Global Stimulus, Human Rights and the Environment

first_imgInternational project financing primarily intended to generate jobs and growth should not ignore social and environmental safeguards in the name of economic stimulus.One case in point: the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private sector arm, is launching four new facilities for bank recapitalization, infrastructure financing, trade facilitation, and refocused advisory services. Combined with financing mobilized from others, these new facilities could provide more than US$30 billion over the next three years. The Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) will also provide much needed risk mitigation for flows of private finance to developing countries. These new facilities are meant to attract developing member client countries which may be facing difficulties moving forward with large-scale capital-intensive infrastructure projects such as roads, highways, power stations and industrial zones.Earlier project experiences and evaluations indicate that environmental safeguards are indeed necessary to prevent widespread environmental damage associated with unregulated economic growth.Many public financial institutions, such as the World Bank Group, require their clients to meet these “safeguards” as a condition of financing. But civil society organizations and community groups have argued that safeguards have weakened recently. Some financial institutions are adopting broadly worded policies that are unenforceable and unmeasurable, while others are applying the safeguard to only a small portion of their activities.The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is currently in the process of reviewing and adopting its safeguards policy. We ask all international financial institutions to guard against dilution of environmental and social guidelines, particularly in proposed large-scale infrastructure and energy projects. Instead, the ADB should double its efforts to strengthen these guidelines and ensure full compliance with internationally accepted environmental and human rights standards.In particular we are asking the ADB to:Incorporate the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into the ADB Safeguard Policy Statement.Require free, prior and informed consent for all projects potentially affecting indigenous peoples.Provide further policy criteria for the establishment of project-level grievance mechanisms.Strengthen the role of the ADB Accountability Mechanism in the safeguard system.Improve the process for adopting Country Safeguard Systems into ADB operations.WRI believes attention to ecological, social and health impacts of development projects, particularly to affected communities ultimately minimizes risks and boosts the projects’ chances at being successful and sustainable.To read the full text of WRI’s submission to the ADB, please click here.To learn more about the issue, read WRI’s report, Development Without Conflict: The Business Case for Community Consent.last_img read more

Sreesanth life ban revoked, Supreme Court asks BCCI to revisit quantum of punishment

first_imgIn a huge relief for S Sreesanth, the Superme Court on Friday revoked the life ban imposed on the cricketer by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and asked the board to decide afresh on the point of quantum of punishment given to him within 3 months.A bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, asked the BCCI to reconsider its order of life ban imposed on Sreesanth following the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the Indian Premier League in 2013.The apex court also said that its verdict shall have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against the cricketer in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court’s order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case.The bench passed this order on Sreesanth’s plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI.Last month, Sreesanth told the Supreme Court that he had “stubbornly” refused to be involved in match-fixing during 2013 IPL and referred to the transcript of the recorded conversation to back his assertion.Relief for Sreesanth: SC revokes life ban imposed by BCCI #ITVideoMore videos: https://t.co/NounxnP7mg pic.twitter.com/vlnUgRvJBOIndia Today (@IndiaToday) March 15, 2019Referring to the transcript of the recorded telephonic conversation, which says that “I am stubborn and nothing will happen”, the former cricketer challenging the lifetime ban on him from playing cricket told the bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice K.M. Joseph that the material relied on by the BCCI to hold him guilty was not given to him.advertisementThe former cricketer, who was banned for life for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during 2013 IPL, had told the court in the last hearing on January 30 that the bookie tried to drag him into spot-fixing but he did not fall for it.As senior counsel, Salman Khurshid, appearing for Sreesanth, told the bench that the report of the preliminary inquiry was not given to him, the court said that he had the report which he got from other sources.Khurshid said that he had the report but he was not told by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which part of the report the apex cricketing body was going to rely on against him.The court was told that at no stage the BCCI had asked him what he had to say about the alleged material including the offer of Rs 10 lakh being cited against him.Questioning the material that was relied on against him, Sreesanth told the court: “I was charged with the most serious offence. I was convicted of the most serious offence but the standard of proof is that of the least serious offence.”Also Read | Slapping Sreesanth was a mistake, should never have done that: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Supreme Court asks why Sreesanth didn’t inform BCCI about being approached for spot-fixingAlso Read | The rise and fall of Sreesanthlast_img read more

New Zealand vs Bangladesh Test called off: Major cricket tours affected by terror attacks

first_imgBangladesh’s cricket players had a narrow escape when a gunman killed 49 people and wounded several others during Friday players at two mosques in Christchurch. The Bangladeshi cricketers were about to reach for prayers at one of the mosques when a man opened fire but all members of the team were safe and accounted for.Bangladesh were in Christchurch for the third and the final Test against New Zealand. The Black Caps won the first two Tests in Hamilton and Wellington and the focus was on inflicting a whitewash on the visitors.New Zealand won the first Test in Hamilton by an innings and 52 runs and the second in Wellington by an innings and 12 runs. Before that, New Zealand blanked Bangladesh 3-0 in an ODI series.The tour had to be called off after the terror attack on the two mosques.”We believe that 40 people have lost their lives in this act of extreme violence,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack.”#NewZealandShootingAn eyewitness narrates the entire shootout that took place at the mosques in New Zealand. @Geeta_Mohan describes about the current situations in that area.Watch #TheBurningQuestion in @Ankit_Tyagi01Full Show: https://t.co/REBwiqDyrD pic.twitter.com/FHw5FNCSzCIndia Today (@IndiaToday) March 15, 2019New Zealand has been known to be one of the most peaceful countries in the world and obviously an attack like that shocked the entire world. The cricket fraternity reacted in horror after a close shave for the Bangladesh players.advertisementUnfortunately, this was not the first time a major cricket tour had been affected by terror attacks.1987: Bomb explodes outside New Zealand team hotel in ColomboNew Zealand tour of Sri Lanka (cricket): It was to be a three-Test tour but New Zealand abandoned it after just the first match when a bomb planted by separatists exploded near the team hotel in Colombo, killing 113 civilians.2002: Bomb explodes outside New Zealand team hotel in KarachiNew Zealand tour of Pakistan (cricket): New Zealand’s cricket team was touring Pakistan in 2002 when a bomb went off outside their hotel, killing 12 people. The players were unscathed but the Black Caps’ Board decided to call back the team. A year before this, New Zealand were on their way to Pakistan for a series before heading back midway owing to the September 11 terror attack in the USA. The series was eventually abandoned.2008: England return home after Mumbai terror attacks England cricket team returned home immediately after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks (Reuters Photo)November 26, 2008: India and England were locked in battle in the fifth ODI the series. It was new India under MS Dhoni. They had won the CB Series in Australia earlier that year and were all over England in the ODI series. Chasing 271, Virender Sehwag smashed a 73-ball 91 while Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhon iand Suresh Raina scored enterprising half-centuries. By the end of the night, India had a 5-0 lead against a very strong England team.But the celebrations were short lived as news trickled in of the ghastly terror attack in Mumbai. Pakistan-backed terrorists had attacked some of the most iconic sites in Mumbai. Indian security forces responded heroically but several innocent lives were lost.England returned home immediately after but returned to India to play a Test series. The second Test, which was scheduled to be held in Mumbai, was shifted to Chennai. Sachin Tendulkar played one of his most memorable Test knocks as India chased down a record total against England. In an emotional post-match presentation ceremony, Tendulkar dedicated his knock and the win to victims of the 26/11 terror attack.2009: Terrorists fire at Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore Sri Lankan players had to be airlifted from the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore after their bus was attacked by terrorists (AP Photo)March 3, 2009: The Sri Lankan team was on its way to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore when their convoy came under attack from militants armed with RPGs, hand grenades and guns. Seven people lost their lives in the attack and seven members of the Sri Lankan team were injured. The image of Ajantha Mendis arriving at Colombo airport with a bandage on his head the next day haunted the entire cricket fratenity.The two match series ended in a 0-0 draw but the repercussions for Pakistan cricket were huge.Pakistan have since played their home matches in the United Arab Emirates. The Pakistan Super League is mostly played in the Middle East. In 2018, both the Eliminators and final were played in Pakistan. This year, four group matches, the qualifier, Eliminators and final were scheduled to be played in Pakistan.advertisementInternational cricket did return briefly to Pakistan when Zimbabwe toured the country for a two-match T20I series. However, 10 years after that horrific incident, international teams are still reluctant to travel to Pakistan.Australia will play Pakistan in a five-match series in UAE.November 2008. March 2009. March 2019. On Friday, the Bangladesh players came frighteningly close to one of the mosques when the gunman opened fire. Luckily, they were safely back in their hotel and all members of the team were declared to be safe.Also Read | Bangladesh cricket team in lockdown after narrow escape in New Zealand mosques shootingAlso Read | ICC backs cancellation of NZ-Ban Test in wake of Christchurch mosque shootingslast_img read more

VEHICLE FIRE SLOWS WESLEY PARKWAY TRAFFIC

first_imgA vehicle fire brought traffic to a standstill in the Wesley Parkway and Veteran’s Bridge area late Tuesday afternoon.Firefighters quickly got the fire under control, but traffic began backing up in each direction, causing delays of ten minutes or more to get through the busy intersection leading to Interstate 29.No injuries were reported.last_img

Melanie Weeden Saying OMG

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Here’s Melanie Weeden being more surprised than anyone at Brandon’s rushing TD:last_img

Oklahoma State Falls to No. 11 in CFP Rankings

first_imgAfter losing to Baylor last Saturday, Oklahoma State fell to No. 11 in the College Football Playoff rankings. We will talk more about this tomorrow, but it seems silly to have OSU behind …Here are Nos. 11-15.Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 6.30.53 PMAnd here are the top six.Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 6.31.09 PMYep, that’s OU at No. 3. The same team that couldn’t beat Texas. The same team that has all the same conference opponents as Oklahoma State and the same number of losses and is eight spots higher. The committee really does value big wins more than bad losses.Alas, we have some spoiling to do on Saturday.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

These Sad Paddle People are Really Sad

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Bedlam was a trainwreck for OSU fans. Going into the game to host their rival at home, many fans rightfully expected more of a fight than what they witnessed Saturday.By the end of the game, most fans probably weren’t even watching the blowout (myself included). But these paddle people, bless their hearts, still hung in there until the end. But they didn’t seem to be too happy about it.This is the closest thing we’ll see to Herbstreit admitting he’s a Sooner fan.last_img read more

Areola hits out at ‘unfounded’ PSG rumours

first_imgPSG Areola denies ‘unfounded’ rumours over rejected PSG contract Harry West Last updated 2 years ago 18:14 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AlphonseAreola - Cropped Getty Images PSG Ligue 1 The 24-year-old has denied speculation that he has rejected an offer from the Ligue 1 leaders to prolong his stay at the club Rumours that Alphonse Areola has rejected Paris Saint-Germain’s proposal of a new contract have been steadfastly denied by the goalkeeper.France Football reported that PSG offered Areola extended terms beyond the 2019 expiry of his existing deal and the 24-year-old turned down the offer.Le Parisiens 9/2 for CL glory Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. That speculation led to Areola being linked with the likes of Juventus and Newcastle United, but the keeper – currently on international duty for France’s World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Belarus – has been quick to insist the stories are not true.Areola has ousted Kevin Trapp in becoming PSG’s number one this season, starting each of the club’s 11 matches across all competitions.pic.twitter.com/6t8SVmWoCC— Alphonse Areola (@AreolaOfficiel) October 5, 2017″I am currently concerned with two very important matches with the French team,” Areola posted on Twitter.”The rumours about my future are totally unfounded even though I understand that the media have to tell or write some stories and that Paris Saint-Germain arouses a lot of attention.”I want to say that I am attached to the club that has the ambition to win everything, to the city of Paris, and that I am very focused on my season.”Everything said about me is wrong! We’ll talk about my future in time and internally with the club.”last_img read more

Pulis to ‘keep ploughing along’

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion Pulis leaves uncertain future to West Brom board Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 02:40 11/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tony Pulis - cropped Getty Images West Bromwich Albion Premier League West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea Chelsea The embattled Baggies boss is not planning to give up his job without a fight after a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea on Saturday Tony Pulis says it is up to West Brom’s board to decide his future after a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea piled further pressure on the under-fire manager.The Baggies were well beaten at the Hawthorns as they suffered a fourth consecutive Premier League loss and they will drop into the bottom three if West Ham beat Watford on Sunday.5/2 for Watford & West Ham to draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Pulis admits that he has met with owner Guochuan Lai, who purchased West Brom in July 2016, amid mounting scrutiny of a winless run that stretches back to August.And the former Stoke City and Crystal Palace boss hopes to have the chance to turn things around, if he remains wanted by the Midlands outfit.”The board of directors will decide what they have to do. It’s up to them,” Pulis told the BBC.”I have been in this position before. I feel for the players, they have worked hard but they have made basic mistakes.”I spoke to the owners yesterday and they are really decent people. It’s not about them, it’s about what’s best for the football club. That is more important than anybody.”I’ll keep ploughing along if they want me to.”0-4 – This was Tony Pulis’ joint heaviest home @premierleague defeat, matching his 4-0 defeats to Man City (October 2016) and Chelsea (January 2013 as Stoke boss). Bleak. pic.twitter.com/J5VYGER7kK— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 18, 2017Speaking after the match, West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster theorised that the team had strayed too far from the fundamentals of Pulis’ game-plan.”We could do with something going our way but that’s the harsh reality of the Premier League. There are 15 teams gunning to not get relegated,” Foster said.”We have a scrap on our hands, we know that and we have to get back to basics.”First and foremost we need to be solid and don’t concede goals. We have been trying to do too much and teams are punishing us.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘Ibrahimovic will bring the best out of Lukaku’

first_imgManchester United ‘Ibrahimovic will bring the best out of Lukaku’ – Cole sees positive competition at Man Utd Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 07:52 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United Getty Manchester United Zlatan Ibrahimović Romelu Lukaku Premier League The former Red Devils striker believes greater squad depth at Old Trafford will prove to be a help rather than a hindrance for Jose Mourinho The return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United will “bring the best out of Romelu Lukaku”, according to Andy Cole.Rom 9/2 to be PL top scorerThe Red Devils have seen their striking ranks bolstered to leave them in the enviable position of having two proven performers from which to select. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Jose Mourinho has operated with a lone frontman throughout his time at Old Trafford, with Ibrahimovic having handed the No. 9 shirt to £75 million signing Lukaku over the summer.The enigmatic Swede has, however, been brought back into the fold after recovering from a serious knee injury and 1999 treble winner Cole – who operated alongside the likes of Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his time with United – believes added competition will prove to be a help rather than a hindrance.“I’m excited,” the former England international told the Red Devils’ official website.“I was fortunate to be in that position at United, having other players after your place and that competition brings the best out of you. “I have no doubts it will bring the best out of Lukaku. He expected Zlatan to get fit at some stage.“He started the season very well. He has found it difficult in a few games because the team didn’t create a lot of chances, and the team didn’t play as well as it could have, but I think he will be okay. I definitely think Zlatan will bring the best out of him.”Lukaku opened his United career with a flurry of goals, only to then endure a seven-game drought.He was back on target in his latest outing against Newcastle, as part of a 4-1 win, with a timely return to form coinciding with the return of Ibrahimovic off the bench.That outing was the 36-year-old’s first since April, with an unfortunate injury having brought a 28-goal 2016-17 campaign to a premature conclusion.last_img read more

Man Utd sink to possession low in derby defeat

first_imgPremier League Out-passed, outclassed – Man Utd sink to possession low in derby defeat to City Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 03:20 12/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Jesse Lingard Manchester United Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Getty Premier League Manchester United Manchester United v Manchester City Manchester City Stats Jose Mourinho’s defensive approach did not pay off in the end and his side’s ability to retain the ball was at its worst level in years Manchester United’s derby defeat to Manchester City on Sunday saw the Red Devils post their worst possession percentage at home in the Premier League for quite some time.Jose Mourinho’s men were beaten 2-1 by their rivals at Old Trafford with goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi granting City the victory.Despite being at home and desperately in need of a win to keep their title hopes alive, United were reduced to the role of spectators for much of the game as City dominated the play. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player By the end of the match, Mourinho’s side had the ball for just 35 per cent of the time, which is their lowest percentage at the venue in the competition since the 2003-04 campaign – 14 years ago.2 – Manchester United have conceded two goals at Old Trafford in the Premier League for just the second time under Jose Mourinho (also conceding two v Man City in September 2016). Flashback.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 10, 2017Silva gave Guardiola’s side the lead towards the end of the first half, but United hit back immediately through Marcus Rashford.However, Otamendi capitalised on a Romelu Lukaku mistake to power his side back in front.City held on to claim a pivotal victory, one which moves them 11 points clear at the top of the table after 16 games, and United’s title hopes are now beginning fade. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

AFL: Magpies cruise to big victory over Demons in Queen’s birthday clash

first_imgTopics AFL: Crows fall outside of top eight after shock Dockers win Towering Mason Cox has stood tall with a career-high five goals as Collingwood outgunned Melbourne by 42 points in a Queen’s Birthday AFL shootout.In an eagerly awaited match between two improving sides expected to feature prominently in the finals action, it was the Magpies who took the honours with a 20.13 (133) to 14.7 (91) triumph before a huge crowd of 83,518 at the MCG. Melbourne came into the match riding a six-game winning streak. But there must now by genuine question marks over their premiership credentials after the heavy loss to a Collingwood team that drew level with them on 32 points on the ladder.The Magpies had most of the best midfielders on the ground, including Steele Sidebottom, Jordan de Goey and skipper Scott Pendlebury. Their multi-pronged attack also proved too much for the Demons.Cox took the individual honours with five goals and was well supported by Jaidyn Stephenson and Will Hoskin-Elliott (four apiece) and Josh Thomas (three). In contrast, Tom McDonald played pretty much a lone hand up forward for Melbourne with six goals, including five of his team’s seven majors after halftime.Collingwood jumped out of the blocks with five of the first six goals, which set the tone for the day. The Magpies led by 19 points at halftime and extended that advantage in each of the two remaining quarters.Both teams have the bye in round 13. Collingwood Australia sport Support The Guardian Read more Melbourne Demons Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Twittercenter_img AFL Australian rules football Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger news Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Since you’re here…last_img read more

Great Satan 1-2 Iran: the most politically charged match in World Cup history

first_img Read more Share on LinkedIn In 1979, the revolution resulted in US-backed Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi fleeing Iran and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini becoming leader of the new republic. He later denounced America, referring to it as ‘the great Satan’, and anti-US sentiment grew. In November of that year, a group of young Iranian militants stormed the US embassy in Tehran and took over 60 American citizens hostage. The ordeal lasted for 444 days and the US subsequently severed diplomatic ties. Then, in 1980, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein – supported by the US – instigated an invasion of Iran and the subsequent war lasted for eight years.For Talebi, it seemed a perfect paradox: the proud Iranian trying to assimilate to an American way of life. But he wasn’t the only one. Following the revolution, tens of thousands of Iranians also headed for California and did likewise.“You don’t know the culture or the customs and you don’t know what you’re going to do,” he says.“You have to start a new life in a new place with new people and a new language. It was very difficult. But there was a war in Iran and it was no place for my children to come back to and study in. I thought it was better to give them that chance in the US. But it was hard to be away from your country, your home.”Talebi built a steady west-coast life with his family but in the late-1990s, his country came calling in remarkable circumstances.Iran qualified for the 1998 World Cup after a play-off win over Australia. But, manager Valdeir Vieira was sacked shortly after. His replacement, Tomislav Ivic, was then ousted less than a month before the tournament opener and Talebi, who had been appointed as technical advisor to the team just weeks before, was parachuted in.His presence in France supplied a neat plot twist to what was an already captivating drama. Iran had been drawn in Group F, alongside Germany, Yugoslavia and the United States.Inevitably, football took a back-seat and the build-up to the US game focused intently on the political subtext. Some players refused to stay silent.“We will not lose,” Iranian striker Khodadad Azizi said.“Many families of martyrs are expecting us to win,” he continued, referring to the estimated 500,000 Iranians who had died or been injured in the Iran-Iraq war. “We will win for their sake.”In the American camp, the atmosphere was a little different.“I think that’s more important to them than us,” midfielder Tab Ramos said, referencing the political and historical significance of the game.“I haven’t heard anyone say, ‘Let’s beat Iran, let’s do it for Bill Clinton.’’’Talebi and his counterpart Steve Sampson tried, however redundantly, to stick to discussing team news and tactics with a relentless media.“I could have spoken about the politics but it wasn’t the right time,” Talebi says.“It was the World Cup. It wasn’t the right place.”Sampson, meanwhile, was specifically instructed to be careful with his words.“Fifa and the US soccer federation asked me not to politicize the game,” he says.“They didn’t want me to instill violence and have it become more than what it was. But sport and politics are completely intertwined. The fact we had American citizens held captive by the Iranian government for an extended period of time … I’m old enough to have lived through that and to have understood it. Most of the players were too young to properly appreciate the significance of that happening.“We didn’t politicize the game but Iran did and to the ultimate extreme. I think the government of Iran made it a political match. If I was to do it all over again, I would’ve brought up the history between the two countries with the players and used it as a motivational tool to get a result. But I chose not to at the time.”Talebi remained calm and composed. His story – an Iranian immigrant to the US attempting to beat the country that gave him a new life – made for good copy. But he didn’t find his personal situation as complex or as riveting as others made out.“It wasn’t hard for me,” he says.“I was happy to help my country but I was happy in the US too. It was a place that provided me with opportunities. It wasn’t like I wanted to do something bad to the country that gave me and my family the chance to have a good future.”Organizers attempted to downplay any potential threats but the atmosphere surrounding the fixture remained tense. Even before arriving at the tournament, the US squad and their families were assigned security detail. In France, there were plain-clothes police officers at the team’s training sessions and their hotel.“We were just coming off a 2-0 loss to Germany and had to win against Iran to stay in the hunt. So, it was very distracting,” Sampson says.“But, I don’t think we played distracted. I don’t think our players cared about the politics or the security. All they wanted was to win the match.”During a delicately-choreographed pregame ceremony at Lyon’s Stade Gerland, the Iranian players gifted white roses to their opponents as a symbol of peace and both teams posed for a photo together. For some, the notion that a football game could somehow cure decades of animosity was flippant, presumptive and downright arrogant.But others felt differently.“I’ll remember that photo for the rest of my life,” Talebi says.“We are all people. We are not enemies. We can play together, respect each other, shake hands, exchange congratulations and move on to the next game. We did our best to show everyone that we have our own proud history and that we weren’t there to fight. We were there to play sport”.Thanks to goals from Hamid Estili and Mehdi Mahdavikia, Iran secured their first ever World Cup victory that night. The result also ensured the US were eliminated. In Tehran, celebrations were inevitably wild as thousands took to the streets. Just outside San Francisco, Talebi’s three sons hugged and kissed as the full-time whistle blew. His wife – too nervous to watch the game – finally walked to the living room, glanced at the images on her television and began to weep. “It’s 20 years past but I still don’t know how to express the feelings I had in that moment on that day,” Talebi says.“I can’t explain it. It’s still in my mind and my heart. But not because it was the US. It was the first World Cup victory at a time when Iranian people were waiting to be happy. And it made people happy. People in my country have never forgotten that night and how they danced in the streets until early morning.”The game did succeed in bringing both countries closer and eighteen months later, they met again in a friendly in Pasadena.“We did more in 90 minutes than the politicians did in 20 years,” former US defender Jeff Agoos remarked at the time.But, things have been far from straightforward since.Tension and suspicion returned following President George Bush’s ‘axis of evil’ comments in 2002. And despite an historic and progressive nuclear deal being co-signed in 2015 by Iran, the US and five other countries (which was greeted by more jubilant scenes on the streets of Tehran), Donald Trump announced in May that he was withdrawing the United States from the agreement and reimposing previously-suspended economic sanctions on Iran.“If there’s any difference between two countries, they should sit in front of each other and talk and solve the problem,” Talebi says.“The people need to be heard because it’s the people who suffer. They have to pay more than anybody. I wish and hope that those responsible for the happiness of their country and their people will talk and solve their differences without punishing those who will be impacted the most.”Talebi quit as Iranian manager in August 1998. He returned briefly two years later and also had a spell in charge of the Syrian national team. Now in his mid-70s, he still visits Tehran frequently to see family. He walks through the same narrow alleyways where he played as a young boy and dreamt of being at a World Cup. But it’s different now.“The streets are still there,” he says, before taking a pause.“But everything has changed.” Iran Share on Messenger “The first tournament I watched was 1966,” Talebi tells the Guardian.“Bobby Charlton was my favorite player because he played the same position as me. I learned so many tricks from him. I still love him – as a player, a sportsman, a gentleman”.Talebi did become a senior Iranian international and an Olympian too, but a knee injury ended his playing career at the age of 27. He turned to coaching and even spent a season with Dave Sexton’s Chelsea to learn more. By the mid-1970s, he was a well-respected young manager at Daraei, the Iranian club where he’d started his career, and his reputation was on the rise.Then, the revolution came and everything changed.“After it happened, football started to struggle,” Talebi says.“There was no money so I left to go and work in the United Arab Emirates and took my family with me. My friends told me about the opportunities for my children to study in a place like the United States. It was a big country and a place I had heard and read about. People over there had a good life, mostly. It was a place where you could find work. And that’s what happened. It started as one year, then it became two and now it’s almost 40 years that we’ve been there.”The family relocated to the San Francisco Bay area and Talebi set up a vegetarian restaurant with his wife, Sira, in Palo Alto while also coaching in some local colleges. But it wasn’t an easy transition. American-Iranian relations were at an all-time low. Read more US sports Russia rejoices, Senegal celebrate, and unicorns: World Cup day seven – as it happened World Cup 2018 Reuse this content USA Share on WhatsApp World Cup Share on Twitter There was a small rubber ball, dusty streets and not much else. This was Jalal Talebi’s childhood growing up in Tehran in the 1950s.Every day, he would race to the narrow alleyways and play football. His wish was to emulate his older brother, who was captain of the Iranian water-polo team. He wanted to represent his country too and play in front of big crowds. But he also dreamt of reaching a World Cup. The worst World Cup teams: will Saudi Arabia avoid the list? Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Topics Share via Emaillast_img read more

Gabriel Jesus to captain Brazil

first_imgBrazil v Croatia Gabriel Jesus to captain Brazil vs Croatia Rupert Fryer 02:19 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Gabriel Jesus Brazil Getty Brazil v Croatia Croatia Brazil Friendlies The Manchester City forward will become the Selecao’s youngest captain in almost a quarter of a century in a match that will also see Neymar return Gabriel Jesus will captain Brazil at Anfield in Sunday’s Brasil Global Tour clash with Croatia.The Manchester City forward is the last member of Tite’s preferred starting XI yet to have worn the captain’s armband, which has been rotated since the coach’s June 2016 appointment.Gabriel will become the sixth-youngest captain in the Selecao’s history and the youngest since a 1995 friendly draw with Romana, when Ze Elias became Brazil’s youngest ever captain at 19 years and two days-old in a young team that coach Mario Zagallo was preparing for the Olympics. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Guess who’s back?Tickets pic.twitter.com/EqdxpOFfaC— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) June 1, 2018“I was very surprised when I found out but I also already knew that coach Tite demands everyone shows leadership in the national team,” Gabriel said.”Danilo was joking with me and I said told him that if he did not cross the ball to me properly I would give him a dressing down,” he joked. “Today I have the opportunity today to wear a very special shirt and the coach has made it clear that I am a leader of tomorrow.”Effortless – even when they’re trying to make one another mess up pic.twitter.com/giWbe8NoMA— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) June 2, 2018Gabriel becomes the 15th captain – in full internationals – since the arrival of Tite, who sidestepped the controversy around Neymar resigning from the role by not appointing a replacement.Dani Alves was thought to be set to inherit the armband for the duration of the World Cup, but his injury means Tite is now likely to continue his policy of rotation.“Daniel Alves was our captain,” said Tite on Saturday of the PSG man who wore the armband the most (4) under the current boss.“He assumed that role in big matches against Germany and England because of his experience. But we’ll keep rotating, of course, with the most experienced players doing it the most.”Training at Anfield on the eve of the game also saw Tite confirm his starting XI, later clarifying that Neymar will make his Brazil return from the bench as he completes his recovery from a foot injury that has kept him out of action since February. Brazil will line-up on Sunday as follows: Alisson; Danilo, Thiago Silva, Miranda, Marcelo; Casemiro; Willian, Paulinho, Fernandinho, Coutinho; Gabriel Jesus.The XI confirms that Thiago Silva has ended a three-year wait to reclaim a first-team role with the Selecao, with Marquinhos dropping out of the side as Tite is keen to introduce a central defender who can start attacking moves by passing out from the back.Brazil face Croatia at Anfield on Sunday at 15:00 local time, before ending their World Cup preparations by taking on Austria on June 10 as the Brasil Global Tour hits Vienna.Follow Brazil’s World Cup preparations by joining us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more

Neymar on target as Brazil see off Austria

first_imgAustria 0 Brazil 3: Neymar, Jesus and Coutinho send Selecao to Russia in style Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 00:04 6/11/18 Brazil - cropped Getty Images Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho netted either side of a brilliant Neymar goal as Brazil ran out 3-0 winners in Austria. Neymar marked his first start since February with a dazzling goal as Brazil rounded off their World Cup preparations with a superb 3-0 win over AustriaGabriel Jesus should have been penalised for offside when he converted expertly nine minutes before half-time at Vienna’s Ernst-Happel-Stadion, but the Manchester City striker’s 10th goal in 17 international appearances stood.Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has spoken of fears over his fitness holding up following a broken metatarsal in February and he was forced to withstand some robust challenges before a wonderful solo effort made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute – his 55th international goal sending him level with Romario in third on Brazil’s all-time scoring chart. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Philippe Coutinho got in on the act six minutes later and the Barcelona playmaker also crashed against the crossbar as Tite’s side sounded a statement of intent ahead of Russia 2018.Brazil begin their World Cup campaign against Switzerland in seven days, safe in the knowledge that star man Neymar, who lasted 84 minutes, and his esteemed supporting cast are in fine order.55 – Neymar is now the joint-third top goalscorer for Brazil, level with Romário on 55 goals. Only Pelé (77) and Ronaldo (62) have scored more. Superstar. pic.twitter.com/wwSgPe68UZ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 10, 2018There were brief fears for Neymar early on when Austria captain Julian Baumgartlinger trod on his ankle.Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, operating behind Tite’s impressive attacking ensemble, provided the first goal threat with a rasping 25 yarder that rippled the side netting.Austria’s attacks were generally focused on shifting possession quickly towards centre-forward Marko Arnautovic and, when David Alaba’s cross evaded the West Ham attacker in the 19th minute, Alessandro Schopf was unable to slide home at the back post.Reported Manchester United target Arnautovic then scuffed a shot into the turf and over from 10 yards after Schopf and Stefan Lainer picked apart an uncomfortable looking Brazil backline.Coutinho drilled a low, long-range effort that drew a fine save from Heinz Lindner and the Austria goalkeeper brilliantly denied Paulinho with his feet shortly after Thiago Silva planted a Neymar corner wide.The pressure told in the 36th minute when Marcelo’s speculative shot hit Casemiro and fell for Jesus, who finished with ice-cool precision despite replays suggesting he was fractionally offside.APITA O ÁRBITRO! Fim do primeiro tempo em Viena! A #SeleçãoBrasileira vai vencendo a Áustria (@oefb1904), gol de @gabrieljesus33! 1×0 #BRAxAUT pic.twitter.com/5O7TrkFARC— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) June 10, 2018A last-ditch sliding block from Aleksandar Dragovic prevented Willian from setting up Jesus for a second seven minutes after the restart.There was an altercation following that challenge and some further strong tackles – a crude clump from the already-booked Schopf on Coutinho coming immediately after Sebastian Prodl felled Neymar – sent tempers to boiling point.Brazil took their frustrations out constructively and Neymar forced Dragovic to ground against his will, sitting centre-back down and coolly slotting home.The Selecao began carving Austria apart and, after Paulinho rifled a low effort too close to Lindner, Coutinho streamed on to a pass from Jesus’ replacement Roberto Firmino and clipped in number three.Lindner was a spectator as Coutinho sent one of his speciality strikes thumping against the bar, while his underworked opposite number Alisson tipped behind from substitute Stefan Hierlander in the 81st minute – preserving a fifth consecutive international clean sheet before Neymar departed late on to a warm ovation. read morelast_img read more

Kluivert in Italy to complete €18m Roma move

first_imgTransfers Kluivert arrives in Italy as Roma beat Man Utd & Barcelona to €18m Ajax winger Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 06:41 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Roma Ajax Eredivisie Serie A The Netherlands international posed with a club scarf and signed autographs for fans after travelling to Italian capital to complete a summer switch Justin Kluivert’s transfer to Roma moved a step closer on Monday as the Dutchman flew into the Italian capital.The 19-year-old winger – son of former Netherlands international Patrick – has attracted plenty of interest after a string of impressive performances for Ajax .Manchester United and Barcelona have been heavily linked with the talented teenager after seeing a summer scramble for his signature sparked. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Roma, however, appear to have won the race to secure his services, with the club airing video footage on social media of the player arriving in Rome.Kluivert held up a club scarf and signed autographs for supporters after being greeted by a sizeable crowd ahead of a medical.The Serie A side will reportedly pay €18 million (£16m/$21m) up front to push a deal through, in the process making him their fourth new addition following the signings of Bryan Cristante, Ante Coric and Ivan Marcano.Kluivert – who made his Netherlands debut in March, coming off the bench in a 3-0 friendly win over Portugal – scored 10 goals and provided five assists in the 2017-18 Eredivisie season.Justin Kluivert has landed in Rome… pic.twitter.com/pZiTsSVnQy — AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) June 11, 2018 Kluivert had been warned against making a move away from Ajax so early in his development , with father Patrick telling Ole : “I personally said to him maybe it’s better to stay one more year at Ajax, to make some kilometres, to be important for the team.”He’s 19 years old. He’s still young, but he makes his own decisions, and as a dad, I have to stand behind all the decisions that he makes.”The youngster will be hoping that he has made the right career call, with his rapid progress to this point having seen him win plenty of admirers and the Goal NxGn 2018 .last_img read more

Vipers Strike In TFSA Finals

first_imgIn the B Division, the Northern Vipers went into the game as underdogs with the Central Scorpions previously undefeated in the season. However it was the Vipers who started well gaining an early advantage over their more fancied opponents to take a 2-0 buffer into half-time.Not to be outdone the Scorpions scored first in the second half to cut the deficit to one (2-1) however the young Vipers rallied and hit straight back to score twice in quick succession to extend their lead to 4-1. Despite a late touchdown by the Scorpions it was too little too late as the Northern Vipers claimed an upset win to claim the B Division championship, 4-2.SA Heat 18’s hopeful, Ned Davies starred for the Vipers scoring three touchdowns whilst Pat Organ also crossed the line, while for the Scorpions Paul Avers and Emily Gale were the scorers.The A Grade final also featuring the Northern Vipers and Central Scorpions was billed as a clash of the titans with both teams playing out a 7-all draw in their minor round clash. Many predicted a tight contest and the game certainly lived up to expectations and did not disappoint.In one of the most exciting TFSA League finals in many years both sides attacked hard in the first half but the defence of both teams was strong ensuring a tight, tense contest. It was the Central Scorpions who enjoyed most of the attack in the first half and when they broke the deadlock right on half-time they went into the break with a slight advantage leading 3-2. After the break it was the Vipers who struck first to get the crucial first touchdown which tied the game up again at 3-all, after which a highly entertaining tense nine minutes of defensive play by both teams ensued which was only broken by an unfortunate injury to Central Scorpions playmaker, Jess Ryan.The break gave both teams an opportunity to catch their breath and reload. The brilliant touches on each team’s score lines continued however the Vipers managed to break through at the 13 minute mark to hit the front for the first time in the match, 4-3. With the momentum seemingly shifting to the Vipers late in the match the Scorpions needed to dig deep and they did just that with Luke Thornton making a great play as half to set up his teammate on the wing to level things up once again with 90 seconds remaining, 4-all.No side managed to score in the last 90 seconds and when the siren sounded scores were locked away at 4-4 sending the final to a drop off.The Vipers had the tap when the game resumed and put together an amazing first set of six complete with a monster long ball from Tim Glazebrook which found its target and the Vipers scored on their last touch to put them 5-4 up and in a commanding position.However the drama of this match was not over just yet with the Central Scorpions getting the ball across the line on their last touch however a brilliant touch by the Vipers defence brought the referees together for a conference and rightfully so a touch was called sparking celebrations from the Vipers players who claimed the championship 5-4 in amazing fashion.The Vipers celebrations continued when they were announced as Regional Champions, making it back-to-back TFSA league championships for the Northern Vipers.Three Vipers players were also named series MVP’s with Shane ‘Kiwi’ Marshall from the Eastern Stingrays also featuring in the MVP’s. Mixed TFSA League Most Valuable PlayersB Grade MVP Female – Amanda Sheeky (Northern Vipers)B Grade MVP Male – Shane Marshall (Eastern Stingrays)A Grade MVP Female – Kelly Rowe (Northern Vipers)A Grade MVP Male – Tim Glazebrook (Northern Vipers)The Mixed TFSA League was a resounding success and the final matches demonstrate the improvement in game standard within South Australia with few blow outs occurring this series and a very even playing field. It was great to see so much youth participating in the series with most regions fielding up to 15 under 16’s in their teams which has enormous benefits for the development of the game.TFSA congratulates all teams and thanks its referees, regional coordinators, SOAP members, selectors and players for their efforts this season.This series marked the end of standalone Mixed TFSA League competition with TFSA League expanding to incorporate one large series annually incorporating Mixed, Women’s and Men’s divisions to occur from November to February. This move has been brought about through growth in player numbers.To find out more about TFSA, please visit their website:www.touchsa.com.aulast_img read more

10 months agoSassuolo midfielder Sensi backed for move to AC Milan

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sassuolo midfielder Sensi backed for move to AC Milanby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSassuolo midfielder Stefano Sensi has been backed over a move to AC Milan.Sensi is a January target for the Rossonero.“The right man for Milan? Yes because Stefano is young and has great potential,” Alberto Aquilani, who played for both clubs, told Gazzetta dello Sport.“He’s grown a lot in recent months. He reminds me of Verratti for the way he plays. A regista and mezz’ala in one? Exactly. He can carry out both roles in the middle of the park.“As a regista he has an excellent vision, even if he lacks physicality, or if you want to build a team devoted to dribbling then he’s ideal.“Stefano’s a very polite and down-to-earth guy, who has his head on his shoulders. I certainly didn’t find him, but what struck me was his attention to the advice I gave him in training.“He’d often run a bit on empty, so I suggested to him the position to occupy tactically, which would make the most of his characteristics.” last_img read more