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Bloom nips Manx in the bud

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No pressure to sell Everton stars

first_img Kenwright added on their talks: “He was as interested in what I wanted as much as what he wanted. I said to him ‘I can’t sit here and give you a line because we all know money is everything in football – this is the money we’ve got and I will try to improve on it’. “We are desperate to find new owners and new investment but he will get support from everyone at the club and all the financial support – and by that I mean if he sells someone he won’t get 80 per cent of that he’ll get 100 per cent. Plus he has a certain amount of money for the transfer window which David was going to have.” Everton finished sixth last season with the smallest budget of both the clubs above them and of neighbours Liverpool, who finished below them. Martinez had to work on a tiny budget at Wigan, regularly coping with selling one top player every season, but managed to make a £20million profit in four years while reducing the club’s wage bill by a quarter. Kenwright will not make the same demands on him at Goodison Park but he hopes his new manager’s abilities as a coach will help move the club forward with the Spaniard setting up Champions League qualification as the long-term target. “If one manager has shown the value of tactical nous over the last 10 years it was David Moyes – and that is what Roberto instilled in me,” he added. “You cannot beat the money week in, week out but you can build something where you get a share of that money and the minute you get into the Champions League it is a different world already. “With the fair play rules which are coming in maybe there is the possibility of getting into the Champions League.” Press Association Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is adamant there is no pressure to sell players this summer but accepts he may not be able to keep hold of midfielder Marouane Fellaini.center_img The Belgium international has a £24million buy-out clause and has long been linked with a move away with Chelsea and Manchester United – the latter now managed by former Toffees boss David Moyes – two of the clubs reportedly interested. And Kenwright has promised new manager Roberto Martinez he will receive 100 per cent of any income from sales. “He talked about a couple of new signings and he talked about the squad and asked ‘Do they need to go?’,” said Kenwright of his discussions with the 39-year-old. “I said ‘No, they absolutely do not have to go’ (although) there is one (Fellaini) that has a get-out which everyone knows.” last_img read more

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AFCON 2019 Qualifiers: Ghana 1-0 Kenya

first_imgMarch 23, 2019 will be stay with Caleb Ekuban forever as he came off the bench on his debut Black Stars on his birthday to score the goal that beat Kenya 1-0 in Accra in the final Group F AFCON 2019 Qualifier.In the 83rd minute, the Trabzonspor forward allowed a pass from midfield to go in front of him and he followed through with a powerful shot that slipped under Kenyan goalie Patrick Matasi.Until that moment, the Black Stars did not look like finding the breakthrough despite a bit more urgency in the second half.Christian Atsu, Lumor Agbenyenu and Mubarak Wakaso were liveliest Ghanaian players on the field but their efforts were still off the mark.Ekuban’s goal could have been the second for Ghana had Andre Ayew’s goal in the 33rd minute not been ruled for a foul on Matasi.After an opening poor 32 minutes, Daniel Opare got a cross right and it found Ayew whose header was saved by Matasi but he spilled the ball and Andre Ayew followed up and tucked it in albeit illegally according to the referee.In between that moment and the goal from Ekuban, the Stars struggled all game against their own lack of creativity and the discipline of the Kenyan defence.The only moment that seemed promising came in the 72nd as Atsu and Jordan Ayew combined to release the Newcastle United winger but his shot was off target.The victory for Ghana sends them to the top of Group F ahead of Kenya even though both teams have made it to the final tournament in Egypt.However, top spot will now mean being seeded and the possibility of a decent group in the tournament.Man of the Match: Mubarak WakasoAlthough Christian Atsu ran him close, Mubarak Wakaso was the team’s best player on the day. He gained control of the boat and he gave the Black Stars a base from which things could happen.His passing was assured and that served as the starting point for the forays going forward.He was also willing to do the defensive work and he was available to stop Kenyan counter-attacks.Ghana starting lineup:Richard Ofori; Daniel Opare, John Boye, Nicholas Opoku, Lumor Agbenyenu; Thomas Partey, Mubarak Wakaso, Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew (Joseph Aidoo 86′); Jordan Ayew (Ernest Asante 75′), Emmanuel Boateng (Caleb Ekuban 60′)last_img read more

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State Limits Trinity Hall Lease; Township Disagrees

first_imgMiddletown – The state and the township disagree how long Trinity Hall, a private, all girls high school, can remain tenants at Croydon Hall but the township is adamant that red tape won’t force the school to relocate.In a related matter, a judge’s decision about whether the school can proceed with permanent construction on Chapel Hill Road, is imminent and the school is securing details to proceed with construction on the site.“The school’s not going anywhere,” Brian Nelson, the township attorney, maintained.“Right now the township is exploring its options in anticipation they (Trinity Hall) will likely need to use it for more than six months due to the delays caused by the litigation,” Nelson said. Such options include among others, continuing the lease outside of the Green Acres program parameter on a month-to-month basis, as the township could with other organizations. “There are multiple things we can do that we may do if we have to,” Nelson added. “We’re trying to figure out what’s the best way to move forward.”The attorney argued the school has been a worthwhile tenant, spending approximately $300,000 to renovate and upgrade the structure it’s been using for the last two years along with the rent payments. “It’s been an immense benefit to the township. It just makes sense to everybody to continue it.”The school’s attorney, John Giunco, said “Trinity Hall is appreciative of the extension and we recognize that discussions are continuing to have the lease agreement extended.”Township officials had agreed to an initial plan to allow Trinity Hall use the site for two years – the maximum under state DEP regulations, while it sought township planning board approval for its construction. School founders plan to construct its permanent site on about 37 acres of an approximately 67-acre undeveloped and largely wooded Chapel Hill Road property. In what has become angry and combative, area residents who have opposed the plan are appealing in state Superior Court, in Freehold, portions of the local planning board’s last year’s approval.Objectors argue the use is much too intense for the residential neighborhood and will have a negative impact on their quality of life and property values. School representatives have maintained it’s a less intensive use than other possible projects that could arise.That decision is expected shortly, attorneys involved have said.The state Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Program has agreed to extend the lease agreement between Trinity Hall, a private, all girls high school providing an academic and Roman Catholic religious based curriculum and the township for the use of Croydon Hall, 872 in the town-ship’s Leonardo section, for a six-calendar-month period. This extension would allow the school to continue at the site until Nov. 1, according to Caryn Shinske, a Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) spokeswoman.Shinske said the Green Acres program agreed to the one-time extension for the school’s use of the site because the township had demonstrated the use to be a “good cause,” as required under the state program. That extension is all that would be permitted under the DEP’s Green Acre program for communities’ designated open recreational space for any non-recreational use, Shinske had said previously.Those six months is far short of what the school may likely need and what the township had agreed to previously. The legal battle, school and township representatives have said, has delayed the construction, thus precipitating the need for an extension for the temporary location. The township governing body had agreed to extend the lease until May 31, 2016, with a provision to extend it for another calendar year beyond that. Giunco argued and Nelson agreed, given that the school isn’t in session for portions of the year the lease should be based upon the days the school uses the site.last_img read more

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Holiday Happenings

first_imgThe Two River area will be the site of a wide variety of holiday happenings during the next few weeks. ONGOING EVENTSKids under 12 ride free on NY Waterway ferries this holiday season through Jan. 2. nywaterway.com/KidsFree; 800-53-FERRYFree holiday parking in downtown Red Bank Dec. 12 – 25Ice King & Cold Storage and Ed Jarrett & Company present The Ice King Nutcracker, a holiday wonderland of over 75 tons of intricately sculpted ice carved into several popular scenes from “The Nutcracker.” Open through Jan. 1, Monday to Thursday 4 to 8 p.m., Friday 4 to 10 p.m., Sat. noon to 10 p.m., Sunday noon to 8 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Dress warmly. Tickets $5 to $10. icekingnutcracker.com; 732-922-0852; 4045 Route 33 West, Tinton FallsHoliday Scavenger Hunt through Dec. 18 in Red Bank. Search the holiday windows at 40 participating businesses to figure out which holiday song inspired the decorations. Enter to win a Red Bank Grand Prize Package. Pick up and drop off completed entry forms at participating businesses. redbank.orgPictures with Santa, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 24, noon to 4 p.m., The Galleria Red Bank, 2 Bridge Ave. redbank.orgClassic Horse & Wagon Rides, Saturdays through Dec. 24, 1 to 5 p.m. 11 Bridge Ave. and 26 Broad St. Free. redbank.orgHoliday Harmonies, the sounds of the season, Saturdays through Dec. 24, noon to 3 p.m. on the sidewalks of Red Bank. redbank.orghttp://redbank.orgThe Highlands Business Partnership 4th Annual Holiday Lights Contest is open to any residential home within Highlands Borough limits. Enter online. Submissions must be received by Dec. 16, 12 a.m. Judging will take place on Dec. 17. Cash prizes awarded. Highlands residents can cast their vote for the People’s Choice award. highlandsnj.com; 732-291-4713DECEMBER 8The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County will sponsor a Hanukkah Menorah/Platter Painting from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at Around the Corner Art Center for children ages 4 and up. The cost is $12 per child, supplies included. Children will be guided by the staff to paint their own ceramic menorah or latke platter. The piece will be dried, fired, and returned to the museum for pick up the following week. Space is limited, paid reservations required. jhmomc.org; 732-252-6990; 290 Mounts Corner Drive, FreeholdThe Monmouth County Library hosts Traditions of Hanukkah and Christmas at the headquarters library in Manalapan at 7 p.m. The special program, presented by Rabbi Brooks Sussman of Freehold, an adjunct professor at Brookdale Community College, and Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., a church historian, highlights the traditions and reasons for Hanukkah and Christmas. Both holidays fall on Dec. 25 this year – the first time since 1959 the first night of the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights has occurred on Christmas Day. Free. No reservations needed. monmouthcountylib.org; 125 Symmes Drive, ManalapanDECEMBER 9 The Church of St. Anthony of Padua, Red Bank presents Handel’s Messiah, Part One, featuring the combined talents of the Red Bank Oratory Chorus and Orchestra and the Diocesan Festival Choir under the direction of Shawn Mack at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, students and seniors $15. 732-747-0813; 121 Bridge Ave., Red Bank.DECEMBER  10 – 11, 17 – 18Monmouth Players present Thornton Wilder’s “A Long Christmas Dinner” at the Navesink Arts Center in the Dean K. Anderson Theater. $15 general admission, $10 for veterans. Coffee and homemade desserts available. Reservations are required. monmouthplayers.net; 732-291-9211; 149 Monmouth Ave., Atlantic HighlandsAsbury Park Bazaar and the Market Asbury Park will hold the 4th Annual Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar from noon to 5 p.m. in the Grand Arcade of Convention Hall. The Holiday Bazaar includes dozens of vendors, artists and makers selling unique holiday gifts and artisan goods, transforming the Grand Arcade into a winter wonderland reminiscent of European holiday markets. Festive treats, kid’s crafts, holiday workshops. Bring a toy or lightly used coat to donate for the AP Toy & Coat Drive. asburyparkbazaar.comThe Garden State Central Model Railroad Club presents a Holiday Model Train display, noon to 5 p.m. at InfoAge Science Center. The display features operating model railroads in N, HO, O and G gauge trains, special trains set up for children to operate, and a visit from Santa. Donations requested of $7 adults and $3 for children. Free parking. gardenstatecentral.com; 2201 Marconi Road, WallDECEMBER 10Join the Christmas Sing-Along at Historic Longstreet Farm. Rick Garland plays the piano in the Longstreet farmhouse for an old-fashioned sing-along from 1 to 3 p.m. Free. monmouthcountyparks.com; 732-946-3758; 44 Longstreet Road, HolmdelThe Friends of Middletown Library presents Band of the Two Rivers Holiday Concert at 2 p.m. The 25-piece band will play in the Middletown Township Library’s Community Room. mtpl.org; 55 New Monmouth Road, MiddletownSt. Mary’s Church in Colts Neck presents its 9th annual “Light Up a Memory” tree lighting ceremony after the 4 p.m. Mass. Sponsor a light in memory of someone deceased or in honor of a living person for this heartwarming Christmas tradition. Music provided by St. Mary’s Choir.  Refreshments served. A card of acknowledgement is provided with each $10 donation. The deadline to reserve a light is Nov. 27. stmaryscoltsneck.org; 732-780-2666; 1 Phalanx Road, Colts NeckAsbury Park will hold a 5k Santa Run in support of Lunch Break. Run or walk with an army of Santas starting at 10 a.m. After party featuring live music and drink specials. A toy and food drive will be held the same day. apsantarun.comThe Highlands Recreation Department and the Henry Hudson Key Club host Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Robert D. Wilson Memorial Community Center. The event is free and open to the public. highlandsnj.com; 732-291-4713; 22 Snug Harbor Ave., HighlandsThe Two River Theater’s Reindeer Rest Stop provides family-friendly holiday crafts, games, and hot chocolate in the lobby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities include theater “Reindeer Games,” a “Marshmallow World” hot chocolate station, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” ornaments, “Let it Snow” paper snowflakes and more. Free. tworivertheater.org; 732-345-1400; 21 Bridge Ave., Red BankDECEMBER 11The Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee presents a Country Christmas at Montrose School from 1 to 4 p.m., including photos with Santa Claus, seasonal refreshments, exclusive Colts Neck gift items, and more at the historic Montrose one-room schoolhouse. The fir tree outside the school will be lit during the afternoon; a small Christmas tree inside the school will be festooned with decorations appropriate to the period. Free. Corner of Montrose Road and Cedar DriveParker Homestead-1665 hosts their Holiday Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy live holiday music, refreshments, decorations, and more. The newly refurbished barns will be open. Free and open to the public. parkerhomestead-1665.org; 235 Rumson Road, Little SilverThe Westminster Presbyterian Church presents Lessons and Carols from 4 to 5 p.m., an Advent-themed program featuring more than 30 combined choir members, a violinist, soprano soloists and more from the WPC Chancel Choir and the choir of the Presbyterian Church on the Hill in Ocean. Followed by a homemade Christmas Cookie reception in the WPC Community Center, Harlan Hall. Free. wpcmiddletown.org; 94 Tindall Road, MiddletownThe Tower Hill First Presbyterian Church choir presents “Fantasia: A Concert of Joy” at 7 p.m. The program features Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” and other works, including “Glory to God” from Handel’s “Messiah,” and arrangements of seasonal favorites. Part of the Tower Hill Concert Series. The concert is free. An offering will be taken to offset concert series expenses. towerhillchurch.org; 732-747-1348; 255 Harding Road, Red BankSnowflake Treasure Hunt and Selfies with Santa in downtown Asbury Park for children and families from 1 to 4 p.m. Chose a number at Fitness Lifestyles on Cookman Ave. then search for that number on merchants’ doors and windows throughout downtown to receive a holiday treasure. Santa will be available for photo ops; bring children, friends, family and even pets. Please bring a can of food for the food drive. facebook.com/apshuffle; 614 Cookman Ave., Asbury ParkDECEMBER 14The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society hosts an Evening of Holiday Music at the Strauss Mansion Museum at 7:30 p.m. Jeff Starr conducts the Henry Hudson Regional A Capella Choir singing festive songs to celebrate the season. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. ahhistory.com; 732-291-1861; 27 Prospect Circle, Atlantic Highlands.New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial hosts a Wreaths Across America ceremony at 1:15 p.m. in the Vietnam Veterans Era Museum and Educational Center to remember those New Jersey veterans lost during military service. Remembrance wreaths will be presented to Gold Star families, and seven ceremonial wreaths will be laid for each branch of the military and POW/MIA veterans. Free and open to the public. njvvmf.org; 732-335-0033; 1 Memorial Lane, HolmdelDECEMBER  16Santa stops at Sickles Market from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. with Mrs. Claus and some of his real, live magical reindeer, so have your photo taken in the greenhouse, which will be teeming with winter blooms. Visit the Christmas Shoppe and enjoy tasting demos. sicklesmarket.com; 732.741.9563; One Harrison Ave., Little SilverDECEMBER 17 – 18Visit with Santa at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel from noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas at the farm as children visit with Santa, then take a walk to the farmhouse for a cup of cider. Free. monmouthcountyparks.com; 732-946-3758; 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel.The Highlands EMS hosts a Holiday Gift Wrapping event from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Highlands First Aid Squad Building. Santa’s Little Life Saver’s will be donating their time wrapping Highlands resident’s holiday gifts, free of charge. Gift-wrapping and bows provided or you may bring your own. highlandsnj.com; 732-291-4713; 34-36 Valley Street, HighlandsDECEMBER 17The Red Bank Public Library will host a Holiday Party for children ages 3-12 at 11 a.m. There will be crafts, games and goodies. Free. Registration is suggested. redbanklibrary.org; 732-842-0690; 84 West Front St., Red BankThe Middletown Arts Center presents “A Christmas Carol” at 2 and 7 p.m., a family-friendly night of theater, with special appearances from the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present during intermission. A chorus of carolers will be singing Christmas classics. Tickets $10 and $15, group discounts available. 732-706-4100; 36 Church St., MiddletownElf Party at the Middletown Arts Center from noon to 3 p.m. Make a present for your favorite elf and watch the “Elf on the Shelf” movie. Pizza, drinks and snacks provided. Pre-registration required. $25 per child, $15 for siblings. 732-706-4100; 36 Church St., MiddletownDECEMBER 18Monmouth Civic Chorus brings the sounds of the season to the Count Basie Theatre at 4 p.m with Joy to the World. The chorus will perform an array of holiday favorites including O Holy Night, Auld Lang Syne, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Deck the Hall. Intertwined throughout will be classical stalwarts from Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Tickets are $5 (student) to $45 (adult). monmouthcivicchorus.org; 732-933-9333; 99 Monmouth St., Red BankThe Shrewsbury Chorale presents The Many Moods of Christmas at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church. Neil Brown conducts four suites of favorite carols plus selections from Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Four Nutcracker Favorites, and more. Includes reception. Tickets $10 to $25. shrewsburychorale.org; 732-747-1362; 90 Kings Hwy., MiddletownThe Highlands Fire Department hosts Visit with Santa Toys For Tots program at 1 p.m. at the Highlands Fire House. The event is free and open to the public. highlandsnj.com; 732-291-4713; 171 Shore Drive, HighlandsThe Shoppes at the Arcade host a Winter Photo Land holiday party from noon to 5 p.m. Special retro holiday background set up for selfie photo ops, with a variety of crazy Christmas hats to use. Wander through the Winter Wonderland of 10 unique shops and sample free treats from merchants, including eggnog and cookies, listen to holiday tunes, and find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Hot chocolate for all ages and hot toddies for the adults. facebook.com/apshuffle; 658 Cookman Ave., Asbury ParkDECEMBER 22 Project Write Now hosts a Holiday Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. for ages 10 and up. Food, drink and some fun writing games. projectwritenow.org; 908-675‑0467; 25 Bridge Ave., Suite 130, Red BankDECEMBER 27The annual Red Bank Menorah Lighting takes place at the Red Bank train station at 6:30 p.m. redbank.org; Monmouth St. and Bridge Ave., Red Banklast_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kootenay Martial Arts Jeremiah Richichi

first_imgPictured is Grand Master Brenda Sell of Florida, who led the testing, presenting Richichi, under the direct leadership of Master Dean Siminoff at Kootenay Martial Arts, with his belt.Sell is the second highest ranked female in the world. The latest black belt recipient at at Kootenay Martial Arts is now the youngest in North America.Jeremiah Richichi tested for his black belt in Tae Kwon Do recently, and after achieving his goal, became the youngest Tae Kwon Do black belt in North America at the age of eight years of age. The achievement shows Richichi’s dedication and perseverance in all areas of life.Mallard’s Source for sports is pleased to show some love for Jeremiah Richichi with Team of the Week honours.last_img read more

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Russia faces ‘very real’ threat of attack at World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Russia plans to spend at least 30 billion rubles (445 million euros, $512 million) on security for the World Cup next year © AFP/File / VASILY MAXIMOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Nov 6 – Russia says it will take extraordinary measures to combat any terrorist threat when it hosts the World Cup next year, as its military campaign in Syria makes the country a prime target for jihadists.A bombing on the metro in Saint Petersburg in April that left 15 people dead was among the recent high-profile terror attacks on Russian soil. The fear of more attacks was heightened after seven people were stabbed in Siberia in August in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, while the authorities have reported breaking up several jihadist cells across the country.“There is a very real threat of an attack in Russia” during the World Cup, which runs from June 14 and July 15 2018, said Alexander Golts, an independent Russia expert specialising in security.Russia has experienced a number terror attacks over the last 20 years and during two wars in Chechnya, but the threat has increased since Moscow’s military intervention in Syria in September 2015 to support President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, making it a priority IS target.“The authorities say they have succeeded in destroying IS. But several thousand Russians have been taking part in (jihadist) conflicts and now they are beginning to return to Russia,” Golts told AFP.According to the Federal Security Service (FSB), about 2,900 Russian jihadists, most of them from the Muslim-majority Caucasus republics, have fought in Syria. Between 2,000 and 4,000 more fighters from Central Asia now live in Russia.The world’s most high profile sporting event, along with the Olympic Games, makes an ideal terrorist target.– Threats against players –A suicide bomber killed 15 people on a busy metro line in Saint Petersburg in April © AFP/File / Olga MALTSEVAEvery day, dozens of calls to commit attacks during the tournament from IS propaganda organs are published via social networks. Many of these involve threats against players.But Pascal Boniface, director of the Institute of International and Strategic Relations in Paris, said these threats are put out “to attract attention”.There is a risk of terror at “any global sporting event which attracts cameras and those with a desire to make an impact”.Several months before the Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in 2014, bomb attacks killed 34 people in Volgograd, also in southern Russia, and “we were very worried about attacks” during the event, Boniface said.FSB director Alexander Bortnikov revealed last month that a number of planned attacks had been thwarted ahead of the World Cup warm-up event the Confederations Cup in June.– Human rights concerns –The new part of Domodedovo International Airport, outside Moscow, will open before the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament, one of many sensitive areas that could be targeted by terrorists © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVIn 2016 Russia set up an international “working group” charged with overseeing safety at the World Cup and bringing together the security services of 32 countries, despite diplomatic tensions between Moscow and the West, Bortnikov said.“Every country is sending delegations and the common cause of the fight against terrorists goes beyond any disagreement they might have,” Boniface added.Saint Petersburg police last week began deploying dogs trained to sniff out explosives on the underground network, while a list of sensitive areas which will be kept under particularly close watch — including luxury hotels, training grounds and tourist areas of host cities — was published.Although the authorities remain tight lipped on the details of the World Cup security plan, deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko has announced that at least 30 billion rubles (445 million euros, $512 million) will be spent by Russia in this area.A decree concerning “strengthened security measures during the Confederations Cup and the World Cup” signed by President Vladimir Putin came into force this June and will be applied again from May 25 to July 25 next year.The decree includes measures limiting the right to protest and curbing driving in the tournament’s 11 host cities, as well as introducing no-fly zones and forbidding entering these cities by bus without a special permit.Human Rights Watch said it was “impossible not to be concerned” by aspects of the increased safety measures.“We have already seen the consequences of the presidential decree,” its Russia researcher Yulia Gorbunova told AFP, pointing to the 33 people arbitrarily detained during the Confederations Cup.“There are reasons to believe that during the World Cup (these restrictions) will be all the more severe,” she said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea defender David Luiz: I’m happy to play through Christmas programme

first_imgChelsea defender David Luiz: I’m happy to play through Christmas programmeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says they must embrace the busy Christmas programme.Indeed, Luiz admis he enjoys playing through the festive period.He said, “I prefer to play games than train so for sure I enjoy a lot,’ is the Brazilian’s view of a packed period which continues today against Leicester.”Sometimes I try to understand the life as a coach and I know how hard it is to think about every single one and to try to organise everything for everybody,’ he continued. ‘Every day he has to live and breathe the oxygen of the club and to think just about this, and you cannot stop like in the other leagues where you have a week off.”I understand his situation but now I am a player so I am going to try to get some time with my family because they came from Brazil to here and they are at home, so I am going to have some presents and some nice moments with my family because during the year they are far from me.”So this is good, and for sure the best gift we can give to Mr Sarri is to win games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoWest Ham defender Diop up for Man Utd test

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham defender Diop up for Man Utd testby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham defender Issa Diop is looking forward to their clash with Manchester United.The Hammers cruised to a 3-1 victory in September last year with the 22-year-old centre-back being singled out for praise by then-Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after the game.He told Sky Sports: “We did a very good game, winning 3-1 but for me it was not perfect because we conceded a goal so I wasn’t very happy.”Personally I don’t think I played a very good game and when I reviewed it, I saw what I did wrong and this year I am going to try to improve on it.”I think I am already a better player, I have more experience but I still need to improve and will continue to work towards that.” last_img read more

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8 days ago​Nketiah proud of Arsenal teammate Willock

first_img​Nketiah proud of Arsenal teammate Willockby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah says that he is delighted for his teammate Joe Willock for breaking into the first team.While Nketiah is on loan at Championship side Leeds United, Willock has grabbed his chance to show what he can do in the Premier League.Rather than feeling envious towards Willock, Nketiah is very happy for the player who he considers a good friend.”I’m really proud of him,” said Nketiah to reporters. “I try to keep an eye out for my friends and keep an eye on Arsenal because I’m a fan of the club.”He’s been doing really well, he has scored a few goals this season and he’s kicked on and is playing matches in the Premier League. I’m delighted for him and hopefully he can continue and push on from there.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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