FIFA asks Iraq to host qualifiers elsewhere

first_img“FIFA informed us late Tuesday night that we must choose a new place, an alternative outside Iraq, for the scheduled match with Iran by Wednesday,” the deputy head of the Iraqi football federation, Ali Jabbar, told AFP.The Iraqi federation has received a formal letter from FIFA and is “following up on the issue,” another member of the federation confirmed.A statement from FIFA said it had assessed “the current security situation in Iraq” and informed the local federation that upcoming matches “must be played on neutral ground.”“The Iraqi Football Association has been requested to nominate a neutral venue for the said matches, which is subject to confirmation by FIFA and the AFC,” it said.The decision is a major disappointment for Iraq, which had lobbied FIFA for years to reverse a ban on hosting home internationals because of instability.Following the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the country was plunged into years of violence and no international games were hosted there.The ban was lifted by FIFA last year and Iraq hosted its first qualifier in October against Hong Kong, winning 2-0.Iraq tops its group for Asia Cup qualification with seven points, leading  Bahrain on goal difference, while Iran holds third spot with six points.Hong Kong and Cambodia each have one point.0Shares0000(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA asks Iraq to host qualifiers elsewhere after protestsBAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov 6 – Iraq has been told to find neutral venues for this month’s home qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asia Cup because of ongoing protests, officials said on Wednesday.Iraq had been due to play the two games in Basra — against Iran on November 14 and Bahrain on November 19 — but the southern port city has been caught up in the anti-government demonstrations that have swept Baghdad and the south.last_img read more

Hibernian reject second Celtic bid for star player

first_img moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND targets LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LIVING THE DREAM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST TRANSFER NEWS REVEALED Celtic have had a second bid for John McGinn rejected, Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon has confirmed.The improved offer is understood to be around £1.75million after an initial offer of £1.5m was knocked back last week. McGinn, 23, is entering the final year of his Hibs contract and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has earmarked the Scotland midfielder as a potential replacement for Stuart Armstrong, who left for Southampton.Lennon said: “We have rejected two bids from Celtic. Our club has a valuation of the player. I don’t know what that is but obviously Celtic have not met the valuation that Hibs want.”McGinn helped Hibs to their first Scottish Cup victory in 114 years in 2016 and his performances have earned him nine Scotland caps. McGinn has attracted interest from several clubs The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star last_img read more

Race to the Polls Female Candidates vs Male Candidates

Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 28th 2017: The offering of female candidates this Election season calls into question just how many women wish to participate in politics and why there isn’t more Gender Equity in the sphere of governance in The Bahamas. Looking at the parties contesting elections, we see less than one fifth of candidates contesting in two main parties are females. The Progressive Liberal Party has filed nomination papers for seven female candidates out of its 39 going up for elections this year. The Free National Movement has only four female candidates contesting seats this year, while the Democratic National Alliance has put forward 13 female candidates out of the 35 seats it is contesting. In its Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations highlights this as its fifth goal, where it calls to“Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life”, and to “Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation fArinthia Komolafe, DNA Killarney Candidateor the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels”.As to how these women are able to adequately represent gender based issues on the platform, so far candidates have put forward some messages on what their party represents DNA Candidate, Arinthia Komolafe has spoken out on violence against women. In underscoring party policy, she said the “DNA aligns itself to the fundamental principles and goals set forth by the United Nations (UN) and in particular UN Women to ensure that women and girls everywhere can live in safety, peace and dignity in their communities”.Melanie Griffin, PLP Candidate, YamacrawWhile PLP’s Social Services and Community Development Minister, Melanie Griffin, at the recently held UN’s Commission on the Status of Women meeting, outlined three initiatives that The Bahamas’ PLP government initiated to address women issues aligned with its Sustainable Development Goals.She cited the RISE programme, the establishment of the Gender and Family Affairs department, as well as the plans to improve conditions for women in the workplace by introducing: more childcare and breastfeeding facilities, andlegislation to enact social security benefits that address vulnerable groups of women, and promote gender equity in board appointments as some of the actions taken.Pakesia Parker-Edgecome, FNM Candidate West Grand Bahama & BiminiWhile FNM candidate Pakesia Parker Edgecombe mentioned fair opportunities for women in the job market and work place on the platform , calling for women to be given the rights to pursue their passions.With a little over a week to go before the polls on May 10th, The Bahamas women look to see themselves represented in the manifestos put forward.#MagneticMediaNews#WomenInPolitics#RaceToThePolls2017# Related Items: read more

Unai Emery warns Arsenal ahead of Wolverhampton clash

first_imgOn the eve of Arsenal’s Premier League showdown against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Unai Emery went public to praise his forthcoming opponentThe Gunners’ have been outstanding this season in spite of a bad start, having wrapped up twelve triumphs in the previous fifteen matches across all competitions.The former Sevilla boss is poised to see his side extending an impressive 15-game lossless streak, as they prepare to host the Premier League returnees Wolverhampton.Speaking of their next rivals, Emery hailed Wolves’ talent and discipline, urging his players to keep improving their performance.“They have discipline but also talented players, like at Wolves. I know that each match here is very difficult and we need to prepare so that we can continue to get better to produce a big performance every day,” he told the Birmingham Mail.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s about thinking of the next match after finishing the game in the Europa League. Then what’s very important is the Premier League and to complete our process and our progress to be in the best position.”Emery also showed appreciation for Nuno Espirito Santo, whom he challenged during their spell in the Spanish La Liga.“He’s a good coach with experience.”“Every coach from Portugal, in my experience, is very competitive and they are very organized coaches.”last_img read more

Aviation Ministry holds first consultations with MRO industry

first_imgThe government on Monday held consultations with domestic MRO industry players as it seeks to make India the global hub for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft and engines.During the meeting, which was chaired by Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey, the industry representatives gave a presentation on the overall scenario and on what can be done by the government and the private sector jointly to exploit the full potential of the MRO business, sources said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe total Indian MRO market currently stands at USD 800 million, which is expected to touch the USD 2.5 billion mark by 2020, according to the industry estimates.However, Indian MRO market is said to be around 30 per cent costlier than those in the neighbourhood like Sri Lanka, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and China due to service tax and VAT, which had dampened the growth of the industry.This was MRO industry’s first interface with the ministry since Choubey took over as the new civil aviation ministry last month. “Government is quite keen to make India as a hub for the global MRO Industry. The government at on Monday’s meeting sought suggestion from the MRO players, however, not much could be deliberated on Monday as it was the first interface with them,” the sources said.A second meeting in this regard is expected to take place in the near future, where the issue are likely to be discussed in details, they said.last_img read more

Producing Art with Stones and Potatoes

first_imgTwo artists who invoke the impact of human lives on the earth and the bounties of the earth given to man – Subodh Gupta who studied art in Bihar and Vipul Kumar who studied art in Baroda, create sculptural works which echo earth. On one hand, Subodh transforms and elevates every day into an avant-garde practice, whereas, Vipul translates a worldwide phenomenon into porcelain and stoneware sculptures at his studio in Jaipur.Bronze potatoesSubodh Gupta, who has been creating potatoes as a form of art in his works since 2007, has taken the humble potato and made it into a precious, coveted asset. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Earlier in 2007, he put 7 bronze potatoes in a transparent bag and hung it precariously calling it “Potato Eaters.” While in 2009, at Hauser & Wirth’s show – ‘Common Man’, his installation was entitled – Potato Ring. The 697 bronze potatoes on the metal stand seemed-somewhat surreal because they invited the human curiosity and the gaze.After 3 years, in 2012, at Madrid, Gupta had 54 bronze potatoes-gilded with 24 karat gold and a year later, he created a seminal work called Food for Others – it was a comment on South American potatoes as immigrants-feeding the world. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn 2014, he created a fascinating wicker basket with bronze potatoes and called it ‘Basket 2014′. It brought alive rural rhythms of Indian traditions and actually stirred the idea of bringing in the banal basket from the dust and heat of life into the white cube as an object of artistic discernment.’One Gold Potato’ in 2016 was a single potato placed in a perspex cube – made of bronze and 24-carat gold plated drawing attention to its curved contours. “Only One Gold” in 2017 was a cubed glass vitrine with bronze potatoes and a single, 24-carat gold potato. The gold and bronze came together to create a still life that creates a context of affable aesthetics and raises the humble potato to an asset with Gupta’s insignia.The artist was using the idea of the potato as an object of global exchange- to create art that keeps company with replicas of perishable, interchangeable goods associated with all countries- it is a subtle statement on imports and exports and also about how the humble potato can be treated with respect. In some ways, he was also implying the ways in which meaning and value are constructed, exploring art’s capacity to withstand and channel the effects of expansion, displacement, and translation all over the world.Porcelain and stonewareCeramic sculptor Vipul Kumar is a maestro at his sculptural ensembles in porcelain. His Global Warming – II is a masterpiece in porcelain. As a ceramic artist, he has been creating stoneware and porcelain for more than 15 years and his sculptural resonance is reflected in his depth of artistry and conception- his comfort at firing stoneware at an optimum of 1,250° C to 1,350° C reflects his observation and sensitivity towards climate change trends. Trained in Baroda, Vipul has been working in ceramics since 2003 and has developed his works to finer rhythms in earth day sensitivities. What entices is his deeper probings and his insight into architectural nuances-his proportions of understanding both vertical and horizontal treatment of space, where space and materiality and the equipoise of balance can be in his treatment of surfaces. From his lustrous porcelain in “Untitled -II” to the cracks and crevices and the beauty of both tensile thin details in his stoneware work of Global Warming I and II, he signifies melting ice caps. This adds a new dimension to his treatment of three-dimensional forms in sculptural dynamics in space.last_img read more