For a brief moment, goal-scorers forget poverty and war

first_imgThe eyes of the world will turn to Russia this week for the World Cup but it is far away you must look to find the sport’s beating heart – on war-ravaged streets and in poverty-stricken slums where the simple act of scoring a goal transcends the grind of everyday life.For every goal celebrated by the 32-teams at the four-yearly gathering of football’s superstars, thousands more will be scored on makeshift pitches in Yemen, Somalia and Gaza and beyond.They will not be recorded for posterity and replayed thousands of times over. But they will not be forgotten and the scorer, for a few minutes at least, can dream of being a hero.“My favourite player is (Argentina’s Lionel) Messi. When I score a goal I feel happy and successful, I’m pleased that my team mates are also happy with me,” 14-year-old Mohammed Ali Kargbo said after scoring a goal in Freetown, Sierra Leone.In the four years since FIFA’s extravaganza was played out across Brazil, soccer’s governing body has been dogged by corruption scandals provoking accusations from fans that the ‘beautiful game’ has been poisoned by greed.The month-long tournament in Russia is officially costing an eye-watering 683 billion roubles ($11 billion). Many of the players are millionaires many times over.Dreams cost nothing, though. Try telling 12-year-old Aoud Moustafa, who plays with his friends in Syria’s Zaizon refugee camp in Deraa that soccer has lost its soul.“When I score I feel very happy and I also feel that I am stronger and faster than my friends,” he said after a game on a dusty patch of earth.The World Cup will be played in 12 ultra-modern stadiums across Russia, most newly-built with sums of money that would be truly life-changing for millions of vulnerable people across Africa and the Middle East.Yet access to a ball and a goal, be it a couple of chunks of masonry, two twisted sticks in the desert or a the remains of a bombed-out building can provide a ‘theatre of dreams’ — a refuge from the horrors of armed conflict or the daily struggle of a life lived in the most challenging circumstances.For one young boy playing in the playground of a bomb-damaged school in Benghazi, Libya, the simple act of scoring a goal represents a homecoming of sorts — the chance of a return to some semblance of normality“I feel joyful because I am playing in my own area, which I have been unable to do for more than three years because of the war,” he said.last_img read more

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Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast

first_imgNo need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Patriots hold Cowboys’ No. 1 offense without TD in 13-9 win Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Dimzon wasn’t the only one who voiced out her team’s concerns.Malaysia coach Joceph Jacob and Vietnam coach Mai Duc Chung also shared the troubles they’ve encountered so far.“Today, my breakfast, most of the players eat only bread and some egg. We have a big tournament, I hope they will improve the food,” the Malaysian mentor said.“I hope that we have police escorts and don’t have to wait for the bus to arrive. I request to bring more food and escort. We wait for more than one hour for training,” said Chung.Heeding the Malditas’ call, Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta said the PFF had already acted on addressing the players’ needs.ADVERTISEMENT NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China “We’re trying our best to improve the situation,” Araneta told Cedelf Tupas of the Inquirer. “All the preparations of the team will only go to waste if their situation is not ideal during the actual tournament. We had to act on it quickly.”The Philippines opens women’s football competition on Tuesday against Myanmar at 4 p.m. at Biñan Football Stadium in Biñan, Laguna.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: PH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woes“I’m not sure kung paano ang arrangement ng Phisgoc, but the quality and quantity of food is not enough. Sa variety din, like for this morning, hindi enough ‘yung rice and kikiam and egg. Walang nutrients,” said Let Dimzon, coach of the Philippine women’s football team, during a press conference Monday in a story posted on ABS-CBN News.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4(I’m not sure what’s the arrangement with Phisgoc, but the quality and quantity of food is not enough. Also the variety, like for this morning, rice, kikiam and egg don’t have enough nutrients.)“Supposedly, this is an international competition, it should be international course. But I think maybe the budget Phisgoc is shelling out is not enough to cover the quality of food,” she added in Filipino. “We’re the host country and it’s a bit disorganized. It feels bad for us.” MOST READ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Photo from Hali Long’s Facebook accountMANILA, Philippines—Accommodation isn’t the only issue hounding the Philippine women’s national football team ahead of its campaign in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.According to reports, the Philippine Malditas also raised their issues over food and water at the hotel they are billeted for the duration of the SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Alleged phone thief remanded

first_imgA Sophia, Georgetown man who allegedly robbed a woman of her cellphone was on Friday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for robbery. Deshawn Britton denied the charge which alleged that on February 13, 2017, at Water Street, Georgetown, he robbed Ashley Norton of a cellular phone value ,000.In court on Friday, the prosecution contended that the 23-year-old man was arrested and the phone was found in his possession.The prosecution objected to bail when the matter was called before Magistrate Annette Singh. Britton was remanded to prison and the case will continue on March 8.last_img

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APNU/AFC seems to have lost interest in constitutional reform – Ramkarran

first_imgClose to two years after making a “bold” proposal for a political solution through constitutional reform, the A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government seems to have lost that zeal, according to former House Speaker Ralph Ramkarran.He said the APNU/AFC in its 2015 Manifesto made the “boldest proposals” for aFormer House Speaker Ralph Ramkarranpolitical solution ever to have been introduced onto Guyana’s political agenda since 1950 through its promised constitutional reform.In the agreement, the coalition committed to the establishment of a Constitution Reform Committee with a mandate to complete consultations, draft amendments and present same to the National Assembly for approval within nine months.According to Ramkarran, as it sought to fulfil its mandate, Government appointed a committee headed by Attorney and former AFC Chairman Nigel Hughes to examine the process for constitutional reform. While the committee presented its report to Government almost a year ago, no movement has been seen.“The report is still before the Cabinet and the process appears to have been stalled. This has led to speculation that the Government has lost interest in constitutional reform, even though it allocated $80 million to constitution reform and appointed Prime Minister (Moses) Nagamootoo to lead the process,” Ramkarran said in his weekly “Conversation Tree” column.According to him, if the speculation of disinterest is not justified, the Government can demonstrate its bona fides by tabling a motion in the National Assembly seeking support for its Manifesto proposals and the Hughes report. He said such a move would be met with overwhelming support from the Guyanese people.Ramkarran said the struggle for constitutional reform as a means to attain a political solution to Guyana’s sharp ethno-political divisions remained a burning necessity, which was broadly supported by the Guyanese people.“It is this yearning that keeps alive the periodic courtship for political unity between the main political parties. Constitutional reform is now even more important at this crucial time when Guyana’s coming oil wealth will increase challenges to transparency and good governance”, Ramkarran posited.He said an agreed political structure that allowed for participation of both parties in governance, while maintaining political competition and their separate identities, would create political legitimacy, end discrimination, reduce corruption, introduce more transparency, facilitate an agreed economic policy, establish equitable distribution of economic resources, tackle disadvantages or perceived disadvantages of groups, protect the environment and provide for a green economy.He said although major reforms were adopted in the 1999-2000 constitution reform process, the failure to find a political solution left many feeling unfulfilled. And this, he said, continues to drive the clamour today.The agreement made in the Cummingsburg Accord regarding constitutional reform read that: the President should be elected by a majority of electors; there should be separate elections for the presidency and National Assembly; executive powers should be shared between the President, Prime Minister and the Cabinet. The Cabinet should comprise members of the parties which have achieved at least 15 per cent of the vote at the national elections; the supreme organs of democratic power should be the President and the National Assembly; and the Prime Minister shall be the person who secures the second highest votes in the presidential elections.It promised too that the executive powers and responsibilities of the Prime Minister should be increased to include some executive powers and responsibility over the Cabinet; the members of the Cabinet would be subject to the approval of, and removal by, the National Assembly and the immunities of the President would be reduced.last_img read more

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Woods, Reed set for Ryder Cup repeat with Fleetwood and Molinari

first_imgThomas Bjorn’s hosts then secured a whitewash in the foursomes for the first time in team history to turn the competition on its head.Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia take on Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau in Saturday’s opening contest, with Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton meeting Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler in the second match.Woods and Reed, who were left out of the foursomes debacle, will once more face off against Fleetwood and Molinari in the third match.It will be Molinari’s fourth Ryder Cup encounter with Woods after the two squared off in the singles at both the 2010 and 2012 events.The Italian also won the British Open in July while playing alongside Woods, who had led with eight holes to go.Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm battle Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas in the anchor match as Jim Furyk kept faith with the same eight who played in Friday’s first session.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Deja vu: Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed will lock horns once more with Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari on Saturday © AFP / Eric FEFERBERGSAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France, Sep 28 – Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed will renew their rivalry with Europe’s star Ryder Cup pairing Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari in Saturday’s morning fourballs as the United States look to recover from a 5-3 deficit.The Americans swept the first three matches in Friday’s fourballs before Fleetwood and Molinari fought back to defeat Woods and Reed 3 and 1 to put Europe on the board at Le Golf National.last_img read more

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New Chelsea signing reveals he couldn’t resist approaches of a ‘top club’

first_img1 Baba Abdul-Rahman New Chelsea signing Baba Abdul-Rahman has revealed he couldn’t resist the approach of a ‘top club’ after completing his move to west London on Sunday.The left back, a like-for-like replacement for Filipe Luis, has put pen-to-paper on a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge after a reported £17m fee was agreed.Rahman played 31 games for Augsburg last season after joining from German second division side Greuther Furth, and thanked his former club for their support.He said: “I have to take this chance to play at a top club in England, although I was actually set on a long-term stay in Augsburg a year ago. I felt very comfortable in the team.“I thank all those responsible, the coaches and fans of Augsburg, for their support last year.”The German club’s general manager Stefan Reuter said: “Baba Rahman has developed tremendously in his year with us and made a great leap.“It’s not just reward for his achievements, but also for our work, if international giants like Chelsea are interested in signing him.”last_img read more

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SENEGAL JIMMY’S PROTESTS AS OTHERS CASH IN ON HIS FAME!

first_imgHe’s already famous in Donegal for helping Rory Gallagher to sing Jimmy’s Winning Matches.JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHESBut now Senegal Jimmy, who makes a living selling fake Rolex watches to tourists in Lanzarote, has himself being ripped off by imitators cashing in on his fame.The video in honour of the Donegal GAA team went viral and has had more than a million hits. But now Senegal Jimmy, whose real-name is Bamba, has found that other beach traders are cashing in on his fame.Jimmy’s knows almost every name in Ireland and uses the ploy to sell watches to happy-go-lucky tourists who also have their picture taken with him.But singer Rory Gallagher revealed how Jimmy isn’t happy at all that other ‘Senegal Jimmys’ have learned the words to the famous song and pretending to be him!“They’re costing him a lot of business and he’s not happy. There are a lot of Irish tourists in Lanzarote all year round and Jimmy has become a bit of a hero out there. “But the other lads have copped this on and have learned the song and even plenty of Irish placenames in a ploy to get Irish people to buy watches.“Most Irish people don’t know the real Jimmy and are having their picture taken with imposters! It’s hilarious,” said Rory. SENEGAL JIMMY’S PROTESTS AS OTHERS CASH IN ON HIS FAME! was last modified: November 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHESRory GallagherSenegal Jimmylast_img read more

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ORANGEMEN GATHER IN ROSSNOWLAGH FOR TWELVTH CELEBRATIONS

first_imgThe first of the major Twelfth of July celebrations takes place today in Rossnowlagh.There is a strong contingent of Orange Order members from Fermanagh accompanied by bands attending this traditional event which this year has been included as part of “The Gathering” to attract international visitors.Almost 50 lodges and bands from Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan as well as some visiting Orangemen from Dublin and Wicklow will be joined by a strong contingent from Northern Ireland. The parade began at St. John’s Church at noon to the demonstration field situated close to the beach where a religious service begins at 3pm conducted by the local minister, the Rev. Brian Russell.The address is being given by the Rev.Ron Johnston, a Grand Chaplain of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.Among the senior brethren on parade will be County Donegal Grand Master, David Mahon.ORANGEMEN GATHER IN ROSSNOWLAGH FOR TWELVTH CELEBRATIONS was last modified: July 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Orange OrderRossnowlaghlast_img read more

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Millwall 1-1 Cardiff City: Late Bamba strike ruled out to see sides share spoils

first_img Junior Hoilett’s early strike gave Cardiff a dream start at The Den Cardiff had a late goal disallowed as they missed out on moving level with second-placed after a 1-1 draw at Millwall.Junior Hoilett’s early strike had put them on course to climb above Aston Villa and from fourth into third, maintaining their pursuit of automatic promotion to the Premier League.Millwall responded through Lee Gregory and were superior until Sol Bamba’s late finish was ruled out after referee Keith Stroud blew for a foul on Joe Bennett by Steve Morison in the build up.Cardiff took advantage of the hosts’ uncertain start by scoring as early as the third minute.Mahlon Romeo dithered on the ball in midfield, allowing Hoilett to steal possession, run into space towards the edge of the area and powerfully shoot into the bottom-left corner beyond Jordan Archer.It took until mid-way through the first half before Millwall regained their composure but they convinced when they did.Their captain Morison did well to control Ben Marshall’s left-wing cross, turn, and shoot from in front of goal and was unfortunate to hit the crossbar.His strike partner Gregory then threatened with a shot that went just wide of the left post, before bringing his team level in the 40th minute.A flick-on from Morison sent Jed Wallace into space on the right wing, and after he sent a low cross towards Gregory, the striker sent a superb, first-time curling finish from in front of goal high above Neil Etheridge but under the bar.Wallace also went close in the second half before Bamba sent a close-range bicycle kick into the back of the net and saw a fine goal harshly disallowed by Stroud because of Morison’s challenge on Bennett on the edge of the area.Furthering the visitors’ frustration, a header from Callum Paterson was then cleared off the line by George Saville as their late pressure went without reward. 1last_img read more

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Special-interest bonanza

first_imgDevelopers, banks, real-estate investors and insurance companies have contributed more than $2 million to bankroll a Nov. 7 ballot measure that would funnel $1 billion to affordable housing in Los Angeles. More than 25 companies and individuals have donated $25,000 each to the Homes for L.A. Families campaign that backs Proposition H, according to the most recent disclosure statements through Sept. 30. Since then, additional contributors to the campaign – one of the richest in city history – include former television mogul A. Jerrold Perenchio, who has donated $200,000, and Sylmar-based construction firm Tutor-Saliba, which has given $50,000. The campaign also is still trying to raise an additional $1 million to buy more television advertisements to be broadcast in the remaining weeks before the Nov. 7 election. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’If it reaches its goal, it would be the most expensive ballot-measure campaign in city history. And if the measure passes, development interests stand to gain hundreds of millions of dollars in government assistance to build low-income housing. Many of the major contributors said Tuesday that they are donating because they want to see the city build more homes – not because they want to benefit from the construction boom. “This is something we’re passionately invested in,” said G. Allan Kingston, a co-chairman of the campaign and president of Century Housing, a nonprofit that lends money to affordable-housing projects. “We know how complicated and difficult it is to find funding sources for nonprofit and for-profit developers who want to build affordable housing.” Century Housing has committed nearly $200,000 in cash, staffing and advertising to the campaign. Century employees have chipped in $6,500. The lender would not get any of the proposition’s funds directly from the city, but would likely provide financing to projects that do receive bond money. ‘Good investment’ Kingston said it hasn’t been hard to persuade colleagues to contribute. “This may sound corny, but people really care about the community they live in. The folks who are in the development business, they can’t continue to build in an atmosphere where Los Angeles has the highest population of homeless, and their employees can’t afford to buy a home.” Proposition H opponent Walter Moore said the contributions show that developer and real-estate interests have a vested interest in the $1 billion housing bond. “Do you think developers put up $2 million because they have a deep, golden-hearted concern for battered wives and homeless veterans? It’s a good investment by them. You spend $2 million in advertising and you get $1 billion,” Moore said. Joined by taxpayer and homeowner groups, real-estate broker Moore said proposition opponents are not raising money to fight the measure. If passed, the bond would cost homeowners about $15 per $100,000 in assessed value. That translates into nearly $100 for a median-price $600,000 home in the San Fernando Valley. Supporters note that the bond would generate $100 million per year for 10 years and create housing for 10,000 families. Much of the money would be offered as loans to developers who construct or rehabilitate rental housing for low- and very-low income families. Some of the money would be dedicated to building permanent supportive housing for the homeless and mentally ill. And some would be offered to aid first-time homebuyers. Local money Proposition H needs 66 percent of the vote to pass. Some developers said they are willing to write checks to support Proposition H because they’ve been frustrated with the bureaucratic way low-income housing is funded by the state and federal government. Having a local pot of money would help because affordable housing will not get built without a subsidy, they said. “If we don’t begin providing affordable housing in a meaningful way, the people who work in this city will not be able to live in this city,” said Kate Bartolo, senior vice president of The Kor Group, which has developed luxury condos and lofts and operates hotels. Bond support Her company probably wouldn’t apply for any bond money, but the measure could help Kor Hotel workers who struggle to find reasonably-priced housing and often commute long distances to work. Agoura Hills-based developer Amcal Enterprises, which specializes in building affordable housing, has contributed $25,000 in support of the measure. The company has received $21 million from L.A.’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund to build more than 500 low-income rental units in Lincoln Heights, downtown Los Angeles and Van Nuys. Meta Housing contributed $10,000 to the campaign, and has received $14 million from the city’s trust fund for 187 low-income rentals in downtown Los Angeles. And the Building Industry Association of Southern California and its Greater Los Angeles-Ventura County chapter have contributed $65,000 to the campaign. L.A.-Ventura Chapter Chief Executive Officer Holly Schroeder said her members generally don’t work on affordable projects, but they have begun to partner more often with nonprofits that specialize in financing and managing government-funded projects. “This shows such a tremendous commitment to housing and dealing with the housing crisis; that’s why we support the bond,” Schroeder said. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 Contributors $200,000 from A. Jerrold Perenchio, a major contributor to city issues and candidates who served as chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spanish-language television network Univision until it was recently sold. $65,000 from the Building Industry Association of Southern California and its Greater L.A.-Ventura County chapter. $50,000 from Tutor-Saliba, which recently was awarded a $241.7 million contract for the LAX south-runway improvement project. $25,000 from Amcal Enterprises, which has gotten $21 million from the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. $10,000 from Meta Housing, which has received $14 million from the fund.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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