Ceres seeks payback vs Singapore

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Over at Rizal Memorial Stadium, Global Cebu tries to bounce back from an opening-day defeat as it faces Bali United of Indonesia in a duel of winless sides.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffercenter_img St. Clare slips past Perpetual Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Philippines Football League champions Ceres-Negros hopes to solidify its hold of top spot as it clashes with Home United of Singapore in the rematch of their AFC Cup Asean zone finals last year at Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday night.With only the top team in the group guaranteed of making the knockout stage, every game matters for the Busmen, who lost to Home United the last time they played in Singapore in the first leg of the Asean zone finals.ADVERTISEMENT The Busmen went on to beat Home at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod to rule the Asean zone.“They (Home United) play at home and they need the points like us,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCeres defender Martin Steuble said the 9-0 win over Boeung Ket of Cambodia two weeks ago at Panaad gives the Busmen a confidence boost ahead of Tuesday’s crucial duel.“The team’s spirit is very high and we’re full of confidence,” said Steuble. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View commentslast_img read more

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Froome drops more time as Wellens wins 4th stage of Giro

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “I started with a bit of an advantage at the beginning of the climb,” Wellens said. “I didn’t have to go full-on from the bottom; I could wait for the last 200 meters.The 26-year-old Wellens also won a Giro stage two years ago, and he topped the overall classification in the five-stage Vuelta Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol in February.“I’m very happy with winning as early as on stage 4, so the rest of the Giro will just be a bonus, whatever comes next,” Wellens said. “I’ll ride stress free now.”Michael Woods of Canada crossed second and Italian Enrico Battaglin finished third, both with the same time as Wellens.Dennis, who rides for BMC, holds a 1-second lead over defending champion Tom Dumoulin.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Raptors’ Casey on hot seat after third playoff loss to Cavs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award British cyclist Chris Froome waits for the start of the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, in Catania, Italy, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP)CALTAGIRONE, Sicily— Chris Froome fell further behind the leaders as Belgian rider Tim Wellens won the hilly fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia on Tuesday.Froom finished 21 seconds behind Wellens, pushing the four-time Tour de France champion down to 20th overall, 55 seconds behind race leader Rohan Dennis of Australia, who held on to the overall leader’s pink jersey.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ The 202-kilometer (126-mile) leg from Catania to Caltagirone in Sicily marked the return of the race to home soil following the opening three stages in Israel.Froome, who is attempting to win his third straight Grand Tour, already struggled in the opening time trial after a training crash.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I wasn’t in great position getting into the (finishing) climb,” said Froome, who still has bruises on his right leg. “But I’m getting better and better each day after the crash.”Wellens, who rides for the Lotto-Fix ALL team, was one of five riders to create a small advantage in the final kilometer, which was entirely uphill — with gradients up to 13 percent. Once the main pack caught up, Wellens burst ahead again. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Simon Yates of Britain finished fourth in the stage and moved up from sixth to third overall, 17 seconds behind.“It’s been hectic with a lot of corners and a lot of public in the finale,” Dennis said. “It was a question of staying out of trouble from the last ten kilometers until the bottom of the last climb. It’s pretty common that I’ve lost the leader’s jersey after one day in other Grand Tours. To retain the Maglia Rosa today is big for me.”The scenic stage began with riders registering inside a Roman amphitheater in Catania then flowed through lush, green hills and colorful towns before the finish in Caltagirone, which is known for its ceramics.An early breakaway featuring five riders — Enrico Barbin, Marco Frapporti, Jacopo Mosca, Maxim Belkov and Quentin Jauregui — established an advantage of three minutes before being caught by the main pack with 13 kilometers to go.There are two more difficult stages in Sicily — including an arduous ascent up Mount Etna on Thursday — before the race heads over to mainland Italy and climbs up the peninsula to the defining climbs in the Alps.The Giro ends in Rome on May 27.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Knicks select Kentucky’s Kevin Knox with No. 9 pick

first_imgKevin Knox checked off those boxes. And so the decision-makers were comfortable using the ninth pick Thursday night on the 18-year-old forward.“We were set,” Mills said at the team’s training facility. He called Knox a “perfect fit for how we want to play.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownKnox played one season at Kentucky, where he led the Wildcats in scoring at 15.8 points per game and 3-pointers with 57. Mills said the Knicks held “two or three different conversations” with John Calipari, Knox’s coach at Kentucky.The Knicks “did our research,” Mills said. “(We) did our due diligence.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. New York has only nine players under contract, after reserve center Kyle O’Quinn opted out of the last year of his $4.3 million contract Wednesday, although starting center Enes Kanter could opt out of his $18.6 million contract on June 29. Joakim Noah, who was banished from the team following an incident with then-coach Jeff Hornacek during a practice in Denver, is still under contract and is slated to earn $18.53 million next season.While it is unlikely that the Knicks will be a playoff team next spring, Perry pushed back against the notion that the selection of Knox over Villanova’s Mikal Bridges and Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. was a symbolic waiving of the white flag on the 2018-19 season.“There’s a lot of talented young people in this draft,” Perry said of Knox, who is the youngest player the Knicks have drafted since Michael Sweetney in 2003. “We just thought Kevin separated himself for us.”New York also had the 36th pick in the draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Salah, Neymar, Messi, messy, messy: World Cup stars stifled Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Kentucky’s Kevin Knox, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked ninth overall by the New York Knicks during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)GREENBURGH, N.Y. — When New York Knicks president Steve Mills and the basketball operations department studied their roster and the players available to them in the NBA draft, they came to the same conclusions.The Knicks lacked talent, and needed a player with the flexibility to play in multiple spots.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Knox shared the SEC’s Freshman of the Year award with Alabama guard Collin Sexton, who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and was also an AP Honorable Mention on the All-America team.At 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, Knox shot .445 from the field, and .341 from 3-point range.“He fits what we’re going to be about,” Knicks GM Scott Perry said. “He’s long, he’s athletic, he can play multiple positions, we think he has tremendous upside. He’s coming from a program in Kentucky that’s produced a lot of great pros.“We thought Kevin was an excellent fit for what we’re trying to get done here.”New York is coming off a 29-53 season as it tries to rebuild. The franchise’s cornerstone piece, Kristaps Porzingis, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in February and it isn’t known if he will play this season.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Fire Destroys LUX FM

first_imgFire raged through the Mass Communications Department of the University of Liberia last Saturday, destroying the UL LUX FM Station.The cause of the fire could not be established. Official estimates of the damage were not released but a UL official said the damage could be quite extensive.He said, “The fire destroyed important documents and equipment the value of which will be determined later.”He said Fire Service officers, called to the scene, managed to put out the blaze, which was after much damage had been done. There was no report of casualties and an unconfirmed report indicated that a presenter and two others being interviewed at a program managed to escape the blaze.The blaze drew to the scene a large number of journalists attending the last day of their two-day mini congress. Some captured photos of the blaze.The Daily Observer learned that there were visible cracks on the Mass Communications building as a result of the incident.  Fire Service officers on the scene who could not determine the cause of the blaze, said they were still investigating the cause of the fire.The LUX FM Station has helped to train electronic students of the UL Mass Communications Department and has also helped to disseminate information to thousands of listeners, particularly university students.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Oxfam Strengthens Five Partners’ Capacity in Advocacy for Women’s Rights

first_imgMs. Musu Kamara, who was supported by the Oxfam Hong Kong Enough Campaign, chats with some of the international partners.Oxfam in Liberia and the global Enough Campaign delight in sharing the experiences of five partners drawn from women’s rights groups in Liberia who participated in regional and international Enough Campaign convening.The goal of the Enough campaign is to change widely accepted and harmful social norms that justify violence against women and girls to ones that promote gender equality and non-violence.Hawa Wilson, Program Officer at Paramount Young Women Initiative (PAYOWI) attended a three-day Digital Feminist Convening, from November 2-4, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa, a trip supported by Oxfam International – Enough Africa Platform and the Association for Progressive Communication (APC) Women’s Rights Program.The convening, focused on harmful social norms and masculinity, aimed at enhancing collaboration between young digital feminists and identify joint actions for collaboration and young feminist movement building in Africa.“As I return home, and part of my back to country initiative is to actively engage the public on during the 16 days of activism through my institutional page and that of the OXFAM Liberia Enough Campaign page,” said Hawa.She continued, “This online campaign will help to educate the public on negative impact of rigid gender norms and how can we work to help eradicate all forms of stereotyping, violence, abuses, and harassment against women and will be implemented through my organization, Paramount Young Women Initiative.”Participants were gathered from implementing countries of The Enough Campaign (Benin, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Mali, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, DR Congo, Morocco, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe).Enough campaigners Ora Barclay Keller, executive director of Girls for Change Organization, and Sataah Fayiah, executive director of Hygiene for Girls, represented Liberia in Accra, Ghana first Enough West African Youth Forum sponsored by Oxfam in Liberia and Benin.The two shared experiences of young people in shifting social norms that normalize, and reinforce violence against women and girls and share learning from national Enough campaigns in the WAF region.Ora said, “The program was very interesting, I had the opportunity to network with other Enough Campaign members from 7 other African countries. We had the opportunity to share our experiences as campaigners and the impact of our work across different sectors from CSO’s partners around Liberia.”“We learned about new ways to identify and engage with our targets and formulate messages to amplify our advocacy. One thing that stood out is that in most countries the issues around Sexual and Gender Based Violence remains a paramount concern and a call for action to stakeholders; I had a memorable experience and a lot of take away that I can use in our Enough Excuses Campaign and my Organization, said Ora.The Forum creates a space for young people to share their experiences and stories, connect these experiences to the systemic causes of violence against women (patriarchy and unequal power relations), identifying and recognizing their power and developing action plans that they can collectively take forward to make positive changes.The Forum encouraged young participants to build a common vision on social norms that reproduce violence against women and girls, what they are, why we must change them and what role young people are playing in shifting these norms.Musu Kamara, who was supported by the Oxfam Hong Kong Enough Campaign, learned about the Social Norms (Early Child Marriage, the Objectification/ Ownership of Women, Sexist Oppression of Women by intimate partners, and Violence Against women in all forms).Participants included Enough Campaign leads from different countries, including representatives from women’s rights organizations; young people’s organizations and young feminist organizers.Beneficiaries express thanks and appreciations to Oxfam in Liberia and the Enough Campaign for the learning opportunity and promised to share experiences with respective organizations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Jagdeo calls for probe into ‘wine sipping’ celebration

first_imgOne week after Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and top officials of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) congregated at a popular city café after hauling in several prominent former Government officials for questioning, including former President Bharrat Jagdeo, the now Opposition Leader is calling for an investigation to be launched into the “celebration”.Speaking at the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) weekly press conference onOpposition LeaderBharrat JagdeoTuesday, Jagdeo questioned the motive behind the gathering, noting that “to drink wine immediately after arrests were made warrants a full-fledged investigation”.According to the Opposition Leader, given that the coalition Government has launched several Commissions of Inquiry, President David Granger should do the same with regard to this matter since it threatened the country’s independence and dignity.British expert,Dr Sam Sittlington“I would like to urge… that an investigation takes place at high level. If we had an independent office that deals with integrity of Ministers, then that would have been investigated already,” he asserted.Last Wednesday, SOCU Head Sydney James; British Adviser to SOCU, Dr Sam Sittlington and Minister Ramjattan were seen clinking glasses in an extremely celebratory atmosphere in the dimly lit café.In fact, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, in a statement on Thursday, questioned recent comments made by Dr Sittlington, including whether or not he was operating under the auspices of the British High Commission in Guyana and his role in SOCU.Nandlall said, “I note that Mr Sam Sittlington has taken the liberty of making statements which have political underpinnings, and seems to be functioning as part of the operations of SOCU.”Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanBut British High Commissioner Greg Quinn, in a statement on Friday, claimed that Dr Sittlington was “at SOCU in an advisory and training capacity and not in an operational role”.According to Quinn, Dr Sittlington was merely trying to explain to reporters the legal basis and rights under which SOCU took the actions they did. Furthermore, the British High Commissioner claimed that none of the High Commission’s staff were at the café on Wednesday evening, as believed.However, in a rebuttual statement on Friday, the former Attorney General disclosed that his information revealed otherwise.“I have consulted with my source, who was present at Oasis Café on Wednesday, 10th of March 2017, and who reiterates that, His Excellency, Mr Quinn, himself and two other staff members of the British High Commission, were present at the establishment,” Nandlall claimed.Exceeding official remitMoreover, he posited that based on what he was told by his clients, who were subjects of SOCU’s investigations, and what he personally observed on the first day of the arrests last week, it was easy to conclude that Dr Sittlington may have “exceeded his official remit and trespassed into operational matters at SOCU”.At the PPP press conference on Tuesday, Jagdeo said he trusted the information related by Nandlall, while adding that he himself would have been told about the British expert’s involvement in the operations of SOCU.“I have information that Mr Sittlington have been on raids with SOCU; he has gone into the premises of nationals of Guyana as part of these raids – being part of operations themselves. So if the British High Commissioner is saying that he has no operational mandate as part of his job, then he will be open (to an investigation)… We have a foreigner here who is trespassing on the rights of Guyanese citizens, tolerated by our Government,” the Opposition Leader noted.This ‘wine sipping’ celebration came on the heels of resounding cries that the Executive has been giving orders to SOCU to attack former Government officials as part of its witch-hunting exercise, which the Government has denied.However, the Opposition Leader surmised that it would be easy to determine this“It is easy to find out. If the President wants to do and from what we talked about at State House it seems as though he is inclined to go this route, it’s easy to find out where the political instructions to effect the arrests came from,” Jagdeo posited, hinting that it may have been a meeting between “some ministers and some individuals in the (Guyana) Police Force.”The Public Security Minister had explain that the ‘wine sipping’ event was a farewell for Dr Sittlington, and he would be advocating for his return. “The fact that I had some wine with Sam on Wednesday evening at Oasis was because I wanted to thank him for the great work he did at SOCU at his farewell function. He left the next day. I certainly will plead his return to High Commissioner Mr Greg Quinn,” Ramjattan posited.last_img read more

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Police probing $941M fraud at local bank

first_img…suspect conned gold dealers of millionsA known fraudster of Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), who has allegedly robbed and conned his colleagues of hundreds of millions of dollars over the past years, is now in Police custody for ripping off a local bank of $941 million over a short period of time.Saddiqi Rasul of El Dorado Mineral Trading was a taxi driver in the mining community, but was given a break in life in the gold industry. He now has hanging over his head several pending lawsuits from businesses and gold dealers whom he had conned over the years. In fact, a few years ago, Rasul collected close to $200 million from miners and gold dealers to purchase gold, but instead converted the money to his own use. He had subsequently made an arrangement to repay the money, but that promise has never been fulfilled.This resident of Third Avenue Bartica and of Prashad Nagar in Georgetown also owes the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) millions of dollars after an assessment was done on his operations. Guyana Times was told that Rasul is the cousin of the man who had conned Mohamed’s Enterprise of close to $1B during a gold trading (purchasing and selling) operation.Rasul’s cousin, Eon Ferrier, had been charged with robbing the entity. Ferrier, who supervised Mohamed’s Enterprise Office in Bartica, was charged, but denied that between June 22 and 28, 2015 he was given a large sum of cash by the company’s Managing Director, Nazar Mohamed, to purchase gold for the company but he fraudulently converted the cash to his own use and benefit. In that case, it was alleged that Rasul had reportedly conspired with his cousin to pull off the multimillion-dollar fraud against the company. Ferrier was granted $15 million bail by the High Court.Meanwhile, following the revelation that Rasul had defrauded the local bank of $941 million, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum on Friday confirmed that the Police have been called in to investigate the matter.Blanhum noted that the main culprit in the illegal transactions turned himself in at the CID Headquarters in the company of his lawyer. The female bank manager who was fingered in the transaction was dismissed with immediate effect and is now part of the criminal probe that is underway. The fraud was pulled off at the local bank’s office at Bartica.Based on reports received, Rasul, a gold dealer of Bartica, Region Seven, deposited $941 million in cheques into his bank account at the bank that is presently under investigation. The cheques were, however, from another local bank, but the staff of the bank at which the cheques were deposited went ahead and effected payment without the cheques being cleared. Guyana Times was told that managers of the two banks had colluded with Rasul to withdraw millions of dollars.It is believe that after the manager of one of the banks realised that Rasul had used up the money for his personal use and could not repay, he closed the account. Rasul, however, was not aware that his account was closed, and with a few remaining cheques on his hand, he went to another bank to encash same. It was during this process that bank officials realised that the cheques were bounced. The matter reached the hierarchy of the bank and the police were called in to investigate. The bank in question has promised to release an official statement on the issue today.Following his detention, members of the Major Crimes Unit conducted searches at his homes in Prashad Nagar, Third Avenue Bartica, and office in Kitty, Georgetown but came up empty-handed. The Police are continuing their investigation into the matter, and it is expected that more persons will be questioned.last_img read more

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Emperor’s Challenge registration officially open

first_imgTUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – Registration for the 2017 Emperor’s Challenge is officially open.Registration opened this morning at 12:00 a.m. According to the Emperor’s Challenge website, last year’s event filled up in only 18 hours.Entrance fees for the 20-kilometre race are $75, while the kid’s race costs $20.- Advertisement -This year’s edition of the footrace will take place on Saturday, August 12th at 9 a.m. The venue for the race is Mt. Babcock, which is roughly 35 kilometres south of Tumbler Ridge.For more information or to register, check out the Emperor’s Challenge website.last_img read more

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Mbappe wraps up big France win as Ronaldo bags hat-trick

first_img0Shares0000France’s forward Kylian Mbappe (R) celebrates after scoring a goal with defender Layvin Kurzawa during the World Cup qualifying football match against the Netherlands on August 31, 2017 © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONParis, France, Sep 1 – Kylian Mbappe scored the final goal as France cruised to a 4-0 win over 10-man Netherlands in a key 2018 World Cup qualifier on Thursday, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick propelled Portugal to victory elsewhere.Antoine Griezmann put the home side ahead inside 14 minutes at the Stade de France before Kevin Strootman’s sending-off led to the Dutch being overwhelmed in the final half hour. Thomas Lemar scored twice, the first from a stunning volley, and Mbappe capped an already memorable day on a personal level by netting his first international goal at the death.A far superior French side are firmly back on track in their quest to make it to Russia next year after their shock 2-1 defeat in Sweden in June. This result, coupled with Sweden’s 3-2 defeat in Bulgaria, leaves Les Bleus three points clear at the top of qualifying Group A.“A complete performance,” was how France coach Didier Deschamps summed it up to TF1.“It was a very positive match and we have another coming in three days (against Luxembourg). And I am not going to say that Sweden losing is a bad thing.”Meanwhile, after failing to make it to the 24-team Euro on French soil last year, the Netherlands are in a battle even to finish second and grab a place in the two-legged play-offs in November.Dick Advocaat’s side are fourth, three points behind second-placed Sweden with three qualifiers remaining, including a meeting with the Swedes in Amsterdam in October.France should top the section and Deschamps has enough quality at his disposal for his team to be genuine contenders to win the World Cup.At a packed Stade de France he left Mbappe on the bench at the start as the 18-year-old’s loan move from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain was made official little over an hour prior to kick-off.New Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele had not even been named in the squad, while Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman won his first cap since the Euro 2016 final loss to Portugal at the same ground.France were outstanding, opening the scoring when Djibril Sidibe found Griezmann and the Atletico Madrid forward played a one-two with Olivier Giroud before running into the box and finishing through the legs of goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen.– Lukaku hat-trick –The Dutch were already struggling to stay in the game even before Strootman was dismissed just after the hour mark after picking up a second yellow card in a little over five minutes.Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring a goal against Faroe Islands on August 31, 2017 © AFP / FRANCISCO LEONGArjen Robben squandered their best chance to equalise before Monaco winger Lemar put France out of sight in the 72nd minute, sending a stunning left-foot volley into the top-right corner after the ball broke to him on the edge of the box.That was his first international goal, and he was provided with his second on a plate by Griezmann two minutes before the end.There was still time for substitute Mbappe to sweep in a fourth, and for Robben to hit the bar on a miserable night for the Netherlands.Belgium’s forward Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring against Gibraltar, at the Dufrasne Stadium, on August 31, 2017 in Sclessin © AFP / JOHN THYSCurrently serving a five-match ban in Spain with Real Madrid, Ronaldo showed no signs of ring-rustiness as he opened the scoring in Portugal’s 5-1 win over the Faroe Islands in Oporto with an acrobatic volley inside three minutes.He scored a penalty and went on to complete his hat-trick to make it 14 goals in this qualifying campaign and 78 international goals in 144 appearances for his country.The reigning European champions, for whom William Carvalho and Nelson Oliveira also scored, are still three points behind Group B leaders Switzerland, whose 3-0 defeat of Andorra maintained their perfect record.In Group H, PSG’s Thomas Meunier and Romelu Lukaku both scored hat-tricks in Belgium’s 9-0 drubbing of minnows Gibraltar that leaves them six points clear of Greece, held 0-0 by Estonia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Egypt fans pin hopes on injured Salah for World Cup glory

first_img0Shares0000Salah, who hit a stunning 44 goals for Liverpool last season following his move from Roma, is the linchpin of Egyptian hopes in Russia © AFP / Khaled DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Jun 10 – Encircled by expectant cheers of Egyptian fans, Mohamed Salah appeared at the Pharaohs’ final pre-World Cup training session and kindled hopes he can overcome injury to aid Egypt’s first shot at the tournament in nearly three decades.Liverpool’s star striker, who is recovering from a shoulder injury that saw him crash out of the Champions League final, strolled around the Cairo pitch talking to colleagues and supporters, but did not take part in the team’s last late night practice before heading to Russia. Horns blasted, snack-sellers hollered and chants of “Come Salah, Come Salah!” rang through the capital’s stadium, crowded by thousands of fans keen to encourage their team ahead of their first World Cup appearance since 1990.Salah, who hit a stunning 44 goals for Liverpool last season following his move from Roma, is the linchpin of Egyptian hopes in Russia.He has been picked for the World Cup squad despite having been forced out of the Liverpool’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in tears clutching his left shoulder.Many of his fans had feared he would miss the World Cup altogether, but his appearance in Cairo has reignited expectations in The Pharaohs’ key striker.“He will participate, God willing, he must,” said Seif Ibrahim, a 24-year-old salesman wearing Salah’s Egypt jersey.Fans screamed in delight when Salah’s name was read out over the loudspeaker, while those able to get to the pitch took selfies with their hero.He gave fans a sliver of hope when he managed to briefly dribble the ball on the corner of the pitch, before returning to the sidelines.“I was so sad, but now I’m happy to see him in real life, and he seems to be doing fine even if he isn’t actually training with the others,” said Nahed Mostafa, 38, who attended the session with her young children.– ‘Historic moment’ –The Pharaohs, record seven-time African champions, have qualified for the World Cup for only the third time.The Pharaohs, record seven-time African champions, have qualified for the World Cup for only the third time © AFP / Khaled DESOUKIThey begin their Russian campaign on June 15 against twice former winners Uruguay.The Egyptian football federation said after Salah’s injury that he could be out for three weeks, meaning he would miss their opening Group A match but could then be available against Russia on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 25.Supporters at the Cairo ground, waving the national flag, also yelled enthusiastic approval for the team’s other star players — goalkeeper Essam El Hadary and midfielder Abdallah El Said.Police in riot gear patrolled the stadium, which was filled to around a quarter of its capacity — a rare sight at Egypt’s highly-restricted football grounds.Authorities imposed a ban on fans attending local matches after a 2012 stadium riot in Port Said left 74 people dead. The restriction was partially relaxed earlier this year.“This is an exceptional event because a whole generation has been excluded from stadiums,” said Mostafa Abdallah, a 64-year-old schoolteacher, who wore a checkered shirt and a delighted grin.“I came for this historic moment, and to admire my country’s team.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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