The Netherlands-Spain duel, suspended by the coronavirus

first_imgThe cancellation of all events bringing together more than 100 people in the Netherlands has been decreed. For this reason, it is also advised that amateur associations “do not organize training sessions, friendly matches or other large gatherings.” All this added to the cancellations of the aforementioned events. ⚠ OFFICIAL | The friendly Netherlands – Spain canceled at the Johan Cruyff Arena as a preventive measure before the advance of COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/xUa5ugI2jw– Spanish Soccer Team (@SeFutbol) March 12, 2020 The Dutch Football Federation -Knowledged as KNVB in the Dutch country- has suspended all competitions until March 31. All matches, both professional and amateur, have been postponed until further notice in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Also the friendly between the Netherlands and Spain, which was to take place at the Johann Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam on Sunday, March 29, at seven in the afternoon. The KNVB itself and the Twitter account of the Spanish National Soccer Team have announced itIn addition to the match against La RojaThe tulip country team also had an engagement against the United States on March 26 at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven. Meetings of the U17 and U19 teams have also been canceled, both male and female.This decision has been taken earlier today by the KNVB. Its director, Eric Gudde, has argued that “they have always followed in their policies the express requests of the government and this time is no different.”last_img read more

Asian Games: Dormitorio crashes out of medal race in cross-country cycling

first_imgMOST READ 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 Dormitorio got the headstart before the two Chinese riders gained steam.The crash came through the 4.5-kilometer mark. Doctors believe Dormitorio suffered a sprained quad.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Filipino Ariana Dormitorio blew a golden opportunity to win medal in the women’s cross-country cycling in the 2018 Asian Games in Subang, Indonesia Tuesday.Ranked No. 1 in the 12-rider field, Patrice stumbled in the second of the five-lap race and sustained a left thigh injury that forced her to recover at the medical tent.ADVERTISEMENT Taekwondo jin Lopez goes for shot at gold vs Chinese in semis ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginscenter_img “I’m somehow disappointed,” said Dormitorio, who is ranked 100th in the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). “Luck was not with me today.”Yao Bianwa and Li Hongfeng of China finished first and second, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The Philippine rider was strong and I am lucky to win,” said the unranked Yao, who clocked one hour, 20 minutes and seven seconds.Li crossed the finish line four minutes after her compatriot while Natalie Panyawan of Thailand crossed the finish line with a time of one hour, 26 minutes and 11 seconds to win the bronze medal. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

‘Barrobo District Is Neglected’

first_imgWhat has happened to the county and district development funds is the question on the lips of many from the depressed and depressing District of Barrobo? Have our funds gone the way that resources disappeared from other districts we heard about? Into the pockets of unscrupulous individuals at the local level of governance who are thwarting the process?Those are the question that go unanswered in the near-desolate district we recently found ourselves visiting.Central Government apportions funds every fiscal year in the national budget for district development purposes for the 73 districts throughout the country, but some of the districts, like Barrobo, in Maryland County, seems abandoned by government, with residents living pitiful lives.Barrobo, which is district #3 in Maryland, lacks health and educational facilities throughout the length and breadth of the district, our reporter observed while on a tour in the area recently. There is not a single high school in the district.Our reporter had gone with Maternal and Newborn Health Ambassador, Madam Miatta Fahnbulleh, who had gone on an advocacy campaign to ensure that pregnant women seek medical attention during pregnancy.The citizens complained of the lack of central government’s presence in the district, which they said is contributing to its backwardness, even though there is a district development Superintendent.The district does not even have a high school, although there is a clinic that serves almost the entire district; but pregnant women have to travel hundreds of miles to seek medical attention because they lack health facilities in their towns.The district, which has Representative Isaac B. Roland as its Representative in the National Legislature, has a make-shift structure that served as the town hall where residents gather to interact, though there are thousands of dollars apportioned for these purposes.A citizen of the district, Isaac Kwabo, said: “My brother we don’t have anything in this place. We don’t feel government’s attention here, our entire district is backward and we are disconnected from the rest of the county and the country.”“There are no schools for our children to go to in most of the towns, not to even mention clinics, where our people could seek medical attention. Our children wake-up in the morning and have to go with us on the farms because there is no school around. The nearest school around this area is about four to five hours walk and the kids are too small for that. There are no teachers as well.”A lady who told this reporter that she came from one of the towns located in the district, said after the advocacy meeting, “The big people are telling us to go to the clinic when pregnant and there is no clinics in our areas. It is a good idea, but it is not easy for some of us because we are living far off and to get to the clinic it take some of us a day or two. Government really needs to try and come to our aid.”“We are just living here by the mercy of God; we are all on our own here. Our place has been neglected for too long and no one is coming to our aid—not even our representative Isaac Roland,” a man who claimed to be an official of the district said.There are too many bureaucratic processes surrounding the district development funds; so ‘they’ are afraid to get involved in it before ‘they’ are sacked by their bosses. He declined to say who ‘they’ were.Efforts to contact, Rep. Roland for comments did not materialize as his phoned would not ring when called.               Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nothing formalised as yet – Granger

first_imgCampaign financing legislation President David Granger has disclosed that nothing has been formalised as yet with regard to establishing Campaign Financing legislation.“Nothing has been formalised. This is something that has to be agreed upon by both sides, and it could be put on the agenda [for discussion during planned talks this month] with the Opposition Leader. But I have not seen a draft…,” the Head of State told reporters on Friday during a press conference – his first for the year and third since getting into office in 2015.Prior to coming into office, the APNU/AFC Coalition had pushed for the implementation of campaign financing laws, and had even included it as one of its manifesto promises, but even after three years in Government, there has been no active step towards delivering this much-touted piece of legislation.However, Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC), the minority party in the Coalition Government, which has been pushing for these laws prior to 2015 election, Khemraj Ramjattan, back in May had said that they have begun the campaign to draft the legislation. He referenced a previous visit by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s General Secretary Akbar Khan during which they requested assistance in doing so.Ramjattan had noted he had requested a draft campaign finance legislation from the Commonwealth, and the Secretary General Khan directed him where to get this, along with other source materials.“So we are going to tap into those resources to come up with a campaign legislation that is modern enough to take care of all the concerns,” the AFC Chairman told reporters.While in Opposition, the AFC had moved a motion in Parliament to set up political financing legislation in 2011.In its final report on the 2011 General Election, the Carter Center said the need to create legislation to cater for campaign financing was important, and even reiterated that in its 2015 report.“To ensure realisation of the right and opportunity to be elected, legal reform is necessary to improve campaign finance laws. Legislation should be strengthened to routinely require disclosure of contributions and expenditures. Consideration also should be given to establishing reasonable limits on donations and expenditures to ensure that the free choice of voters is not undermined, or the democratic process distorted by disproportionate expenditures on behalf of any candidate or party. A monitoring and enforcement body with oversight authority of compliance with campaign finance regulations would also be a positive contribution to Guyanese politics,” the report outlined.Additionally, the report stated that Guyana’s legal framework for elections was silent in the area of registration and operation of political parties, hence the reason why legislation is needed to establish clear requirements for the registration and operation of political parties that would support the freedom of association and promote broad multi-ethnic parties that could represent citizens’ interests in governance.According to the Transparency Institute of Guyana, political financing laws are about protecting the State from corporate and other interests, ensuring that incumbents avoid corrupt use of State resources, and ensuring access to resources for all recognised political parties, among other issues.last_img read more

Boycott of Hamas generates more aid, reliance on handouts

first_imgJERUSALEM – Despite the international embargo on aid to the Palestinian Authority since Hamas came to power a year ago, significantly more aid was delivered to the Palestinians in 2006 than in 2005, according to official figures from the United Nations, United States, European Union and International Monetary Fund. Instead of going to the Palestinian Authority, most of the money was given directly to individuals or through independent agencies like the World Food Program. The IMF and the U.N. say the Palestinians received $1.2 billion in aid and budgetary support in 2006, about $300 per capita, compared with $1 billion in 2005. While the United States and the EU have led the boycott, they, too, provided more aid to the Palestinians in 2006 than 2005. Washington increased its aid to the U.N. refugee agency for Palestinians to $468 million in 2006, from $400 million in 2005. The EU and its member states alone are subsidizing 1 million people in the West Bank and Gaza, one-quarter of the population, as part of their effort to avoid creating a catastrophe from the embargo. Asked whether the EU could spend any more money on the Palestinians if it recognized the new Palestinian government than it does now, a senior European diplomat laughed and said, “We’d probably spend less.” One side effect of the redirected aid, some officials said, is that while starvation has been avoided, institutions are withering and a culture of dependence is expanding. In 2007, the U.N. began a humanitarian appeal for the Palestinians of more than $450 million, twice the 2006 appeal and the third-largest U.N. request, after Sudan and Congo, ahead of 18 other disasters. “These numbers are quite stunning,” said Alexander Costy, head of coordination for Alvaro de Soto, the U.N. special Middle East envoy, “given the relatively small size of the population of the Palestinian territory.” He added: “What we do know for sure is that Palestinians, and their economy and society, are becoming increasingly dependent on humanitarian handouts, and this dependency is growing fast. For a state in the making, I think this was a step backwards in 2006 and a cause for alarm.” The IMF and the U.N. estimate that direct budgetary support to the Palestinian Authority in 2006 was about $740 million, more than double the $350 million in 2004 and 2005. But Salam Fayyad, the new finance minister in the new Palestinian unity government, thinks the Palestinians received at least 250 percent more than that in direct support when cash from Iran and Arab nations is counted, as well as the amount smuggled in by Hamas officials after trips abroad. “I say the minimum for direct budgetary support was $880 million in 2006 compared to about $350 million the year before,” Fayyad said. He estimates total aid in 2006 was closer to $1.35 billion. The United States, Europe and Israel imposed their boycott because Hamas supports terrorism and refuses to recognize Israel, renounce violence or honor existing Palestinian-Israeli agreements. The unstated aim has been to build enough disaffection among Palestinians that they would drive Hamas from power and replace it with Fatah.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

Captain Brunt signs new three-year deal at West Brom

first_imgWest Brom captain Chris Brunt has penned a new three-year contract with the Premier League side.Earlier this summer, the Baggies had activated a 12-month option on the 29-year-old Northern Ireland international’s previous contract, but he has now agreed improved terms until 2017.Albion head coach Alan Irvine said: “I’m delighted we have extended Chris’ contract by a further two years.“He’s our captain, has great quality and experience and is clearly a very, very important player for us.“Chris is an influential figure both on and off the pitch. He has the respect of all the players and staff and is a top class professional.”Brunt, who moved to the Hawthorns in August 2007, is one match away from his 250th competitive appearance for the club.He took over the captaincy during the 2010/11 season, and earlier this week Irvine had confirmed he would retain it for the coming season, meaning he had served as skipper for four different managers – Roy Hodgson, Steve Clarke, Pepe Mel and Irvine.Brunt joins England goalkeeper Ben Foster in signing a new deal after a busy summer which has already seen Craig Gardner, Joleon Lescott, Chris Baird, Brown Ideye, Cristian Gamboa, Jason Davidson, Sebastien Pocognoli and Andre Wisdom join the Baggies. West Brom captain Chris Brunt 1last_img read more

West Ham face fight to sign Valencia midfielder

first_img1 Valencia star Javi Fuego West Ham face a tough battle to clinch the signing of Valencia midfielder Javi Fuego.Sam Allardyce has been strongly linked with a move for the Spanish midfielder who has been one of the star performers for the La Liga club this season.Fuego is a defensive midfielder but can also operate as a central defender and his versatility will appeal to the West Ham manager who has sent his scouts to watch him in action.With several players including Alex Song and Cheikhou Kouyate set to depart for the Africa Cup of Nations and uncertainty surrounding the future of Winston Reid, Allardyce wants to strengthen his squad and keep alive their chances of securing a European place this season.But reports in Spain claim Valencia are doing everything they can to ensure Fuego stays at the club.The 30-year-old has played every game this season and coach Nuno Espirito Santo will not want to lose him in the January transfer window.West Ham are also monitoring the progress of Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou.last_img read more

Barnet appoint caretaker boss Rossi Eames head coach on permanent basis

first_img1 Barnet have appointed Rossi Eames as the club’s head coach.The 32-year-old was put in caretaker charge after Kevin Nugent left the club in April and led the club to two wins in their last four games.Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous said the former academy coach was the best choice to lead the Sky Bet League Two club going forward.The chairman told the club’s website: “We have thoroughly searched through all the available choices and concluded that the best candidate was the one on our doorstep.“We support his playing style and our team responds positively to his philosophy.“We want to build on the foundations we have created and think we can provide Rossi with the support he needs to strengthen his management credentials.“For us this was the bold choice and the right time to finally allow Rossi to take sole control of our football destiny.”Barnet finished the 2016-17 campaign in 15th place having won just four of their last 21 games.last_img read more

GRITTY HOOPS WIN TO KEEP PRESSURE ON RANGERS

first_imgCeltic closed the gap on Rangers at the top of the SPL today with a gritty 2-0 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.But on the evidence of the Killie performance, it looks increasingly likely that Rangers will now go on to win the title.Rangers play Dundee United at Ibrox on Tuesday before travelling to Rugby Park next Sunday. The Hoops are away to Hearts on Wednesday before hosting Motherwell next Sunday. It took until added time at the end of the first half for Celtic to break down their hosts today, when Scott Brown headed in from six yards.Kilmarnock showed some good build-up play at times, but failed to test Fraser Forster in the Celtic goal.Kris Commons sealed the points with another wonderful strike on 68 minutes in what is another one of his contenders for goal of the season.With Celtic missing Joe Ledley and Beram Kayal from their midfield engine room it was Kilmarnock who looked the more settled side early on. Celtic can only hope Dundee United repeat their heroics of earlier in the season and go to Ibrox on Tuesday and take something from the game.The 2-0 win today does give the Hoops a +3 advantage on goal difference and that might yet prove decisive.And Neil Lennon is certainly not ruling Killie out from doing Celtic a favour next Sunday.“Anything can happen here. Kilmarnock are capable of scoring goals,” said Lennon at rugby Park.“And Dundee United have third place to play for. It’s eachy-peachy.” And the Celtic boss added: “They will be hoping we can do them a favour on Wednesday night, which is what we want to do.“Football has so many variables, depending on the weather, the pitches, the players’ mentality, you just don’t know.“All we can do is win the games and take it right to the wire.“This was huge today. Hearts will be huge on Wednsday night. It’s why we’re in the game. “I said to the players, ‘you shouldn’t be feeling down about it, you should be excited’ and their attitude today was exemplary.”With just a point in it – anything can happen.GRITTY HOOPS WIN TO KEEP PRESSURE ON RANGERS was last modified: May 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

IS YOUR SPORTS EVENT SAFE?

first_imgWith a huge increase in the numbers taking part in sporting activities all across Co Donegal, a special safety course is to be run to ensure safety at such events.Donegal is now at the forefront of hosting a range of activities from community walks to mass participation athletics and cycling events.These activities provide huge health and social benefits to participants and enjoyment to others. They can also be a source of revenue for many clubs, communities and charities with many using these simple events to encourage fundraising. However the question arises of how can events be coordinated in a safe and healthy manner in order to eliminate the risks to people and the environment.Many sports governing bodies, sports clubs, schools and community groups provide excellent models in running such events to ensure participants, spectators and the public are kept safe, especially when using public roads, however, there is evidence to suggest some poor practice which could result in huge risks to participants and also leaving hosting organisations and individuals vulnerable in the event of an accident.Donegal Sports Partnership in association with the Donegal Road Safety Working Group will deliver a training and education workshop on Wednesday 28th March at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology at 7pm to discuss safety in sport for events.The training workshop which will be interactive will provide examples of poor practice and best practice sports events and will include such areas as the nature of event, planning, venue suitability, insurance, information provision and controls. Gar Holohan of Aura Leisure Group has been to the forefront of event management in Ireland for many years will be the guest speaker supported by representatives of the Donegal Road Safety Working Group.Bookings for the training workshop are through the offices of Donegal Sports Partnership with a booking fee of €10, everyone is welcome to come along.Further information from Donegal Sports Partnership, River Front House, Pearse Road, Letterkenny. Tel 074 9116078 / 9116079 – email info@activedonegal.com IS YOUR SPORTS EVENT SAFE? was last modified: March 15th, 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:DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPsafety courselast_img read more