Swedish boycott leads to cancellation of Four Nations Tournament

first_img The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation has canceled the Four Nations women’s hockey tournament in November because it can’t guarantee its players’ participation due to an ongoing pay dispute.  Sweden’s top players boycott their national teamThe federation announced the decision on Friday and noted that the uncertainty regarding their players’ status has made it difficult for the three other  competing nations to make travel plans. The tournament was scheduled to feature teams from Finland, the United States, and Canada. Sweden’s top players are boycotting their national team because they are unhappy over pay and working conditions.Read | FIFA Women’s World Cup: Netherlands Defeat Sweden, Enters FinalsThe players skipped a Five Nations tournament held in Finland in August because of the strike, and have yet to agree on a new contract with the federation. They have also formed a union and raised numerous complaints about their previous deal, which expired in April. Players are unhappy over their compensation, while also having to fit work and family schedules around national team requirements.Other complaints included travel conditions and schedules, the short and long-term vision for women’s hockey in Sweden and a perceived lack of respect.Read | Pakistan Hockey Team Coach Khawaja Junaid Faces Revolt From TeamThe Swedish players are following in the steps of U.S. women’s national team members who were successful in landing better compensation after threatening to boycott the 2017 World Championships being held on American soil.PWHPA’s supportIn May, more than 200 of the world’s top players pledged to boycott playing in North America this season in a push to establish a women’s professional league with what they say must be a sustainable economic model. They have since formed a union, the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association, to represent them. The Swedish players have the PWHPA’s support.Read | Netizens Hail This Indian Hockey Player As She Continued To Play In The FIH Series Finals Hockey Tournament Despite Her Father’s Demise“It’s tough to see, for sure, but I think it really speaks to the fact that we are all only as strong as our weakest link,” PWHPA board member Liz Knox wrote in a text to The Associated Press. “We support them striving for better because, in the end, women’s hockey as a whole will be better for it.”Anders Larsson, Chairman of the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation, last month said that the boycott is damaging the brand of the country’s hockey team and is a failure for both the federation and the Swedish team.Read: ‘Exceptional Game, Excellent Outcome!’: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Congratulates Indian Women’s Hockey Team As They Win FIH Series Finals Tournament COMMENT FOLLOW US Manogya Singh LIVE TV Written Bycenter_img Last Updated: 13th September, 2019 23:56 IST Swedish Boycott Leads To Cancellation Of Four Nations Tournament The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation has canceled the Four Nations women’s hockey tournament in November because it can’t guarantee its players’ participation WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 13th September, 2019 21:52 ISTlast_img read more

Aruna Quadri Humbles Slovakia’s Wang to Progress

first_imgTABLE TENNIS* Toriola, Oshonaike, Edem bow out of singles eventsAruna Quadri yesterday restored Nigeria’s hope in the table tennis event of Rio Olympic Games after beating Slovakia’s Yang Wang 4-1 in the men’s singles. Earlier, three other Nigerian table tennis players, Segun Toriola, Olufunke Oshonaike and Offiong Edem had all failed to progress to the next rounds of the men and women’s singles.An elated Quadri said after the match: “My first match against Wang Yang was so very difficult. I found it difficult to read his spin of the ball.  When defending, I made several mistakes. It is difficult to really feel settled against him. His forehand attacks were tough for me. I have played him twice before and on both occasions, I lost. I am happy that I won the match here today.”Today, Quadri is expected to battle against world number seven, Chinese Taipei’s Chih-Yuan Chuang in the third round match of the men’s singles.However, Egypt’s Omar Assar met his waterloo yesterday as the former African champion surrendered a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 to Ukraine’s Lei Kou in the second round match of the men’s singles.Meanwhile, Toriola’s outing in the table tennis event of the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympic Games ended yesterday after the record making African was beaten by Japan’s Niwa Koki in the men’s singles.Despite his exit, the world table tennis ruling body, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has planned to organise a befitting send forth for the Nigeria in Rio to mark his Olympic feat of seven appearances at the Olympic Games. He is the first African to achieve the feat.Toriola who is ranked 120 in the world, had on Saturday August 6 bundled out Czech Republic’s Dimitrij Prokopcov in the first round. He defeated Prokopcov with a 4-2 defeat (8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8).However, in the second round tie against the Japanese ranked 22 in the world, Toriola fell 11-9, 5-11, 7-11, 11-4, 6-11, 1-11 (4-2) to end his men’s singles medal quest.In the women’s singles event, Nigeria’s duo of Olufunke Oshonaike and Edem Offiong were shown the exit in the first round after they put up good performance in the preliminary round.Oshonaike fell to Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz 4-2, while Edem Offiong was edged out by Belarus’ Pavlovich Viktoria 4-1.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Tearful Neymar Wishes for ‘New Metatarsal’ at Birthday Party

first_imgBrazilian singer Wesley Safadao, DJ Bob Sinclair and world surfing champion Gabriel Medina were among the celebrities who joined Neymar and his team-mates for the party on Monday.Instagram footage shows the Brazilian, who is the world’s most expensive footballer, dancing and singing on stage with team-mates Dani Alves and Kylian Mbappe.However, there was an altogether different mood when the former Barcelona forward gave a speech later in the night.“What I wanted the most as a birthday present today is a new metatarsal so I could be on the field fighting and doing what I love the most, which is playing soccer,” a tearful Neymar said.The party, which was attended by around 200 guests, almost didn’t take place with Neymar admitting during his speech that he almost cancelled the celebrations, only to be talked around by his friends.He also thanked his team mates for their support, saying: “They are giving me all the strength possible to help me return as soon as possible.”Neymar sustained the injury to his foot during Paris St-Germain’s cup win over Strasbourg on 23 January, the same injury he suffered in February last year.The Brazil forward is said to be sidelined until April and as a result will miss a number of games for PSG, notably both legs of their Champions League last-16 tie with Manchester United.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Paris St-Germain star, Neymar, gave a tearful speech at his 27th birthday party on Monday might where he wished for a “new metatarsal”.The Brazilian celebrated with team-mates and a number of celebrities at the Pavillon Gabriel near the Champs-Elysees.Despite his injury, he stayed true to the ‘Nuit Rouge’ – or ‘Red Night’ – theme, greeting guests on a pair of red crutches and wearing custom red trainers made especially for the occasion.last_img read more

Now, Cameroonian keeper dies aged 26 during warm-up

first_imgHe was rushed to hospital but doctors were unable to resuscitate him.The deaths of Djomnang and Ekeng have plunged Cameroon football back into mourning, 13 years after Marc-Vivien Foe passed away at the age of 28 after collapsing during the 2003 Confederations Cup semi-final against Colombia in Lyon.READ story of Ekeng death (click here)Share on: WhatsApp Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP | The goalkeeper of a Cameroonian women’s team has died after collapsing before a first division game, less than 48 hours after the death of Patrick Ekeng, the country’s football federation announced on Monday.Jeanine Christelle Djomnang, 26, fell ill during the warm-up prior to a Femina Stars Ebolowa match on Sunday, with the cause of her death still unknown as the federation awaits a medical report.Her death follows that of Cameroon international Ekeng, who collapsed while playing a first division match on Friday with his Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest.The 26-year-old fell to the ground without any contact with another player in the 70th minute of the game against Viitorul, just seven minutes after coming on as a substitute.last_img read more

Micho confirms end of the road with Uganda Cranes

first_img200213-20 22004136 *****FROM THE ARCHIVES EGYPT 201102-21 0 GHANA RELATED VIDEOShare on: WhatsApp CONGO UGANDAcenter_img 0 Micho at the press conferenceFUFA  receives termination letter, wishes Micho wellKabira Club, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevich has confirmed he is leaving the Uganda national soccer team Cranes.Micho told the press in Kampala Saturday that he has got up to nine offers to consinder now. He confirmed he is not going to Libya, is not going to handle a national team but did not confirm speculation linking him to Orlando Pirates in South Africa or Zamalek in Egypt.“Termination of the contract happened last night. I have not cheated, I have not stolen, but I have come here to clear the air, ” he said. (see live twitter feed #Micho & #GoodbyeMicho below)The Serbian football coach said he will announce his next destination soon, and confirmed talks on payment of his salary arrears and allowances of over $64,000 ( about Sh230m) with soccer governing body FUFA had stalled, thus his decision to move on.“It is not easy to be coach of Uganda. My agent and I had seven days of talks with FUFA but all yielded nothing,” Micho, 47, said. “I have not been allowed to take Uganda to the World Cup. They succeeded to remove me.”Micho led Uganda Cranes to their first Nations Cup finals in 38 years. Cranes managed one draw in their first apperance since 1978.Micho concluded the press conference at Kabira Club in Kampala with a prayer in Serbian, and made a sign of the cross.Micho announces his depature from the Uganda Cranes. PHOTOS LOUIS JADWONGFUFA wishes Micho wellA few hours after the press conference ended at 9.00GMT, soccer governing body FUFA confirmed Micho had indeed quit.“FUFA is in receipt of a letter from Mr. Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic terminating his services as Uganda Cranes coach,” FUFA said in a statement. “FUFA wishes Micho the best in his future adventures.”“FUFA would like to thank Mr. Sredojevic for the services rendered to the Uganda Cranes during his time as coach of the National team especially when he guided the country to the AFCON finals in Gabon for the first time since 1978. Ugandans will forever keep those memories with them.”In the statement, FUFA indicated no decision had been taken on the way forward. ” FUFA will keep the public and members of the football family updated in due course on the way forward about the technical aspects of the Uganda Cranes.”#MICHO Tweets#GoodByeMicho Tweets****PREVIEWCranes coach Micho wants outKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | FRIDAY | All indications are that the Micho-FUFA saga will end today, with the Serbian football coach set to announce his next destination.Cranes national team coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevich confirmed to The Independent that he has called a 10.00am press conference Saturday at Kabira Club, just outside the city. He did not give details.The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) headquarters where football press conferences are usually held, is on the opposite side, in Mengo, in the city.It was not immediately clear if FUFA are aware of the Saturday July 29, press conference.  Micho left for a “holiday” on Monday hours after meeting the FUFA executive.At Monday’s meeting, the two parties agreed, according to a statement released after, that a decision on his future will be announced after CEO Edgar Watson meets his agent Ivic Stankovic to resolve his complaint about delayed payment of salary arrears said to be at $64000.Micho has since been linked to South African club side Orlando, at which he had a stint years ago, but more recently to Egyptian giants Zamalek. Zamalek 24 hours ago sacked their coach Augusto Inacio.Egypt would hit two birds with one stone if Micho left Uganda – for Zamalek. He is seen by many football experts as being capable of destabilizing World Cup qualifying Group E that has Egypt, Congo, Uganda and Ghana.Uganda are currently lying second behind Egypt (6), Uganda (4), Ghana (1) and are due to clash on August 31.GROUP E 0 Who is Micho?Whether he leaves or not, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevich’s name will remain etched in Uganda’s football history as the coach who broke the jinx!History will state that in 1978, Uganda Cranes reached the final of the Nations Cup finals, falling to Ghana 2-0. Jimmy Kirunda and Phillip Omondi were some of the great names that Ugandan soccer would talk about for over three decades as players who last featured in the Nations Cup finals.For close to four decades after 1978, Cranes beat all the giants from Ghana, Zambia to Nigeria, but qualification eluded them.Uganda’s sports history will also add that FUFA presidents and coaches came and went but success remained elusive — until Lawrence Mulindwa in 2013. Then FUFA President Mulindwa, decided to bite the bullet and sack coach Bobby Williamson who had done a tremendous job with the team. In came ‘Micho’, and the rest is history.Williamson had come in to replace Csaba László, who resigned in July 2008 to go to Hearts in Scotland, despite a running contract.  Williamson had led Cranes to four CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup trophies since 2008 but failed to secure qualification to the African Nations Cup in his five-year tenure – on one occasion failing on the very final day of qualification. 0 Micho ended the jinx last year as Uganda qualified. He then led the team to Gabon, where Cranes managed a point and seemed to grow stronger thereafter, with a strong performance in their opening two games of the World Cup qualifiers.“FUFA hasn’t received any communication in regard to rumours that Cranes coach Micho has resigned. The Serbian is still under contract,” Federation of Uganda Football Associations FUFA said Saturday.FUFA were reacting to stories that they called mere “rumours” that Micho had said goodbye after his new look Cranes had humbled South Sudan 5-1 in the CHAN tournament second leg – at the Phillip Omondi Stadium.FUFA then met Monday this week with the coach at FUFA House in Mengo, at which they released a statement saying the two parties agreed that CEO Watson talks to Micho’s agent Ivic Stankovic.to resolve any issues between them.ALL SMILES ON MONDAY: Micho (2nd right) after meeting FUFA officials. Micho’s agent now comes into play.Micho, who like Donald Trump usually says it all on twitter, was silent five hours after the meeting ended,  then he tweeted: “48 hours expired I couldn’t come out with final outcome as promised due to human wish that unfortunate situation is sorted in civilised way.”Will Micho face his former side Rwanda?The “rumours” started minutes after Uganda walked past South Sudan at Lugogo on Saturday.Their next CHAN opponents – Rwanda.Micho has handled Rwanda before as well.Micho started his African adventure in Uganda with SC Villa, went via St.George in Ethiopia, Orlando Pirates in South Africa, Al-Hilal in Sudan and Rwanda before coming to Uganda.  He has complained for years about failure by FUFA to pay his salary under the agreed contract.A mutual separation based on the terms of the contract now look inveitable. What Micho called rumours a few days, could become reality at Kabira Club today.EARLIER STORIES TEAMSMPWDLGFGA+/-Pts 21101014last_img read more

FL man injured while prying open alligator’s mouth to save dog

first_imgAuthorities captured the nearly 10-feet long gator, Friday evening.The FFW urges anyone with concerns about an alligator to contact its Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR. They don’t call dogs “a man’s best friend” for nothing!A Florida man was injured Friday after prying open an alligator’s mouth to rescue his beloved labrador retriever.The unidentified man reportedly heard the commotion inside his home and ran to his backyard where he found  the reptile with the dog in a canal, according to My Sun Coast.He then jumped in, wrestled the gator’s mouth open and retrieved the injured dog.Both sustained injuries but are expected to be okay, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife representative.last_img read more

Casilla: “Bielsa is a crack, but there are days that you would kill him”

first_imgDoor closed: “In the end, sport is a spectacle for people and to enjoy it we all have to be well. There has been talk of the possibility of playing behind closed doors and whether it should be to end the season as I can understand it, but for the next course you have to understand that the amateur is essential in all this. “Leeds: “Here I have found the possibility of playing in a spectacular league, with high-level footballers, full stadiums … it is second division but it does not seem like it, it could be compared to many first league, without a doubt. It is a club which, being in second, makes you feel like a great team. Our stadium is full every game. The passion for Leeds makes you feel it from the first moment. “Bielsa: “Bielsa is a crack. He knows a lot about soccer and, although his method is very demanding, all of us in Leeds have improved a lot with him. But there are days when he wants to kill him, speaking affectionately. All of us who are in Leeds have improved a lot with him ”.Workouts at home: “Each player has a weekly planning of what they have to do, with the GPS to pass the data of their activity. They also control the weight, they have sent us material at home and for example the goalkeepers have a kind of ramp to bounce the ball and that we can continue working on the issue of reflexes, ball blocks, falls … “. Stop due to coronavirus: “In the hope that it will end soon and locked up at home, although here in England the confinement is not so demanding. We can go to the park, if it is family, they can go out together respecting the distance with the rest of the people.”Assemble the competition: “The only thing they have told us is that until May 16 we will not be able to train again and it is a date that will depend a lot on how the virus evolves.” Kiko Casilla he has been playing for almost a year Leeds United. Undisputed headline for Marcelo Bielsa, technician of the English club, that militates in the Championship (second English). He has had to deal in the past few weeks with the accusations of racist after an encounter with the soccer player Leko. Casilla was sanctioned with eight games by the English Federation. Now, with the break required by COVID-19, he granted an interview to L’Esportiu.last_img read more

Fast-forward to Penn with Edwin Allen’s 4×800

first_imgSome of our high-school coaches are already thinking ahead to the 123rd staging of the world-renowned Penn Relays. In fact, Michael Dyke of Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School has been planning for the Penn 4×800 metres since the start of the year. After a fine run by his team last Saturday, his plans may have to be upgraded. Ashanni Robb, Kara Grant, Kayann Green and Cemore Donald won the eight-lap event at the Gibson McCook Relays in eight minutes 47.71 seconds over a stubborn Holmwood Technical High School team. The runner-up school harried Edwin Allen past a meet record set by Holmwood in 2006. The reward for the 2017 Holmwood girls was a fine time of 8 minutes 49.71 seconds. In an interview in January after a loss to Holmwood at the Central Hurdles and Relays, Dyke revealed that he is programming his team to peak at Penn. Met with the suggestion that his 4×800 team could speed this season, he said, “I definitely think so and I’d be disappointed if we don’t win the 4×8 this year, especially at the Penn Relays”, said the soft-spoken Dyke, “because that’s what we are gearing towards; and the sort of experience and quality that we have, there’s no reason that we should not.” The Gibson McCook victory snapped a two-meet losing streak Holmwood had over Edwin Allen. While he acknowledges that his rivals are very good, Dyke reported, “I normally start the season like that, especially in the 4×8 – touch and go and feel out persons – but I know the complete four that will eventually mature into the top team when it’s necessary.” Holmwood had beaten Dyke’s team at the Central meet and the Western Relays with nearly identical times of 8.57.50 and 8.57.54. At Gibson McCook, Holmwood improved their season’s best by approximately eight seconds but lost. Grant keyed the Edwin Allen success with her strong second-leg run of two minutes 09.1 seconds. If Dyke’s January projections are anything to go by, his team’s performance at Gibson McCook would have been a surprise. Asked then if his 2017 unit could challenge the Penn Relay record of 8 minutes 37.71 seconds set by Vere Technical in 1991, he said, “I don’t think it will be that easy to run that fast with this team.” He added, “but I’m optimistic, and anything is possible.” He was right. Asked in January how fast the team would run at the 41st staging of the venerable Jamaican relay event, he said, “Well, we are in about 8.50, thereabouts, based on our preparations and where we’re at.” “So I think 8.50 would be a good time for us at the Gibson McCook Relays,” he concluded. Vere, Edwin Allen and Holmwood are the fastest three schools in Penn 4×800 history. In addition to the record held by Vere, a Ristananna Tracey-anchored 2011 Edwin Allen team completed the journey in 8 minutes 39.22 seconds, with Holmwood clocking 8.41.92 in 2008. – H.L. Losing streaklast_img read more

CANU raids Charlestown house; large quantity of cocaine, ganja unearthed

first_imgRanks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) on Tuesday morning swooped down on a Charlestown, Georgetown, house where they unearthed a large quantity of cocaine and marijuana carrying in excess of $40 million in street value.Some of the parcelled narco found at the Charlestown residence during Tuesday’s operationThe intelligence-led operation was carried out at the St Stephen Street, Charlestown, home and lasted some seven hours. So far two persons – a male and female – were arrested, as CANU hunts for another suspect whom they believe might have a big role in the illegal trade.Guyana Times understands that CANU ranks responded to intelligence of the “possibility of narcotics being stored at this location” and staked out the residence until they caught the suspect red-handed.“…We would have conducted our own surveillance and what we saw was the person that we currently have in custody, he arrived this morning in the motorcar – PPP 3008. Shortly after, we saw a 42 minibus arrive as well. The suspect went into the house and came out back with a black plastic bag, which he handed over to the driver of the minibus. Then (he) returned to the house and came out with another bag which he placed in the back seat of the car. Then he walked away up the street. Basically, the ranks intercepted him then,” Deputy Head of CANU Leslie Ramlall told reporters at the scene on Tuesday afternoon.According to Ramlall, after intercepting the suspect, he was taken back to his motorcar where he opened the vehicle for the ranks to conduct a search, during which they unearthed a black plastic bag containing cannabis.The two suspects being escorted out of the Charlestown house on TuesdayThat discovery, the Deputy CANU Head noted, caused the ranks to search the premises. However, this newspaper understands that they had to await the necessary documentation to carry out the search hence, the operation went on for hours.“[We] conduct a search of the house and currently, we have a large quantity of suspected cannabis and maybe cocaine as well. What we’ve gathered as well this is narcotics that came out of Columbia…and this would’ve probably come within the last 48 hours, it arriving at this location,” Ramlall stated.The narcotics were packaged off into small parcels. By the end of the operation, the anti-narco officers drove off with the tray of a pick-up vehicle loaded with the illegal drug. At the time, Ramlall could not say the quantity of the narcotics found. However, unconfirmed reports suggested there are about 15 pounds of cocaine and approximately 100 pounds of cannabisMoreover, the CANU official could not say at the time whether the male suspect was living at the Charlestown residence. However, he did reveal that the female was in the house all along. Both have since been taken into custody and are assisting with further investigations.Meanwhile, with regards to the minibus, Ramlall told reporters that checks were made but no one was arrested.“[We] found the bus at home and conducted a search of that minibus and we didn’t find anything. Apparently, that person might have delivered whatever he had… [He] could be a delivery man [or] could be somebody bigger than the delivery man, which we suspected so we’ll have to continue our investigations,” the Deputy CANU Head stated.Nevertheless, Ramlall lauded the successful collaboration between members of the public and the anti-narcotics body.“It confirms that we continue to rely heavily on the support of members of the public as well as our intel-capabilities. And we’re thankful that we continue to get this kind of support from the members of public and the intel-community as well,” he stated.Investigations into the major narco-find will continue.Positioned on the South American continent with strong ties to the Caribbean region, Guyana has long been identified as a transhipment point for major drug trafficking activities as well other transnational crimes, which local authorities have been tirelessly trying to curb.last_img read more

Iraq’s Basra banks on football revenues after FIFA ends ban

first_imgThe news was especially welcome for businesses in Basra, one of three locations now allowed to stage the matches along with Shiite holy city Karbala and Kurdish capital Arbil.The southern city lies at the heart of a key oil-producing region but it is now looking to kick start its tourism sector — and hoping football could help turn it into a winner.The signs are already promising.Football fans arrive at Basra Sports City stadium in the southern Iraqi city on March 21, 2018 to attend the international friendly match between Iraq and Qatar © AFP / HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALILate last month Basra saw fans pack out its 65,000-seater stadium for a friendly against Saudi Arabia, and now the city is hosting a mini-tournament with Qatar and Syria.Hotel manager Tony Dib says every match day brings a flood of bookings — with packed establishments in the city even forced to refuse clients.“Business increases dramatically,” Dib, who runs the Basra Sheraton, told AFP.“Investors need to start thinking about building new hotels as the current capacity is not enough.”– Making space for fans –Up until recently the vast bulk of people checking into Basra’s hotels have been businessmen, mostly from the oil industry.An Iraqi fan cheers on her team during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Qatar at the Basra Sports City Stadium in Basra on March 21, 2018 © AFP / KARIM JAAFARBut with the Qatar and Syrian national teams now in town they are having to make way for another clientele — football-mad fans from at home and abroad.“It was necessary to relocate customers who came for business to make space for those who came for the matches,” said vice president of the Basra chamber of commerce Qassem al-Saadi.Governor Assaad al-Aydani says the matches are having a “positive impact on the economy” of the city, over 500 kilometres south of Baghdad on the borders with Iran and Kuwait.He is hoping the uptick in economic activity will push local and national authorities to start “supporting more investment projects”.Already businesses have been rejigging their offerings to cater for the increased demand.Iraq’s national carrier has put on two additional flights during the week that the tournament is being held and the railway bolstered capacity for the estimated 7,000 supporters who came Baghdad.“Ahead of each match the national railway puts on three extra trains for 1,500 people from Baghdad to Basra,” said regional rail boss Hadi Shallal.Iraq’s Ahmed Yassin Gheni celebrates after scoring a goal during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Qatar at the Basra Sports City Stadium in Basra on March 21, 2018 © AFP / KARIM JAAFARTickets cost some six dollars.Officials are hoping that the recent matches are just the starting whistle.Now Iraq has returned to the full international fold they are pitching for Basra to host the regional 2024 Arabian Gulf Cup.But for that to happen local businessmen say there will need to be a lot of money ploughed into the city.“We are struggling to cope with holding just a small tournament,” said Saadi from the chamber of commerce.“How could we deal with something on the scale of the Arabian Gulf Cup?”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iraq fans cheer on their team during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Qatar at the Basra Sports City Stadium in Basra on March 21, 2018 © AFP / KARIM JAAFARBASRA, Iraq, Mar 27 – Boasting an ultra-modern stadium, the southern Iraqi city of Basra is hoping to cash in on football fans starved of international matches after the lifting of a three-decade ban.Earlier this month world governing body FIFA finally lifted its prohibition on Iraq hosting competitive internationals — sparking jubilation in the violence-wracked nation.last_img read more

Man’s side is heard in polygamist’s trial

first_imgCOURTS: “I wanted the marriage to last forever,” he says, adding that he never forced his former wife into sex. By Jennifer Dobner THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. GEORGE, Utah – The two people at the center of a criminal case against a polygamous-sect leader have painted dramatically different pictures of their arranged marriage. The woman, now 21, said Jeffs, president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commanded her to obediently give herself to her husband “mind, body and soul.” Steed, however, said Jeffs simply counseled patience, prayer and love. The defense team called 10 witnesses over nearly two days, but it was Steed’s testimony that clearly captured the jury’s attention. Closing arguments were set for Friday. Jeffs could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted. Like the couple’s own stories, other witnesses on both sides offered different views of the FLDS culture and religious beliefs. Testifying for prosecution, the woman’s two sisters said FLDS members, who number 10,000 on the Arizona-Utah border, live in a rigid, patriarchal society where obedience is expected and wives cannot question or refuse their husbands. Nine FLDS members, however, said just the opposite, describing a church where men are taught to lead with love and wives are treated as partners, not servants. In telling his story Wednesday, Steed, now 26, contradicted the words of his former wife, saying there was never a time in their 31/2-year relationship that he forced sex on her. He wanted the marriage “to last forever.” Steed has not been charged in the case.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A young woman said she tearfully objected and was forced to have sex against her will when she was just 14. Her tears? Her husband didn’t recall any during the 2001 wedding ceremony and insisted it was the teen bride who snuggled up to him to have her back scratched before their first sexual encounter. “I believe that every story needs two sides for the truth to come out,” Allen Steed said Wednesday as he testified for the defense. Warren Jeffs, 51, is charged with two felony counts of rape as an accomplice for his role in the ceremonial marriage between the girl and Steed, a cousin who was 19 at the time. Washington County prosecutors contend Jeffs used his authority as a feared and respected church leader to force the religious and sexual union of Steed and the 14-year-old bride. last_img read more

Porto set to complete dramatic deal for Tottenham and Southampton target

first_img Giannelli Imbula in action for France Under-21s Porto are set to complete a dramatic deal for Tottenham and Southampton target Giannelli Imbula after a late change of heart.It looked like the Marseille star was on his way to Inter Milan after choosing the Serie A side over his two Premier League admirers.However L’Equipe have revealed that the gifted 22-year-old has decided to join Porto, who will pay around £17.5m to sign him.Despite being on the verge of agreeing a four-year deal at Inter, with personal terms agreed, he asked for more time to consider his future and reportedly made up his mind to join Porto late on Sunday night.That leaves Spurs and Saints – and Inter – all looking elsewhere for midfield reinforcements with the new season fast approaching. 1last_img read more

Educators find creative freedom at schools

first_img “There are some phenomenally awesome, great things going on at L.A. Unified,” she said. “L.A. Unified could be brilliant if we could embrace our entrepreneurs – entrepreneur teachers and parents. “People inside the schools are thinking outside the box, but they’re not getting the support they need. It’s when the entrepreneur is crushed they want to leave.” Los Angeles Unified officials conceded that teachers might leave because they feel frustrated by a mandated curriculum that reduces autonomy, but said the system still allows for creativity. “When you’re responsible for a district with 460 elementary schools and the achievement of a very diverse student population, it’s important that you have a common curriculum,” said Ronni Ephraim, LAUSD’s chief instructional officer. “I know that the district’s theory of action does not equate to giving up creativity. We see throughout the district that thousands of teachers bring creativity to the classroom.” Of the nearly 36,000 teachers in LAUSD, 327 have asked to go on charter leave, Ephraim said. They can return within 39 months with no loss of benefits. While public school districts are required to work within the guidelines set by the state, charter schools – the administrators, teachers and even parents and students – have greater freedom of choice: Teachers choose to work at a charter based on its mission statement, which is crafted by the administration. Parents and students choose the schools they will attend. “The schools draw the people who are pioneers, or as we called them in one study, ‘outlaws,”‘ said Penny Wohlstetter, a USC professor and co-director of the Center on Educational Governance at University of Southern California. “These (are) rebels of the public system and they find that through charter schools they not only get a lot more respect and decision-making authority, but they look around and there are people of like minds who are their colleagues.” Charter educators say LAUSD’s top-down hierarchy leaves individual teacher performance at the mercy of individual administrators. One principal might be receptive to a teacher’s creativity, while another might want to quash it. Kelly Jean Hanock, an English language arts teacher at James Monroe High School who was named a California Teacher of the Year in 2005, said she’s still able to be creative within the LAUSD system because of a “really forward-thinking principal.” In Hanock’s case, the principal encouraged her to take the lead in breaking up the 4,700-student school into smaller learning communities of 500 students each. “Within the small, we have a lot of freedom to do different kinds of things because the principal encourages us to take chances,” she said. Despite its growing popularity, the charter movement faces criticism that there could be greater social pressures and more limited extracurricular activities at smaller schools. Teachers union President A.J. Duffy said he believes LAUSD should cap the number of charters allowed, and the state should limit its funding to the charters, which he fears could “destroy” public schools by draining the district’s general fund, which pays for teacher salaries and benefits. “The more money charters drain from the general fund, the less money there is for things like salaries and benefits, which attracts good teachers,” said Duffy, who heads United Teachers Los Angeles. He also accused charter schools of getting rid of disruptive students – an allegation that charter administrators deny – and said there is a problem with high teacher turnover. “They take young, inexperienced teachers, expect them to work 10 hours per day, and they willingly do it because they’re excited, but the problem is they’re gone within five years.” But charter supporters say the schools attract more qualified teachers and students are achieving at a quicker rate. More than one-third of full-time L.A. charter school teachers have advanced degrees or doctorates. Charter teachers insist it’s the freedom to veer from the standards that make kids learn at a higher level. Chapel teaches his seventh-graders about biochemical processes in the cell, protein synthesis, atoms and elements – eighth-grade standards – because that’s what the kids need to know. “Charters say go for it. Public schools would have said they’re not part of the standards and I would have spent more time arguing and reasoning with district officials than teaching,” Chapel said. Susan Cornell is another longtime LAUSD teacher who resigned from the district – and gave up her lifetime benefits – to teach third grade at Fenton Avenue Elementary, a charter that opened in 1993. “I worked with wonderful, innovative teachers and principals at LAUSD, but they didn’t have the ability to be what Fenton is,” she said. “We were told what we had to do from downtown. Our hands were tied by the rules and regulations of being in a big district, and we didn’t have the freedom. “Fenton offers the chance to be innovative and give kids what they need.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 naush.boghossian@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles Unified, the nation’s second-largest school district with 727,000 students, has 86 charter campuses serving about 38,100 kids, with thousands more on waiting lists. Enrollment is dropping about 2 percent a year in LAUSD while its charter enrollment is booming, with charter students expected to account for 10 percent of the district’s population by 2012. While Los Angeles’ charter schools have hired rookie teachers and even retirees, the greatest number of their educators are coming from LAUSD itself. The California Charter Schools Association – the membership and professional organization serving the 574 charter schools in the state – surveyed 890 teachers and found that 42 percent of those at Los Angeles charter schools came from LAUSD or a nearby district, and 10 campuses had at least half their staff from LAUSD, spokesman Gary Larson said. Caprice Young, a former Los Angeles Unified board president who now runs the association, said the district is working to improve but doesn’t do enough to support creativity or innovation. After teaching nearly two decades at Los Angeles Unified schools, Fred Chapel felt stifled by a system that told him what to teach and how to teach it. So he left LAUSD in 2001 and went to work for a charter school, where he not only gets to decide his own curriculum and select the textbooks, but has input on the campus’ staffing and budgets. “I could never really go back to a traditional public school now after having tasted this,” said Chapel, who teaches seventh-grade science at CALS Charter Middle School in northeast Los Angeles. “I’m back to working with kids, listening to what they have to say, getting to know them and knowing the material in a much more rigorous way.” The burgeoning charter school movement has allowed Chapel and hundreds of teachers like him to work in what they say is a more supportive climate – one that not only encourages but expects its educators to experiment and implement new ideas. last_img read more

DANIEL – WE NEED A GOOD BALLAD TO WIN EUROVISION AGAIN

first_imgDaniel and Late Late host Ryan Tubridy.Daniel O’Donnell reckons Ireland needs a “good ballad” to win the Eurovision.And the Kincasslagh star thinks the competition has changed since the country’s glory days.He said: “I love the Eurovision and I want it to get better again but I just don’t think it’s the same kind of Eurovision that it was when Ireland were winning it with good songs. “We need a good ballad. Nothing up tempo.”Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne had the hopes of Ireland in his hands as he belted out Sunlight in the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, at the semi-final of the competition on Thursday night.But he failed to make Saturday’s final.Daniel told Galway Bay FM: “I think Nicky Byrne did a great job, he sang well and his performance was great. “I don’t think him not being in the final was correct.”DANIEL – WE NEED A GOOD BALLAD TO WIN EUROVISION AGAIN was last modified: May 16th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:daniel o’donnelldonegalEurovisionNICKY BYRNElast_img read more

BAKERY STAND-OFF COMES TO AN END AS TAX OFFICIALS LEAVE THE SCENE

first_imgUPDATED 5pm: The standoff between the staff of a Letterkenny bakery and the Revenue Commissioners has ended – for now.Workers acting on behalf of the tax sheriff have left the scene and the workers who had baracaded themselves into the Highland Bakery premises have left the building.Another shift of workers have now moved in to work in the premises. Earlier today businessman Kevin Bradley told Donegaldaily.com that he is trying his best to keep the company afloat and the 28 full-time jobs at the Letterkenny bakery.Mr Bradley was speaking after officials acting on behalf of the Revenue Commissioners tried to enter the Killyclug premises earlier today.However more than 20 staff inside have barricaded themselves inside and are refusing to come out.“Mr Bradley told us “I know I owe them money – that is no secret but I am trying my best. “I am trying to keep these people in jobs. I do not want to walk away form this. Some of these people have been with me for 12 years.“I would appeal to the Revenue to allow me more grace and to try and get things sorted,” he said.It is believed a number of men acting on behalf of the tax sheriff have tried to gain entry to the building to remove machinery.Gardai also arrived at the scene of the stand-off in the Glencar area of the town, but have since left.Mr Bradley, who is currently in hospital, says he had 48 employees up until last year but had to let staff go. “You show me business people who aren’t finding things tight. The funny thing is that we are trading well at the moment but we need time to get out of this,” he said.Donegal Daily visited the scene of the stand-off but found all doors locked.Two staff from the Revenue Commissioner’s office sat inside a car outside but declined to make any comment.A recovery truck parked nearby had also been brought onto the site by staff acting on behalf of the Revenue. Later Padraig MacLochlainn tried to raise the stand-off in the Dail, but he was prevented from doing so because it was a breach of procedures.BAKERY STAND-OFF COMES TO AN END AS TAX OFFICIALS LEAVE THE SCENE was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare 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:GardaiHighland BakeryKevin Bradleytax sherifflast_img read more

Gas prices mean school’s out for many teachers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Some teachers are even thinking twice about purchasing classroom supplies – unless they’re absolutely necessary – because finances are tight and they don’t have the funds to wait for reimbursement. Sepulveda Middle School teacher Reza Rustamzadeh said he’s skipping professional development classes and workshops that will enhance his teaching skills and increase his salary, because he can’t afford the high gasoline prices to drive to the classes, which are usually far from home. “Lately, because of the high gas prices, I have been skipping some of the classes for which I had to drive all the way to say, South Gate,” said the 50-year-old Stevenson Ranch resident. Some of the workshops are required while others are voluntary. “Even for the ones that are close by, I try to carpool.” Some music teachers and specialized teachers who work with special-education students, are required to drive to and from homes and hospitals – as opposed to the same school every day – but they say the constant filling up is becoming a strain even though the district offers mileage reimbursement. “Obviously I’m impacted like everyone else, but we are being reimbursed and our schools are in a cluster so there’s generally no more than three to five miles between schools. It’s not much tougher than someone going to work and home,” said Grant Shultz, an adapted physical education teacher who works with special-education students and travels to no more than three schools a day. “The district and our department are very good about keeping our schools in a cluster.” Substitute teacher Wendy Goldman has two master’s degrees and would prefer to take her experience to struggling schools. But when she gets an early-morning call to go to an inner-city school 15 miles away, she reluctantly says no. The high gas prices have forced the West Hollywood resident to stay closer to home as much as possible. “Due to the increase in price, I have started to decline work at the farthest schools,” said Goldman, a substitute teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. “My income has fallen as travel expenses have risen. My disposable income is down to zero, leaving me wondering if I need a second job.” Substitutes are turning down jobs at far away schools, teachers are skipping professional development classes and workshops and traveling teachers are feeling the squeeze from the high gas prices, all of which are inadvertently affecting classrooms. Marcee Seegan, director of related services, which provides services to special-education students, said they are cognizant of the increasing gas prices and are making geographic considerations when they assign teachers to schools and hospitals. The 900 special education itinerant providers in the district, including speech and language therapists and occupational and physical therapists, generally don’t drive around, but for those who do, the district considers the difficulties a commute would cause and are open to re-evaluating assignments. “It’s in my best interest to make sure that they’re comfortable and happy and working,” Seegan said. L.A. Unified has avoided directly impacting classrooms by adding $2 million this year to its transportation budget to cover the increase in gas-related costs, so students will go on field trips as usual and the district’s buses will operate no less than before. But teachers are increasingly being put in positions where they have to make difficult decisions on what to buy, said the president of the teachers union. “Traditionally, teachers pour their monetary hearts out for their students and their classroom, but now they’re hit with a double whammy – their tax credit was taken away a couple of years ago and now, the enormous price of gas will influence the decision-making process for which supplies or rewards to buy,” said United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy, referring to recent changes in tax rules that reduced the amount of money teachers can deduct for classroom-item purchases. Duffy also believes that the gas prices will also have the long-range effect of making hiring teachers more difficult, since they will be less likely to be flexible in traveling long distances to go to work. “It could be a further drain in that instead of teachers who live in Highland Park or Eagle Rock going to Harbor or South Central, they may start looking closer to districts near them,” Duffy said. “So, it can have a potentially devastating effect on future hiring because gas prices aren’t going down.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 naush.boghossian@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more