first_imgBy Susan Stamper BrownA wise Alaskan once said, “If you tie a wolf to a sled dog team, there will be lots of activity but no forward progress.”He was right, and his excellent word picture can easily be applied to the state of things in America these days, given all the commotion happening over bathrooms, wedding cakes and other non-issues raised by the proverbial wolves of secular liberalism who prey about, seeking to devour what’s left of the America our Founder’s established.Sure, conservatism struck out this election cycle, but like the Boston Red Sox learned from being 0-3 against the Yankees in the 2004 World Series, persistence pays off. Take it from this blonde columnist who has experienced more disappointing defeats than victories in her life thus far — pushing forward, despite temporary defeat is the stuff winning is made of — especially when what we’re doing is less about us and more about “For love of the game.” Or, in the case of conservatism, for the love of God and country.That kind of devotion is maddening to the wolves of secular liberalism who will not rest until they’ve removed all things rational, moral, traditional and right, like liberal Harvard Professor Mark Tushnet, who says the culture wars are over and his side won, simply because they are on top this inning. The highly educated but not-so-wise professor is already making plans on what should be done to those conservatives, evangelical conservatives specifically, he claims lost the culture wars.Bloviating in on May 6, Tushnet proposed “taking a hard line” approach over playing nice would suffice. “Trying to be nice to the losers didn’t work well after the Civil War… (And taking a hard line seemed to work reasonably well in Germany and Japan after 1945),” he wrote. You really cannot fix stupid. The sheer idiocy of equating evangelical conservatives to the Nazi’s of 1945 Germany highlights why it’s necessary for liberals to hunker down behind fake labels and syrupy words to disguise how they really feel.As Ronald Reagan once said, “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.”“But the war’s over, and we won,” Tushnet bragged in his blogging rant. Maybe in his mind it’s over, but what he and other secular liberals fail to get is that it’s fundamentally impossible to win a war that’s already been won. (Evangelicals understand that the ultimate “culture war” between right and wrong was waged on a cross two thousand years ago.)The battles we fight today are for the hearts and minds of individuals and for the soul of a nation blessed by God once upon a time and in a land far, far away from this dark place we now stand where wolves seek to devour the very things which allow them the ability to freely roam.President Reagan prophetically understood the dangers we face: “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth…Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the ideals of the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.”I hate to break it to liberalism’s wolves, but all of us irritating conservatives will continue getting up, knockdown after knockdown, because, as Braveheart’s William Wallace said, “It’s all for nothing if you don’t have freedom.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

In a remote area of Papua, a box of instant noodles costs 2 grams of gold

first_imgIn a remote area of Papua’s Pegunungan Bintang regency, purchasing staple commodities will put a far bigger dent in your wallet than in most other areas of Indonesia.For a sack of rice, typically weighing 10 kilograms, people in the traditional gold mining area of Korowai have to spend at least Rp 2 million (US$138.5), similar to the cost of a low-end smartphone.For comparison, in Jakarta, 1 kilogram of rice costs Rp 10,000 to Rp 11,000, meaning 10 kg of rice costs people in the capital around Rp 110,000. One can of fish typically costs Rp 150,000, while a cell phone could cost 10 to 25 grams of gold, Hengki said.Compared to other areas in the regency, Korowai is quite isolated and underdeveloped, though it is surrounded by five regencies: Pegunungan Bintang, Yahukimo, Asmat, Boven Digoel and Mappi.Reaching Korowai is difficult. People must take a helicopter from Bovel Digoel regency, and then continue by longboat, traveling along the Boven Digoel river for one day. After this, they must travel by foot for two days before finally arriving at the Korowai mining area.Ben Yarik, a Korowai resident, said the area was populated by members of the Korowai tribe – one of the indigenous ethnic groups in the country’s easternmost region.“For years, the government has not built anything in Korowai,” Ben said, “It is God who has given us gold, so we can mine it to help us [live].”Ben added that traditional mining was the main source of livelihood for the people of Korowai. He said he hoped the government would not shut down the mines as they provided a source of economic stability for the people.“It’s sad. So many people are left behind, even though there is still plenty of gold,” he said as quoted by (asp)Topics : The massive price discrepancies are not limited to rice. A box of instant noodles costs Rp 1 million in Korowai. Sometimes, people even pay with two grams of gold.“A pack of instant noodles costs Rp 25,000,” said Hengki Yaluwo, an administrator of a cooperative in Korowai’s Mining Area 33 on Wednesday.“Ten kilograms of rice costs four grams of gold. If you pay with cash, you need Rp 2 million,” he said.Read also: ‘Stop denying and listen to us’: Papuans hopeful for talk, action to end everyday racismlast_img read more

Russia trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine data, say UK, US and Canada

first_img“Selfish interests”British foreign minister Dominic Raab said it was “completely unacceptable” for Russian intelligence services to target work on the pandemic.”While others pursue their selfish interests with reckless behavior, the UK and its allies are getting on with the hard work of finding a vaccine and protecting global health,” he said in a statement. He said Britain would work with allies to hold perpetrators to account.The NCSC said the group’s attacks were continuing and used a variety of tools and techniques, including spear-phishing and custom malware.”APT29 is likely to continue to target organizations involved in COVID-19 vaccine research and development, as they seek to answer additional intelligence questions relating to the pandemic,” the NCSC statement said.The US Department of Homeland Security and US Cyber Command also released technical information on Thursday about three hacking tools being deployed by the Russian hackers, codenamed WELLMAIL, SOREFANG and WELLMESS.Private sector cybersecurity researchers who had spotted the WELLMESS malware over the last year were unaware of its Russian origins until Thursday.In several cases, WELLMESS was found within US pharmaceutical companies, said three investigators familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential information. The tool allowed the hackers to stealthily gain remote access to secure computers. They declined to name the victims.Britain and the United States said in May that networks of hackers were targeting national and international organizations responding to the pandemic. But such attacks have not previously been explicitly connected to the Russian state. Topics : Cybersecurity researchers said an APT29 hacking tool was used against clients located in United States, Japan, China and Africa over the last year.Russian news agency RIA cited spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying the Kremlin rejected London’s allegations, which he said were not backed by proper evidence.In a separate announcement Britain also accused “Russian actors” of trying to interfere in its 2019 election by trying to spread leaked documents online. Russia’s foreign ministry said those accusations were “foggy and contradictory”.Britain is expected to publish a long-delayed report into Russian influence in British politics next week. Hackers backed by the Russian state are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world, Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said on Thursday.A coordinated statement from Britain, the United States and Canada attributed the attacks to group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear, which they said was almost certainly operating as part of Russian intelligence services.”We condemn these despicable attacks against those doing vital work to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” said NCSC Director of Operations Paul Chichester.last_img read more

Real Valladolid sign Ben Arfa

first_imgRelatedPosts Rennes want Fikayo Tomori, £25m for Mendy Neymar, Di Maria, Paredes test positive for COVID-19 Neymar reflects on Champions League defeat Real Valladolid have signed former PSG midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa. Ben Arfa terminated his agreement with Rennes and signed for Valladolid on Tuesday to the end of this season. A France international, the midfielder has played 388 official matches and scored 73 goals for Lyon, Olympique Marseille, Newcastle, Hull City, Nice, Paris Saint-Germain and Rennes. Valladolid have also signed Almeria striker Sekou Gassama. Gassama has penned terms to 2024 and will immediately join Fuenlabrada on-loan to the end of the season. He played for Real Valladolid Promesas for the 2014/15 season.Tags: Hatem Ben ArfaPSGReal ValladolidRennesSekou Gassamalast_img read more

Football factory: Milford Academy provides pipeline from New Berlin to Syracuse, producing 14 players in last 9 years

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ NEW BERLIN, N.Y. — Sixty-eight miles: That’s the length of windy, one-lane roads and eroding farmland that separates Milford Academy from Syracuse University.It’s a trip highlighted by homemade stock cars and decaying farmhouses, ever-stretching corn fields and sale signs for pure maple syrup.Seventeen weeks: That’s how long each aspiring football player at Milford spends in constant regimentation in hopes of one day making that journey.Fourteen have since 2006, including current Syracuse H-back Ashton Broyld and outside linebacker Dyshawn Davis — arguably the best players on each side of the ball for the Orange. Nine others who were placed by Syracuse at Milford didn’t make it through. “You’ve got to be a dog to go to Milford and survive,” Broyld said. “I’d probably say that’s tougher than college football. Milford, you’ve got kids coming in the first day who leave because they can’t live like that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMilford Academy is a four-building, football-only private school sitting halfway up a hill in New Berlin, isolated to the point of loneliness. But its reputation for placing athletes at Division I universities makes it a draw to many who didn’t reach the NCAA’s required score on the SAT.Roughly 65 attend each fall, and every day their schedule is the same.Wake up at 6:30. Lift. Shower. Eat breakfast. Start classes at 9:20. Practice. Change. Eat dinner. Team meetings until 9. Lights out by 10.Each athlete enrolls in six classes and averages a 130-point SAT improvement. In the rare intervals of free time, “Frankie’s” New York Pizzeria and the local Stewart’s convenience store are the biggest parties in town.Some can’t handle the lonely lifestyle. Head coach Bill Chaplick kicks off an average of five players every year.Others can, but almost everyone agrees it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever experienced.“Just not seeing no girls, that’s probably the hardest part,” 2004 Milford-to-Syracuse product Jeremy Horne said. “Especially when you go from high school being around girls to seeing no girls, not even in the area.”***Opening the pipelineR.J. Anderson still remembers the smell of Milford Academy’s old gym. Fourteen years ago, back when it was still located in Milford, Conn.“Shit. Piss. It was just mold,” Anderson said. “It had this damp, dew feeling. It seemed like it had been flooded sometime and they kind of never got the stench out of there. It had this mildew smell.”The scent of that decrepit workout room stayed with the quarterback all the way through a four-year career at SU in which he started 33 games after Donovan McNabb’s departure.“I just remember going there and thinking, ‘I’ll do anything to get out of here,’” Anderson said.But Anderson came before the pipeline truly opened up. Before Milford moved to New Berlin in 2004, and back when the Orange still had the talent and reputation to be far more selective in their recruiting process. Milford recruits going to Syracuse wasn’t rare, but the stream wasn’t consistent. The bond wasn’t cemented yet.That started when SU signed Anderson in Chaplick’s first season. Chaplick was named head coach the year after and grew close with former SU head coach Paul Pasqualoni through the years.Chaplick recalls Pasqualoni sending coordinators Steve Addazio and George DeLeone on recruiting trips. They would wear brown, tweed Harris suits and overcoats — and always meant business.“They’d sit you down and they’d tell that kid, ‘You’ve got to make sure that you want to be a Syracuse Orangeman,’” Chaplick said. “It was great, great stuff. It was a different era back then with Pasqualoni.“… They could truly recruit with anyone back then.”But by the time Chaplick and Milford finished their first season in New Berlin in 2005, the Orange had gone 16-20 in its last three seasons. And just as importantly, Chaplick was strengthening his rapport with the Syracuse program.Horne and Joel Coon-Ribble became the first multi-player class in SU-Milford history that offseason.***Building steamThe current Milford weight room is still filled with dated and dinged up equipment, but it smells no worse than any gym. It’s three rooms wide and overlooked by posters of the many former Milford products to reach the NFL.A photo of Horne catching a sideline pass with the Kansas City Chiefs sits above an adjustable, multi-purpose press in the middle room.Five players followed him to Syracuse in the three years after he first suited up for SU. Then the Orange landed its next star via Milford in 2008, Mikhail Marinovich.Marinovich turned down Miami and Purdue to come to Syracuse, gracing upstate New York with what Chaplick called the fastest first step since Dwight Freeney — only he was 60 pounds lighter. The last eight years haven’t all gone quite as smoothly with injuries, academic shortcomings and behavioral disqualifications, but the addition of Marinovich helped open the floodgates.Chaplick grew close with former SU head coach Greg Robinson (2005-08) and even more so with fellow “Northeast guy” Doug Marrone (2009-12) as players like Horne, who played two seasons with the Chiefs, and Marinovich, a three-year starter at SU, highlighted the era.The two most promising NFL talents, though, never got their college careers off the ground.  Defensive end Jermaine Pierce was diagnosed with having blood clots in his lungs during freshman training camp at SU in 2007. Linebacker Myles Davis tore apart his knee playing against West Point while at Milford in 2011.Neither played again.“Jermaine Pierce might’ve been the best guy we ever sent to Syracuse if he’d gotten to play,” Milford Dean of Students and Business Administrator Mike Brennan said. “He was a beast.”Syracuse honored the scholarships of Pierce and Davis, but the flow of talent from Milford slowed. Ken Tinney (Milford 2005) and Romale Tucker (2007-08) failed to clear academically and the Orange did not place any new players at Milford between 2008-09.***The last batchBroyld just didn’t understand what Buff Bowen was telling him.“Like alien,” the Milford quarterbacks coach described Broyld’s initial inability to comprehend instructions. “Painful.”But Broyld worked his way up from third-string quarterback to starting for the 12-0 Falcons. He became the most exciting player on the team, as well as a young man coaches described as coachable and a pleasure to work with.The same 18 year old who was charged with public lewdness for dropping his pants and exposing himself after a Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) High School basketball game three months earlier was becoming a Division I student athlete.“I learned a lot of life lessons. That’s what Milford is about,” Broyld said. “It teaches you how to appreciate things when you get to college.”Broyld, Davis, Jeremiah Kobena, Travon Burke and Jamar McGloster are all Milford products currently listed on the Orange roster.It was the 2011 class that revitalized the pipeline, though each of the last three classes have blemishes.Davis and Kobena were supposed to be joined by Myles Davis. Broyld’s teammate Tyree Smallwood didn’t clear academically and struggled with life at Milford. And in 2013, running back Myles Hilliard was kicked off the team for breaking team rules and fullback Marquis Bownlee had to be sent home for medical treatment.“One of the best things the school does for them is not only help prepare the good ones, but also weed out the bad ones,” Bowen said. “There’ve been a few kids who were supposed to go to Syracuse who never made it there.”***This year, there are no current Milford players committed to Syracuse. Chaplick hasn’t even spoken with first-year head coach Scott Shafer.But the history is more important. The 14 Milford players that have played for Syracuse since 2005 provide Chaplick assurance that Shafer will come back for more.“I don’t have to have him sit in my office,” Chaplick said. “I have a long-term relationship with Syracuse.”SU offensive line coach Pat Perles was the first Orange coach to visit this season, looking at offensive linemen on Thursday. While he didn’t make it clear to Chaplick which players he was particularly interested, Perles did call 6-foot-3, 280-pound Alexander Thompson last Friday.Maybe he’ll be the next R.J. Anderson or Mikhail Marinovich. Or the next Romale Tucker or Andrey Baskin, each of whom was unable to clear academically in two years at Milford.Maybe he’ll end up elsewhere. Either way, the pipeline will continue to flow as long as Chaplick’s desk remains a monotonous hour-and-a-half drive from the Carrier Dome and talented players continue to gain eligibility.He tells each new player as much at the start of each season.“Why would you want to come to Milford and not go to school? And not go to practice?”  Chaplick asks. “Go home. Go work at McDonalds because that’s where you’re going to end up.”“Here in the middle of nowhere, you’ve got nothing to do but go to school and ball out.” Comments Published on September 30, 2013 at 2:18 am Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

Kyle Busch talks 200th win, hot start to season, what’s next

first_img NASCAR at Richmond: Odds, prediction, sleepers, drivers to watch for Toyota Owners 400 “The guys at JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) having been building us fast cars, so we are good when we unload at the track,” he said. “Then Adam (Stevens, crew chief) and the guys have really done a nice job of working through practices and getting our cars better throughout the weekend and also making the calls on race day to put us in a position to win.”He continued: “My guys on pit road have been so good, especially at places like Martinsville and Bristol, where track position was really important where they gained us those spots and put us in a better position at the end of the race. I think you need everything to be successful and we have that going on right now and hope we can keep it going, it’s obviously been a great start to the season for us.”Busch will go for his fourth win in the Cup Series and seventh in his career at Richmond Raceway at the Toyota Owners 400 this week. He will take the weekend off from Xfinity Series racing. Kyle Busch has been unstoppable to start the year, winning 10 races — including three Cup events — across the NASCAR national series.In the process, he passed Richard Petty’s all-time wins record with a victory in the TruNorth Global 250 Gander Outdoors race in the Truck Series on March 23. “Being close to 100 on Xfinity, that’s what I said I’d quit at. The Truck stuff, being in the 50s, I’d love to be able to continue on with that, race my trucks. I like that, working with my guys, my team, my company. On the Cup side, as well, too. Somebody asked me, ‘Is 100 a number?’ Sure, we’ll set the next number on the Cup side at 100. It’s going to be hard to get there, no question about that. You might as well set your goals high, go out there and strive to achieve them.”With his 200th win, Busch also had some fun. Along with Omaze, he is giving fans a chance to join him as a VIP guest as another pretty cool opportunity.”We’re partnering with Omaze to fly one lucky fan and a friend out to North Carolina to drive with me in a new 2018 Toyota Camry Rowdy Edition II,” Busch said. “They get VIP passes for the Coca-Cola 600 and (my wife) Samantha will give them a behind-the-scenes tour at the track. And, of course, the coolest thing is they’ll get to take home the car.”He continued: “Proceeds from the campaign will support The Samantha and Kyle Busch Bundle of Joy Fund, which helps couples who are struggling to conceive a child and advocates for infertility education and awareness. Fans can visit until May 6 to enter for their chance to win and help us raise funds for something that’s very near and dear to our family.”There’s some time before the Coca-Cola 600, but in the weeks leading up to the event Busch has been the hottest driver in all series so far this season. He has won all four Truck races he has entered, three of the four he has been in on the Xfinity side and, of course, the three Cup events.But beyond that, he has finished outside of the top six just once in all of his races and even that finish was a top 10. And he may very well have four wins in the Cup Series had he not been caught for a speeding violation at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when he had a lead.Busch has been running very well, but he says his success is far more than about how he has been driving. He now sits at 202 wins all time, as he took home a victory in the Xfinity Series in Texas and another at Bristol Motor Speedway last week, and he has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.“I think anything beyond the recent 200 is just another number,” Busch told Omnisport this week. “I mean, I could go lightly and say 250, or I could reach for the stars and say 300.  What’s wrong with that? Related Newslast_img read more

Belgium in awe as Hazard turns on Euro 2016 style

first_imgToulouse, FRANCE | AFP | Eden Hazard could eclipse his “difficult” season with Chelsea by taking Euro 2016 by storm, according to Axel Witsel.Hazard struggled to make his mark for Belgium as they finished runner-up place in Group E behind Italy.But in a man-of-the-match performance against Hungary in Toulouse on Sunday, Hazard, captain for the night, turned on the style to score his maiden goal as his country secured a last eight fight against Wales in Lille. It will be the Red Devils’ first European Championship quarter-finals since they lost the 1980 final.Although Hazard warned Wales will be a “complicated” side to play, Belgium are now waiting for a repeat performance against Gareth Bale’s side on Friday.“If we want to go all the way, we need Eden to be playing like he did tonight,” said Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Witsel.“He’s getting better match by match, and it’s good for us. He has all the qualities needed to win the (FIFA) Ballon d’Or (award) or to become the world’s best player.“For me, he’s already among the world’s best. After his difficult season at Chelsea. He’s playing a lot more freer, scoring goals and giving assists.”Chelsea teammate and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had little to do in a one-sided performance that saw Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld head a 10th minute lead before Belgium added three more goals in the second half.Their driving force, he said, was Hazard.“Hazard was fantastic,” said Courtois. “When he wants to, he’s one of the best players in the world.”Hazard was handed the captain’s armband by coach Marc Wilmots, and the 25-year-old responded by producing what he said was his best performance in a Belgian shirt.Wilmots said he told Hazard to do the talking with his boots.“Everyone knows he talks a lot, but a captain can’t just talk about scoring,” said the Belgium coach. “I told him I wanted him to score a goal, that he didn’t shoot enough. And tonight, his feet did the talking.“But I’m not surprised. I know what he’s capable of.”center_img After Belgium spurned a host of chances in the opening half, they responded to a brief Hungary fightback after the interval in style.Michy Batshuayi, with his first touch as a substitute, Hazard and Yannick Carrasco scored in the last 12 minutes to wrap up the win in the tournament’s final match in Toulouse.Hazard did all the creative work for Batshuayi’s 78th minute goal on what was his first touch after coming on as a late substitute.“Eden did a magnificent job,” said the midfielder.“On the goal that he set up for me, but also defensively and offensively, he was superb.“He dribbled past two players to give me the ball. I was unmarked and all I had to do was stick it in the net.“I’ve got only one thing to say to him: thanks captain.”Hazard, meanwhile, was quick to salute Belgium’s “collective” display.“Doing better than tonight would be difficult, I think. Everything was almost perfect. We scored goals, we created a lot of chances, we helped Thibaut (Courtois) keep a clean sheet,” he said.“All in all it was a great night, but we made it easy for ourselves.”“In the second half we killed off the match. To do better (against Wales) will be hard. But we’ll try.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 3last_img read more

LIVE: Sserunkuma comes on to put Uganda Cranes ahead

first_imgLINE UPGoalkeeper Denis Onyango will captain a new-look Uganda Cranes in their opening African Nations Cup match against Cape Verde. (Watch live here)KCC’s on-form striker Derrick Nsibambi starts, as Emmanuel Okwi makes a comeback.The team: Denis Onyango, Nicholas Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Bernard Muwanga, Murushid Juuko, Khalid Aucho, Hassan Wasswa, Miya Faruku, Derrick Nsibambi, Emmanuel Okwi and Isaac Muleme.Substitutes: Benjamin Ochan (GK), Ismail Watenga (GK), Denis Okot, Timothy Awanyi, Robert Kakeeto, Milton Kariisa, Geoffrey Serunkuma & Muhammad ShabanTweets about @OfficialFUFA Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Zambia suffer shock lossesAbuja, Nigeria | AFP | Former African champions Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Zambia all lost at home Saturday on a day of upsets in the first qualifying round for the 2019 Cup of Nations.Three–time champions Nigeria lost a competitive game against South Africa for the first time when they fell 2-0 in the southern Nigerian town of Uyo in Group E.While in Group H the Ivory Coast, who had vowed to win in memory of former team-mate Cheick Tiote, who collapsed and died in China this week, slumped 3-2 to fellow west Africans Guinea in Bouake.Zambia, champions in 2012, fell 1-0 at home to a daring Mozambican side in Group K.New South Africa coach Stuart Baxter labelled his team the underdogs going by their poor head-to-head record against Nigeria.But goals by Tokelo Rantie and substitute Percy Tau in the second half sunk the home team and the visitors were unlucky not to have scored more goals in the Group E clash. “My young team tried their best, there was a mistake for the first goal and the second goal was a gift,” admitted Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.Libya top Group E after a 5-1 spanking of Seychelles on Friday in Cairo, Egypt.In Bouake, the Elephants of Ivory Coast went down to Guinea despite a brace by Seydou Doumbia.Germany-based striker Naby Keita fired the winner for Guinea in the 79th minute.Zambia also got off to a losing start on the road to Cameroon 2019 when they lost for the first time to Mozambique at home.Stanley Ratifo grabbed the last-gasp match winner when he stabbed home a low cross.Before then, Chipolopolo goalkeeper and captain Kennedy Mweene had to pull off a point-blank save to deny the visitors.Guinea-Bissau, shock qualifiers for the 2017 Cup of Nations, edged past Namibia thanks to a Jerson goal on 24 minutes in the other Group K fixture.Cameroon and Malawi both won in Group B. Reigning champions Cameroon pipped Morocco 1-0 in Yaounde while Malawi beat the Comoros by the same scoreline in Blantyre.In Group I, the Zebras of Botswana lost 1-0 to Mauritania in front of their fans in Francistown after they failed to put away many chances.This gutsy contest was decided on 78 minutes when substitute Abdoulaye Soudani controlled a long ball before firing past the Botswana goalkeeper.Hosts Burkina Faso won the other Group I tie against Angola 3-1 with big striker Aristide Bance bagging a brace.Burundi beat South Sudan 3-0 in Group C with Mali fought back from a goal down to beat Gabon 2-1 in Bamako in the other group game. FILE PHOTO: Uganda Cranes fans at AFCON80: Cape Verde ?? 0 Uganda ??  1center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Liverpool cleared to win Premier League at Anfield

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Premier League leaders Liverpool could claim a first title for 30 years at Anfield after the initial batch of fixtures of the restart was announced on Friday.Jurgen Klopp’s men, with a commanding 25-point lead at the top of the table, were just two wins away from clinching the title before coronavirus forced the suspension of football in March.Liverpool’s first match back is against Everton on June 21. The Merseyside derby is due to take place at Goodison Park, less than a mile from Anfield, but a venue has not been confirmed by the Premier League.Crystal Palace will then visit Anfield three days later.Wins in both of those matches would guarantee Liverpool’s first English top-flight title since 1990.But if Manchester City lose at home to Arsenal on June 17, the Reds would be champions if they beat Everton.Liverpool City Council’s safety advisory group will meet next week to make a decision on whether the game can go ahead at Goodison or should be moved to a neutral venue.All remaining 92 Premier League games this season will be played behind closed doors, but there are fears that hosting the game in Liverpool could encourage supporters to congregate around stadiums.Palace’s trip to Anfield will kick off at 2015 local time (1915 GMT). Anfield will host Liverpool’s clash with Crystal Palace on June 24 Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img The only other match that could be moved to a neutral venue from the first three rounds of fixtures is Liverpool’s visit to City on July 2.The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, voiced fears that “there would be many thousands of people who would turn up outside Anfield” on the day Liverpool’s long wait for a league title was ended.That has been disputed by the club, who said they have engaged with supporters’ groups to make sure social-distancing guidelines are followed.Aston Villa will host Sheffield United in the first match of “Project Restart”, followed by Arsenal’s trip to City on June 17.Manchester United’s visit to Tottenham will spearhead the first full round of matches spread over four days from June 19 to 22.Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “We know it won’t be the same without our loyal supporters in stadiums but, together with our broadcast partners, we are able to ensure fans can watch or listen to each match live from home.”“I am delighted we are able to take another positive step towards the season returning in just under two weeks’ time,” he added.last_img read more