FIFA World Cup 2014: 5-star France dismantle Swiss defence

first_imgBlaise Matuidi celebrates after scoring the opening goal for France in Group E tie Forwards Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema each scored one goal and created another as rampant France blew Switzerland away 5-2 Friday to take control of Group E and all but seal a place in the next round. France has six points and can qualify if Ecuador and Honduras draw later Friday.Giroud and Blasie Matuidi scored a minute apart and Mathieu Valbuena added another to give France a 3-0 halftime lead.Benzema made up for a penalty miss in the first half with a poacher’s finish in the 67th, and then turned provider for Moussa Sissoko, who made it 5-0 with a neat side-footed effort in the 73rd.Switzerland pulled two consolation goals back as Blerim Dzemaili scored with a free kick in the 81st and Granit Xhaka slotted in the second in the 87th.Team Line-ups(from):Switzerland: Diego Benaglio; Ricardo Rodriguez, Steve von Bergen, Johan Djourou, Stephan Lichtsteiner; Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Gokhan Inler, Valon Behrami; Haris Seferovic, Admir MehmediFrance: Hugo Lloris; Mathieu Debuchy, Mamadou Sakho, Raphael Varane, Patrice Evra; Moussa Sissoko, Blaise Matuidi, Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Valbuena; Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroudlast_img read more

Rafael Nadal overcomes stomach virus to advance in Madrid Open

first_imgMOST READ Rafael Nadal, from Spain, celebrates after winning Felix Auger-Aliassime, from Canada, during the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)MADRID — Rafael Nadal was concerned going into his first match at the Madrid Open.He lost practice time ahead of the tournament because of a stomach virus and didn’t know exactly how his body would react when he stepped onto the “Magic Box” center court on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT But despite the lack of preparation and the physical toll of the illness, Nadal cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach the third round in the Spanish capital.Playing only a few days after falling ill, Nadal lost only four points on his serve in the first set and broke Auger-Aliassime three times in the second.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’ve had this stomach virus for a few days so this was a very important match for me,” the second-ranked Spaniard said. “I’ve been improving but obviously the body remains a bit debilitated for a while. I’m very happy with the victory. It was very important.”Nadal is trying to rebound from consecutive eliminations in the semifinals of both Monte Carlo and Barcelona, which marked his worst start to the clay-court season in four years. “I think everything went very well for me to today,” said Halep, a two-time champion in Madrid. “I felt the ball, every single shot.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES “The important thing is to win, you know, especially given what’s happened in the last three days,” he said. “In general, it’s a day to be very satisfied, very happy.”A five-time champion in Madrid, Nadal will next face American Frances Tiafoe, who defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.“He is playing really well,” Nadal said of Tiafoe. “He has that drive and energy and it will be a good test for me and an opportunity for me to play a tough match and to keep improving.”The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime is having his breakthrough season on tour, having moved to 30th in the rankings after reaching the final in Rio and the semifinals in Miami.He converted on his only break opportunity of the match late in the second set, but Nadal broke right back to close out the match. The 17-time Grand Slam champion converted four of his 10 break opportunities, with the last one coming on his sixth-match point of the final game.ADVERTISEMENT With Kevin Durant down, Warriors fight off Rockets to pull ahead 3-2 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The last match of the day was also the last ever on tour for David Ferrer, whose career came to an end with a 6-4, 6-1 loss to defending champion Alexander Zverev. The 37-year-old Spaniard had said before the tournament he wasn’t fit enough to keep competing at a high level.Ferrer finished his 20-year career with 27 singles titles, fifth-best among active players behind the top four of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Ferrer had 733 wins in 1,111 matches, fourth-best among active players.“I couldn’t keep playing at the level that I wanted, but I’m very happy and very proud of my career,” Ferrer said.Earlier, Juan Martin Del Potro squandered a match point in a 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 loss to Laslo Djere in his second tournament since injuring his knee in October. Del Potro converted only two of his 11 break opportunities, failing to capitalize on the match point at 5-4 in the final set. The Argentine had last played in Delray Beach in February, losing in the quarterfinals.Stan Wawrinka defeated Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4 and will face Kei Nishikori, who got past Bolivian qualifier Hugo Dellien 7-5, 7-5.Fabio Fognini beat John Millman 6-2, 6-2, while Gael Monfils edged Marton Fucsovics 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. Estoril Open champion Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 7-5.On the women’s side, top-ranked Naomi Osaka reached the quarterfinals with a straight-set win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich and will next face Belinda Bencic, who dropped only two games in her victory over Kateryna Kozlova.“I’m at a really good place right now,” Osaka said. “I feel like I’m having fun playing tennis again, which is always a good thing for me and I always play well if I have that mentality.”Defending champion Petra Kvitova defeated Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3 to set up a quarterfinal match against Kiki Bertens.Sloane Stephens needed three sets to defeat Saisai Zheng, while third-seeded Simona Halep routed Viktoria Kuzmova 6-0, 6-0. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more

Boxing: Gilberto Ramirez outpoints Roamer Alexis Angulo to retain super middleweight title

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementSuper middleweight world titleholder Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez has not been able to get the major fights he has wanted, but he has nonetheless been taking care of lesser opponents while biding his time waiting for a big one. Ramirez got the victory, winning handily on the judges’ scorecards — 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109 — in a fight a bit tougher than those scores would indicate.The fight wasn’t much of a spectacle or an electrifying performance for Ramirez, but it was good enough to take a win. His opponent, Angulo, was mostly content to play it defensively and wait for a counter opportunity to land a fight-changing power shot — it never came. In the post-fight interview, Ramirez admitted that he wasn’t really happy with his performance tonight.“Right now, I want a unification,” Ramirez said. “That was a good fight for me, (but I want) James DeGale, Benavidez, Callum Smith. I’m ready for all those guys.”last_img read more


first_imgSikki had won five international challenger events last Sikki had won five international challenger events last year, while Pranaav came close to winning his first Grand Prix Gold title when he and his mens doubles partner Akshay Dwalkar reached the finals at the Syed Modi tournament. “I wanted to win that match and we were so close to it, obviously lot of disappointment for not being able to finish on the winning side but we were very happy with the way we played throughout the tournament and it surely gave us a lot of confidence to face the top pairs in tournaments,” he said. Asked how did they came together to play mixed doubles, Pranaav said: “It was the decision of our coach Tan who decided to pair us up as when he came I had been only playing mens doubles and he asked me to start playing mixed again and that it would be good to pair me with Sikki. Sikki said: “When Tan became India coach only then we got to know what actual mixed doubles is, it is totally different from before. He only made this partnership and he taught us how to play professional mixed double. So we are in safe hands and we both just started 9 months back and we are already in top 50 in just 7 tournaments.” Elaborating on Kim Tan Hers role, Pranaav said: “Tan has played a major role by getting in specific training for mixed doubles and making us learn the skills and tactics for mixed and he is the one who made this pair and also pushes us to work harder in the training and plan our tournaments accordingly.” “He works very hard and we are very thankful that we have got him, he motivates us a lot and makes us work very hard and when we cannot push he is the one who believes in us and pushes us,” Sikki added. PTI ATK PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

#OperationCricketGate: Shocked and speechless, says Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgFormer Pakistan pacer  Shoaib Akhtar was left shocked and speecless after India Today’s sting operation caught Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar agreeing to manipulate the surface ahead of the second ODI between India and New Zealand on Wednesday.Salgaonkar was barred from entering the MCA Stadium and suspended by the BCCI but the match went ahead as scheduled. India, who were asked to bowl, restricted New Zealand to 230/9 and chased down the target with six wickets to spare.Akhtar, who finished with 178 Test and 247 ODI wickets for Pakistan, said the issue should be dealt with an iron fist.Am shocked and speechless to hear about this new #pitchfixing scandal. #INDvsNZ- Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 25, 2017Even if this is #pitchfixing is rumor or a joke it should be dealt with an iron fist coz the game has already been damaged alot!!- Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 25, 2017BCCI, MCA and the Committee of Administrators swung into action immediately and said they had zero tolerance for corruption.The matter will now be probed by the International Cricket Council. “We are investigating the allegations from Pune this morning,” an ICC spokesman said. “As with all international cricket, the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit has an ICC ACU Manager on the ground in India and we are in close contact with him.”We are now looking to establish the facts and will make no further comment whilst this is ongoing.”India Today reporters disguised as bookies unearthed a massive scandal on Wednesday as they caught the Maharashtra Cricket Association pitch curator allowing people to tamper with the pitch on the eve of the second ODI between India and New Zealand in Pune.advertisementSalgaonkar was caught on camera talking to our reporters, who were disguised as bookies, revealing that the pitch will be made according to their demands.The reporters asked Salgaonkar that two players want bounce on the pitch and if it can be done to which Salgaonkar replied, “it will be done”.Salgaonkar also said that it is going to be a 337-340 wicket either way. He also assured on camera that a score as big as 337 will be chaseable.Salgaonkar even allowed our reporters to inspect the pitch in person, clearly violating the laws as set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC).last_img read more

Andy Murray pulls out of Brisbane International ahead of Australian Open

first_imgAndy Murray pulled out from Brisbane International with a hip problem that has been troubling him since his Wimbledon quarter-final loss last July against Sam Querrey in a five-set thriller. The move raises doubts over the Brit’s participation in the 2018 Australian Open.The former World No. 1, who has since fallen to rank 16, took part in the one-set exhibition match in Abu Dhabi last week, he was unable to train on Tuesday and announced his withdrawal.WATCH VIDEOHe had tried to return to competitve Tennis at the US Open in August, before being forced to pull out just two days before the start of the tournament.He joins top-ranked Rafael Nadal, who pulled out last week in a bid to continue his recovery from injury, as notable withdrawals from the season-opening event in Brisbane. He was due to play his first tournament match of the season on Thursday with a second-round encounter against American Ryan Harrison at the Pat Rafter Arena.“I’m very disappointed. I came here with every intention of making a strong start to the year but sadly my team and I don’t feel that I’m where I need to be just yet to compete at the highest level”- @andy_murray #BrisbaneTENnis— #BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) January 2, 2018″I’m very disappointed to be withdrawing from the Brisbane International,” Murray, who was seeded second in Brisbane, told tournament organisers before going into further detail of his predicament in an emotional post on social media.advertisement”Having been recommended to treat my hip conservatively since the US Open, I have done everything asked of me from a rehab perspective and worked extremely hard to try get back on the court competing,” Murray said on his Instagram account.”Having played practice sets here in Brisbane with some top players unfortunately this hasn’t worked yet to get me to the level I would like so I have to reassess my options. Continuing rehab is one option and giving my hip more time to recover.”Surgery is also an option but the chances of a successful outcome are not as high as I would like which has made this my secondary option and my hope has been to avoid that. However, this is something I may have to consider but let’s hope not.”Murray has said that he will remain in Brisbane for the rest of the week before planning his next move.”In the short term I’m going to be staying in Australia for the next couple of days to see if my hip settles down a bit and will decide by the weekend whether to stay out here or fly home to assess what I do next,” the 30-year-old added.With Murray’s latest injury setback, along with two other members of the ‘Big Four’ Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic also struggling with injuries, Australian Open organisers have been majorly hit ahead of the year’s first major in Melbourne starting on January 15.A five-time finalist at the Australian Open, Murray had planned to use the Brisbane event as his main warmup for 2018’s first Grand Slam.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Title, Beating Cilic in Final

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Roger Federer’s wait for No. 8 at Wimbledon is over.He is once again the champion of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, now more often than any other man in the history of an event first held in 1877.Federer won his eighth title at the All England Club and 19th major trophy overall, capping a marvelous fortnight in which he never dropped a set by overwhelming Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday in a lopsided final that was more coronation than contest.When it ended, with an ace from Federer after merely 1 hour, 41 minutes, he raised both arms overhead. A minute or so later, he was sitting on the sideline, wiping tears from his eyes.Truly, the outcome was only in doubt for about 20 minutes, the amount of time it took Federer to grab his first lead. Cilic, whose left foot was treated by a trainer in the late going, was never able to summon the intimidating serves or crisp volleys that carried him to his lone Grand Slam title at the 2014 U.S. Open, where he surprisingly beat Federer in straight sets in the semifinals.This one was all Federer, who last won Wimbledon in 2012.That seventh championship pulled Federer even with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw in what’s still officially called Gentlemen’s Singles. Sampras won all but one of his in the 1990s; Renshaw won each of his in the 1880s, back in the days when the previous year’s champion advanced automatically to the final and therefore was able to successfully defend a title with one victory.Federer had come close to bettering his predecessors but couldn’t quite do it. He lost in the 2014 and 2015 Wimbledon finals to Novak Djokovic, and in the semifinals last year after erasing match points to get past Cilic in a five-set quarterfinal.With clouds overhead and a bit of chill in the air, the very first game offered a glimpse at Cilic’s apparent plan: go after Federer’s backhand. All five points won by Cilic in that opening stanza came via mistakes by Federer on that stroke. Conversely, all three points won by Federer in that game were thanks to forehand miscues by Cilic.Understandably, there were signs of nerves for both.Federer’s early play, in general, was symptomatic of jitters. For everything he’s accomplished, for all of the bright lights and big settings to which he’s become accustomed, the guy many have labeled the “GOAT” — Greatest of All Time — admits to feeling heavy legs and jumbled thoughts at important on-court moments to this day.And so it was that Federer, not Cilic, hit a double-fault in each of his first two service games. And it was Federer, not Cilic, who faced the match’s initial break point, 15 minutes in, trailing 2-1 and 30-40. But Cilic netted a return there, beginning a run of 17 points in a row won by Federer on his serve.It was as if the first indication of the slightest bit of trouble jolted Federer.In the very next game, Federer broke to lead 3-2 with the help of three errors by Cilic and one marvelous point. Cilic tried a drop shot, Federer got to it and replied at a tight angle. Cilic got that and offered a slick response of his own but slipped and fell to the court, allowing Federer to flip a winner, eliciting roars from the crowd.Federer broke again to take that set when Cilic double-faulted, walked to the changeover and slammed his racket on his sideline chair. Cilic then sat and covered his head with a white towel.After Federer raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set, Cilic cried while he was visited by a doctor and trainer. At that moment, it wasn’t clear, exactly, what might have been ailing Cilic. During a later medical timeout, Cilic’s left foot was re-taped by the trainer.Federer would break to a 4-3 edge in the third set and all that remained to find out was how he’d finish. It was with his eighth ace, at 114 mph, and he raised both arms overhead.This caps a remarkable reboot for Federer, who departed Wimbledon a year ago with a lot of doubts. He had lost in the semifinals, yes, but more troublesome was that his body was letting him down for the first time in his career.Earlier in 2016, he had surgery on his left knee, then sat out the French Open because of a bad back, ending a record streak of participating in 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. Then, after Wimbledon, he did not play at all the rest of the year, skipping the Rio Olympics, the U.S. Open and everything else in an attempt to let his knee fully heal.It worked. Did it ever.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Paul Casey hands Ryder Cup boost to Europe with return to Tour

first_imgEurope have been handed an early boost in respect of next year’s Ryder Cup after Paul Casey made himself eligible for selection again.Casey, who is based in Arizona, sat out USA’s comprehensive win at Hazeltine in 2016 having refused to rejoin the European Tour because of family commitments. Only full members of the Tour can represent Europe.A change of heart means Casey, the world No15 and the sixth-highest ranked European, will look to make himself an automatic selection for Thomas Bjorn’s team for Le Golf National in France. Here ends what has become one of the sport’s longest-running sagas.“I want to play another Ryder Cup,” said Casey. “That’s why I need to do this. It was really important to me. I have missed it too much. I have missed my contribution to England golf, British golf; my contribution to Europe. Watching a Ryder Cup, not being a part of that.“My Ryder Cup experiences in the past have been the highlight of my career. I just want to be and need to be a part of the European Tour, and then obviously that puts me in line to hopefully, possibly, play another Ryder Cup, which I would dearly love to do.“I genuinely can’t tell you how excited I am and how cool it is to think about that and the possibility of that next September, for multiple reasons.“I feel like obviously the golf I’ve played the last few years, I feel I can be a massive contribution on the golf course. But I think what excites me more is the role I feel I can play supporting the young guys.” Read more Read more Topics Tiger Woods avoids jail after pleading guilty to reckless driving Ryder Cup Share on WhatsApp The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Paul Casey … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Golf Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Justin Rose Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share on Messenger Casey, a former winner of the World Match Play Championship, was part of the European team for victories in 2004 and 2006, plus defeat to the US in 2008. There has been a widespread notion that Casey being controversially overlooked for a wildcard selection in 2010 resonated to the point where he had no interest in further Ryder Cup participation.“I love a great conspiracy theory but that’s rubbish,” Casey said. “No, [that] had nothing to do with it whatsoever.”Casey’s fellow Englishman Justin Rose was the key beneficiary of a staggering Dustin Johnson collapse as Rose claimed the WGC-HSBC Champions title in China on Sunday. Johnson led the field by six – and Rose by eight – heading into the final round but carded a 77. Rose’s 67 handed him a two-shot victory.“It’s the kind of day you certainly don’t expect,” Rose said. “It’s the kind of day you hope for, dream for, but a lot of things need to go your way in order for a day like today to happen coming from eight shots behind, especially going against a player like DJ.”While Rose suddenly has a European order of merit title on his mind, Johnson was left to rue the kind of fourth round which he made a damaging habit of earlier in his career. “I felt fine all day,” Johnson, the world No1, said. “I just could never get anything going and didn’t hole any putts. It was pretty simple.”last_img read more

Juan Manuel Correa placed in induced coma one week after fatal F2 crash

first_imgShare on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Topics Anthoine Hubert’s death a reminder of drivers’ bravery and risks they take Share on Twitter Read more Formula Two Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Motor sport Support The Guardian Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1)😱 A scary airborne crash in F3 this morningThankfully Alex Peroni is OK 🙏@AntDavidson is at the SkyPad to look at why the ‘sausage’ kerb has now been removed from Parabolica and what impact that had on drivers’ flying laps in P3#SkyF1 #ItalianGPSeptember 7, 2019 Peroni walked to the medical vehicle unaided and no other driver was involved, with the race finishing behind the safety car. The incident delayed the final F1 practice session as repairs were made to the barriers and the kerb was removed. Safety in F1’s support series is under increased scrutiny after Hubert was killed last weekend, after a high-speed collision involving Sauber driver Correa on the second lap of the F2 feature race at Spa. Juan Manuel Correa, the driver seriously injured in a Formula 2 crash which killed Anthoine Hubert in Belgium last weekend, has been placed in an induced coma.Correa is in a critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome. The Ecuador-born American broke both his legs and sustained spinal cord damage after the 160mph accident last weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.The 20-year-old was transferred from Liège to a hospital in London, where he is now in intensive care after complications arose, leading to Correa suffering acute respiratory failure.A statement released by Correa’s family said: “As time has progressed, new complications have surfaced as a consequence of the massive impact [Juan Manuel] suffered in Belgium.” news Share on Messenger “On his arrival to London, Juan Manuel was diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome. This is an injury considered common in high-impact accidents such as this one. Unfortunately, this injury resulted in Juan Manuel falling into acute respiratory failure.“Juan Manuel is currently in an intensive care unit that specialises in respiratory injuries. At this point of time he is an in induced state of unconsciousness and under ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) support. Juan Manuel is in critical but stable condition.“We are confident that our son will surprise us like he always does with his tremendous fighting will and strength, and will recover completely.”Lewis Hamilton posted a message to Instagram on Friday in memory of the French driver. He wrote: “Still thinking of Anthoine. It feels like the world has just moved on already, but you are very much still in my thoughts.”Peroni walks away from airborne F3 crashThe update on Correa’s condition came as Australian F3 driver Alex Peroni walked away from a huge airborne crash during Italian GP weekend at Monza on Saturday.The 19-year-old from Tasmania hit a raised “sausage” kerb at Parabolica, sending his Campos Racing car high into the air before flipping and landing upside down on the tyre wall, coming to rest against the wire fence.last_img read more

Gor Mahia hands midfielder favorite shirt number

first_imgKPL Humphrey Mieno retains no 30 as Gor Mahia unveil jersey numbers Goal 15:14 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gor Mahia midfielder Humphrey Mieno v Collins Okoth of AFC Leopards. Goal Kenya. KPL Gor Mahia v Mount Kenya United Gor Mahia Mount Kenya United Former Captain, Musa Mohammed’s jersey number five has been preserved Midfielder Humphrey Mieno has retained his favourite jersey number 30 at champions side, Gor Mahia.Mieno signed a three year deal with K’Ogalo in January transfer window and he was handed the same number he used to don at Tusker.Mieno is expected to make his league debut for Gor Mahia against Nakumatt FC at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mieno’s teammate, Cercidy Okello takes the coveted number 10 that was left vacant following the departure of Kenneth Muguna to KF Tirana of Albania.Former Captain, Musa Mohammed’s jersey number five has been preserved while Ivorian striker, Ephraim Guikan was handed number 19.Former Sofapaka defender Wesley Onguso will don number 21 while Lawrence Juma landed number 24.Defender Charles Momanyi who was signed from Kakamega Homeboyz will try and make famous shirt number 27 while Eliu Lokuwam settled on jersey number 32.last_img read more

Ben Arfa confirms PSG departure plans

first_imgHatem Ben Arfa Where next for Ben Arfa? Enigmatic winger confirms PSG departure Chris Burton 22:24 3/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Hatem Ben Arfa PSG Getty Images PSG Ligue 1 CSL MLS The France international has endured a tough time at Parc des Princes and will be looking to open a new chapter in his career over the summer Hatem Ben Arfa has confirmed that he will be leaving Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires this summer.The 31-year-old earned a move to the French capital on the back of a stunning one-season spell at Nice in 2015-16 which saw him net 17 times in Ligue 1.He has, however, struggled to make a similar impact at Parc des Princes, with fierce competition for places often leaving him on the fringes of the fold. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ben Arfa has been frozen out completely by Unai Emery this season, failing to make a single appearance, and that has led to him being ushered towards the exits.His last outing for PSG came way back in April 2017, as he netted twice in a Coupe de France quarter-final win over Avranches, and it is clear that there is no way back for him.With that in mind, Ben Arfa has posted a farewell message on social media.He said on his Instagram account: “Soon my PSG adventure ends and despite the difficult moments, I am happy to have worn his shirt.“I will keep wonderful memories of my teammates, I appreciate their continued support and I will always love this club.”With his exit plan already mapped out at PSG, Ben Arfa can start planning for the future.It is unclear where an enigmatic talent will head next, having previously spent time in England with Newcastle and Hull City.Major League Soccer and Chinese Super League moves have been mooted for a man with 15 international caps for France to his name.He is free to open discussions with any interested parties prepared to table terms, with PSG not about to bring him in from the cold any time soon.last_img read more

UNC’s J.P. Tokoto Shows Athleticism With Ridiculous Block vs. BC

first_imgJ.P. Tokoto blocks a shot.North Carolina junior forward J.P. Tokoto is regarded as one of the best pure athletes in college basketball. Wednesday, he reminded us all of that fact in emphatic fashion. Tokoto, with his team leading 60-49 down the stretch, climbed the ladder to turn back a layup attempt by Boston College guard Dimitri Batten. Tokoto practically blocked the ball halfway up the backboard.The Tar Heels cruised today against Eagles. They’ll get Louisville on Thursday.last_img

Constant Spring Market to Be Sold to Facilitate Road Expansion Project

first_img For his part, Councillor for the Greenwich Town Division, Karl Blake, noted that while the sale of the market will displace some people, “we seize this opportunity to have a proper dialogue with them and let them be a part of the development”. The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) is to enter into negotiations with the National Land Agency (NLA) for the sale of the Constant Spring Market to facilitate the expansion of the Constant Spring Road corridor.A resolution giving effect to this was approved by the Corporation at its meeting held in the Council Chamber located on Church Street in downtown Kingston on December 12.The KSAMC has commissioned and received the requisite valuations from the NLA and also from a private, duly registered valuator. The private valuation puts the value of the market at $270 million while the public valuation is $186 million.In opening the debate on the resolution, Councillor of the Norbrook Division, Susan Senior, argued that expansion of the roadway will lead to a reduction in travel time for motorists.She said that motorists spend as many as three hours in traffic on a daily basis, and this is “time that could be spent with loved ones and time that could be utilised in the offices”.For his part, Councillor for the Greenwich Town Division, Karl Blake, noted that while the sale of the market will displace some people, “we seize this opportunity to have a proper dialogue with them and let them be a part of the development”.The Government will spend approximately $2.4 billion (US$19 million) under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) to widen and improve Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew.Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness, on December 5 signed the contract with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited to facilitate the road-improvement works.The four-kilometre thoroughfare runs from Norbrook Drive to Red Hills Road/Eastwood Park Road intersection.The works include widening of the road from two to four lanes, improved traffic management, upgrading of storm-water drainage, and construction of two additional bus bays at the transportation terminal in Manor Park, St. Andrew. Story Highlights The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) is to enter into negotiations with the National Land Agency (NLA) for the sale of the Constant Spring Market to facilitate the expansion of the Constant Spring Road corridor. The KSAMC has commissioned and received the requisite valuations from the NLA and also from a private, duly registered valuator. The private valuation puts the value of the market at $270 million while the public valuation is $186 million.last_img read more

Almost every part of Canadas largest national park deteriorating federal study

first_imgAn exhaustive federal study of Canada’s largest national park concludes almost every aspect of its environment is deteriorating.The 561-page report on Wood Buffalo National Park says industry, dams, climate change and natural cycles are sucking the watery lifeblood from the vast delta of northeastern Alberta’s Peace and Athabasca rivers.It was prepared after concerns were raised over the park’s UNESCO World Heritage status and backs most of them up.“The (Peace-Athabasca Delta) depends on recharge of its lakes and basins in order to retain its world heritage value,” concludes the study released to The Canadian Press.“Currently, hydrologic recharge … is decreasing. Without immediate intervention, this trend will likely continue and the world heritage values of the (delta) will be lost.”The study looked at 17 measures of environmental health, from river flows to Indigenous use. It concludes 15 are declining.Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations — the study is likely to be the most complete assessment on the region downstream of Canada’s largest energy developments and one of its biggest hydro dams.“There’s literally hundreds of different studies going on with regard to the park or the oilsands or B.C. Hydro,” said Don Gorber, the consultant who led the effort for Environment and Climate Change Canada.“All these things are going on independently. No one had put it all together.”Gorber found major changes in the park. Behind them all is water — or the lack thereof.Peace River flows have fallen nine per cent since the Bennett Dam was built in British Columbia. Flows from the Athabasca have declined 26 per cent. Ice jams that once flooded wetlands and isolated lakes no longer occur.As a result, bison habitat is shrinking. Invasive species are replacing native vegetation. Migratory birds are starting to avoid areas where they once flocked in the millions.Indigenous people who depend on boats to get to many parts of their traditional territory have lost access. Trappers who used to bring in hundreds of muskrats a season now say the water-loving rodents are gone.Others describe fish kills from stagnant, oxygenless water.Lower water levels are concentrating chemicals similar to those produced in the oilsands. Heavy metals and toxic hydrocarbons are showing up in bird eggs. Mercury levels in minnows are rising.In the skies, “both science and (Indigenous traditional knowledge) have indicated a downward air-quality trend resulting from poorer air quality at certain times of the year,” the report says.We told you so, said Melody Lepine of the Mikisew Cree, one of the First Nations whose complaints to UNESCO led to the request for the study.“It confirms a lot of these threats, the concerns, that are causing the challenges in the delta,” she said. “It does a good job of capturing the issues in Wood Buffalo, specifically in the delta.”Gorber is cautious about assigning blame for the changes. Wildfires can create many of the same chemicals as an oilsands plant, he said.“I don’t think we have enough studies to pinpoint exactly where they come from,” said Gorber. “But we do know the types of contaminants that we’re measuring are probably similar to contaminants that could be coming from the oilsands.”Forestry and agriculture also occur upstream.As well, climate change is causing the delta to dry out over the long term. Migratory birds can be affected anywhere along their flight path.“My intention was to determine if there was a problem at the park and not to point fingers at who caused it,” Gorber said. “I think everybody has some kind of effect.”Natural cycles may be involved.“There probably were periods in the past where it was good, or not so good.”But the world’s second-largest freshwater delta is no longer the pristine ecosystem it was even a generation ago.“Without a doubt, there’s something going on,” Gorber said.Meanwhile, development continues. Teck Resources has applied to build an open-pit oilsands mine 30 kilometres from the park’s southern boundary.Parks Canada has set aside $27 million for work in Wood Buffalo. As requested by UNESCO, Ottawa is developing plans with Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and First Nations.Public consultations are expected to begin in the late fall and the plans are to be submitted to UNESCO in December.“The government of Canada is committed to the ongoing protection of Wood Buffalo National Park and World Heritage Site,” said a Parks Canada spokeswoman in an email.The Mikisew Cree were heavily involved in Gorber’s report, said Lepine, but not so much with the response to it.First Nations are being consulted on technical issues, but aren’t at the decision-making table.“For the most part, we have been kept on the outside,” she said.Lepine said policy-makers should remember a Cree phrase that Gorber quotes — “nipi tapitam.” It means “water is boss.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Groups seeking to suspend Quebec secularism law granted leave to appeal

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s highest court has agreed to hear an appeal on behalf of groups seeking to suspend the central parts of the province’s secularism law.Catherine McKenzie, a lawyer for the applicants, said Quebec Court of Appeal Chief Justice Nicole Duval Hesler did not give a reason for granting leave to appeal in a ruling from the bench today.Quebec’s secularism law, known as Bill 21, prohibits some public sector workers, including teachers and police officers, from wearing religious symbols at work.Lawyers representing a national Muslim organization, a civil liberties group and a university student who wears an Islamic head scarf, had asked for an immediate stay of the central components of the law while their full legal challenge is heard.Superior Court Justice Michel Yergeau ruled on July 18 that the groups had failed to demonstrate the law is creating enough damage to warrant the stay.McKenzie says she has asked for an accelerated process and hopes to have the appeal heard as soon as possible.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Book Review Salman Rushdie Explores Free Speech And The Role Of Literature

first_img“Free people publish books. Free people sell books. Free people buy books. Free people read books.”On February 22, 1989, these words stared out at readers of the New York Times in a full-page advertisement paid for by the Association of American Publishers, the American Booksellers’ Association and the American Library Association in support of Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born writer who had just gone into hiding after being sentenced to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini over his book, The Satanic Verses. And it is these words that give Rushdie’s latest book, Joseph Anton, its backbone.Joseph Anton, A Memoir by Salman RushdieJoseph Anton is possibly Rushdie’s most important book, and is certainly his most readable. It is a memoir that covers the years he spent fighting for freedom of speech and – more importantly – the right to live, to not be murdered because of art.Unusually written in the third-person perspective, Joseph Anton – which takes its name from the alias he chose to avoid the assassins sent to find him – gives Rushdie the chance to tell his story of day-to-day life under the cloud of the fatwa. Surprisingly uplifting and funny, the book chronicles his fight for support from an under-informed public and governments who put their own agendas higher than a human life. This is a warts-and-all account – you may not end up liking the writer or the man behind the words, but it is a story that should be heard if the world is to start healing tensions on a political and community scale. Depression, self-pitying, weakness and determination are dealt with in language that is nerve-raw but laced with the imagery of a master storyteller.The book follows Rushdie as he faces the fears imposed on him by a society where free speech was considered a right but didn’t seem to exist at all, and his fight against the view that people could be thrown to the lions because of their ideas. His belief in freedom from fear and violence led him down a path few would want to tread.Joseph Anton explores the friendship of Rushdie with Bono – the rock star’s unwavering support led to the pair collaborating on U2’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet – as well as with Nigella Lawson. Along the way, Rushdie throws in snippets of encounters with stars such as Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Blur, Meg Ryan, a very young Olivia Wilde and Warren Beatty, as well as his tempestuous marriage to Padma Lakshmi.Rushdie uses the book to explain the role of literature in society, his belief that it is the job of a novel to increase our perception of what humankind is – where we came from, where we are going and who we are as individuals. It is a provocative read that deserves a place in the bookshelves of those who want to make the world a better place.Joseph Anton, A MemoirSalman Rushdie2012Jonathan CapeCopyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

Washington state is allied with BC on Trans Mountain pipeline governor

first_imgVANCOUVER – The governor of Washington says his state is “allied” with British Columbia in questioning whether the Trans Mountain pipeline should be expanded.The project poses a threat to waters off the West Coast, which Washington residents view as a treasure, and the state is looking at marine safety laws that would help mitigate the impact of a tanker spill, Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday at a meeting with B.C. Premier John Horgan and officials from Oregon and California.“We are hopeful that the premier’s efforts to allow the voices of his citizens to be listened to will be successful, because it is very much in common with our citizens,” Inslee said, adding that residents in his state recently rejected proposals for both coal and oil ports.Inslee commended British Columbia for leadership on climate protection. But he said Trans Mountain may be a federal policy that “shoots Canada in the foot” and reverses some of the work the province has done.Alberta and B.C. have been locked in a battle over the future of Kinder Morgan’s $7.4-billion plan to triple the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna acknowledged Friday there are differences over the pipeline, but she said it was approved by Ottawa after extensive reviews and it will be built.“We did that review by increasing engagement with communities, by meaningful consultation with Indigenous Peoples, by looking at the science and the evidence and also looking at the project in the context of our climate plan, and we approved that project,” she said in Victoria.“The project was also approved by the previous B.C. government and we think the project should go ahead.”B.C. is asking the courts to determine if it has jurisdiction to limit how much diluted bitumen can flow through pipelines in the province.The members of the Pacific Coast Collaborative met in Vancouver on Friday to mark its 10th anniversary and agreed to add drug overdoses and trade to the list of issues considered vital to the four jurisdictions.The forum was created in 2008 to encourage joint action on matters like climate change and the environment but the group also wants to confront what Inslee calls the “scourge of substance-use disorders.”A news release from the premier’s office says they are also committed to ending the stigma and discrimination associated with addiction and substance-use disorders.Later on Friday, Horgan announced B.C. will contribute $300,000 towards a study with Washington state on the potential for a high-speed rail line connecting Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and other cities beyond. Washington has approved funding of up to US$1.2 million towards the new study.B.C. says the service could cut travel times between Vancouver and Seattle to about 60 minutes from three hours.Collaboration throughout the Pacific region is particularly important in the current political climate, said Matt Rodriquez, California’s secretary of environmental protection.“To be candid, for those of us in the United States, there’s an absence of leadership in the federal government right now and so it’s incumbent on us to work together and step up and show what we can do between our various governments,” he said.Inslee said that collaboration is evident in the group’s approach to climate change.“On the West Coast, we know that climate change is not a hoax,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what foolishness comes out of the White House. Leaders on the West Coast are united in understanding science in the commitment to clean waters and clean air.”The group is a physical representation of governments working together across borders on critical issues, Horgan said.“I believe we’re demonstrating to North America the commonalities that we have despite artificial boundaries,” he said.“The 49th parallel exists on maps and on globes, but we’ve demonstrated today … that working together, the people who populate this spectacular region have a common purpose. And that is to ensure that our environment is protected so our economy can flourish.”Horgan said his U.S. counterparts understand the urgent need to protect a shared environment and to slow climate change across a region that is home to 55 million people and represents the world’s fifth-largest economy.(Companies in this story: TSX: KML)last_img read more

Moroccan Miloud Guiderk Wins 2017 Arts Council Norway Honorary Award

Rabat – The Norwegian Arts Council has awarded its 2017 Prize of Honor to Miloud Guiderk, a Moroccan artist, for his significant contribution to Norwegian art and culture, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). “Miloud Guiderk received the Honorary Award for his commitment and authentic work in the field as a concert organizer for more than 40 years,” the Arts Council of Norway said on its website.This NOK 600,000 prize has been awarded annually since 1968 to people residing in the Scandinavian kingdom. The winners receive the award for their contributions to the development of art and culture in Norway. “The contribution of Guiderk is a driving force that has deeply marked Norwegian cultural life,” said Tone Hanse, President of the Council. She continued that Guiderk is a pioneer in his field, adding that he “made great strides in this direction through his undeniable efforts.”Guiderk told MAP he was “surprised by the award”, which represents “recognition” of the efforts he has been making for many years in order to promote the development of art and culture. Guiderk was born in Casablanca in 1947 and worked as pantomime as a part-time job. The artist has been working as a concert organizer for more than 40 years. read more

Hundreds of Sudanese flee to town in Central African Republic UN says

30 May 2007Some 1,500 Sudanese refugees have sought refuge in a single town in the Central African Republic (CAR), claiming that Sudanese Government forces and armed militias attacked their town two weeks ago, a United Nations spokesperson said today. Several UN agencies have just completed an assessment mission to the town of Sam Ouandja, in northeastern CAR, the spokesperson, Michele Montas, said today in New York. “The agencies say the number of refugees continues to grow,” Ms. Montas said. “The majority of them are women and children, who have travelled the 200 kilometres between the two towns on foot.”The World Food Programme (WFP) is providing a one-month initial food ration for the refugees who have already arrived in the town, and the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) along with he UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is providing non-food items, Ms. Montas added.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) issued a news release saying the influx of refugees is ongoing. “We did not find evidence of the presence of armed elements in the group and the refugees assured the mission that everyone originates from DaFak in Sudan and no Chadian nationals among them,” said Bruno Geddo, Representative of UNHCR. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure the civilian and humanitarian character of the operation,” he added.“Considering that the majority of the refugees appear to be women and children, WFP will provide emergency food assistance, while at the same time carry out an assessment of the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable individuals among the local population in Sam Ouandja,” said that agency’s Representative in CAR, Jean-Charles Dei.“Beyond the need for humanitarian assistance, the United Nations remains highly concerned about the protection of civilians and calls for the national authorities to continue to facilitate humanitarian access to displaced populations in need,” said Jean-Sébastien Munié, OCHA chief in the country.UN officials have frequently warned that the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region is threatening to engulf the CAR as well as Chad – a caution Mr. Munié repeated today. “The arrival of these refugees from Sudan is another evidence of the spill-over effect and the regional dimension of the conflict in Darfur,” he concluded. read more