr Srivaddhanaprabha, who under his leadership oversaw the Premier League success, Puel said: “Vichai made Leicester City into what it is. He made it a family and made a dream. He invested in the club, the city and he invested in the people.“He truly was loved by everyone inside and outside the club. Personally it was a privilege to work for him. It was a privilege for the faith he showed in me and the moments we shared. To see all of the messages and the flowers and shirts outside the stadium this week show how many lives he touched.” He added: “He leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered forever and his vision for the club that myself as manager we take forward.“I have never been prouder to be manager of this club. In such difficult circumstances – from staff, players and fans, they have shown what a special club this is.“Playing football has not been on our minds this last week but for this weekend and all matches after we will play to honour and remember a man who did so much for our club.” Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Manager Claude Puel was in attendance when the players visited the King Power Stadium to see the sea of flowers Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED no dice huge blow Kasper Schmeichel, right, looks at the tributes – the goalkeeper posted a heartfelt tribute himself on social media Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 Most Popular In Football MONEY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Claude Puel confirmed his goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel, witnessed Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha‘s fatal helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium on Saturday night.The Leicester City owner was one of five people who died in the crash and Schmeichel was said to have been seen running towards the wreckage to help.Puel, the Premier League club’s manager, explained the Danish ‘keeper and other players have since been offered grief counselling.“I won’t go into all the details but Kasper lived and saw some terrible things,” he said while issuing a prepared statement as he faced the media for the first time since the tragedy. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining pic.twitter.com/sV5uJhJSsO— Kasper Schmeichel (@kschmeichel1) October 28, 2018The Carabao Cup game against Southampton was postponed, and although the players are set to return to the pitch on Saturday, their playing commitments could clash with the funeral, which begins on Saturday and could last for up to a week.However, Puel said: “I want to give players the opportunity to go if they want to but I don’t know about the logistics. But the players want to go and support Vichai’s family.”
Tags: kirinya jssonduparaka fcpaidah black angelsStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueTooro united Sekajugo (left) scored a brace against Kirinya on TuesdayStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueTuesday, 23-10-2018-Kirinya JSS 0-3 Onduparaka FC-Paidah Black Angels 0-0 Tooro UnitedOnduparaka inflicted the heaviest home defeat on Kirinya JSS as Asaph Mwebaze’s side cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory on Tuesday.Viane Sekajugo helped himself to a brace while Ceaser Ochuti added the other to propel the Caterpillars to a first away victory of the current campaign.The Arua based side went ahead as early as the 7th minutes through Ochuti who diverted Hassan Muhamood’s free-kick into the back of the home side’s net.With 10 minutes of the first half to play, Sekajugo doubled the visitor’s lead, finishing off Solomon Okwalinga’s well waited pass.Sekajugo completed his brace after a wonderful worked attack in the 65th minute.Kirinya’s Godfrey Akol and Isma Kawawulo together with Onduparaka’s Richard Ayiko and Sekajugo himself were the players cautioned in the contest.For the Caterpillers’ assistant coach, Simeon Masaba, he also given matching orders by the referee for improper conduct.The win take Onduparaka into second position, only a point behind leaders KCCA FC (10) who defeated Bright Stars 2-0 on the same day.For Kirinya, they now slip to 9th on the log with five points from their first four games.Onduparaka will play hosts to Bright Stars in their next game on Tuesday while Kirinya will host Vipers on the same day.In Arua, league debutantes-Paidha Black Angels and Tooro United played out a goalless draw at Green Light Stadium.Tooro United’s starting IX against Paidah on TuesdaySimon Okwir came close to giving Tooro United an early lead in the 3rd minute only to be denied by John Kalumba in between the posts of the home side.Despite efforts by the Paidah to break down Tooro United, their strikers led by veteran striker Yuda Mugalu could not find the all elusive opening strike.Both sides had to settle for only a point in the end.The draw means Paidah are now 11th on the log with four points while Tooro are 10th with the same number of points (4).Tooro United will play Express FC next at Muteesa II War Memorial Stadium in Wankulukuku while Paidha visits Ndejje University on the same date.The other games played on Tuesday:-Express FC 0-0 Bul FC-KCCA FC 2-0 Kirinya JSSComments
The new-look Kelly’s Diner at Mountain Top Letterkenny have updated their opening hours to welcome even more customers for more top-notch dining.After an extensive refit, the retro diner has become one of the coolest places to be in Letterkenny. From March 15th, it will be a top destination for late-night dining as doors stay open until 10pm every Thursday to Sunday. Now, customers can enjoy great breakfasts, lunches, dinners, suppers and drinks for longer at weekends:More time to enjoy a few beers with the famous Jake’s burger deal: get a super burger with your choice of side, and free soda/craft beer for only €9.99 More time to tuck into a famous Kelly’s Diner breakfast for only €5 More time to savour the Saturday steak special for only €10 More time to grab a romantic meal with a loved oneMore time to relax and enjoy a bottle of wine with friendsMore time to treat yourself to some of the great healthy options This unique 130-seater restaurant offers a customer experience like no other. So why not call in this weekend, doors open until 10pm!Kellys DinerCheck out all the great deals at www.facebook.com/mountaintoprestaurant, for bookings call (074) 912 2026 or visit www.kellysrestaurantlk.ie Sponsored PostKelly’s Diner extends opening hours for even more time to dine! was last modified: March 14th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Kelly’s DinerMountain Topopening hoursrestaurant
26 February 2013 South Africa is committed to the eradication of gender-based violence and the protection of all human rights, International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim told a high-level meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday. Ebrahim said South Africa saw human rights “as inherent to all human beings” irrespective of race, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, belief, culture and language. “For South Africa, justiciable economic, social and cultural rights are inextricably linked with civil and political rights,” Ebrahim added, noting that the country’s commitment to fighting discrimination “arises out of our own experiences and is embedded in our Constitution, which includes vulnerable group”. The South African government was “firmly committed to the eradication of gender- based violence and the protection of the rights of the gay and lesbian community”. The government had just accredited UN Women’s Regional Representative in Pretoria, and had also set up a national task team, comprising government and civil society representatives, to respond to the challenges faced by gays and lesbians in the country, Ebrahim told the council. He said that for South Africa, “justiciable economic, social and cultural rights are inextricably linked with civil and political rights,” noting that the government had prioritised the creation of decent jobs, access to education and health care facilities, rural development and food security. South Africa also placed high priority on the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on eradicating poverty, combating diseases, reducing child mortality and achieving universal primary education, and had integrated these in all its development plans. According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa plays a leadership role in several inter-governmental processes at the UN relating to human rights and social development issues. South Africa is the current chair of the Open-ended Working Group on Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs), which aims to develop a legally binding regulatory framework to ensure that PMSCs are held accountable for their activities. South Africa also currently chairs an ad-hoc committee working on elaborating complementary standards to the International Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, with the aim of combating contemporary forms of racism. SAinfo reporter