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Al-Shabaab uses terror to stop local stations from retransmitting BBC and VOA

first_img News February 24, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en Help by sharing this information News SomaliaAfrica March 2, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the Islamist militia Al-Shabaab’s announcement today that it is banning local radio stations in the regions it controls from retransmitting the broadcasts of the BBC and Voice of America on the grounds that they carry Christian propaganda.“Already responsible for killing or kidnapping many journalists and a permanent climate of terror for the Somali media, Al-Shabaab has today added another misdeed to its long list of violations of free expression,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The allegations Al-Shabaab makes against these international radio stations are absurd, while the threats it makes against local stations who retransmit their programmes are a disgrace,” the press freedom organisation added. “We urge it to respect freedom of information and to stop trying to silence Somali media.”Omar Faruk Osman, the secretary-general of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said: “This repressive act against the BBC is a strong demonstration of the gravity of media repression by Al-Shabaab, (which) has demonstrated a complete lack of respect for the value of media freedom in the country.” The NUSOJ is the Reporters Without Borders partner organisation in Somalia.Warning local radio stations that their equipment would be seized if they did not respect the ban, Al-Shabaab accused the BBC of making “propaganda for the enemies of Muslims and for the Christian agents.” The statement added: “The BBC is owned by Britain and is the leading voice of the agendas of the Christian colony in the Muslim world.”After issuing the statement, Al-Shabaab militiamen seized BBC equipment from locations in Mogadishu, Baidoa and Jowhar. Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that journalist Abdul Karim Mohamed Hersi of radio Voice of the Holy Quran was released on 1 April, five days being kidnapped by Al-Shabaab fighters in Mogadishu.Al-Shabaab has been on the Reporters Without Borders list of Predators of Press Freedom for several years. RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalistscenter_img RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Organisation April 9, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Shabaab uses terror to stop local stations from retransmitting BBC and VOA SomaliaAfrica Follow the news on Somalia Receive email alerts News January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Secret service detains three Polish journalists for 14 hours in Ingushetia

first_img RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News RSF_en Three journalists with the Polish television station TVP were arrested in Ingushetia on the night of 29 May by the Russian secret service, which confiscated videotapes containing the footage they had shot in Chechnya and other parts of the Caucasus. Reporters Without Borders condemns this news media blackout which Moscow has imposed on Chechnya. Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information May 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation June 2, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Secret service detains three Polish journalists for 14 hours in Ingushetia News to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of three Polish public TV journalists by Russian secret service agents for 14 hours on the night of 29 May in the south eastern republic of Ingushetia. They had been in the region of a month and had been trying to interview Chechen leaders. Much of the video footage they had shot during the month was seized while they were held.”The Russian authorities have once again shown their determination to impose a complete news blackout on events in Chechnya by preventing foreign journalist from carrying out investigative work,” the press freedom organisation said.”We condemn the confiscation of the material they had filmed,” the organization said. “This behaviour constitutes a deliberate obstruction of access to information and a violation of article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. We point out that Russia is one of the 46 members of the Council of Europe and as such is supposed to respect the convention.”The three journalists, Mariusz Pilis, Marcin Mamon and cameraman Tomasz Glowacki, work for the Polish public TV corporation TVP and had been preparing a report on the northern Caucasus for TVPI, Poland’s leading public TV station.They were arrested in their hotel in Nazran on the evening of 29 May while waiting for a phone call from the Chechen capital of Grozny which they hoped would lead to interview with the Chechen president and deputy prime minister.They were taken to an interior ministry building and were interrogated separately by members of the Federal Security Bureau (FSB). Mamon, who has been in contact with TVP headquarters, said the Russians accused them of not having all the necessary papers for travelling in Ingushetia. The journalists insisted that their visas and press accreditation were valid for another three weeks.There were finally released after 14 hours of interrogation, whereupon they learned that in the meantime plain-clothes men had gone to the premises of a Polish humanitarian aid organization and took 18 videotapes which they had left there, and which contained material they had filmed in the past month, above all in Chechnya.The FSB claimed to know nothing about the confiscation of the videotapes. The three journalists stayed in Nazran to try to recover the material but the authorities “invited” them to leave Ingushetia on the evening of 31 May. They therefore went to Vladikavkaz in North Ossetia, where they are now, awaiting a Polish diplomat who was due to arrive there this afternoon. They told TVP they have they feeling they are being followed. Follow the news on Belarus BelarusEurope – Central Asia BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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We can learn from SA: Adams

first_img21 October 2005Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams says Northern Ireland could draw on South Africa’s experience of how to achieve reconciliation.“What we want in Ireland, essentially, is what you have achieved here in South Africa; we want our freedom,” he said.Adams was addressing South Africa’s Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday – the second time he has done so – and said there were “lessons to be learnt” from South Africa’s reconciliation process.Although “huge challenges” existed in the Northern Ireland peace process, he said the majority of its people wanted an end to conflict. “What the people want, the politicians will have to deliver,” he added.Earlier in the week, Adams met with President Thabo Mbeki and Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, both of whom, he said, had offered assistance with his country’s reconciliation process “if and when it is necessary in the time ahead to help us.”Adams also visited Freedom Park at Salvokop outside Pretoria to learn more about the steps South Africa has taken to heal the wounds of its apartheid past.Sinn Fein, which is celebrating 100 years of existence, is the political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). The IRA recently denounced violence by decommissioning its arsenal of weapons.Adams’ visit ended on Friday.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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2009 Confederations Cup FAQ

first_imgThe 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup takes place in South Africa from 14 to 28 June 2009. The draw has been made, and tickets have gone on sale, for Fifa’s “Festival of Champions” – a dress rehearsal for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Played in the World Cup host country a year before football’s premier event, the Confederations Cup has become a serious test of the host country’s World Cup readiness – and a major sporting event in its own right, bringing together regional champions from all corners of the globe.Who will be taking part?The current World Cup champion, the new host country, and the winners of each of the six Fifa confederation championships – ie the reigning African, Asian, European, Oceanian, South American and Concacaf (North and Central America and the Caribbean) champions.In 2009, the participating teams will be African champs Egypt, Asian champs Iraq, European champs Spain, Oceanian champs New Zealand, South American champs Brazil, Concacaf champs USA, 2006 World Cup winners Italy, and 2010 hosts South Africa.Snapshot profiles of the eight teamsThe draw for the tournament took place on 22 November 2008, splitting the eight teams into two groups and setting up some classic clashes.Hosts South Africa, who were seeded on Group A, will open the competition against Iraq at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on 14 June, immediately following the opening ceremony.One of the matches expected to set the tournament alight is the meeting between Italy and previous World Cup winners Brazil. It will be the first time that Italy and Spain play competitive matches on African soil – and the first time that New Zealand play any kind of soccer match in Africa – while the Brazilians will be making only their second visit in 10 years.Full match scheduleIs it a serious tournament?Make no mistake. It may have had humble beginnings, but it has become one of Fifa’s most important events, as can be seen from the prize money at stake – US$17.6-million in total.Of this, the winner will take home $3.75-million, the runners-up $3.25-million, the third-placed team $2.75-million and the fourth-placed team $2.25-million. The other fours teams will each receive $1.4-million.According to Wikipedia, the tournament has its origins in the King Fahd Cup, held in Saudi Arabia in 1992 and 1995 and contested by the Saudi Arabian national side and a few continental champions.Fifa took over the running of the competition in 1997, says Wikipedia, renaming it the Fifa Confederations Cup and staging the tournament every two years up until 2005.In 2005, Fifa decided to hold the tournament every four years – one year before the World Cup, in the World Cup host country – making it more or less officially a dress rehearsal for the World Cup.Previous Confederations Cup tournaments:1997: Saudi Arabia (winner Brazil)1999: Mexico (winner Mexico)2001: South Korea/Japan (winner France)2003: France (winner France)2005: Germany (winner Brazil)Which cities are hosting matches?JohannesburgThe economic hub of Africa, Johannesburg is a bustling, sprawling city of contrasts, spread across the small but densely populated province of Gauteng.Johannesburg: quick profileNearest airport: OR Tambo InternationalStadium: Ellis ParkMatches: Three group matches, a semi-final and the final.PretoriaPretoria is the administrative capital of South Africa, lying north of Johannesburg in the province of Gauteng. Over 150 years old, it is a place of grand monuments, delightful architecture and lovely open spaces.Pretoria: quick profileNearest airport: OR Tambo InternationalStadium: Loftus Versfeld StadiumMatches: Three group matches.BloemfonteinThe former capital of a Boer republic and now capital of the Free State, Bloemfontein – the name means “flower fountain” – is a pretty city with thousands of rose bushes and some poignant memorials.Bloemfontein: quick profileNearest airport: Bloemfontein AirportStadium: Free State StadiumMatches: Three group matches and a semi-final.RustenburgIts tranquil Jacaranda-lined streets belie the fact that the Rustenburg area in North West province is one of the world’s most heavily mined regions, with a wealth of platinum underground.Nearest airport: OR Tambo InternationalStadium: Royal Bafokeng StadiumMatches: Three group matches and the third-place runner-up match.How much do the tickets cost?Tickets went on sale on 22 November 2008, and are priced according to various categories. Category 4, the cheapest, is available only to South Africans, with prices ranging from R70 for a group match to R210 for the final.A full list of ticket options available for both South African and international spectators is available here.Where can I buy tickets?Tickets are available online from the Fifa 2009 Confederations Cup website. If you’re in South Africa, they can also be bought at any First National Bank branche countrywide.Want to know more?How will I get to South Africa? How will I get around? What will the weather be like? Who are Bafana Bafana? What’s a vuvuzela?! Are there lions in the streets? … Check out our South Africa 2010 FAQ.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South African fans’ guide to Rio 2016 – WEEK 2 (13-21 August)

first_img4 August 2016The Summer Olympic Games begin on 5 August, with South African track starand official flag-bearer Wayde van Niekerk leading the South African team of 137athletes into the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the openingceremony.Over two weeks, a worldwide audience of more than 30 million will have tonavigate wall-to-wall sport action, and for any patriotic South African sport fan, it’svital to have the all the details of when athletes from the national team arefeatured.Here is a guide to important Olympic events featuring participants from TeamSouth Africa at Rio 2016. You can also check out the South African athletes’ socialmedia profiles to stay up to date with their preparations and send them some goodluck.Please note the time differences between Rio and South Africa – South Africa is five hours ahead of Brazil. All times in this guide are local South African times.Times and events are subject to change. Consult the official Rio Olympics 2016website or the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) website for moredetails about events and participants.Also check your television service provider for detailed schedules.You can follow all the South African Olympic action on Sascoc’s social mediaplatforms:Facebook,Twitter,andYouTube.Week 2Saturday, 13 AugustMen’s football. Quarter-finals01:00-05:00: Athletics. A big day as one of South Africa’s biggest hopefuls, multiple record-holder Wayde van Niekerk is in action in the heats for the men’s 400m. Long jumpers Stefan Brits, Luvo Manyonga and Rushwahl Samaai vie forposition in the men’s long jump heats.Rushwell samaai jumps another RIo qualifier, 8,34 to lead long jump. @SPORTATSABC pic.twitter.com/rhJEhA1xEs— UdoCarelse (@udocarelsesa) April 16,2016Alyssa Conley and Carina Horn run the women’s 100m heats, up against theworld’s best including the US’s English Gardner and London 2012 gold medallistShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from Jamaica.Tweets by AC_Speedy 03:00-04:30: Swimming. The 100m butterfly final may feature Chad le Closagain, up against the US’s Michael Phelps. 14:00-18:00: The athletics afternoon session features Justine Palframan andTsholofelo Thipe running the women’s 400m heats, and Henricho Bruintjies, AnasoJobodwana and African 100m record holder Akani Simbine in the men’s 100m,challenging big guns Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, both from Jamaica. The men’s 100m final, the pinnacle of the Olympic athletics competition, takeplace on Monday, 15 August from 01:00.Sunday, 14 August01:00-05:00. Athletics. Today is jam-packed with most of the semi-final eventstaking place, including Wayde van Niekerk in the 400m semi-finals. Also happeningare the long jump finals and the men’s 800m finals, featuring Kenya’s DavidRudisha.South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka is in the men’s 10km track marathon, whileChristine Kalmer, Diana-Lebo Phalula and Irvette van Blerk (Van Zyl) participate inthe women’s road marathon. 04:00: Swimming marathon. Michelle Weber swims in the women’s 10Kmarathon this morning. Monday, 15 August01:00-05:00: Athletics. Men’s 400m and 100m finals, plus women’s 400m semi-finals. Depending on their success, South African athletes could feature in theseraces, including Wayde van Niekerk in the 400m final.14:00-17:00: Athletics. Godfrey Khotso Mokoena looks to start his campaign foranother Olympic medal in the men’s triple jump. He won a long jump silver medalat the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Tweets by mokoenajumper1 Wenda Nel is in the 400m hurdles heats.Thanks for helping me make my #RoadToRio such anexciting journey! Grateful for all the support! @NEWTONAGENCY @hpcRSA @NSWZA @Nike— Wenda Nel(@Wenda400mh) July 23,2016Tuesday, 16 AugustWomen’s football: Semi-finals01:00-04:00: Athletics. African Championships and African Games goldmedallist Antonio Alkana is in the men’s 110m hurdle heats.Thefamily of Antonio Alkana (26) who will be representing SA in the Rio Olympics sayshe’ll always be a champion. pic.twitter.com/C4bfiwfuba—Newsbreak (@Newsbreak_Lotus) July 18,201613:00: Open water marathon. Chad Ho looks to improve his 2008 Beijing ninthplace in the gruelling 10km swimming marathon. He is the current World Aquaticschampion in the 5km race, and is also the only South African Olympian withoutofficial sponsorship. He is being crowdfunded through online donations from fans. 14:00: Athletics. Anaso Jobodwana and Akani Simbine participate in the men’s200m.Wednesday, 17 AugustMen’s football. Semi-finalsSA’s javelin queen @Sunette_Viljoen is in fine shapeahead of the Rio Olympic Games.Read the @SaturdayStar tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/9rMykp3nNO—Sam Naik (@SamNaik01) June 17,201601:00-05:00: Athletics. Sunette Viljoen throws in thewomen’s javelin heats,looking to improve on her London 2012 fourth place and add an Olympic medal togo with her African Championships and Commonwealth Games golds.Lynique Prinsloo competes in the women’s long jump qualifiers, the first SouthAfrican to compete in the event since 1992.#LyniquePrinsloo believes in going for gold: https://t.co/OErP1nktp6 pic.twitter.com/gTAngJOnJ5—Varsity Sports (@varsitysportsSA) March 1,201612:00:Golf. Paula Reto and Ashleigh Simon tee off in the first Olympic women’sgolf tournament, which takes place over the next four days. 14:00: Athletics. Willem Coertzen competes in the men’s decathlon.Totally overwhelmed,cant describe the joy I am feeling right now!Rio herewe come!!!!— Willem Coertzen (@WillemCoertzen) July 14,2016Later in the afternoon, South Africa’s most promising medal hopeful, CasterSemenya (a silver medallist in London in 2012), begins her Olympic campaign in thewomen’s 800m heats.I’mfighting to be the best @nike #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/5SvVAwyuSz—Caster Semenya (@caster800m) July 23,2016She is coming off a highly successful season, becoming the first runner to winthe 400m, 800m and 1 500m titles at the South African National Championships, aswell as setting a new national record for the 800m in July.18:00: BMX racing. While London 2012 trailblazer Sifiso Nhlapo might have lostout on a place in the Rio team this year, Kyle Dodd is more than qualified to take upwhere he left off. As current South Africa champion, Dodd aims to bring home agold. He rides in the first round of races today, with the finals starting on Friday, 19August.Riois drawing closer and closer, excitement is definitely kicking in!!! #teamSArise— Kyle Dodd #216 (@Kyledodd211) July 24,201622:00-05:00: Athletics, including women’s long jump final, women’s 200m finaland men’s 200msemi-finalThursday, 18 August16:00: Triathlon. Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman participate in the swim,ride and run event.Dayin , day out , @Rio2016_en calling. #teamSArise#Sworks just under4weeks left . pic.twitter.com/0roVfEjLEU— Richard Murray (@RD_murray) July 22,2016Mycustom Rio @swiftbike #HyperVox is readyto roll in the streets of Copacabana !! ?? @Olympics ? James Garaghty pic.twitter.com/4r2DI6e6fH—Henri Schoeman (@H_Schoeman) July 25,201622:00-05:00: Athletics, including women’s javelin final (possibly featuringSunette Viljoen), women’s 400m final and men’s 200m finalFriday, 19 AugustWomen’s football. Gold medal match13:00: Athletics. The men’s 50km walk marathon featuring South African MarcMundell. Anel Oosthuizen competes in the women’s 20km walk later in the day, at19:30.Trying out my new @saucony Type A6 shoes on my 18kmtraining session!Extremely satisfied! #road2rio @SauconySA pic.twitter.com/txuPWpWqa0—Anel Oosthuizen (@anel_oosthuizen) July 20,2016Saturday, 20 AugustMen’s football. Gold medal match16:00-19:00: Women’s triathlon, featuring past Olympic veterans Mari Rabie(Beijing 2008) and Gillian Sanders (London 2012).Hey everyone it’s #OlympicDaytoday! Join mein getting out there & getting active ??? pic.twitter.com/SQAOCRcaaN—Gillian Sanders (@gillcurrsanders) June 23,20168thplace for @marirabie at @worldtriathlon Hamburg! Could notbe prouder of our Stellenbosch ambassador! pic.twitter.com/Cvx6cKBCrC—S’Bosch Ambassadors (@SboschSA) July 16,2016Sunday, 21 AugustThe final day ofcompetition01:00-05:00: Athletics. A big highlight today is Caster Semenya possibly in thewomen’s 800m final. Other athletics events wrapping up today are the men’s 5000m final and the men’s marathon, perhaps featuring South Africans Lusapho April,Lungile Gongqa and Sibusiso Nzima.Tough long time trial this afternoon for @LusaphoApril ahead of a big trainingweek. #RoadToRio @teamsa16 @adidasZA pic.twitter.com/HMfoCNe5BQ—Team Lusapho (@teamlusapho) July 16,2016Lungile Gongqa of @Nedbank_RC finishing strong in 1stplace ???prep 4 Rio#DonLockMemorial #CrampNOT #RoadtoRio pic.twitter.com/94c7fEbNOw—Best 4 Sports (@best4_sports) June 5,[email protected]_Nzima confirms he is ready forOlympics after his CGA 10km cross country victory at 29:16 #CGA #xcountry pic.twitter.com/3l3Xk5gJvt—CGauteng Athletics (@CG_Athletics) July 2,2016The trio will be attempting to follow in the footsteps of Josia Thugwane, SouthAfrican marathon gold medal winner at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.17:30-20:00: Mountain biking.Alan Hatherly and James Reid have the last opportunity to add to South Africa’smedal tally when they both ride in the men’s cross-country event.This event was a particularly exciting highlight at the London Games in 2012where the late Burry Stander had South Africans on the edge of their seats with hisdynamic progress up the leader board during the race. While Stander could only geta hard-fought fifth place in the end, it was a great example of South Africansporting spirit.Hatherly and Reid will no doubt have Stander in mind during the race and gofor the gold in his honour. “Dreams do come true sometimes”Thanks toeveryone involved in every small part of this ?… https://t.co/CPUnzFF6B8 pic.twitter.com/ZGGgrycpGZ—James Reid (@james_reid01) July 14,201601:16: Closing ceremonyAppropriately the Rio Olympics closing ceremony begins at 20:16 in Rio, 01:16South African time, once again at the Maracanã stadium, where Brazil officiallybrings the Games to an end and hands off to Japan, which will host the 2020 Gamesin Tokyo.But not before Rio hosts the companion Paralympic Games, which begin on 7September.Source: Official Rio Olympics 2016 websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SouthAfrica.infomateriallast_img read more

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A Victory for the Community? Oracle Spin Out OpenOffice, but Questions Remain

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#news Related Posts Oracle made the announcement today that OpenOffice will become a community project and no longer a commercial endeavor.It’s not a surprising move. But it does feel like a victory for the open source community and a sign that Oracle may be easing up a bit on its hard-line stance toward the open source community. But it’s not unfair to say that OpenOffice has seen better days. OpenOffice had its own glory when Sun Microsystems was an independent company with a belief in open source and a commitment to the project.Oracle really never had much interest in OpenOffice. And so it is refreshing to see the company turn it over to the community. An Oracle executive had this to say in the press release announcing the news:“Given the breadth of interest in free personal productivity applications and the rapid evolution of personal computing technologies, we believe the OpenOffice.org project would be best managed by an organization focused on serving that broad constituency on a non-commercial basis,” said Edward Screven, Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect.Oracle says it supports open source and will continue to be involved in projects that it has a commercial interest – namely MySQL and Linux.But there are still a lot of questions to answer. Namely, what is the organization that will manage it. There are also questions of governance. Oracle is keeping quiet about its intentions.Would the Document Foundation be a likely successor? That would be quite a surprise but a welcome one, too.The Document Foundation is a creation born out of frustration after Oracle purchased Sun. In September 2010, the group formed after Oracle refused to turn OpenOffice over to the open-source community. They forked OpenOffice and created Libre Office.Now there is some uncertainty about the Document Foundation’s future. Much will depend on what organization manages OpenOffice.The Register ‘s Gavin Clarke provides an astute analysis of the politics in play. Oracle snubbed the Document Foundation and managed to take some bruises for its tough stance. “Google, Novel, Red Hat, Ubuntu-maintainer Canonical, and the Open Source Initiative all issued forthright statements of support for the formation of the Document Foundation.”He goes on to write:As for politics: one of OpenOffice’s biggest proponents is IBM, and the systems giant that Oracle has courted to carve up Java’s development cannot have been happy by the implications of last year’s divorce on the development of OpenOffice. Although LibreOffice provided an alternative, it’s sorely lacking in the kind of brand recognition held by OpenOffice, while as a fork it was within Oracle’s power to accept changes in LibreOffice back in the main code base.It’s entirely possible, therefore, that IBM has spoken to Oracle and made it realize that it’s better for OpenOffice, IBM, and for everybody if Oracle just lets go of this one.Oracle has the trademark to OpenOffice. With that still in their hands, it’s anyone’s guess what will come of OpenOffice. But our guess is a softer stance on Oracle’s part. Those executives are too smart to be too tough. It just is not in their best interest. alex williamscenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify

first_imgEx-tennis star Jelena Dokic: Father beat and spit at her Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I’m sorry, sorry, sorry,” a tearful Buffon told Rai television as he confirmed he was ending his international career.“I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football, because we failed at something which also means something on a social level.“It’s the only regret I have. Not stopping, because time passes and it’s normal. I regret just that my final match with the national side coincides with an elimination.“I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including (Gianluigi) Donnarumma and (Mattia) Perin. I embrace all those who have supported me.”Without star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who retired from the national team after Euro 2016, Sweden sealed a return to the world stage after failing to reach the last two editions. The last time the Scandinavians participated was in 2006.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img “I’m emotional and very happy,” said Sweden coach Janne Andersson. “This match showed our collective strength.“With Ibrahimovic we played differently. He’s retired and he’s a great champion. So we adapted and we play in another way now.”Penalty appeals rejectedIt was a mediocre performance by the hosts with Antonio Candreva firing over and Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen denying Alessandro Florenzi and Ciro Immobile.Mikael Lustig almost scored an own goal when his deflection hit the bar.Marco Verratti sat out a ban with Simone Zaza and Leonardo Spinazzola both injured, with Daniele De Rossi and Andrea Belotti not fully fit.Coach Gian Piero Ventura gave Brazil-born Jorginho his first competitive appearance for Italy with Florenzi and Manolo Gabbiadini also handed starts. Napoli’s in-form winger Lorenzo Insigne however was once again left on the bench.Sweden’s Lustig was back from suspension, with Johansson starting in place of the injured Albin Ekdal.The hosts had penalty appeals in the opening few minutes as Marco Parolo appeared to be tripped from behind by Ludwig Augustinsson, but the referee waved play on and booked Giorgio Chiellini for dissent.Sweden lost first-leg goalscorer Johansson after 15 minutes when his left knee buckled badly and he was stretchered off to make way for Gustav Svensson. Despite the support of 74,000 fans in a white-hot atmosphere at the San Siro the 2006 World Cup winners could not find a way through. It is the third time that the Italians will not compete at the World Cup, after not going to the first edition in 1930 and not qualifying for the 1958 finals in Sweden.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt marks the end of an era for iconic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon who will not be able to compete in a record sixth World Cup. At 39, the 175-times capped Buffon had announced that the finals in Russia would be his last as a player for the national side. Sweden’s midfielder Sebastian Larsson and Sweden’s defender Andreas Granqvist (top) celebrate at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden, on November 13, 2017 at the San Siro stadium in Milan. Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory. AFP PHOTO / Miguel MedinaItaly failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory.The four-time champions dominated possession but struggled to create enough clear-cut chances, as Sweden secured a first appearance at the finals since 2006 courtesy of Jakob Johansson’s first-leg strike in Stockholm.ADVERTISEMENT Jorginho’s through ball found Immobile to pull back from the byline for Candreva to blast over, but Leonardo Bonucci, wearing a protective mask after breaking his nose on Friday, got a knock to the knee and was limping badly.Florenzi thought he had scored on 53 minutes with a flying volley from Matteo Darmian’s cross, but it went wide.Bonucci got down to business taking off his protective mask on the hour mark, with Ventura bringing on Stephan El Shaarawy and Torino striker Belotti.Federico Bernardeschi was the final Italy substitution and Olsen turned away a Parolo header. As the clock ticked the crowd at the San Siro began to sing the national anthem.An El Shaarawy shot was kept out by Olsen and Parolo’s header went wide, then Buffon came up for a corner in a final desperate gamble as Italy fell short of reaching the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. 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Bajrang confident rowing will get its due now

first_imgBajrang Lal Takhar is happy that his gold medal at the Guangzhou Asian Games has brought the neglected sport of rowing into the limelight.The armyman had won a silver at the Doha Asian Games as well but Takhar was never mentioned as one of the gold medal prospects as the Indian contingent left for China.”Rowing was not considered a major sport in India before the Asian Games.But now, it can no longer be ignored,” Takhar said on the sidelines of a felicitation ceremony. Apart from his gold medal in the single sculls event, India also came back with three silver and a bronze from the rowing competition.Men’s four, lightweight men’s four and men’s eight added silver medals to India’s kitty while the women’s pair event was the one which brought a bronze medal.What made the unexpected medal haul all the more creditable was that it was achieved with eight-year-old boats that put the Indians at a disadvantage even before the competition started. The new boats that had been ordered were stuck with customs but Takhar said the problem has been resolved now.”We have got the new boats and that will help us to improve our performances further.” Takhar pointed out that there was still a significant gap between his timing and that of the top rowers at the international level. That needs to be bridged if India hopes for top honours at the 2012 London Olympics.”There is still a gap of eight seconds between my timing in Guangzhou and the gold medalwinning time at the Beijing Olympics.advertisement”Two or three seconds can be made up with the arrival of modern boats. There is still one-and-a-half years left for the London Olympics and we can work towards bridging the remaining five seconds,” he said.The European countries are the ones dominant in the sport, especially Norway these days.” After his achievement in Guangzhou, the Rowing Federation of India has given Takhar a free hand in devising his own schedule in the lead-up to the 2012 mega event. “The federation has left it for me to decide. The training regimen is yet to be finalised. I am resting right now after the strenuous training schedule for the Asian Games.”We may continue training in Hyderabad as we did before the Asiad. If we need some foreign exposure, it will most likely be in Germany. Next year will have the world championship qualifiers and I will also have to prepare for those as Olympic berths will be available there. The venue and dates are still undecided.”last_img read more

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Champions League: Lucas Perez hat-trick in Basel seals top spot for Arsenal

first_imgArsenal’s Spanish striker Lucas Perez seized his chance to shine with a Champions League treble as they outclassed Basel 4-1 away to steal the Group A top spot from Paris St Germain on Tuesday. (Latest Football stories)The Gunners enter the last 16 as group winners for the first time since 2011 and at least know they cannot face favourites Barcelona, who won their group, in the first knockout round.Lucas, making only his fifth start since joining from Deportivo La Coruna for about 17 million pounds ($21.55 million)in August, struck twice from close range inside 16 minutes.He netted again two minutes after the break to become only the sixth Arsenal player to score a hat-tick in the competition.Alex Iwobi made it 4-0 after 53 minutes and it could have been even better for Arsenal as Alexis Sanchez rattled the crossbar with a fizzing free kick.The St Jakob-Park crowd finally had something to warm them on a cold night when substitute Doumbia flicked in a consolation goal after a skilful turn in the area.Arsenal topped the group with 14 points because PSG, on 12, were surprisingly held 2-2 at home by Bulgarians Ludogorets who qualify for the Europa League last 32 at the expense of Basel.PSG would have guaranteed top spot had they won but instead had to snatch a last-gasp equaliser from Angel Di Maria.COMMITTED PERFORMANCE”I thought Ludogorets were a good side — they made a great result that helps us top the group, which was what we wanted,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.advertisement”We did the job in a convincing way, we were mobile and overall had a committed performance.”I think (Lucas) Perez took advantage of the fact we created good chances – he is a goalscorer you know, he has shown tonight he has a good smell for the goal.”Lucas’s only goals since joining Arsenal were a brace in a League Cup win over Nottingham Forest in September, since when he has rarely featured because of an ankle injury.It did not take him long to double that tally though as Arsenal tore into their hosts.Lucas opened the scoring after eight minutes when Sanchez’s chipped pass found Kieran Gibbs and his low cross was missed by Eder Balanta, giving the Spaniard the easiest of tap-ins.Eight minutes later Arsenal were cruising when Gibbs’ cross-shot was parried by keeper Tomas Vaclik and Lucas swept home following a move involving 33 passes – the most in the build-up to a goal so far in this season’s competition.MISSED CHANCEBasel captain Matias Delgado wasted a chance to halve the deficit shortly before halftime with a wayward header.Vaclik was then unable to keep out Lucas’s shot two minutes after the break as the Arsenal striker emulated Mesut Ozil’s hat-trick in a 6-0 home win against Ludogorets in October.Iwobi’s close-range goal was his first in Europe.The news got better for Arsenal as the scoreline filtered back from Paris where Ludogorets, who twice led, held on for a draw that left PSG resigned to second place.All eyes will be on the draw now as Arsenal will hope their reward for topping the group is not a tie with Bayern Munich who could only finish as runners-up in Group D.last_img read more

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