Spain beaten by Georgia in final Euro 2016 warmup

first_imgSpain’s preparations for Euro 2016 suffered a blow as they were beaten 1-0 by Georgia on Tuesday in their final warmup friendly ahead of the tournament in France.Tornike Okriashvili tapped in from close range in the 39th minute to secure a surprise victory for Georgia at Getafe’s Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium.Spain, who have won the last two European Championships, had not lost since being beaten in a friendly by the Netherlands in March 2015 and came into their final warmup match after convincing wins against Bosnia and South Korea.The hosts, however, lacked a cutting edge against a well-organised Georgia side who defended deep after taking the lead.Spain coach Vicente del Bosque made eight changes to the side that beat South Korea 6-1 last week, with Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez making his senior debut, while Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea also started.The hosts dominated possession and nearly scored in the 27th minute when Vazquez found Thiago Alcantara in the area, but his right-footed shot rebounded off the far post.Georgia went ahead against the run of play when a defensive mistake from Jordi Alba allowed the visitors to steal the ball in midfield.Jambul Jighauri surged into the area before teeing up an unmarked Okriashvili in the six-yard box for an easy tap-in.Del Bosque brought on Andres Iniesta, Coke, Hector Bellerin and Mikel San Jose at halftime, but Georgia defended deeply and forced Spain into speculative long-range shots with Nolito’s 25-metre effort going just wide.A superb cross from substitute David Silva in the 69th minute found Alba in the six-yard box but his first-time shot lacked power and his attempt was saved by substitute goalkeeper Nukri Revishvili.advertisementThe home side continued to press forward but lacked the finishing touch against a well-marshalled Georgian rearguard.Spain travel to France on Wednesday and begin the defence of their title against the Czech Republic on June 13 in Toulouse. They also face Turkey and Croatia in Group D.last_img read more

Neymar announces lawsuit as row with Barcelona intensifies

first_imgNeymar’s acrimonious split from Barcelona escalated on Thursday as the Paris St Germain forward announced plans to sue the Liga club, two days after Barca revealed they were suing the Brazilian over breach of contract.Reports in the Spanish media said that Neymar had filed a lawsuit via soccer’s world governing body against Barca for an unpaid loyalty bonus of 26 million euros ($30.69 million), which was included in the last contract the player signed with the Catalan side in November 2016.FIFA confirmed to Reuters that they had “received a claim from Neymar against FC Barcelona” and said the matter was being investigated.PSG smashed the world transfer record earlier this month by triggering the 222 million euro buyout clause in the contract.On Tuesday, Barcelona said they were suing Neymar for 8.5 million euros as they want him to return the bonus he was paid when he signed the five-year deal.The bonus Barca referred to is separate to the 26 million euro payment, according to reports in Spain.Neymar’s management group N & N Consultoria responded in a statement on Tuesday that the player had fulfilled the terms of the contract, as well as stating it was planning legal action.The player’s lawsuit against Barca is the latest chapter of an increasingly bitter split between Neymar and the club which catapulted him to world fame by signing him from Santos in 2013 and with whom he won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and the 2015 Champions League.The Brazilian launched a tirade against Barcelona’s board and president Josep Maria Bartomeu after starring on his home debut for PSG last Sunday in a 6-2 win over Toulouse.advertisementHe said: “I am disappointed with them (Barcelona directors). I spent four very happy years there and left happy, but not with them. For me they shouldn’t be in charge of Barcelona. Barca deserve much better and everyone knows this.”last_img read more

Corrupt Tennis Umpires Banned

first_imgLONDON, ENGLAND — Two tennis umpires have been banned and four others are under investigation for corruption, authorities said Tuesday.The sanctions were confirmed by the International Tennis Federation in response to a story published online by The Guardian.Kirill Parfenov of Kazakhstan was banned for life in February 2015 for using Facebook to contact another official in an “attempt to manipulate the scoring of matches,” the ITF said in a statement.Denis Pitner of Croatia was suspended for a year in August after passing on details on the “physical well-being of a player to a coach during a tournament and regularly logging on to a betting account from which bets were placed on tennis matches,” the ITF said.Four other unidentified officials were suspended while investigations continue into their conduct.“In order to ensure no prejudice of any future hearing we cannot publicly disclose the nature or detail of those investigations,” the ITF said. “Should any official be found guilty of an offense, it will be announced publicly.”The ITF code was changed in December to allow the public reporting of sanctions for officials, but the governing body could not explain why it only announced details following media questions. The ITF also declined to explain why it would not provide details on matches involved in the case.The Guardian said the offenses took place on the Futures Tour, the lowest rung of professional tennis. It said umpires allegedly took bribes from betting syndicates in exchange for manipulating live scores, allowing gamblers to place bets already knowing the outcome of the next point.The story follows BBC and BuzzFeed allegations about match-fixing at the top level of the sport that overshadowed the start of the Australian Open last month. Those reports led to the announcement of an independent review into tennis’ anti-corruption practices, which are overseen by the Tennis Integrity Unit.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Celina CaesarChavannes says black civil servants passed over for promotions

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Independent MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes says qualified black Canadians are being passed over for promotions to senior positions in the federal government due what she says are systemic racial barriers.Caesar-Chavannes, who is not running for re-election in October, used her final act in the House of Commons last week to shine a light on what she says is discrimination in the civil service.She says in all of Canada’s history, no black person has been appointed as a federal deputy minister, the bureaucratic head of a department.Caesar-Chavannes says there has also been a “thinning out” of visible minorities at the assistant-deputy-minister level.She has heard from current and former civil servants who say they have the qualifications to be promoted to managerial positions, but report being passed over for more senior jobs in favour of candidates they say were sometimes less qualified.Though it stands almost no chance of becoming law now, Caesar-Chavannes tabled a private member’s bill that would require the Canadian Human Rights Commission to annually report on the progress — or lack thereof — of government’s efforts to promote black Canadians and other visible minorities to more senior positions within the federal ranks.last_img read more

Thousands more Timorese become displaced but security improves in capital UN

1 March 2007More than 5,000 additional Timorese have fled to internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps over the past month or so because of the recent violence in the capital Dili, although this is now under control as more United Nations police are patrolling the streets, top UN officials said today. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General Atul Khare, head of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), said the security situation in Dili over the past week has “remained stable,” adding there are now more officers in high-risk areas as well as dedicated mobile units watching out for gang-related violence.The head of UN humanitarian assistance in Timor-Leste, and the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Finn Reske-Nielsen, said most of the 5,000 or so people who fled to the IDP camps arrived last week because of the disturbances, adding that four new camps had been set up. “We have…an estimate as of early January that there were approximately somewhere between 25,000-29,000 people in the camps in Dili. And as I mentioned over the past month, we have seen an increase of more than 5,000 and that would be the figure,” he told reporters in the capital.Reiterating that rice shortages were a contributing factor to last week’s violence, Mr. Reske-Nielsen said the Government, supported by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), were continuing the sale of rice that was begun last Friday. Last month, the Security Council extended UNMIT’s mandate for another year until February 2008, while adding up to 140 extra police officers to help counter the increasing violence as the tiny nation gears up for this year’s elections.The Council created UNMIT in August 2006 to help restore order after deadly fighting, attributed to differences between eastern and western regions, broke out in April and May and caused the deaths of at least 37 people and forced about 155,000 others – or 15 per cent of the population – to flee their homes. read more

Joint opposition decides to vote against the 20th Amendment

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has already said it will also oppose the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) handed over the 20th Amendment to the Constitution to Parliament last week. (Colombo Gazette) The joint opposition has decided to vote against the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which looks to abolish the Executive Presidency.Party leaders of the joint opposition reached the decision following a meeting held today with the participation of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. read more

Food crisis in southern Africa may deepen next month WFP warns

A “vicious” dry spell on top of a poor harvest mean the already-high numbers of people in southern Africa dependent on food aid may rise again in April and May, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. The agency said that $69 million was needed urgently to feed some 2.6 million people currently facing malnutrition. Describing donor response to its repeated pleas for food and funds as “sluggish,” WFP said that more than 145,000 tons of food were required immediately to ensure people in five countries – Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe – already facing hunger are fed. WFP said it was is concerned that the poor response to current emergency needs does not auger well for the worsening situation its experts anticipate may arise next month. “If we can’t get enough food to feed 2.6 million people right now, what will happen when potentially millions more need our help in months ahead?” said WFP’s Regional Director for east and southern Africa, Judith Lewis. “Much more must be swiftly done to stave off the spread of hunger and malnutrition.” Initial estimates of the April/May harvest show that the dry spell and low maize production will mean withered crops throughout the region, according to WFP. If the estimates prove accurate, these poor yields coming on the heels of a similarly poor harvest in 2000/2001, will have a “devastating” impact. WFP and it partners are gearing up for a major response, and assessment missions are reviewing needs in six southern African countries — those currently in crisis plus Swaziland. “The situation for people all over southern Africa is very bleak,” Ms. Lewis said. “Now is the time to act to prevent what is a crisis from developing into a major disaster.” read more

UN rights chief alarmed by sentencing of 152 soldiers to death in

“The crimes committed during the mutiny were utterly reprehensible and heinous, and my sympathies are with the grieving families, but justice will not be achieved by conducting mass trials of hundreds of individuals, torturing suspects in custody and sentencing them to death after trials that failed to meet the most fundamental standards of due process,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.Ms. Pillay urged the Government not to proceed with the death penalty, particularly given concerns about the fairness of the trials.“The perpetrators of the crimes must be held accountable in compliance with the laws of Bangladesh and the country’s international obligations, including those pertaining to fair trial standards, as laid down in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Bangladesh ratified in 2000,” she said. “The trial of these 847 suspects has been rife with procedural irregularities, including the lack of adequate and timely access to lawyers.”The officers of the Bangladesh Border Guards were convicted of crimes such as murder and sexual assault during a February 2009 mutiny in Dhaka, when 74 people, including army officers, were brutally killed. Bodies were dumped in ditches and some wives of army officers were sexually assaulted.Yesterday, a special court in Bangladesh set up to prosecute the crimes sentenced 152 people to death and 161 people to life imprisonment. However, reports indicate that a number of suspects detained for their alleged role in the mutiny died in custody. In addition, there are allegations of widespread abuse and torture of the detainees and evidence obtained under torture was reportedly admitted in court during group trials of hundreds of defendants.Ms. Pillay called for an independent and thorough investigation into the allegations of human rights abuses, particularly custodial torture and deaths that took place after the mutiny. “The results of the investigation should be made public and those responsible must be held accountable,” she said, noting that, having ratified the UN Convention against Torture, Bangladesh is obliged to take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under its jurisdiction.“The conviction and sentencing of each of the suspects must be reviewed individually, and any evidence obtained under torture must not be admitted in court.”Ms. Pillay also expressed concern about the conduct of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) established in 2010 by the Bangladeshi Government to try citizens accused of committing atrocities during the country’s 1971 independence war.“The ICT should be a very important means to tackle impunity for the mass atrocities committed in 1971, and to provide redress to the victims who have had a long and difficult road to justice,” she said. “But it is important that the proceedings meet the highest standards if they are to reinforce the rule of law in Bangladesh and the fight against impunity in the broader region.”The Tribunal has so far sentenced 10 individuals, seven of whom have received death sentences.The UN opposes the imposition of the death penalty under any circumstance, even for the most serious international crimes. The International Criminal Court – of which Bangladesh is a State party – and other international criminal tribunals all exclude the death penalty for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. read more

Sandvik sees strong upturn in mining equipment investment

first_imgLars Josefsson, President of Sandvik Mining and Construction (SMC) business area: “We are pleased to note that, following the increase in demand for mobile mining equipment demand earlier this year, we are now also seeing arise in demand for major capital investments in mines and related infrastructures. During October and November, SMC secured a number of orders for bulk materials handling and continuous mining/crushing systems in South America, Africa and Asia. The recently signed orders include:Turn-key supply of a materials handling system for a coal export terminalA repeat order for supply of several iron ore handling machines for an iron ore mineThe design and supply of a high-capacity (9,100 t/h) long-distance conveying system for an iron ore mineThe design and delivery of a complete coal storage (stacking and reclaiming) and handling/loading system for a portEngineering and supply of a high capacity iron ore conveying system for a port.The total value of these orders is some SEK2,200 million and delivery has commenced with completion scheduled to take place between late 2011 and mid 2013.“These orders confirm Sandvik’s strong position in iron ore and coal mining, preparation and bulk materials handling. We anticipate a continued high level of demand for these commodities and the orders prove our ability to provide technically superior and energy efficient continuous mining solutions. This success is based on Sandvik’s vast experience and its close cooperation with customers in development and delivery of complete mining and bulk handling systems,” said Josefsson.last_img read more

Economists sound alarm

first_imgAs the country’s political parties ramp up their campaigns ahead of crucial general elections on June 17, a group of 11 eminent Greek economists from across the world have emphasized the importance of the next Greek government honoring its commitments to foreign creditors and pushing through vital reforms if it is to secure its position in the eurozone.Meanwhile, European leaders continued to express their hopes that Greek authorities will do what it takes to remain in the eurozone. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn repeated Monday that Brussels wants Greece to remain in the eurozone. Van Rompuy said Athens could only achieve this “while respecting its commitments,” a reference to a 130-billion-euro loan deal signed with its creditors.Rehn, for his part, noted that “abiding by commitments remains the best option available to Greece,” adding “we want Greece in the euro and we are working toward that goal.”French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, who met with Rehn Monday, was more explicit: “If the Greeks themselves do not respect their commitment, then we would find ourselves in a situation which would be infinitely more complicated,” he said.The risks of such a prospect are the focus of an open letter by 11 eminent Greek economists published in Sunday’s Kathimerini. In the letter, the economists, who include George-Marios Angeletos of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dimitris Vayanos of the London School of Economics, stress that the prospect of a Greek eurozone exit is still very real, despite reassurances by EU officials.“The international community is monitoring our country with great concern and believes it very likely that it will default in a disorderly fashion and leave the eurozone,” the letter notes. The only hope, the writers claim, is that elections “lead to a government that will be supported by a broad range of political parties.” Such an administration must focus on confirming the country’s will to remain in the eurozone, implementing crucial structural reforms and cooperating with foreign creditors to revise aspects of the debt deal and boost investment and growth.In a clear dig at politicians’ campaign tactics, the writers note “we would not like to see ignorance and populism lead the country to disastrous and irreversible choices.” Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Planning for 2015 Commodity Classic Kicks Off in Phoenix

first_imgThe Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee met all this week in Phoenix with 13 of the top Classic sponsors to recap the 2014 show and kick off planning for the 2015 Commodity Classic. The 2014 Classic broke all previous records, and the 2015 edition—which is the show’s 20th anniversary—promises to deliver just as well. ASA is represented at the meeting by JV Committee members Sam Butler (co-chair), Dean Campbell, and Ed Erickson, Jr., and staff Bill Schuermann and Abby Podkul. Joining ASA on the committee are National Corn Growers Association leaders Bart Schott (co-chair), Wesley Spurlock, and Kevin Ross.last_img read more

Cooper Landing And Sterling Remain In READY Alert Status

first_imgThe Great Basin Incident Management Team reviews Ready-Set-Go! lines each day to assess current and past levels of fire activity, expected weather patterns, and predicted fire behavior. All landlines are automatically registered in the KPB alerts system; however, you must register mobile phones. You can register for KPBalerts by texting to 99411 and follow prompts. If a Level 3 GO! alert is issued, it’s time to evacuate immediately, leave NOW. Please go when you are asked to leave.The Kenai Peninsula Borough has an interactive map that allows you to see the current fire perimeter. Enter your home address in the search field in the upper left corner of the page to see where you home is in relation to the Swan Lake fire.  Click here to view the Borough interactive map. A Level 1 (READY) alert is NOT a notice to leave. Visit the KPB blog at www.kpboem.com or call the Borough Call Center at 907-262-INFO (4636) for updates. Monitor social media, news and radio for current Ready-Set-Go! (RSG!) information in your area. This is the time to relocate things like flammable tanks and supplies from your home and outbuildings. Consider the six “P”s: People, Pets, Pills, Pictures, Papers and your Personal computer, that you will take if you need to leave your home.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Sterling and Cooper Landing remain at the Level 1 Ready alert status with fire activity continuing on the Swan Lake fire. Level 1 READY stage means be ready for POTENTIAL evacuation because there is a fire in your area.Sterling neighborhoods EAST of Feuding Lane and EAST of Adkins Road to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge have been placed on a Level 1 “READY” status.Cooper Landing has been placed on a Level 1 “READY” status due to increased fire activity within the NW side of the Swan Lake fire near Watson Lake. It means you should have a plan to transport and care for family members with mobility needs, pets or livestock, according to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for September 14 Driver Issued Summons Large Truck On Butters

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, September 14, 2018:Manager at Red Heat Tavern reported he saw a vehicle in the back lot, parked there for possibly several hours. He felt it was odd and wanted an officer to check it out. Police responded. Two parties were looking for a lost ring. Checked OK. Ring was eventually found. (1:22am)Guerby A. Centatus (30, Haverhill) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License and Speeding. (1:49am)Benevento truck took down wire on Shawsheen Avenue. Homeowner and Benevento worked to resolved issue. Verizon notified. (7:18am)Police noted a train at North Wilmington station was blocking Route 62. (9:34am)Police assisted with backing a truck up from Butters Row back onto Main Street. Driver was attempting to drive over bridge. (1:05pm)CVS employee reported a Giant Sedona mountain bike has been abandoned in their entrance way for several days. Police advised CVS they can remove it or store it. (3:04pm)Resident accidentally left gas stove on while they were out. Fire Department responded and handled. (8:03pm)Cochrane Road resident reported a group of juvenile males in the area banging on doors and running way. Police were unable to locate. (10:41pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday January 26 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Saturday, January 26, 2019:#1) Wilmington Boosters Annual DanceThe Wilmington High School Boosters Association is holding its annual Dance at 7pm at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks Lodge (777 South Street, Tewksbury).  This fun evening includes live music from the local band WildFire.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own food. Tickets cost $25 each and will be available at the door.#2) Suburban Boston Spring Home ShowThe Suburban Boston Spring Home Show will emanate from Wilmington’s  Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) on Friday, January 25 (11am-8pm); Saturday, January 26 (10am-8pm); and Sunday, January 27 (10am-6pm). Admission is $10 at the door. (Free passes are available online in advance HERE.) Parking is free. Learn more HERE.#3) Parent/Child Drawing 101 At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a drawing class for kids & adults from 9:30am to 11:30am. Join Gina Johnson, Co-founder & Portrait  Artist of “Operation: Home Ties “Faces of Remembrance”, for a beginners drawing class for children and the grownup of their choice. Share the amazement of learning to sketch using simple shapes. Gina believes there is an artist in each of us! Let her make a believer out of you with her fun step-by-step instructions – so you too will say: “Yes…I CAN draw”! Grades 1-5. Register HERE.#4) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#5) Wilmington Food Pantry OpenThe Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For January 27, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Copa America 2019 Brazil vs Venezuela Preview TV listings and how to

first_imgBrazil will take the field on June 18 against Venezuela for their second group-A match of the 2019 Copa America in Salvador, Brazil. A Neymar-less Brazil defeated Bolivia in their first match of the tournament 3-0 with Philippe Coutinho scoring a brace and Everton Soares adding another one in the dying minutes.Neymar who is held as Brazil’s greatest footballer in recent times suffered an injury just before the start of the tournament and it was a major setback for the Brazilian side. But the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firminho, Everton Soares and Gabriel Jesus have filled in for him and Brazil is actually playing better without Neymar. The Yellow and Green brigade played a dominating game over Bolivia enjoying 75 per cent of the possession.Venezuela, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw against Peru playing a man down in the last 15 mins. The hosts are the favourite to win the match, while the Vinotinto would be thrilled if they can squeeze out a point from the match.On the other hand, the other match of the night is between Bolivia and Peru. After getting humiliated by the Selecao in Sao Paulo the Bolivians will try to keep their hopes alive of qualification to the next round. Peru, who defeated Australia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup will look forward to win as they are the favourites in the fixture.The Brazil-Venezuela match will start at 9.30 PM on June 18 according to local time and 6 AM, June 19 according to IST. The Bolivia-Peru match will start at 6.30pm on June 18 according to local time and 3 am, June 19 according to IST.Global TV listings and Live streamTelemundo: USAPremier Sports 1: UKStream: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, ESPN+, Premier PlayerHow to watch in IndiaThere has been a huge disappointment for Indian football fans as the tournament will not be telecasted in the country. Fans can watch the live stream via internet and also via using free VPN services and apk’s like Navixsport. Brazil will look forward to win. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Imageslast_img read more