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Leader Real Madrid held to draw by late Celta strike

first_imgReal Madrid’s La Liga title bid took a dent after Zinedine Zidane’s leader was held to a 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo on Sunday, denied all three points by a late strike from Santi Mina.Mina latched on to a classy through ball from former Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez and produced a clinical low finish to equalize in the 85th minute, trimming Real’s lead over Barcelona to one point.Celta took an early lead through Russian striker Fedor Smolov and Real struggled to respond, leading to the home fans booing its players off the pitch when the halftime whistle was blown. But the league leader came out stronger after the break and Toni Kroos leveled in the 52nd minute, shortly after Real captain Sergio Ramos had a goal ruled out for offside.Ramos then scored from the penalty spot to put Zidane’s side in front in the 65th minute after Eden Hazard, making his first outing in almost three months after recovering from an ankle injury, was tripped by Celta keeper Ruben Blanco.”Dropping two points at home hurts me a lot,” Zidane told reporters.”Celta is a good team that doesn’t deserve to be near the bottom of the league but it’s painful to lose the two points after we made such a big effort.” Real forward Gareth Bale meanwhile avoided a possible red card for a wild tackle on Celta’s Rafinha, escaping with only a booking.The draw ended a five-game winning streak in the league for the leaders and left them on 53 points after 24 games, one ahead of second-placed Barcelona who beats Getafe 2-1 at home on Saturday.Celta, who had lost on its last seven league visits to the Santiago Bernabeu, climbed out of the relegation zone into 17th place in the standings.”I’m happy with my performance, not so happy with the draw but I think we can do better in our next game,” said Hazard.”When you are winning 2-1 you should win the game. They are good players but they came here just to defend, they had only two chances and scored two goals.”Topics :last_img read more

Women hail victory as Sudan moves to ban genital cutting

first_imgTopics : Hakam Ibrahim was seven when, like most Sudanese girls, she became a victim of female genital mutilation — an age-old practice decried as horrific that the post-revolution government is now banning.A mother-of-four in her 40s, Ibrahim vividly recalls the traumatic experience of what remains a widespread ritual in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia despite a concerted human rights campaign to end it.The night before it happened, Ibrahim remembers, women from her neighborhood in the capital Khartoum were singing and ululating as they drew ceremonial henna tattoos on her hands. Political upheaval In neighboring Egypt, as in several other countries, genital cutting is now prohibited. A 2008 law punishes it with up to seven years in prison.Sudan’s anti-FGM advocates came close to a ban in 2015 when a bill was discussed in parliament but then shot down by Bashir who caved in to pressure from some Islamic clerics.Yet many religious leaders have spoken out against genital cutting over the years.”Criminalizing FGM does not contradict religion, and there is no [religious] text that permits female circumcision,” said 28-year-old rights activist Sherine Abu Bakr.”It is a practice that should be fought, especially with the change happening in the country.” Sudan has been shaken by political upheaval — most notably the April 2019 military ouster of Bashir following mass protests against his 30-year-rule, and the dismantling of his ruling Islamist party. A transitional administration including a civilian-majority ruling body has since August taken the reins to steer the country through a mountain of social, economic and political challenges.”While we are very happy with the amendments, the law alone is not enough,” said Manal Abdel Halim of the Salima initiative fighting FGM in Sudan.”We still need more community awareness campaigns,” she added.Badreddin also believes punishments should be extended to family members who pressure their female relatives into undergoing the operations.Ibrahim agreed. “I hope that the amendments help people realize that people should keep their girls in the good physical condition in which they were born,” she said. ‘Rights violation’ Last week, Sudan’s cabinet approved amendments to the criminal code that would punish those who perform the operation with up to three years in prison and a fine.It is expected to soon be ratified by Sudan’s transitional authorities.The watershed move is part of reforms that have come since the ouster more than a year ago of strongman Omar al-Bashir after mass demonstrations in which women took a leading role.”It is a very important step for Sudanese women and shows that we have come a long way,” said women’s rights activist Zeinab Badreddin.The United Nations Children’s Fund also welcomed the landmark decision.”This practice is not only a violation of every girl child’s rights, it is harmful and has serious consequences for a girl’s physical and mental health,” said Abdullah Fadil, the UNICEF Representative in Khartoum.The UN says FGM is widespread in many countries across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, affecting the lives of millions of girls and women.In Sudan, rights campaigners say the custom has over the past three decades spread to remote regions where it was previously not practiced, including Sudan’s Nuba mountains.center_img In its most brutal form, it involves the removal of the labia and clitoris, often in unsanitary conditions and without anesthesia.The wound is then sewn shut, often causing cysts and infections and leaving women to suffer severe pain during sex and childbirth complications later in life.Rights groups have for years decried as barbaric the practice which can lead to myriad physical, psychological and sexual complications and, in the most tragic cases, death. On the day itself, she was taken to a small room where a woman in a white robe performed the operation to remove Ibrahim’s external genitalia.”I was put on a bed and felt excruciating pain jolting through my body,” she told AFP. “The pain lasted an entire week.”The practice has long been viewed, especially in rural communities, as a “rite of passage” for girls and a way to preserve their chastity.In Sudan nearly nine out of 10 girls fall victim to what is known as FGM or genital cutting, according to the United Nations.last_img read more

​Folksam Liv beats rivals with 0.4% first-half investment loss

first_imgFolksam reported a 0.4% investment loss for its life and pensions division for the first six months of this year, and a -0.6% return for its local authority pensions subsidiary KPA Pension, beating the investment performance of Sweden’s other large insurance-based pension operators.Pensions and insurance group Folksam said it had remained “financially strong and stable” during an otherwise turbulent period on global markets, reporting a strengthened solvency ratio of 162% for the life insurance parent company, up from 155% reported at the end of Q1 2020.However, this is down from the 169% reported for the end of 2019.Ylva Wessén, Folksam group chief executive, said: “Since the end of March, the stock markets have recovered, but we have not yet seen the final consequences of the pandemic in the longer term.” Folksam said total assets under management grew to SEK462bn (€45bn) for the group, which includes its SEK47bn general insurance division, from SEK455bn at the end of 2019, having taken in SEK35.5bn in premiums in the six-month period.The firm achieved a stronger investment result than Sweden’s two largest pension providers, life insurance companies AMF and Alecta. AMF yesterday reported a 1.4% investment loss while Alecta posted investment losses for both its defined benefit and defined contribution schemes of 1.1% and 2.2%, respectively, earlier this month. Meanwhile, the life and pensions arm of Swedish financial group Skandia reported a negative return on investments of 2.6% for the first half, compared with a positive 6.6% return in the same period last year, with total assets dropping to SEK483bn from SEK498bn at the end of 2019.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

IPPO’s director seeks to reform gangs in towns

first_imgOver 10 gangs have so far beenidentified and they expressed willingness to participate in GRIP. Colonel Roland Vilela, director of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “These gangs are mostly involved sa mga rumble kasi walang nagdi-direct ngkanilang buhay. This made me decide namagkaroon ng programa na magingresponsible sila at mabago natin angkanilang buhay,” said Police Colonel Roland Vilela, IPPO director. “We are also planning to look for jobsfor them para maging busy sila sa trabaho. Kasi minsan ang members nggangs kulang sa pansin ng pamilya atwalang trabaho kaya naisip nila na gumawanang kung anu-ano,” said Vilela./PN ILOILO – The Iloilo Police ProvincialOffice (IPPO) launched a program geared at reforming troublesome gangs. The Gang Reformation and IntegrationProgram (GRIP) calls for, among others, the identification of gangs in theprovince and enlisting them in productive activities of the police in theirrespective areas. Vilela said one of these activities issports competitions. These could veer the gangs away from criminal activitiessuch as drug trafficking, he said.last_img read more

Roedl races to first Modified feature win at Oshkosh

first_imgBy Dave Panske OSHKOSH, Wis. (June 20) – Dan Roedl ran away from everybody in winning his Automotive Sup­ply Company IMCA Modified first feature Friday at Oshkosh SpeedZone. The Modifieds opened with a first-lap caution, then clicked off 20 straight hard fought laps. Roedl took the lead and sped off to hide from the rest of the field with Jerry Muenster, Shawn Frelich, Jeremy Christians, Marcus Yarie and Mike Wedelstadt behind. Frelich was also able to open an advantage as the battle for third took center stage.By halfway, Roedl was a quarter lap ahead with Frelich still holding a slight margin over third and lapped traffic coming into play as well. With five laps remaining, Yarie worked into third and chased down Frelich, taking second on lap 17. Jared Siefert, Christians and Wedelstadt were also able to get by Froelich over the last few laps, but all chased Roedl as he collected his first career IMCA Modified feature.Justin Jacobsen grabbed the Total Power Sales IMCA Stock Car lead followed by Larry Karcz Jr., Mark Schuenemann, Cody Scray, Travis Van Straten and Rod Snellenberger. By lap five, Jacobsen was still holding the lead with Karcz, Schoenemann and Snellenberger be­hind. A lone race caution on lap seven for debris tightened the field and back under green, Snellen­berger used the inside line to take over the top spot with Schoenemann following into se­cond. Snellenberger looked well on the way as he started to pull away when suddenly his car popped in turn four on lap 14 and he pulled into the infield, turning the lead to Schoenemann. Karcz and Jacobsen were now right behind the leader in a battle that lasted to the finish. Schoene­mann recorded his first-ever SpeedZone feature win and first checkers in over two years with Karcz taking the runner-up spot followed by Jacobsen.Jordan Barkholtz grabbed the initial leads in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main with Bri­anna Ambroziak, Robbie Thiel, Jon Schultz, and Lucas Lamberies behind. Schultz hooked up early and worked to the front, taking over the lead on lap eight. Steve Schneider and Todd Wiese also made their way through traffic and followed into third and fourth, respectively. Contact between Barkholtz and Wiese caused Wiese’s car to get airborne and flip in turn four, bringing out the red on lap 10. He was not injured but the car sustained heavy damage.Schultz continued in the top spot after the restart and was able to open a lead as the run for se­cond heated up for the last half of the race. Lamberies, Adam Peschek, Jeff Schmuhl and Brock Saunders ran together chasing the leader. Schultz ran off to win his first feature here since Aug. 7, 2012, Peschek won the battle for second with Schmuhl in third.last_img read more

Drogba’s election hopes suffer serious blow

first_imgRelatedPosts Drogba joins race for Ivorian Football Federation presidency Ivory Coast vice president resigns, days after PM’s death I’m greatest African football, better than Drogba, Diouf — Eto’o Didier Drogba’s hopes of becoming the next president of the Ivory Coast’s football federation has suffered a serious setback after the failure of his fellow players to support his candidacy.Drogba, 42, is one of three candidates standing for election as president of the Ivorian Football Federation in September, but is yet to win the endorsement of any of the five special interest groups needed to get onto the ballot. He was expecting to be backed by the footballers’ union, headed by former teammate Cyrille Domoraud, but they are supporting Idriss Diallo, one of the two other candidates.“The majority of our members decided to grant our endorsement to the list led by Mr. Idriss Diallo,” said a statement by the Association of Ivorian Footballers, adding they were remaining loyal to a grouping formed three years ago to contest the elections, before Drogba had declared his candidacy.Diallo had also previously received the backing of the local coaches’ association.Drogba has also failed to win the endorsement of the referees and the association of former professionals, who are supporting rival Sory Diabate.The former striker must now receive the endorsement of the association of football medical practitioners to be able to stand in the election on September 5. Their decision is expected in the coming weeks.On top of the endorsement of one of the special interest groups, candidates must also be nominated by three of the 14 Ligue 1 clubs and two from the lower divisions.Drogba played in three World Cups with the Ivory Coast and twice helped them to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations and also earns cult status among fans for his exploits with Chelsea in the Premier League and Champions League.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Didier DrogbaEndorsementsIvory CoastPresidential Hopeslast_img read more

David Moyes v Louis van Gaal head-to-head

first_img United had three more points after 23 games under Moyes’ leadership, and he was sacked before the end of the season. Premier League Moyes 13/14 v Van Gaal 15/16 12 Wins 10 4 Draws 7 7 Defeats 6 38 Goals for 28 27 Goals against 21 Louis van Gaal and Manchester United were booed off the Old Trafford pitch after a 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Saturday. Press Association It was another low in a campaign littered with disappointments for the Red Devils, and manager Van Gaal’s grip on his job again comes into focus. Here is a look at how the records of Van Gaal and his predecessor David Moyes compare, looking at United after 23 Premier League games of this season and Moyes’ 2013/14 campaign at the same stage. 40 Points 37 6 Points adrift of top four 5 Europe Moyes: Negotiated the Champions League group stage, went on to reach the quarter-finals. Van Gaal: Knocked out of the Champions League, about to embark on a Europa League campaign. FA Cup Moyes: Knocked out by Swansea in the third round. Van Gaal: Scraped a third-round win against Sheffield United. last_img read more

Premier League clubs to ask for 30 percent pay cuts

first_img(BBC) – Premier League clubs will ask players to take a 30% pay cut in order to protect jobs as it was announced the season will not resume until “it is safe and appropriate to do so”.All clubs have agreed to put the proposed “combination of conditional reductions and deferrals” to the players.The Premier League will advance £125M to the EFL and National League, and give £20M towards the NHS.The EFL, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship have all suspended play without setting a target return date, meaning the entirety of English football is on hold indefinitely.“It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019-20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so,” a Premier League statement said.“Any return to play will only be with the full support of government and when medical guidance allows.”Players had faced scrutiny, notably from health secretary Matt Hancock, to take a cut in wages and “play their part” in offering support during the coronavirus pandemic.Some clubs had furloughed non-playing staff as a result of the shutdown of the sport.Before the Premier League statement was released, club captains – led by Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson – held discussions over the creation of a charitable fund which could benefit the NHS.The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has previously written to its members urging them not to agree any reduction or deferral in wages until they have spoken to the union.After a meeting of clubs yesterday, the Premier League proposed a cut in wages in order to “protect employment throughout the professional game”.“This guidance will be kept under constant review as circumstances change,” the Premier League said. “The league will be in regular contact with the PFA and the union will join a meeting which will be held today (Saturday) between the league, players and club representatives.”Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend had spoken of his frustration with Hancock “deflecting blame on to footballers”, stating players were an “easy target” and often supported charities.The Premier League said it was aware of “severe difficulties” throughout the football pyramid and with clubs unable to play fixtures, moved to help to “immediately deal with the impact of falling cash flow” at EFL and National League clubs.Julian Knight, chair of the government’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, welcomed the financial help for smaller clubs but said as the wage cut had not yet been agreed by players the situation was “not much further along”.Knight had previously said clubs that furlough non-playing staff without imposing cuts on player wages should be subjected to a windfall tax if they do not change their approach by Tuesday.Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “It is absolutely right that a reduction of players’ wages is on the table when there are lower-paid staff at some clubs being furloughed.“The football authorities must all be aware of the strength of public feeling on this and I expect them to show leadership on the matter.“It is important that the Premier League helps the national effort in response to the coronavirus pandemic and I will continue to work closely with the football authorities.”The league’s statement also expressed “huge appreciation for the heroic efforts of NHS staff and all other key workers who are carrying out critical jobs in such difficult circumstances” with £20M immediately committed “to support the NHS, communities, families and vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic”.last_img read more

NFF Debunks Claim of Pinnick’s Interest

first_imgVACANT FIFA POSTFemi SolajaFollowing claim wednesday in the media of the intention of President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick to contest one of the vacant seats in the FIFA Council, the Glass House has debunked the report. The elections into the FIFA Council are slated for on September 29 with seven possible candidates have already been announced by CAF – Almamy Kabele Camara (Guinea); Suketu Patel (Sychelles); Kwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana); Ahmad (Madagascar); Augustin Senghor (Senegal); Hamidou Djibrilla (Niger) and Chabur Goc Alei (South Sudan).The seven shortlisted candidates will undergo the FIFA integrity test, before their names are finally ratified for the ballot.However, last night, the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, categorically stated that at no time did Pinnick, who is a member of the CAF Organising Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations, filled form to be considered for CAF nomination for the FIFA Council.“Although the truth is that Nigeria is big enough as a country to have a member in the esteemed FIFA Council, I want to say without any fear of contradiction that at no time did the NFF President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, filled form for CAF to consider him for nomination.“It is not an illegitimate ambition for a Nigerian to aspire to be in the FIFA Council. In the future, perhaps Mr. Pinnick or any other worthy Nigerian who is able to receive the support of the Government will approach CAF to be nominated to the Council,” the scribe of the federation stated.Sanusi once more called on some sections of the media to cross –check their facts before going public with fallacies.“This administration has always harped on the fact that it does not abhor criticisms. What we are against is sheer falsehood made to look like facts.“As it is said in the media, facts are sacred and comments are free. It is important to separate facts from opinion.”In another development, the Dr. Sanusi has commended the Akwa Ibom State Government, and particularly Governor Udom Emmanuel, for hosting the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between Nigeria and Tanzania at the arena styled Nest of Champions.Sanusi declared that the NFF was enamoured by the arrangements made by the Akwa Ibom State government for the two teams, match officials and the NFF’s organising team.“The NFF can only commend the efforts of the Government and people of Akwa Ibom State for the wonderful role they played. Even for such a match that had no effect on the qualification race, we had a full house at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium. That underscores the level of work done by the Government in the area of mobilization.“The NFF values its relationship with the Akwa Ibom State government and will always advise directly on what areas need to be improved upon. We have spoken directly to those who matter with regards to the concern raised about the pitch, and we are happy that work has already started in that area.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

I’ll Be Back and Better after Six Months, Says Injured Uzoho

first_imgFemi SolajaFollowing the injury that Nigeria’s first choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, sustained in Sunday’s international friendly with Brazil in Singapore that has now ruled him out for six months, the Cyprus-based safe hands has assured Nigerians that he would be back and better from the setback.Super Eagles team doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran, confirmed on Monday night that Uzoho will be sidelined by the injury for a minimum period of six months which has now effectively rule him out of Nigeria’s 2021 AFCON qualifying campaigns against Benin Republic and Lesotho scheduled for this month and November. However, Uzoho took to his Twitter handle yesterday to reassure Nigerian football fans that he has drawn inspiration from them and hopes to come back better.“A big thank you to you all, I will be back stronger and better and I’m very happy and honored to be part of this team (Super Eagles) in Christ alone I draw my strength,” he tweeted last night.Uzoho in an attempt to save a cross in the 60th minute landed awkwardly and thus raptured his anterior crucial ligament (ACL) and was subsequently replaced by Germany-based Fortuna Düsseldorf goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, who thus made his debut for Nigeria.Of late, since the international retirement of Vincent Enyeama and the illness of his replacement, Carl Ikeme who also had to retire, Super Eagles have had to contend with goalkeeping headaches.Ikechukwu Ezenwa who stepped in during the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign against Cameroon and Zambia two years ago turned out to be a mere flash in the pan.Daniel Akpeyi has not also fared better as a substitute to either Enyeama or Ikeme.Theophilus Afelokhai who sidelined Ezenwa in Enyimba and subsequently forced his exit from the club has also not proven a major contender for Nigeria’s number one spot.The four times he had to pick the ball from his net in the African Nations’ Championship duel with Togo last month put serious doubts on his credentials in the national team.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more