‘We are all Koulibaly’: Napoli fans don masks in support

first_imgNapoli’s French-born player Koulibaly was targeted by monkey noises and racist chants at the San Siro on Wednesday, before being sent off for sarcastically applauding the referee.Serie A returned to action three days after the violent clashes in Milan during which an Inter supporter died after being hit by a car.And fans showed their solidarity with Koulibaly, wearing masks with the player’s face, as well as t-shirts bearing his name.The home fans also displayed a banner on front of the stadium, “We are all Koulibaly: no to racism!,” with fliers in the stadium “Koulibaly big brother” or “We’re with you Kalidou”.Among them a very young fan held up a poster with: “I’m small, but a man like Koulibaly”.On the pitch, Napoli’s Algerian defender Faouzi Ghoulam wore Koulibaly’s number 26 shirt in warm-up with the Senegalese player suspended after his sending off on Wednesday.A Napoli fan holds a portrait of Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly reading “We are all Kalidou”. © AFP / Carlo Hermann“It doesn’t matter the colour of the skin. It doesn’t matter religion. It doesn’t matter what team you’re rooting for. Football, like all sports, is a game. And all the games are passion, fun, freedom: And in freedom we are all alike! Tomorrow we will all be koulibaly!,” Ghoulam tweeted before the match.European football governing body UEFA said that the correct anti-racism protocol had not been followed during the midweek game.And Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti said Saturday they would have been in favour of the match being suspended temporarily.“There was a bit of confusion after Milan, we never asked for the suspension, but three times a temporary interruption.“UEFA confirmed that we are right, it surprises me that the president of the referees federation disagrees.“I hope it will never happen again or we will walk off the pitch.”Ancelotti added: “50,000 people calling Koulibaly’s name is quite a show, there has been a good feeling throughout the city.“Kalidou is very popular, he has had messages from many sportsmen and it is a sign that it is not so difficult to improve things.”Meanwhile, there were also banners before Saturday’s match between Parma and Roma in memory of 39-year-old Inter Milan supporter Daniele Belardinelli, who was killed during the pre-match clashes.“Ciao Dede” and “an ultra never dies, Daniele with us” were two of the banners remembering Belardinelli who had been banned from the San Siro between 2007 and 2017 for violence.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Napoli fans hold portraits of Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly who was the victim of racist abuse. © AFP / Carlo HermannMILAN, Italy, Dec 30 – Thousands of Napoli fans showed their support for Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly who was subjected to racist chanting at Inter Milan in midweek by wearing masks and holding up his picture before their team’s Serie A game against Bologna on Saturday.Posters with the message “Siamo Tutti Koulibaly” (“We are all Koulibaly”) were visible throughout the Stadio San Paolo during the game which the hosts won 3-2.last_img read more

World Cup spirit in Soweto

first_imgSouth African and foreign fans get thevuvuzela noise going at the Fifa Fan Festin Soweto.(Image: Nosimilo Ramela)MEDIA CONTACTS• Wolfgang Eichler, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 2010 471media-sa@fifa.org• Delia Fischer, Fifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010 or +27 11 567 2524media-sa@fifa.org • Jermaine Craig, Media Manager2010 Fifa World CupLocal Organising Committee+27 11 567 2010 or +27 83 201 0121jermaine.craig@2010oc.com RELATED ARTICLES• SA fan to break attendance record• 2010 World Cup, New York style• Exciting start to World Cup• World Cup begins on a high note• The vuvuzela: Bafana’s 12th manNosimilo RamelaWhile over 90 000 football fans were having the time of their lives as South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup kicked off at the iconic Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg on Friday, eight kilometres away, in the heart of Soweto township, another 40 000 were getting into the tournament spirit with the Fifa Fan Fest.Elkah Stadium in Moroka, Soweto, is one of the two Fan Fests venues in Johannesburg; the other is to the north of the city, in the upmarket Sandton area. On Friday locals and foreign visitors braved the winter cold to enjoy the atmosphere as they watched first the colourful opening ceremony on the huge screen, and then the intense clash between South Africa and Mexico.“This is history in the making. I wouldn’t miss it for anything,” said Sindiswa Mgoza from Pimville, Soweto. “Watching it at a fan fest with thousands of fellow South Africans and football lovers from all over the world makes it even more special.“We are sharing our cultures and making history – and what better place to do that than in Soweto, where freedom fighters such as Mandela once lived.”The streets of Soweto were a blaze of green and yellow as crowds wearing South African football jerseys sang, waved the national flag and blew on noisy vuvuzela trumpets as they made their way to the festival. The stadium opened at 10am, with a stage for live performances from local and international artists, the huge screen, and plenty to eat and drink.Marquees set up throughout the stadium offered visitors traditional South African food such as steamed bread and tripe, pap ‘n vleis (stiff porridge and meat) and boerewors rolls. Security was tight, with a large contingent of officers keeping order all day and through the night.People came with their families, carrying blankets for children and camp chairs for the elderly. Many came early to get the prime spot in front of the screen. “We arrived here at 11:30am,” said Mathato Molefe from Jabulani, Soweto. “We didn’t want to rush, and get stuck coming in, as we came with our elderly mother and kids.”Molefe and her family were all wearing South African football jerseys, hats, scarves, and jackets with the national colours, carrying vuvuzelas and South African flags. “We are very proud of our country, and are excited to see the first African World Cup being played in our own back yard.”William Hamilton from England came to the fan fest with friends from Australia, the US and South Africa. “We just had to come and watch the opening game in Soweto,” he said. “This is a historical event and this township and its people are a major part of this country’s history. Being here for us is like being at the centre of the making of history.”Hamilton said he and his friends were loving Soweto. “The people here are really amazing. They know how to have fun. The dancing and singing has really put us in the spirit of an African World Cup.”Getting into the jiveA few hours before the kickoff, as people slowly filled up the stadium, local artist Chommee opened the entertainment with her dancers jiving to her hit songs such as Jive Sexy and Fly the Flag, while the crowd danced and sang along.When Somali-Canadian artist K’naan took the stage to sing his anthemic Wavin’ Flag the queues at the food stalls evaporated as everyone headed to the stage. The crowds went into wild cheers and flags flew high as everyone held hands and sang along – many with tears in their eyes – just 10 minutes before the game began.“This song brought all of us to tears,” said Nosihle Mthembu. “K’naan gave such an emotional performance. I’m sure there wasn’t a dry tear in the entire stadium, in fact in all of Soweto. I’m sure they could hear him and us from every corner.”Let the games beginThe air was thick with anticipation as the whistle blew to start the first game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The tension was palpable, people screaming and gasping, as the game picked up and the two teams tried for goal. There were passionate celebrations when South African striker Simphiwe Tshabalala scored the first goal of the tournament, putting his country in the lead.“We are well on our way now,” said Thabiso Mokoena. “Tshabalala has just rewarded every South African for all their efforts putting this World Cup together, and for all of us cheering fans, who have come out in numbers to blow our vuvuzelas and wave our flags.”Though the game ended in a 1-1 draw, there was still a sense of victory for the successful launch of South Africa’s – and Africa’s – first Fifa World Cup, with an amazing opening ceremony and a cracking opening goal. “At the end of the day we scored the first goal; we opened this tournament with an electric goal,” said Mokoena.The families made their way home after the game, while the youngsters stayed to enjoy the festivities as local DJs played through to midnight – and the beer queues grew longer.last_img read more

Nowitzki, Mavs hand Nuggets damaging loss in tight West race

first_imgDallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea (5), center Dwight Powell (7) and center Dirk Nowitzki (41) celebrate a basket by Powell during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Dallas, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki drained his first five 3-pointers to put the Dallas Mavericks in position to hand the Denver Nuggets a damaging loss in the tight Western Conference playoff race.Denver coach Michael Malone figures his players should have known better than to let the 39-year-old in his 20th season do that.ADVERTISEMENT “No disrespect to Dirk Nowitzki, but the one thing he can still do at a high level is shoot the ball and we give him five 3s,” Malone said after the Mavericks’ 118-107 win Tuesday night. “It was just a very undisciplined effort and that is what happens when you are undisciplined on the road.”Yogi Ferrell, a second-year guard whose career in Dallas started on a 10-day contract last season, made his first six 3s while finishing 6 of 7 from long range and 9 of 11 overall for a season-high 24 points. Nowitzki was 5 of 7 from deep and had 17 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWilson Chandler scored 21 points for the Nuggets, who couldn’t follow up a win at Cleveland with a chance to sweep a three-game road trip. Now they play LeBron James and company on the second night of a back-to-back for the second time in five days.Dallas split the season series with Denver, with both teams winning both home games. The Nuggets are among seven teams battling for the final five playoff spots in the West. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “My message was very simple: Tonight was unacceptable,” Malone said. “It’s one thing to miss shots and to make mistakes, but it’s another thing to go out there and just kind of go through the motions. And I don’t think we can have that right now.”Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 18 points and a career-high 11 assists as the Mavericks won for just the second time in nine games. Dallas shot 56 percent from 3 (15 of 27) while Denver was at 31 percent (11 of 36) after making 19 of 35 in the win over the Cavaliers.Nerlens Noel had a season-high 14 rebounds for Dallas, his only other game in double digits since the opener. He missed 42 games after surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb.“This is a great win for us, especially with a team that is trying to get in the playoffs,” Ferrell said. “We lived in the paint, we played together and that’s the biggest thing for us.”TIP-INSNuggets: Will Barton had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. … Seven players scored in double figures. Paul Millsap had 12, Gary Harris scored 11 and there was a trip at 10 points apiece: Mason Plumlee, Trey Lyles and Malik Beasley.ADVERTISEMENT Serena Williams set for 1st-round match at Indian Wells Mavericks: G Wesley Matthews missed his second straight game with a left hip injury. … Doug McDermott and Harrison Barnes had 15 points apiece, and Dwight Powell scored 14.HARRIS HOMECOMINGDevin Harris played the Mavericks for the first time since a trade deadline deal that sent him to the Nuggets. After waving to the crowd following a video tribute late in the first quarter, Harris entered the game for the first time. He reached 10,000 points for his career in the first half and finished with seven points.The 14th-year guard started his career with the Mavericks, who traded for him in the fifth spot in the 2004 draft. The Mavs traded him to the Nets to re-acquire Jason Kidd in 2008, and he was sent to Utah in 2011. Harris spent one year in Atlanta before returning to Dallas in 2013.COACH’S DECISIONNikola Jokic, who had 29 points and 18 rebounds in one of the wins over Dallas in Denver, had four points and nine boards. He was 0 of 4 from 3, including a couple of forced shots from behind the arc in the third quarter. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter. “I don’t know what to say,” Jokic said. “I think that’s a normal thing. That’s the coach’s decision.”JERSEY SPONSORThe Mavericks became the 21st team with a jersey sponsor when they announced a three-year deal with Dallas-based online marketplace 5miles. The LA Clippers were the 20th team with an announcement earlier in the day on a deal with the online dating site bumble.UP NEXTNuggets: Host the Cavaliers on Wednesday after winning 126-117 on Saturday in Cleveland.Mavericks: Three days off before another home game against Memphis on Saturday. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivinglast_img read more

Islanders Hang On, Beat Sabres, 3-2

first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. — This time, the New York Islanders made a 3-0 lead stick in Buffalo. Barely.Mikhail Grabovski’s snap shot from the slot midway through the second period stood up as the difference for the Islanders, who built a three-goal edge and then hung on for a 3-2 victory Feb. 8.That was a switch from New York’s previous visit on Dec. 27, when the Sabres won 4-3 in a shootout by overcoming a 3-0 third-period deficit.The stinging memories of that last outcome briefly started filtering back after Buffalo rallied for two goals in a 2:24 span late in the second period.“We’ve got a clear-cut 3-on-2 and (Casey) Cizikas walks right down the gut and could’ve made it 4-1, and at that time you’re thinking, ‘Can you bury that one?’” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “We know what happened here last time, but we didn’t give them that much in that period.”Nor all game, for that matter.Playing their third game in four nights and after losing three regulars to injuries in a 2-1 loss at Boston on Feb. 7, the Islanders regrouped by relying on their defense. They limited the Sabres to two shots over the final 25 minutes in a game New York outshot Buffalo 31-10.“I don’t think there was any panic,” Islanders captain John Tavares said. “When you’re faced with a little adversity, you’ve just got to find a way to overcome it.”Rookie Anders Lee and Colin McDonald also scored. Travis Hamonic had two assists in helping New York (34-18-1) earn its second win in six games and vault into first place in the Metropolitan Division.McDonald scored after he and Harry Zolnierczyk were called up from AHL Bridgeport. They filled in after forwards Michael Grabner and Cal Clutterbuck (both upper-body injuries) and defenseman Calvin de Haan (cut to the forehead) were hurt against Boston.Marcus Foligno had a goal and assist in his first game after missing 19 with a hand injury. Drew Stafford also scored for Buffalo (16-35-3), which was also playing its third game in three days. Buffalo was coming off a 3-2 win over Dallas on Feb. 7, and dropped to 2-16 in its past 18.The inability to generate any offensive momentum cost a team that’s averaging a league-worst 1.7 goals per game.“A 2-0 lead would’ve been something that we could’ve battled back from,” Foligno said. “When it gets to three goals, it’s a little bit tougher.”And yet the Sabres were in the game after Foligno scored at the 12:33 mark of the second period by crashing the net after goalie Jaroslav Halak was unable to control a rebound off Nikita Zadorov’s shot from the left wing.Foligno then set up Stafford by chipping the puck at the Islanders blue line to send in Stafford on a breakaway.The Sabres squandered an opportunity to tie the game in the opening minute of the third period, when they failed to get a shot on net during a 33-second two-man advantage.Defenseman Thomas Hickey played a key role on the penalty kill by blocking Tyler Ennis’ one-timer from the right circle, and then breaking up a pass through the middle.The Islanders appeared in full control when Hamonic set up Grabovski alone in the slot 11:22 into the second period.He scored 62 seconds after Lee stuffed in a loose puck into the left side — and after Hamonic missed just wide on tap-in attempt at the right post.McDonald opened the scoring 16:19 into the game by converting Cizikas’ pass through the middle.“I was waiting for my opportunity, and you just never really know when you’re going to get it,” said McDonald, who appeared in just his third NHL game this season after having eight goals and 10 assists in 70 games last year.(JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Prince Charles Talks Climate At World Islamic Economic Forum

first_imgThe Prince of Wales used his keynote speech at the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum in London this week to warn of the dangers of climate change, as well as the depletion of natural resources, and how big businesses often contributed to the problem.The Prince of Wales delivers his address during a reception and gala dinner at the end of the opening day of the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum in London.Credit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/His Royal Highness, a fervent supporter of action on climate change, told the gathering of 1,800 political and business leaders from over 115 countries the deterioration of “nature’s capital reserves” like water and soils can cause direct impacts on food and energy security.“The tragic conflict in Syria provides a terrifyingly graphic example, where a severe drought for the last seven years has decimated Syria’s rural economy, driving many farmers off their fields and into cities where, already, food was in short supply.” he said. “This depletion of natural capital, inexplicably, little reported in the media, was a significant contributor to the social tension that exploded with such desperate results.”The Prince said financial institutions needed to treat “natural capital” with the same importance as financial capital for the strain on the planet’s natural resources to be eased.“It is clear from the Koran, and indeed the Bible too, that humanity has a sacred responsibility for the stewardship of the Earth,” he said. “The time then has surely come for our financial institutions to recognise that the Earth is not a limitless resource that can be plundered at will, and to integrate that principle of stewardship into our financial structures.”He said Islamic banking, or alternative banking, could provide the answers where conventional “banking could not, given Islam’s emphasis on the moral economy”.The Prince said there was a welcome emphasis in Islamic finance that wider ethical and moral codes could not be separated from business.“We each have a scared duty of care towards the Earth,” The Prince said. “It calls upon us to shoulder this work together.”The event, which lasts for two days, is being held outside a Muslim country for the first time.Several major Islamic world leaders are attending, including King Abdullah of Jordan, the Sultan of Brunei and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.The Prince met delegates before taking to the lectern and while much of the discussion was on congratulating The Prince on the arrival of his grandson Prince George, it primarily focused on the desire to forge business links in the UK.Maybank Islamic Chairman Dato’Seri Ismail Shahudin, who chairs Malaysia’s biggest bank, said he had met The Prince before and had always appreciated his desire for business to look out for those less fortunate.“One of the things that struck me was his passion for helping the youth,” he said. “One of the things that is typical of Islamic banking is to help others and not just profit from it.”Guest speaker and prominent Egyptian architect Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil said the importance of holding the forum in London could not be understated.“The Prince coming here is a positive event at a time when everybody’s trying to create schisms,” he said.Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uklast_img read more

Angelique Kidjo Meets Syrian And Lebanese Youth In Refugee Settlements

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and three time Grammy Award winner, Angelique Kidjo, met with Syrian and Lebanese youth in refugee settlements in Lebanon to mark World Youth Skills Day on Saturday 15 July.Angelique Kidjo engages with children in the Housh el Refka informal settlement, Bekaa ValleyCredit/Copyright: UNICEF//Ibarra Sanchez“Supporting the hopes of children and young people has never been more important – Their future is our future” said Angelique Kidjo after speaking to Syrian and Lebanese children and young people in the Bekaa Valley.To mark World Youth Skills Day, Kidjo visited projects implemented by a UNICEF youth partner, the Lebanese NGO LOST (Lebanese Organisation for Studies and Training) in and around Zahle in the Bekaa valley. Kidjo spoke to the children and young people about the challenges they face in pursuing an education, finding opportunities, living in refugee settlements and breaking down barriers between the two communities.Kidjo took part in a Life Skills Training and attended focus group discussions with young women whose lives have been improved thanks to a practical skills training, preparing them for the job market.“Meeting with the girls and boys, the young men and women, you sense how hard they need to fight to hold on to a hope of a dignified future in their circumstances, At the same time, you know that what they need is within reach. Today I’ve actually seen how the training provided is bearing fruit, improving the lives of these inspiring young men and women,” Kidjo said.Lebanon, a country which already faces a number of challenges, has been heavily affected by the conflict in neighbouring Syria. More than one in four people in the country are now refugees; the highest proportion per capita of any country in the world.The sheer number of refugees is putting an enormous strain on the labour market and the education sector, with general poverty on the rise.“Some of the most pressing issues facing Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian youth are deprivation, discrimination and even a fear of the other. That’s why UNICEF is bringing together youth from all communities, particularly girls and young women, equipping them with skills and knowledge that enable them to participate in the labor market, as well as overcome persistent social and cultural divides,” said Tanya Chapuisat, Representative of UNICEF Lebanon.On a regional level, more than six years into an unprecedented turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, the optimism among young Arabs is waning, they feel overlooked by policymakers, and see unemployment and extremisms as the biggest problems in the region. Youth in Lebanon, be they Lebanese, Syrian or Palestinian, are no exception from the rule and often don’t have the opportunity of playing an active, positive role in the society they live in.There are one million people aged between 15 and 24 in Lebanon, or one in six. Among Lebanese youth, the unemployment rate is 35%. The picture of opportunities facing Syrian youth is even bleaker. Only a small minority is able to generate an income, and more than nine in ten Syrians aged 15-24 are not enrolled in any formal education. Building skills and capacity, and empowering youth is therefore a driving principle of UNICEF’s work in Lebanon.“If you want to build a durable foundation for stability in the future in the Middle East, what do you do? You work with youth and you make sure they get an education and the means of securing what’s needed for them to live a decent life,” said Kidjo, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2002.last_img read more