Middle East braces for bleak Ramadan as virus threat lingers

first_imgRamadan is a period for bothself-reflection and socializing. Believers fast from dawn to dusk and thengather around a family or community meal each evening of Islam’s holiest month,which begins later this week and ends with Eid al-Fitr festivities. TEHRAN – From cancelled “iftar” feaststo suspended mosque prayers, Muslims across the Middle East are bracing for ableak month of Ramadan fasting as the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic lingers. But this year, the fast-spreading novelcoronavirus threatens to dampen Ramadan like never before, with millions lockeddown across the Middle East – from Saudi Arabia and Lebanon to the battle zonesof Libya, Iraq and Yemen. (AFP)center_img Ramadan is considered an auspicious period to travel to Mecca to perform the year-round umrah pilgrimage, which Saudi authorities suspended last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving the usually packed area around the sacred Kaaba empty. AFPlast_img read more

Newcastle to prioritise deal for Real Madrid’s star after takeover

first_img Promoted ContentWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureAwesome Caricatures Of 23 Marvel HeroesFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became CloseThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art The report adds that Spurs have now missed their opportunity of a first refusal on the player, who has only scored two goals in La Liga this season and none since the 2-2 draw at Villarreal in early September.Newcastle have also been linked with a swoop for Barcelona-owned playmaker Philippe Coutinho, with El Mundo Deportivo recently claiming the Brazilian could move to St. James’s Park after the club’s intended appointment of Mauricio Pochettino to replace incumbent Steve Bruce.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bale remained at Madrid beyond the January transfer window despite reports linking him with a return to Tottenham, while a transfer to China collapsed last summer.There is a stress on the recurring issue that Bale’s wage packet makes any move extremely difficult, with an MLS side or Premier League club the most likely to move but with Newcastle set to become one of the richest clubs in the world, a move is now feasible. Newcastle United will make signing out-of-favour Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale a priority once their Saudi-backed takeover bid goes through, reports Marca.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… Read Also: EPL restart suffers setback as Brighton confirm third COVID-19 caselast_img read more

JUST-IN: Mbappe goes on crutches as Champions League looms

first_img “Everyone is worried. Everyone who saw the foul is worried. Of course I’m worried,” stressed Tuchel after his team’s 1-0 win. “We have to be patient because we don’t have any news. I think he will undergo tests tonight.” A tearful Mbappe was replaced by Pablo Sarabia but the greater concern for PSG will be the severity of his injury ahead of next month’s Champions League quarter-final against Atalanta in Lisbon. Loading… Kylian Mbappe on crutches after the trophy ceremonyHe reemerged from the Stade de France tunnel later in the second half on crutches.“It’s the third game against Saint-Etienne and it’s a third red card, each time in the first 30 minutes,” added Tuchel.“It’s not all good news for us.”PSG face Lyon in the French League Cup final next Friday before resuming their European campaign in a unique straight knockout tournament at the Estadio da Luz on August 12.“I hope Kylian is going to recover as quickly as possible because he’s a vital player for us,” said PSG captain Thiago Silva.Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini said he was “sorry” to hear of Mbappe’s injury and hoped it was “nothing serious” ahead of next month’s European clash. Read Also: Premier League start date for 2020-21 season revealedSaint-Etienne boss Claude Puel admitted the forward was simply too quick for the 34-year-old Perrin.“I hope it’s a minor injury for Kylian. The intention was to play the ball but it’s true that he was too fast,” said Puel.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe was forced off after a clumsy tackle by Saint-Etienne defender Loic Perrin in the first half of Friday’s French Cup final with an ankle injury. Reacting moments after the match coach Thomas Tuchel said “everyone is worried” after the French star hobbled off  the pitch. Mbappe received lengthy treatment but was eventually substituted after his right ankle was caught by a clumsy Perrin challenge that resulted in a red card for the centre-back in likely his final game for Saint-Etienne.Advertisement Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The Worldlast_img read more

COVID19: England boss Southgate takes 30% wage cut as FA revenue hit

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians England manager Gareth Southgate has agreed a 30 per cent wage reduction according to British media reports after the FA’s CEO Mark Bullingham said on Monday that its highest earners would take significant pay cuts during the coronavirus crisis. The pandemic has brought English football to a standstill and Bullingham said the lack of international matches and FA Cup games will cost the country’s soccer governing body around 100 million pounds. “In the spirit of those on higher salaries taking the greater responsibility, the senior management team have agreed to cut their pay by 15%, with the highest earners in the organisation agreeing to reduce their pay by up to 30%,” Bullingham said in a statement here on the FA website. “We are proposing that all employees earning 50,000 pounds or more per annum will take a temporary pay reduction of 7.5%,” he said, adding that the FA could lose more than 150 million pounds in revenue if the situation does not stabilise soon. “We’re also looking into what options are available to us through the government’s furlough scheme as a contingency plan while we continue to plan for the return of football, once it is safe to do so.” The Times reported that Southgate would take a wage cut of 225,000 pounds over the next three months, while England Women’s team manager Phil Neville and the men’s England under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd will take reductions in the region of 15 per cent to 30 per cent. The FA decision contrasts with the approach of some Premier League clubs, such as league leaders Liverpool, who said they would be using the government’s job retention scheme to pay some non-playing staff who are furloughed. Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Norwich City have taken similar decisions, sparking criticism from the government who have taken a dim view of millionaire players and managers not taking wage cuts while the league is suspended. Reuters/NAN.Tags: COVID-19Football AssociationGareth SouthgateMark Bullinghamlast_img read more

Ibrahimovic shrugs off coughing fit, trains with Swedish clubside

first_imgRelatedPosts Manchester United defender tackles thief in Sweden AC Milan coach brushes off Ibrahimovic’s angry reaction to substitution AC Milan produce another fightback to sink Parma AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been training with Swedish club Hammarby as the global football shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic continues.Even a brief bout of coughing did not appear to trouble him as he practised his shooting.Former Sweden forward Ibrahimovic, who is his country’s record goal-scorer and owns a stake in the top-flight Stockholm club, took a full part in the training session.It was a session which had a mixture of bright sunshine and brief showers of snow and hail.With Italy in lockdown and Serie A and other major football leagues closed for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ibrahimovic has returned to Stockholm.In Sweden, authorities are taking a somewhat more lax approach.Plenty of businesses have been allowed to remain open and gatherings of up to 50 people are still allowed, with many of the country’s elite football clubs back in training.“He asked if he could keep himself going with us and we obviously said `yes’. I don’t know how long he is going to train with us and that obviously depends on what happens in the world,” Hammarby chairman Richard von Yxkull told SVT last week.As the Easter Monday session drew to a close, the 38-year-old had a brief bout of coughing as he prepared to take part in a final shooting exercise.But he recovered quickly and began smashing powerful shots and volleys into the top corner.Reuters/NAN. Tags: HammarbySwedenZlatan Ibrahimoviclast_img

Annual Olympic Day 10K Team Run and Fun Walk-Jog-Run set for Sunday

first_imgTHE Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), in collaboration with the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) will host the annual 10K Team Run and Fun Walk-Jog-Run on Sunday, starting at 06:00hrs outside the YMCA on Thomas Lands.Organisations and individual members of the public are all invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded for participants in the team event.Teams must comprise four male and two female runners. The first four hundred persons to arrive on Sunday morning will receive an Olympic Day 2017 T-shirt.Registration forms can be obtained at Olympic House on High Street, Kingston. However, persons can also register right at the event on Sunday, by simply turning up with their walking or running shoes, ready to participate.Moving off from in front of the YMCA building, the route proceeds north on Camp Street to Carifesta Avenue, east on Carifesta Avenue and the Rupert Craig Highway to Liliendaal (where marshals will indicate the turning point). On the way back the procession turns off south into Vlissengen Road and then east into Thomas Lands and back to the YMCA.The event is held in commemoration of the annual World Olympic Day, which is held every year on June 23 since 1948.In 1978 the celebration of Olympic Day was included in the Olympic Charter – encouraging all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to organise activities which promote the Olympic Movement. In 1987 forty-five NOCs participated in the first Olympic Day 10K runs.last_img read more

GBA writes Government, GOA on Olympic Qualifiers preparation

first_imgTHE Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) has started early canvassing for support to prepare a team for next year’s Olympic Qualifiers and to send one to the Caribbean Championship.GBA last week dispatched letters to the Government of Guyana and the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) outlining its intention to send a four-man team to the Olympic Qualifiers set for March 26 to April 3 in Argentina.In the letter to the GOA, seen by Chronicle Sport, GBA president Steve Ninvalle declared that there must be a genuinely serious approach to preparation of athletes if the country is to claim medals at major international competitions.“The Qualifier for the Americas will be held in Buenos Aries, Argentina from March 26 to April 3, 2020 and we cannot overstate the importance of Guyana’s participation at this event, which is included in our four-year programme.GBA president Steve NinvalleThe GBA also shares the widely embraced view that boxing is still Guyana’s best chance at gaining a medal at the Olympics. However, there must be a genuinely serious approach to the preparation of athletes in order for that view to become reality.With this in mind, GBA is now requesting that you explore the possibility of funding for overseas preparation of the boxers through the Olympic Solidarity, Pan American Sport Organisation and the GOA.“Sir, it is only apposite that if we call on our boxers to compete against the best in the world with any measure of success, then we should provide the tools that will allow them to participate competitively.“After careful deliberation our Coaches Commission recommended a two-month preparation stint at the High Performance National Centre in Girardo Cordoba Cardin, Cuba or any other suitable location, for the four boxers. There they will  be exposed to a wealth of sparring partners, techniques, appropriate equipment and will rub shoulders on a daily basis with some of the best fighters in the world.” Ninvalle wroteA similar letter was dispatched to the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones. According to Ninvalle, GOA president K. Juman-Yassin gave his usual prompt reply and has since been advising the association on the way forward.“To put it mildly we are encouraged by the response from the GOA president who has always been supportive of our efforts.“It is because of Mr Yassin that Keevin Allicock could have prepared in Cuba for the Pan Am Games and brought us so close to a medal,” Ninvalle said.Both Yassin and Jones were furnished with a budget for the overseas preparation for the Olympic Qualifiers.In addition, Ninvalle warned that Guyana will obviously relinquish the Caribbean Crown if it fields a small team to the Caribbean Championships to be held in Trinidad and Tobago from December 6 to 9.“This year Guyana will be going for a double. Last year we won the Senior and Junior Caribbean Championships. This year we have already retained the Juniors (Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors).  We will have to send a team of at least 16 boxers if we are to retain the senior Caribbean title that we worked so hard to achieve,” Ninvalle stated.The GBA head, who is also vice-president of the Americas Boxing Confederation, noted that Barbados has already registered a team of 20 while the host nation will have no less than a 30-man strong team.  Guyana will select a squad following the Terrence Alli National Open, scheduled for next month-end.last_img read more

Heisler: Kyle Kuzma, last of the young Lakers, is still here … barely

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Clippers basically got Morris for their 2020 first-round pick, along with Moe Harkless and 2018 first-rounder Jerome Robinson.With the Lakers unable to give up a No. 1, the Knicks asked for Kyle Kuzma and were turned down.Meanwhile, speculation was rife that the Lakers had to get something, anything, for Kuzma. Once their darling, he’s now a reserve averaging only 11.6 points off the bench and shooting but 42 percent from the field and 32 percent from 3-point range.Worse, the Lakers will have to pay him when his contract expires in 2021 … the same year as Giannis Antetokounmpo’s.Kuzma, who noted he was “consumed” by the trade babble, said Kobe Bryant once told him the time to worry was when no one talked about him. “And,” Kuzma added, “I’m the talk of the town.”It’s a new era. Had Kuzma left, the Lakers wouldn’t have a player they developed on their roster, aside from this season’s G League auxiliaries, and, if you want to count him, Alex Caruso, who wasn’t drafted and came up through the South Bay Lakers.Royalty that the Lakers had been, they had historically hit it out of the park in the draft from Elgin Baylor and Jerry West to Magic Johnson, James Worthy and, after a draft-day trade, Bryant.They’re now back to betting all they have on free agents such as LeBron James, or players like Anthony Davis nearing the end of contracts, who can demand a deal and choose a destination.This is actually a return to the Laker Way. Not many teams can rely on stealing other people’s stars, but the Lakers once did as the stars’ destination of choice, purloining Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal and Pau Gasol along with Bryant, by signing them, forcing a trade for them … or, as with then-GM Jerry West and Kobe, outsmarting someone to get them.Unfortunately for the Lakers, these things run in cycles. Their down period was overdue, arriving with a resounding thud when Bryant blew out his Achilles in the spring of 2013.Kobe’s comeback in the 2013-14 season lasted six games as the Lakers set a franchise record for losses (55) … which they broke the next season (61) … and the one after that (65).Suddenly, free agents were no longer interested. In 2015, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge rolled his eyes at a Lakers presentation but gave them a second chance at the urging of Arn Tellem, his Lakers-friendly agent.That didn’t go so well either. Aldridge wound up going to tiny-market San Antonio, where he remains still.A year later, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, whom the Lakers had dreamed of for years, went on the market, but wouldn’t even meet with the 17-65 Lakers.The Lakers were left to start over, agonizing as that would be, welcoming a series of lottery picks … none of whom remains a Laker.JULIUS RANDLE (No. 7 overall pick in 2014)Randle broke his leg in his debut and played one game of his rookie season, but he turned into a double-double machine. In an astounding move overlooked in the excitement surrounding James’ 2018 arrival, Magic cut Julius in a snit with his agent, getting nothing for him.D’ANGELO RUSSELL (No. 2 overall pick in 2015)Immature as well as talented, he lasted two seasons before Magic sent him to Brooklyn with Timofey Mozgov for Brook Lopez and the pick that became Kuzma in 2017.With Ball’s 2017 arrival, Magic showed D’Lo the door, noting, “We want to thank him for what he did for us, but what I needed was a leader.”INGRAM (No. 2 in 2016)Another Lakers fave because he worked so hard, despite missing 56 games in three seasons. He’s now breaking out, averaging 25 points in New Orleans, where he was sent as part of the package for Davis.BALL (No. 2 in 2017)Now starting to happen, too, after going to New Orleans for A.D.That 2017 draft was the first for Johnson and Rob Pelinka, who replaced Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak.Johnson was dazzled by Ball, the UCLA phenom, but Lonzo missed 52 games in two seasons while showing off a bizarre shooting stroke and making just 56 percent of his free throws … as his father, LaVar, ran his mouth. (Thank heavens, that’s over.)Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Nevertheless, Johnson was changing direction to go back to pursuing free agents … a natural for Magic, an icon in his own right with his effusive personality. For all the things Magic got wrong before fleeing, he hit the all-time daily double, recruiting James, who has since recruited Davis.Yet to be seen is whether there are more stars the Lakers can get to become a super team once more … like Antetokounmpo, who has signaled he will leave Milwaukee if the team doesn’t produce.The Bucks are producing spectacularly, but it’s not a race you want to find yourself left out of if there is one.It also remains to be seen if James will give up the millions of dollars needed … but the Lakers are sufficiently in tune with LeBron’s people to know.Kuzma is still here, the Last Young Laker. If it seems easy to fix him with more minutes than his current 25 per game after he averaged 20 points and shot 47 percent in six starts, it doesn’t seem urgent to Coach Frank Vogel, who plays him more if he’s hot and sits him more when he’s not.So, enjoy that blonde hairdo while ye may. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Where have all the young Lakers gone, long time passing?Thursday’s trade deadline saw the Lakers’ roster remain unchanged despite all the talk about stuff they had to do … like going small, despite how well they had done going huge … or signing the retired Darren Collison as a backup point guard, despite the presence of the capable Rajon Rondo.In the really bad news for the Lakers, the Clippers beat them out for the handiest player for teams in win-now mode, New York’s Marcus Morris, the NBA’s No. 5 3-point shooter at 44 percent, whose expiring contract won’t put more money on next season’s salary cap.Unfortunately for the Lakers, they were out of first-round picks to trade, barred from moving two in a row, with their 2019, 2021 and 2023 picks already gone in their huge package with Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart for Anthony Davis.last_img read more

Kyle Busch makes striking remark amid brutal slump: ‘I don’t know what’s going on’

first_imgPart of Busch’s struggles might be related to practice limitations amid the pandemic, though that’s something all drivers are dealing with.The 35-year-old still hasn’t won a race this year; at this mark in the campaign in 2019 he had four victories under his belt.”It’s on your mind that we don’t have that win and haven’t really been in contention to get that win a whole lot this year,” Busch said. Busch, never afraid to vent, sounded off about his frustrations this week and acknowledged his bewilderment at his inconsistency.”There’s just no speed in our race cars for some reason,” Busch told reporters. “I don’t know what’s going on. It seemed like, even when we were mired in 10th (at Bristol on Wednesday), I was driving 110 percent just to maintain where the hell I was — not going forward.”MORE: Chase Elliott dominates All-Star Race Kyle Busch is enduring his worst NASCAR Cup Series season in years, carrying his worst average finish and lowest rank since 2014 while dealing with an uncharacteristic lack of oomph behind his No. 18 vehicle.Busch has been unable to put back-to-back positive performances together of late. He followed a sixth-place finish at Homestead with a 32nd place finish at Talladega, a fifth-place finish at Pocono with a 38th place finish at the same track and a sixth-place finish at Indianapolis with a 21st place finish at Kentucky last weekend.last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgBILL NEALI know, I know. This has nothing to do with sports, but for the love of the Almighty can someone please tell me what in the world they’re doing in the Squirrel Hill Tunnels? They shut them down time and time again and when they re-open . . . nothin! And it’s been forever!Get all your money out the bank. Yep, all $67 of it and do what I am about to tell ya. New England will beat Denver at Denver. Brady’s just better in the big ones. Much as I hate to say it, San Fran will beat the Seahawks. Kaepernick and the boys are just too strong.The Dodgers just gave Clayton Kershaw $30 million a year to pitch every 4 or 5 days.  Not every day . . . not an outfielder . . . not a homerun hitter . . . but a cat that only plays every 4 or 5 days.  That’s more money than some small countries amass in 30 years.Greg Oden is back and playing for The Heat. I hate The Heat, but let’s hope Oden can stay healthy. He deserves a break.Pitt is it in the ACC and will beat Syracuse at the dome! It’s the Big East all over again and we always play well there.YOU HAVE NOW CROSSED OVER THE FINISH LINElast_img read more