Empty seats at World Cup as 5,000 fans skip Egypt-Uruguay

first_imgAn Egyptian fan seats after the end of the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)YEKATERINBURG, Russia — More than 5,000 people with tickets skipped Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Egypt in Yekaterinburg on Friday, the worst-attended World Cup game in eight years.FIFA said it is investigating why, with “no-shows” one of the factors.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pockets of orange seats were clearly visible in the lower tiers of the Yekaterinburg Arena, which has a 33,061 capacity for World Cup games. The temporary stands behind the goals for Russian fans appeared to be fuller.FIFA said it allocated 32,278 tickets and the official attendance was 27,015 for the 5 p.m. kickoff. Egypt forward Mohamed Salah didn’t play in the game because of a shoulder injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“There were some bald spots and it wasn’t very pleasant,” regional sports minister Leonid Rapoport told Russia’s RIA Novosti state news agency. “We thought Salah would play.”Yekaterinburg is the furthest east of Russia’s 11 host cities and is about 1,400 kilometers (880 miles) east of Moscow in the Ural Mountains, which are traditionally considered the border between Europe and Asia. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentscenter_img FIFA records show the last World Cup match with a smaller crowd was Paraguay’s 2-0 win over Slovakia in South Africa in 2010, which attracted 26,643 fans. Five days before that game, 23,871 attended a 1-1 draw between New Zealand and Slovakia, the smallest number recorded for any World Cup game this century.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Messi begins bid for 1st World Cup title against Iceland China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Give ‘fair chance’ to Solskjaer, says Van Persie

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been backed by Robin van Persie © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 22 – Robin van Persie has urged Manchester United to keep faith with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the under-fire manager’s turbulent end to his first season in charge.Solskjaer presided over a miserable conclusion to a campaign that saw United fail to qualify for the Champions League after finishing sixth in the Premier League. However, Van Persie, whose goals helped United win their last Premier League title in 2013, is adamant Solskjaer deserves more time to get the club back on track.“I think it’s the perfect match, it’s just they’re having a bad spell,” Van Persie told BBC Sport on Wednesday.“Back in the day it was normal for a manager to get time. Nowadays if you lose six games, you’re out. Is that the solution?“Give someone time, especially if it’s a kid from the club.”Former United striker Solskjaer had made a positive impact after replacing the sacked Jose Mourinho as interim boss in December.Solskjaer oversaw a 15-match unbeaten domestic run and led United to a stunning Champions League last 16, second leg win over Paris Saint-Germain.But United’s form dipped dramatically once Solskjaer was hired on a permanent basis in March and a run of six defeats from their last 10 games shattered their top four hopes.Solskjaer’s problems have mounted amid claims that United midfielder Paul Pogba wants to join Real Madrid, while the boss is reportedly unhappy with the fitness levels and commitment of some of his squad.The 46-year-old, whose only other managerial spells came at Cardiff and Molde, needs to make a flying start to next season if he is to avoid calls for his dismissal.But Dutch forward Van Persie, who scored 58 goals in 105 games for United, says his old team need to let the Norwegian grow into the role rather than panicking at the first sign of bad results.“It’s funny because when he started everyone was so positive, they were winning and they made a miracle by beating PSG,” Van Persie said.“Everyone was screaming like, ‘Give the guy a permanent deal’. And then since that permanent deal the luck went away a little bit; they’ve been losing more games than they want to.”Van Persie, who retired at the end of this season after a spell with Feyenoord, doesn’t think United’s problems will be solved only by splashing out on new signings.“If a player has a couple of bad games, ‘OK, sell him!’. If he doesn’t score a few goals, ‘OK, he’s out, he’s finished’,” he added.“Back in the day you used to get time, you can make mistakes, you can learn. Now I get the feeling that time is less. Ideally, you would get time – as a player, as a coach.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Up The League – Saturday, March 7

first_imgGeoff Peters discusses all the top Football League news and looks ahead to his weekend’s action on the latest Up The League show.On today’s show, ex-Wolves and Watford star Chris Iwelumo joined Geoff to reflect on their campaigns so far, Barnsley defender Peter Ramage discusses life at Oakwell and Stevenage manager Graham Westley.last_img

Republican leaders angered over FBI’s House office search

first_imgBut lawmakers of both parties said they have no interest in protecting criminal activities or Jefferson. Their fear, they say, is that the search sets a dangerous precedent that could be used by future administrations to intimidate or harass a supposedly co-equal branch of the government.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – After years of quietly acceding to the Bush administration’s assertions of executive power, the Republican-led Congress hit a limit this weekend. Resentment boiled among senior Republicans for a second day on Tuesday after a team of warrant-bearing agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation turned up at a closed House office building on Saturday evening, demanded entry to the office of a lawmaker and spent the night going through his files. The episode prompted cries of constitutional foul from Republicans – even though the lawmaker in question, Rep. William J. Jefferson of Louisiana, is a Democrat whose involvement in a bribery case has made him an obvious partisan political target. Speaker Dennis Hastert raised the issue personally with President George W. Bush on Tuesday. The Senate Rules Committee is examining the episode. Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, the House majority leader, predicted the separation-of-powers conflict would land at the Supreme Court. “I have to believe at the end of the day it is going to end up across the street,” Boehner told reporters gathered in his conference room, which looks out on the Capitol plaza and the court building. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA court challenge would place all three branches of government in the fray over whether the obscure “speech and debate” clause of the Constitution, which offers some legal immunity for lawmakers in the conduct of their official duties, could be interpreted to prohibit an executive branch search on congressional property. Lawmakers and outside analysts said that while the execution of a warrant on a congressional office might be surprising – this appears to be the first time it has happened – it fits the Bush administration’s pattern of asserting broad executive authority, sometimes at the expense of the legislative and judicial branches. Pursuing a course advocated by Vice President Dick Cheney, the administration has sought to establish primacy on domestic and foreign policy, not infrequently keeping much of Congress out of the loop unless forced to consult. “It is consistent with a unilateral approach to the use of authority in Washington, D.C.,” Philip J. Cooper, a professor at Portland State University who has studied the administration’s approach on executive power, said of the search. “This administration has very systematically and from the beginning acted in a way to interpret its executive powers as broadly as possible and to interpret the power of Congress as narrowly as possible as compared to the executive.” Some Republicans agreed privately that they found the search in line with what they see as the philosophy of the Justice Department in the Bush administration. They said the department had often pushed the limits on legal interpretations involving issues like the treatment of terrorism detainees and surveillance. Republicans could have a potential self-interest beyond defending the institutional prerogatives of the legislative branch. With some of the party’s own lawmakers and aides under scrutiny in ongoing corruption inquiries are tied to the lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the former lawmaker Randy Cunningham, Republicans would no doubt like to head off the possibility of embarrassing searches of their members’ offices. last_img read more


first_imgThere was shock this week among resident of the Loughside Community with the discovery of two illegal dumping sites.The sites contained a wide range of waste including domestic household waste, construction rubble, carpets and lino, car parts and a washing machine.The Loughside Community Alert group was set up towards the end of 2013 in response to concerns in the local community about the rise of crime in the local area. The group now has almost 400 residents signed up from the townlands located between Letterkenny and Ramelton. A text alert system is in operation and the group recently launched their annual plan for 2014.Brian Sweeney, PRO with the Loughside Community said “We were extremely surprised at the amount of waste located in both sites.“We have been in contact with the Waste Department of the Donegal County Council who is working with a number of our Committee members to have both sites cleaned up and put measures in place to prevent this illegal dumping from continuing”.As part of the Area Clean up, Loughside residents will come out in force to gather rubbish on Saturday 24th May 2014. Residents will come together in groups at a number of meeting places throughout the Loughside area and spend a few hours tiding up and gathering rubbish in their respective townlands. The initiative will be supported by Donegal County Council who will provide a skip, gloves, bags high viz vests and rubbish pickers. After the cleanup, the Resident will meet in the Silver Tassie for tea and coffee, compliments of Ciaran and Rose Blaney. TWO ILLEGAL DUMP-SITES DISCOVERED ON OUTSKIRTS OF LETTERKENNY was last modified: May 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldumpingillegalLOughsideRameltonlast_img read more


first_imgThe Independent Candidate, Charlie McClafferty, has said figures show that Donegal’s unemployment rate is actually twice the national average.Charlie McClaffertyHe said “We hear lots of references to the latest Central Statistics Office results that the average unemployment rate has fallen to 11.3 % nationally and talk of a gradual recovery.“But clearly Donegal is entirely adrift economically, from the rest of the country, and the Donegal unemployment rate is twice the national average.” The detailed results from the 2011 Census are available on the Central Statistics Office Website, he says.They show Donegal had 18,869 people unemployed in April 2011. As a result, Donegal had the highest rate of unemployment of any county in Ireland in 2011.There were 72,146 persons aged 15 years and over in the Labour force and of these, 73.8 per cent (53,277 persons) were at work. The unemployment rate in Donegal in 2001 was 26.2% compared with a national average rate of 19.0 per cent, in April 2011.McClafferty added, “The latest figures show that there are 19,210 Donegal people on the live register in April 2014. (There are 19,588 people in Letterkenny itself, for comparison). “My team and I cannot access the size of the Donegal Workforce in 2014. The Donegal workforce could not conceivably have suddenly grown over the last three years from 72,000 ( Census Figures April ’11) to 85,000 at present (x 0.226 =19,210). Remember, a separate report has shown that Donegal has the second highest rate of Emigration in Ireland (after Mayo) and an above average aging population. Therefore, I am satisfied that Donegal’s Unemployment Rate is still over 22.6% and hence twice the National Average.McClafferty said, “I challenge any Government spokesperson or any Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael Candidate to demonstrate that Donegal’s Unemployment is not twice the National Average.”He added that An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, was very reluctant to meet any local media during his recent visit to Donegal.“We know he completely sidetracked the coverage of the recent findings on rural development (CEDRA), which contained a very clear visual portrayal of Donegal’s comparative level of Unemployment. We know businesses are struggling and we know Donegal has the lowest disposable income nationally. But we need honesty to discuss all the underlying reasons.McClafferty added, “I am asking all Donegal County Council Candidates to focus on the issue of Donegal Unemployment. I think Candidates from the two main Parties, as representatives of recent Governments, should explain their ‘so-called’ influence in achieving these figures, over the last decade.” “These shocking economic and human figures are routinely hidden. There is no transparency and openness. That is why I suggested to Voters, ‘Don’t be a Donegal Mushroom – kept in the Dark and Fed Manure’. Both Political Parties in Donegal should be ashamed of their inaction as regards Donegal’s Unemployed. Job Creation, through a Donegal Economic Stimulus Package, needs to be top of the Next Donegal County Council’s Agenda. “ELECTION 2014: OUR SHAME THAT DONEGAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS TWICE NATIONAL AVERAGE – McCLAFFERTY was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgCOUNTY champions Termon have appealed a decision forcing their Ladies team to travel to Clones again this weekend after their Ulster Senior final draw on Sunday.Monaghan champions Donaghmoyne had led by half-time but Termon came back and eventually took a two-point lead through a Geraldine McLaughlin penalty.Donaghmoyne managed to square the game just before the final whistle finishing 1-14 to the Donegal team’s 4-05. The replay is this Saturday – but there was huge disappointment when the Ulster Ladies Council announced that replay will once again take place in Clones, essentially giving Donaghmoyne another ‘home’ game.Today Termon Ladies said they were appealing that decision because they say a replay at Clones is unfair.Said a spokeswoman: “The Ulster Council announced at the game yesterday that the replay will be next Saturday in Clones (again) but obviously that is not fair on our girls to have to travel up to Monaghan again, so they are appealing it.”Some Termon fans are still unhappy at the referee – who played 7 minutes of injury time at the end.  TERMON LADIES APPEAL CLONES REPLAY DECISION was last modified: October 21st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:appealDonaghmoyneLadies GFATermon ladieslast_img read more

Takeaways: Logan Couture speaks bluntly about Sharks defensive struggles

first_imgST. LOUIS — Pete DeBoer often uses colorful language to describe games in which the Sharks have put forth the type of performance they threw out on the ice in St. Louis Friday.He’s called his team’s most-lopsided losses “eggs” and “clunkers,” telling reporters to “burn the tape.”On Friday, he spoke in more sober terms about the Sharks back-to-back losses to the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues.“Yesterday, we were reckless, but we had energy. Today, we were reckless without energy,” the …last_img read more

South Africa beefs up forensic services

first_img22 November 2012 At least 800 forensic analysts are to be employed in the current financial year to beef up South Africa’s forensic science laboratories, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in Cape Town on Wednesday. He was responding to a Parliamentary question on how many cases were brought to the South African Police Service (SAPS) forensic science laboratories from 2009 and how many are still outstanding. In 2009/10, 207 660 entries were received at the SAPS laboratories. In 2010/11 the number of entries received increased by 26% to 260 826. “The number of entries received in 2011/12 increased by an additional 23% to 320 729,” Mthethwa said. “Between 1 April and 30 September 2012, they received 209 431 entries, which is a 67% increase in comparison to the same period in the previous financial year.” Increased confidence in forensic services The substantial increase in the number of exhibits submitted to the laboratories is evidence of the increased confidence that the investigating officers have in the ability of the forensic services to contribute to the investigation of crime and bring perpetrators to book, according to Mthethwa. “The increase in the number of cases presented to the forensic science laboratories will be addressed through the employment of additional 800 forensic analysts within the current financial year,” he said. One of the fundamental components of the criminal justice system was ensuring that the evidence that is presented before a court of law is accurate and can enable police to secure convictions. He said central to the collection and analysis of such evidence, is ensuring that the SAPS forensic science laboratories are effectively capacitated and effective. Over the past few years, there have been unsatisfactory reports around how courts could not finalise cases on the court roll, including the reasons for postponement of cases in criminal courts – all were attributed to forensic delays. “However, we are now beginning to experience a positive turn-around strategy. What becomes important is to ensure that we sustain these best practices, continue to capacitate this division and ensure that it continues to become an additional arsenal in the fight against crime,” he said. “This progress can be attributed to the modernised systems, coupled with adequately equipped human capital which ultimately resulted in improved turn- around time in terms of processing forensic case work.” Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Arunachal Pradesh MLA, son among 11 killed in ambush

first_imgSuspected members of a Naga extremist group on Tuesday gunned down 11 people, including a legislator and candidate of the National People’s Party (NPP), in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh.The assailants, allegedly belonging to the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, targeted a convoy of four vehicles near Bogapani, about 20 km from the district headquarters Khonsa, around 11.30 a.m. Among the dead were Tirong Aboh, the MLA representing the Khonsa West constituency, his 20-year-old son Loggem Aboh and party general secretary Wangngoi Hakhun.“As per information, armed men stopped the vehicles and fired upon the occupants, killing 11 people, including the MLA, and injuring two others. An operation by Army units has been launched for catching the perpetrators,” a police spokesperson said from Itanagar. Seeking re-election The 42-year-old Aboh had won the Khonsa West Assembly seat in 2014 as a candidate of the People’s Party of Arunachal. He was seeking re-election as an NPP candidate. “I’m shocked and saddened by the brutal attac. Strongest possible action will be taken against those responsible,” Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in a tweet. Chief Minister Pema Khandu said no effort would be spared to catch the culprits.The elections to the 60 Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats in the State, held on April 11, were marked by violence that claimed the life of an NPP supporter on March 29. The man, identified as Jaley Anna, was also allegedly killed by an NSCN faction in Tirap district.Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, also the president of the NPP, condemned the “brutal attack” and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to act against those responsible. A defence spokesperson said it was not possible for the armed forces to be in all places in a mountainous territory despite “area domination by the Army and the Assam Rifles.”The attack, officials said, is likely to put the focus on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act that the Centre had partially withdrawn from three of Arunachal Pradesh’s nine districts where it was in force.In an order on April 2, the Ministry of Home Affairs had announced the partial withdrawal of AFSPA from the Frontier State 32 years after it was imposed. The Act was withdrawn from areas under four police stations — Balemu and Bhalukpong in West Kameng district, Balijan in Papum Pare district (under which Itanagar falls) and Seijosa in East Kameng district. It is applicable in areas bordering Myanmar where that country’s Army has stepped up the offensive against the NSCN (Khaplang) and other northeast Indian extremist groups.last_img read more