Bill on football violence tabled to House

first_imgBy Constantinos PsillidesA bill aimed at tackling football-related violence was introduced at the House on Thursday, with Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou making clear he wanted it voted on as it stood.“Today we are taking the fist step in our journey to change the unacceptable state our football is currently in. This journey won’t be easy or short but its one we have to see through to the end,” said Nicolaou during a press conference.The most controversial element introduced in the bill is the so called “fan card”. In an attempt to thwart anonymity, the state will require football clubs to only sell tickets to fans who have registered their personal information with the club. The state has been trying to introduce the “fan card” for quite some time but football clubs have always been reluctant, being pressured by their respective fan clubs who strongly oppose lifting anonymity.Police access to personal data of fans will be upon request since football clubs are the ones keeping records.“I know that the bill will get some of the fans and teams upset. We are willing to discuss some improvements on the bill but we will not render it ineffective because some fans reacted. Our only option is to work together and take decisive action without hesitation,” said Nicolaou.Seats in the stadiums from now on will also have to be numbered so police will know exactly who sits where during the match.The bill also calls for increased jail sentences as well as imposing bans on fans, depending on previous incidents the fan was involved in.It also calls for a ban on alcoholic drinks inside stadium grounds, upgrading surveillance equipment, and will also make throwing objects on the pitch a criminal offence. Shouting racial or insult slurs by fans will also be made a criminal offence, under the proposed legislation.Making one’s face unrecognisable either by scarf, helmet or any other clothing will also be forbidden, not only within the stadium but around it as well.During the press conference, the justice minister talked about upgraded surveilliance equipment that was put to the test during the cup final between APOEL and Ermis. Nicolaou said the new cameras could detect the lighting of flares in the stands and follow the perpetrators movements.Nicolaou made clear that he was open to discussion with all political parties on ways  to improve the bill but will not accept taking out elements that would reduce its effectiveness.“We are ready to devote as much time as needed into discussing the provisions of the bill and ways to improve it. What we won’t accept is turning this bill into an a la carte menu where everyone can take provisions off and add restrictions,” he said.The justice ministry will push for the bill to be approved within the next two months so that it can be implemented in time for next season.The bill was deemed essential after the recent clashes between AEL and APOEL which resulted in the interruption of the May 17 championship final when a flare was thrown by an AEL fan, hitting and injuring one of the APOEL players who had to be hospitalised.last_img read more

Giggs eyes promotion after win over Ireland

first_imgWales boss Ryan Giggs challenged his players to win their Nations League group after seeing them edge past the Republic of Ireland without star men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.Giggs’ men sit at the top of League B’s Group Four after completing a double over Ireland with a 1-0 victory at the Aviva Stadium courtesy of Harry Wilson’s fine free-kick.They entertain Denmark next month already having assured a place in pot two for the Euro 2020 draw and knowing another three points will put them into an unassailable position.Giggs said: “We set out in this Nations League to win the group and then see where it took us, and that’s good that we can do it with one game to go.“Now the next thing is to look to win it. It won’t be easy – we have got Denmark at home – but Cardiff City Stadium will be bouncing, we’re guaranteed for that, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge now.”A game of sparse quality was won by one of the few moments of inspiration when Harry Wilson took full advantage of Harry Arter’s rash 58th-minute challenge on Connor Roberts to curl home a superb free-kick.Giggs, who handed first starts to teenagers Matthew Smith and Tyler Roberts in Dublin, was significantly happier with Wilson’s contribution in Dublin than the one Derby’s on-loan winger made in scoring in his club’s Carabao Cup win over Manchester United last month.He said: “Harry, magnificent free-kick. I thought about fining him for scoring at Old Trafford, but I won’t be fining him tonight.“It’s not easy when you’re missing quality players like that, and there have been results which have not gone our way without Gareth and Aaron, so it was a chance for the players to come in and prove that that’s not the case going forward and they did that tonight.“We played some really good stuff, but the thing I’m most proud about is that clean sheet, that will to defend and put their bodies on the line.”If Giggs was jubilant as he headed back across the Irish Sea, opposite number Martin O’Neill found himself increasingly embattled after a run of five competitive games without a win and only nine goals in 13 matches.Asked if he questioned himself – there were boos on the final whistle – he replied: “Do you know what? I am not so sure that I have ever not asked questions about myself.“I think I do. I think I did that as a player and I certainly do that as a manager.“If you are asking about responsibility for it, I take responsibility for every kick that is made on that field by us. That is my job. That will not change.“And in terms of questioning, there is no question. I do question everything that happens on the field. I look back again to see what we may have been able to do a little bit better and hopefully that improvement continues.“But in terms of questioning myself as a professional, both as a player and as a manager, I’ve always done it, genuinely always done it.”last_img read more

Saving sugar communities

first_imgContrary to their protestations, it is clear that the death knell for the sugar industry has been sounded by the authorities. It would appear that even its diversification into other agricultural products that would take advantage of its excellently drained and irrigated lands is not on the cards, since the sale of abandoned canefields continues unabated.The venture into rice production at Wales appears to be a pale imitation of the Kayman Sankar venture into that crop at Blairmont some decades ago. The government would be well advised to consult with the head of that entity as to the reasons for the abandonment of that scheme.But whether or not government would admit to the closure of sugar, the withdrawal pangs are already beginning to bite, especially at Wales and the surrounding communities such as Patentia. We should expect that the symptoms of the historic structural dysfunctions in the sugar industry – high suicide, alcoholism and domestic violence rates, intergenerational poverty, high dropout rates from educational institutions even at the primary levels etc – to increase.What is to be done? Ironically, there has been a model that was already introduced in the early 1950s to confront those and other challenges and which produced significantly positive results until it was destroyed like so many things by the PNC government from 1964 onwards.The institution at the centre of the project was the “community centre” (CC). One of these Centres was constructed in each of the sugar “estates” in the midst of the great housing schemes (12,000 homes in total) that were created when the sugar workers were removed from the “logees” starting in 1952.Each CC had a modern, spacious central building that housed indoor sports such as table tennis, a well-stocked library, kitchen for cooking classes, wood crafting and other crafts, a cafeteria that sold refreshments to visitors and users. Movies and “newsreels” were shown at regular intervals to entertain and inform the community. The CC was appended to a very large playground on which cricket and football could be played.In many instances there was a scout troop associated with the CC and which met weekly on the grounds. All of these facilities were utilised by the youths in the concurrent baby boom and helped to dissipate and direct their energies away from negative activities.The CC’s activities were coordinated by a trained and paid “Welfare Officer” who had a house in the CC’s ground along with one for the groundsman for the field. The role of the Welfare Officer was crucial to the development of the community.In each of the clubs that were organised to run the sports and other activities, the youth were introduced to the running of an organisation with a structure and based on rules. Roberts Rules of Order and the keeping of minutes and following up of decisions made, were eye openers. For most of them this training was to prove invaluable in their introduction to the world beyond the sugar fields and factory.The libraries had youth and adult sections and debates on topical issues were organised by the staff, which attracted very appreciative audiences from the community who may not have been able to purchase newspapers to glean opinions on these issues.On Sundays the “pavilion” was packed with spectators to the games being played between teams from other estates. It is a great tragedy that these CC’s have been practically abandoned.In addition to resuscitating the old programmes under the aegis of a professional “Welfare Officer”, it should not be difficult to add a Counselling Centre to the facility to cater to the psychological trauma from the identified ailments that we predicted above would increase.The money that the government would now spend to relaunch the CC’s would be infinitesimal compared to dealing with the effect of the pathologies if left unattended.last_img read more

Double fracture for Shaw as PSV bite United

first_img0Shares0000Manchester’s defender Luke Shaw (L) is challenged by Eindhoven’s Mexican defender Hector Moreno during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match in Eindhoven, Belgium on September 15, 2015. PHOTO/AFPEINDHOVEN, September 16- Manchester United saw their Champions League return turn into a nightmare on Tuesday as they not only fell 2-1 against PSV Eindhoven but also lost full-back Luke Shaw with a double fracture of the leg in their Group B opener.Despite an opening goal by winger Memphis Depay against his former club, United — who dominated throughout — failed to capitalise on their chances and goals from Hector Moreno and Luciano Narsingh gave the hosts victory. However, worse than the defeat was the injury to Shaw, which came just 15 minutes into the match following a crunching Moreno tackle, leaving the England international with a double fracture that requires an operation when he returns to Manchester and could put his participation at Euro 2016 next summer in jeopardy.Shaw was wheeled off the field breathing through an oxygen mask to loud applause from PSV’s fans before being substituted by Marcos Rojo for his first appearance of the season.Around half an hour later, though, Shaw took to Twitter to vow that he would make a full recovery.“Thank you everyone for your messages, words can’t describe how gutted I am, my road to recovery starts now, I will come back stronger,” he tweeted.The result continued United manager Louis Van Gaal’s poor record at the Philips Stadium with Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and now with United, winning just twice in 11 attempts.The former Netherlands coach, who took over the reins at Old Trafford last year, saw his run of bad luck continue in the southern Dutch city with PSV tenaciously clinging on to a narrow lead for an historic win.The 21-year-old Depay struck in the 41st minute when fellow Dutchman Daley Blind slid him in to slice past two PSV defenders and then find the back of PSV goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet’s net with a crisp left-foot finish.As promised, Depay celebrated his goal in front the fans who used to revere him, but United’s fortunes were short-lived when PSV struck back just before half-time.Mexico defender Moreno’s header from a Maxime Lestienne corner glanced off Blind’s head, before beating David de Gea’s and Ashley Young on the line.PSV laid their cards on the table in the second half, with right wing Luciano Narsingh heading in a beautifully-timed Lestienne cross past De Gea to find the left hand corner of the United goal.Although Depay impressed throughout the first half, United were rail-roaded by PSV’s dogged defence.PSV’s defence was up against the wall but impressed with their rigorous resistence, while United’s French multi-million pound signing Anthony Martial several times failed to capitalise in front of goal.Despite a furious United onslaught in the second half, led by Young, PSV’s defensive formation held firm to open their account with maximum points.The Philips Stadium erupted in huge celebrations at the final whistle with PSV celebrating a successful return to the competition for the first time since the 2008/09 season.It was also PSV’s first Champion’s League victory over United since 2000.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Voters may show their anger over sluggish U.S. growth

first_imgWASHINGTON – The economy lost momentum in the spring and probably is in for a spell of somewhat sluggish growth ahead, which could weigh on voters when they go to the polls in November. The latest snapshot the Commerce Department provided of the economy Wednesday showed that economic activity grew at just a 2.9 percent annual rate during the April-to-June quarter. Although that was a slight improvement over the government’s first estimate of a 2.5 percent growth rate, it nevertheless provided vivid evidence of just how much momentum the economy has lost since last winter. In the January-to-March quarter, the economy had grown at a brisk 5.6 percent pace, the fastest spurt in 2 years. “Wars come and go. Energy crises come and go. Environmental questions sometimes recede in the background and sometimes are prominent. But at all times, the state of the economy is important,” he said. “It is not just the numbers – it is how people feel about the economy. It is one of these breakfast table, visceral issues in which you got hundreds of millions of Americans thinking about whether they are better off or worse off than they have been.” President George W. Bush and his fellow Republicans believe Americans are mostly better off. Democratic rivals disagreed. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said the president’s “strong track record on the economy has helped many more families live the American dream.” But Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., worried that a sharper economic slowdown could jack up the unemployment rate, now at a five-month high of 4.8 percent. “Economic growth is starting to slow even before most Americans have received any of the benefits of this recovery,” he said. Bush has been touting his policies but is getting relatively low marks from the public for his economic stewardship. Sixty-one percent disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy, while just 37 percent approve, according to an AP-Ipsos poll in early August. How economic conditions factor into voters’ political decisions will depend on where they stand in the economy. For people who are feeling pinched or living in economically hurting areas, they will be tough on incumbents, Baker predicted. Those who are prospering, however, might be more inclined to give their House and Senate members another term, he said. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials gained 12.97 points to close at 11,382.91. The 2.9 percent growth rate logged in the second quarter was the slowest since the final quarter of 2005, when the economy, reeling from fallout from the Gulf Coast hurricanes, expanded at a pace of only 1.8 percent. Even though the economy slowed, inflation moved higher. An inflation gauge closely watched by the Federal Reserve showed that core prices – excluding food and energy – advanced at a rate of 2.8 percent in the second quarter, up from a 2.1 percent pace in the first quarter. The second quarter’s increase matched that seen in the first quarter of 2001 and hasn’t been higher since the third quarter of 1994 when this inflation measure rose at a 3.2 percent pace. With the economy slowing, the Federal Reserve earlier this month halted a rate-raising campaign that lasted for more than two years. The decision was a “close call,” minutes of the meeting revealed. The Fed will meet twice – in September and again in October – before the November elections. Policy-makers’ actions could mean more breathing room for borrowers or more rate pain. Some economists believe rates will be left alone again when the Fed meets Sept. 20. Others, however, think a rate increase will be needed to keep inflation in check. Fed policy-makers haven’t ruled out another rate increase but are hoping that slower economic growth will lessen inflation pressures.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The main culprits in the spring slowdown: belt-tightening by consumers and businesses, the fallout from high energy prices and a cooling of the once-sizzling housing market. Economic growth in the second half of this year is expected to stay subdued, at a pace of around 2.5 percent to 3 percent, according to some analysts’ projections. Economists hope the soft spell doesn’t morph into a more dangerous slowdown. Voters’ perceptions of the economy’s health could influence their choices at the polls. “Economic conditions are the most enduring variable in congressional elections,” said Ross Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University. last_img read more

Everton transfer report: Juventus tracking Toffees starlet Henry Onyekuru

first_img1 Juventus are keeping tabs on Everton starlet Henry Onyekuru, according to reports in Italy.The 20-year-old was hot property in the summer after scoring 22 goals in Belgium last season and he was linked with Arsenal and West Ham.In the end, the striker left KAS Eupen to join Everton as they agreed to shell out £7million to bring him to Goodison Park.However Onyekuru may not be at Everton for long as, according to Tuttosport, Juventus are already chasing him.The Nigerian is currently on loan at Anderlecht this season and Juve are monitoring his progress closely.Everton, however, are reported to have no plans to let Onyekuru go so soon after they signed him. Everton starlet Henry Onyekuru is on loan at Anderlecht last_img read more

AFF Around the Country – West Coast and Southwest Chapters

first_imgAround the country, America’s Future Foundation hosts events to cultivate a nationwide network of young leaders to share free market ideas and impact society through the power of community. By partnering with drivers of change in different cities throughout the US, AFF brings the ideas of liberty to young leaders in different communities. To celebrate our chapters, we are featuring some of their work from the last year, by region, throughout the holiday season. To kick off December, check out just a few of the west coast and southwest chapter events!Past EventsLittle Pink House Film Screening – SacramentoThe Sacramento chapter teamed up with the Pacific Legal Foundation for an exclusive, one-night only screening of the award-winning film, Little Pink House. The movie follows homeowner Susette Kelo’s battle to keep her home when private land developers and politicians in Connecticut conspired to redevelop her residential neighborhood. Susette’s true story became the center of a political firestorm that culminated in an historic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The even was followed by conversation with Jim Burling, Pacific Legal Foundation’s vice president of litigation.The Cost of War – AustinIn October, the Austin, TX chapter, along with the Texas Millennial Institute, welcomed Angela Keaton, executive director of, and Austin native Scott Horton, author and managing director of The Libertarian Institute for a discussion on American foreign policy. They discussed the human, emotional, and financial toll that war takes to better understand the various approaches to foreign policy objectives. Following the panel, the AFF community engaged in an informed discussion on war and foreign policy.Happy Hour – AlbuquerqueDuring the heat of the midterm election cycle, Albuquerque took a low-key approach and hosted a delightful happy hour at a local winery. Members enjoyed a glass of wine over various topics of discussion including politics, community, and local events.Giving Felons a Second Chance – DallasThe Dallas chapter partnered with 2S Industries to host a conversation with Todd Fields, the organization’s president and CEO. 2S Industries is a six-year-old social enterprise, which takes ex-felons and employs them in either construction or landscaping jobs. Not only does the organization employ these marginalized men, but it also provides them with mentorship and guidance to help them re-adjust to life outside of prison. Men who have a steady income and a sense of community are less likely to engage in behaviors that would lead to re-incarceration, and are willing and able to become productive members of their communities. This concept has been proven again and again by 2S Industries over the relatively brief time the organization has been in existence. The organization has taken a serious social problem, and has found an innovative private solution.Upcoming EventsEnd of the Year Holiday Party and Toy Drive – Austin, December 4Today, the Austin chapter hosts their final event of the year! As an AFF community, members will kick off the holiday season with ugly sweaters and celebrate an incredible year of camaraderie and policy discussions. The chapter partnered with a local charity so members may donate gifts to children who would not otherwise have something special during this season.Holiday Party – San Francisco, December 5Tomorrow, the San Francisco chapter has their final annual event to ring in the joyful holiday season! Members can enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres over conversation and fun games at a local arcade bar venue. In case you missed it, San Francisco chapter leader, Katie Modesitt, touched the AFF community’s heart with her blog post on ways to help California residents from the devastating wildfires. Please consider donating, as every little bit helps the relief effort.The holiday season is here, and if you, are someone you know, may be interested in attending these or other upcoming events, check out AFF’s Facebook page! Want to learn more about AFF or get involved as a member? Reach out to the team by contacting Leah Whetstone at read more

Work Done in India Too Will Fetch NRIs & PIOs Award Now

first_imgNon-Resident Indians (NRIs) cheering Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his foreign trips now have more to cheer. Their achievements “within India” in the form of contributing to India’s development could now also get them an award. Related Itemslast_img

Doctor sentenced to 40 to 175 years in jail for sexually assaulting gymnasts

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Cliff Hodge return a shot in the arm for Meralco Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said Nassar’s “decision to assault was precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable.”“It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingNassar found competitive gymnastics to be a “perfect place” for his crimes because victims saw him as a “god” in the sport, a prosecutor said Wednesday, shortly before the former doctor was to be sentenced for years of molesting Olympic gymnasts and other young women.“It takes some kind of sick perversion to not only assault a child but to do so with her parent in the room,” prosecutor Angela Povilaitis said. “To do so while a lineup of eager young gymnasts waited.”center_img View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ She described the “breadth and ripple” of Nassar’s sexual abuse as “nearly infinite.”“What does it say about our society that victims of sexual abuse have to hide their pain for years when they did nothing wrong? What does it say about our society when victims do come forward … and are treated as liars until proven true?” Povilaitis said.Nassar turned to the courtroom gallery to make a brief statement, saying that the accounts of more than 150 victims had “shaken me to my core.” He said “no words” can describe how sorry he is for his crimes.“I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days” he said as many of his accusers wept.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Larry Nassar is brought into court Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar, 54, has admitted sexually assaulting athletes under the guise of medical treatment when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which as the sport’s national governing organization trains Olympians. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography. Under a plea bargain, he faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years behind bars in the molestation case. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)LANSING, Mich. — The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: “I just signed your death warrant.”The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing in which scores of Larry Nassar’s victims were able to confront him face to face in a Michigan courtroom.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

Barca midfielder Carles Alena under fire for ‘racist’ comment

first_imgAdvertisementBarcelona midfielder Carles Alena has come under heavy fire from some fans on Instagram, following his reply to an Ousmane Dembele post which was mostly light banter in way, but something that certainly didn’t go down well with his teammate. This aforementioned reply, though not intended in that way, was clearly seen as racist by many. The whole situation surrounding this discrimination has been taken up with utmost responsibility by a majority of the footballing world, especially since the case has been on high rise in the past few month, even on the international level most notably when a lot of the England national team players were abused in their 5-1 rout of Montenegro.However, one might look at Alena’s case as not being well aware of the repercussions of such an offense these days. Moreover, it just might be light hearted and not intended in that way, but that still is no excuse for conjuring something like that up anywhere.Below is the screenshot of the incident:-Credits – caughtoffside.comAs clearly seen, Alena replied with “Negro cabron” to Dembele, which roughly translates to “black bastard”, which some fans did not take very well, and rightfully should not even be.Alena later on deleted the reply, obviously taken aback by the massive response from the fans and other people in general.Read also:-De Ligt to Barca a ‘deal agreed’, United and Liverpool dealt huge blowsNo Room for Racism – Premier League’s new racism-combating campaign Advertisementlast_img read more