Serbia-Albania match abandoned following drone stunt, brawl

first_imgBy Zoran MilosavljevicThe politically-sensitive Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned on Tuesday following a brawl between players from both sides after a flag stunt.The Group I game, with no away fans permitted, was interrupted when a flag depicting so-called Greater Albania, an area covering all parts of the Balkans where ethnic Albanians live, was flown over the terraces and pitch by what appeared to be a remote controlled mini drone near the end of the first half.A Serbian player eventually grabbed the flag at the Partizan stadium, prompting an angry reaction from Albanian players and an unsightly melee ensued.Riot police then moved in when around a dozen fans invaded the pitch and attacked the Albanian players, forcing them to retreat into the tunnel as flares were thrown from the terraces.After a delay of around half an hour, English referee Martin Atkinson abandoned the game, which stood at 0-0.“What happened is something we can’t comprehend at the moment,” Serbia captain Branislav Ivanovic told reporters.“On behalf of my team, all I can say is that we wanted to carry on and that we shielded the Albanian players every step of the way to the tunnel (after the riot broke out).“The Albanian team said they were unfit physically and mentally to carry on after talking to the officials and they will now decide the fate of this match. We can only regret that football took a back seat but it is difficult to draw any conclusions or make any comments now.”Albanian captain Lorik Cana told Albanian television: “I saw my players being attacked and hit even inside the tunnel, and even by the stewards. We were not in the right psychological or physical state to continue playing.”“POLITICAL PROVOCATION”Serbian state television reported that Olsi Rama, the brother of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, was arrested in the VIP section on suspicion of instigating the flag stunt.Albanian Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri said that to the best of his knowledge Olsi Rama had left the stadium for the airport, according to information he had from Serbia’s interior ministry and Albanian officials in Belgrade.Asked if he had been arrested on suspicion of organising the drone stunt, Tahiri told Reuters: “Not to my knowledge. It’s speculation.”Security was tight for a game at which no away fans were present and held against a backdrop of long-running Serb-Albanian tensions over Kosovo, a majority-Albanian former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008.NATO waged a 78-day air war in 1999 to halt the killing and expulsion of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo by Serbian forces fighting a two-year counter-insurgency war. Serbia does not recognise Kosovo as independent.Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic was quoted on the website of Serbian daily Blic as saying: “This was a political provocation.“The main question for me is how will the European Union and UEFA react, because if someone from Serbia had unveiled a flag of Greater Serbia in Tirana or Pristina (capital of Kosovo) it would already be on the agenda of the U.N. Security Council.”UEFA match delegate Harry Been said: “It is a regretful situation on which we will report; the referee, myself and the security advisor. The circumstances were such that we couldn’t continue the match.“You all saw what happened and I cannot comment on who is to blame or what to blame. I will submit a report with my colleagues to UEFA and UEFA will decide what will happen further.”last_img read more

Reports Wanderers chasing Didier Drogba

first_imgFox Sports reports the free agent is an ambitious target for the team who have Kerem Bulut and Brendon Santalab as its key marksmen.Thirty-eight-year-old Drogba’s profile as one of the top Premier League strikers of his generation in two stints with Chelsea would also likely fulfill requirements to receive assistance from the Football Federation Australia’s marquee fund.The Wanderers have been linked Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov in recent months as they consider forward options.Drogba scored over 100 goals for Chelsea and had stints playing for Galatasaray, Shanghai Shenhua and Montreal Impact.Meanwhile, keeper Vedran Janjetovic is set to swap from Sydney FC to the Wanderers according to AAP.last_img read more

A spot of bother: Man United paying the penalty

first_imgHowever Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tried to dress it up, Manchester United’s record from the penalty spot this season looks like no laughing matter.Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul denied both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial from the spot at Carrow Road on Sunday, meaning United have missed more penalties than they have scored this campaign.Solskjaer may have joked that Rashford did the “honourable thing” in missing the first as it did not look a clear-cut penalty, but behind the smile he must be concerned about his side’s record.Though the misses made no difference to the result as United ran out 3-1 winners, their first Premier League away victory since February, his search for a reliable penalty taker goes on.Not counting the penalty shoot-out against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup, United have taken seven penalties this season but converted only three.Rashford, Martial and Paul Pogba have all tried their luck and all have missed at least once, with failures from Rashford and Pogba costing United points early in the campaign.It is not actually a new problem for United, who have the second worst record among all Premier League clubs over the last 10 years from the spot, but one that feels particularly acute in a season when they are struggling to score goals from open play.Though Rashford found the net from the spot in the season opener against Chelsea, within a fortnight there were costly misses that started something of a controversy over who should be taking them – a question which still does not seem to be settled.Pogba missed the chance to score a winner in a 1-1 draw with Wolves before Rashford fired against a post against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.United were 1-0 down at the time, and though they levelled through Daniel James in the 89th minute, Patrick van Aanholt scored a stoppage-time winner for the visitors.Rashford looked more assured as his penalty proved the match winner in a 1-0 victory over Leicester on September 14 while Martial raised his hand as an option by scoring from the spot in last week’s 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League, only to miss three days later at Carrow Road.Solskjaer was in a mood to laugh it off after the game – “they all score penalties, apart from when it comes to the ones that matter” he said – but with his side averaging only 1.3 goals per game in the league this season, it is surely a serious concern.last_img read more

James climbs NBA scoring list as Cavs blow out Heat

first_imgGinebra teammates show love for Slaughter Kyrie Irving scored 23 points as Cleveland notched their third straight victory and their second in a row by 30 points.Cleveland held the Heat to 34.8 percent shooting from the field — a season low for a Cavaliers opponent and the Heat’s season low.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliCavs coach Tyronn Lue said the defensive contribution of DeAndre Liggins, who has started the past two games in place of J.R. Smith, had been a key piece of the turnaround following the Cavaliers’ three-game losing streak.“He’s done a great job for us and he’s a big part of this three-game winning streak we have right now,” Lue said. “His defense and his deflections, it’s contagious. The way he plays and plays hard, guys respect that.” Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes We are young A driving layup by Irving at the third-quarter buzzer stretched Cleveland’s lead to 87-69 and coach Tyronn Lue pulled his starters after James passed Elvin Hayes (27,313) for ninth place on the scoring list.James came into the contest with 27,288 points and needed 26 to move up the list.“Any time I’m mentioned with any of the greats — he’s one of them — it’s very surreal, and very humbling,” James said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Westbrook’s 7th straight triple-double not enough as OKC falls MOST READ As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUNDcenter_img Senators to proceed with review of VFA The Heat, hit by Dwyane Wade’s departure in free agency and a spate of injuries, are floundering.They languish in last place in their division, their playoff hopes already looking dim with three quarters of the season remaining.Miami’s Udonis Haslem was a late scratch for personal reasons, which meant there were no Heat players on the floor who played with James prior to his departure from Miami three seasons ago.“It does feel like a former team, but it’s not many ties left besides the coaches,” James said. “Without UD here, there’s none of the players that I played with, so it doesn’t have that feeling like that when you go out there. But it hasn’t been like that for me for a little while anyways.”Former Cavs guard Dion Waiters, nursing a torn thigh muscle, was among six Heat players sidelined by injury, and the available players just couldn’t keep pace in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, passes around Miami Heat’s Rodney McGruder in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 114-84. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)LeBron James’s 27 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 114-84 blowout of the Miami Heat on Friday moved the Cavs superstar into ninth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.James added eight rebounds and eight assists against his former team, and Kevin Love fought through back spasms to contribute 28 points and 15 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Prestige May Take US$10.7M GOL Debt to Int’l Court

first_imgThe long awaited ruling in a US$10.7 million vehicle procurement debt case against the government, may likely end up in an international court of justice, if the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice fails to render a definite decision, the management of Prestige and Alliance Motor has threatened.The company said its intention to seek redress from an international court is due to the delay on the part of the Commercial Court to rule whether or not it has jurisdiction to handle the matter, which state lawyers have argued the Court cannot hear because it took place prior to its establishment by an Act of the Legislature in 2010.They did not name the international court to which they have resolved to file their case. Legal experts have observed that the matter could go to the ECOWAS Court.The ruling has been with the court that is being presided over by a three judge panel since February 2015, according to the company.“We filed the complaint against the government in 2012, and the court first heard the matter in February 2015, after which they reserved ruling,” the company’s legal team said.“After that, the court again asked the parties to appear before it in October 2015, but mandated us to file a proposed ruling, which we did, and up to this time (we are) without a ruling,” he said.“Our partner is putting extra pressure on the company to take the matter to an international court of justice for redress, since the court cannot tell us whether or not it has jurisdiction over the matter.” The company, through the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm, in 2012, filed a lawsuit against the Liberian government contending that from 2000 to 2008, Mr. Haddad, a Lebanese businessman, sold and repaired vehicles and also supplied spare parts amounting to US$10.7 million to several government institutions, adding that the Liberian government is yet to pay the debt, despite Mr. Haddad’s persistent appeals.Government lawyers said the establishment of the court in 2010 means the law that created it prevents the court from hearing cases prior to its establishment.They further argue that if the court continues with the matter, it would be a complete violation of the Constitution and the Act that created it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No Arteta exit, Gunners in van der Weil link

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, July 1-The agent of Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has denied reports that his client is set for a move to Athletic Bilbao.Reports in Spain have suggested that the 32-year-old, who is entering the final year of his contract with the Gunners, has been lined up as a replacement for Ander Herrera, who has joined Manchester United. However, Arteta’s representative, Inaki Ibanez, has rubbished any such rumours, insisting that his client is happy in north London.“This is totally false. Mikel has no interest in leaving Arsenal,” Ibanez told El Mundo Deportivo.Arteta joined Arsenal from Everton in 2011 and has gone on to make 124 appearances for the club, scoring 15 goals.Meanwhile, Arsenal are reportedly preparing a £12million bid for full-back Gregory van der Weil, who is thought to be deemed surplus to requirements at Paris Saint-Germain.The Gunners are currently in the market for a right-back following the departure of Bacary Sagna to Manchester City, and have been linked with moves for Toulouse’s Serge Aurier and Mathieu Debuchy of Newcastle.However, Arsene Wenger is thought to be a keen admirer of PSG’s talented 26-year-old, and the Ligue 1 champions are believed to be open to a deal, with Van der Weil having dropped down the pecking order at Parc des Princes towards the end of last season.The defender managed 35 appearances for Les Parisiens on their way to the French title, although a series of injuries meant he fell out of favour in the business end of the campaign, which also led to his exclusion from the Netherlands squad currently at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FIFA 17 winter upgrades: Top 20 Ligue 1 stars with refreshed ratings

first_img 20 4. Bernardo Silva (Monaco) – Rating = 82 (up from 81) 20 20 20 After half a season of consideration, EA have given FIFA 17 a winter refresh, upgrading and downgrading hundreds of players across the world.The first division to be updated was the Premier League and now a huge number more stars have seen their ratings change.But which superstars in Ligue 1have been lucky enough to see their virtual persona improve?Click the right arrow above to see the top 20 upgraded France-based players on FIFA 17… 20 20 17. Alassane Plea (Nice) – Rating = 79 (up from 77) 20 16. Djibril Sidibe (Monaco) – Rating = 80 (up from 79) 20 20 18. William Vainqueur (Marseille) – Rating = 79 (up from 77) 20 20 20 15. Younes Belhanda (Nice) – Rating = 80 (up from 79) 14. Fabinho (Monaco) – Rating = 80 (up from 79) 12. Morgan Sanson (Marseille) – Rating = 80 (up from 78) 10. Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain) – Rating = 80 (up from 78) 20 20 20 2. Kamil Glik (Monaco) – Rating = 84 (up from 83) 20. Wylan Cyprien (Nice) – Rating = 78 (up from 71) 8. Florian Thauvin (Marseille) – Rating = 81 (up from 77) 20 20 20 6. Dante (Nice) – Rating = 81 (up from 80) 5. Radamel Falcao (Monaco) – Rating = 82 (up from 81) 9. Thomas Lemar (Monaco) – Rating = 80 (up from 78) 20 13. Jean Seri (Nice) – Rating = 80 (up from 79) 19. Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco) – Rating = 78 (up from 74) 3. Danijel Subasic (Monaco) – Rating = 84 (up from 83) 7. Mario Balotelli (Nice) – Rating = 81 (up from 79) 20 11. Corentin Tolisso (Lyon) – Rating = 80 (up from 78) 1. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) – Rating = 86 (up from 85)last_img read more

New rules require closer eye on e-mail

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. companies will need to know more about where they store e-mails, instant messages and other electronic documents generated by their employees in the event they are sued, thanks to changes in federal rules that took effect Friday, legal experts say. The changes, approved by the Supreme Court’s administrative arm in April after a five-year review, require companies and other parties involved in federal litigation to produce “electronically stored information” as part of discovery, the process by which both sides share evidence before a trial. Federal and state courts have increasingly been requiring the production of such evidence in individual cases. The new rules clarify that the data will be required in federal cases. Under the new rules, an information technology employee who routinely copies over a backup computer tape could be committing “virtual shredding” once a lawsuit has been filed, said Alvin F. Lindsay, a partner at Hogan & Hartson LLP and expert on technology and litigation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Companies still could routinely purge their archives if the data aren’t relevant to cases companies have pending or expect to face, though specific sectors such as financial services remain governed by other data-retention rules. The new rules make it more important for companies to know what electronic information they have and where, especially because of a provision that requires lawyers to provide information much earlier than before on where their clients’ data are stored. Large companies are likely to face higher costs from organizing their data in order to meet those deadlines, said James Wright, director of electronic discovery at Halliburton Co. Besides e-mail, he said, companies also will need to know about things more difficult to track, like digital photos on employee cell phones. There are hundreds of “e-discovery vendors” and these businesses raked in approximately $1.6 billion in 2006, Wright said. That figure could double in 2007, he added. last_img read more

#AskIt Results – Walt Disney World Food and Bev Needs

first_imgShare This!Last week, we promoted you to head up Food and Beverage at Walt Disney World and asked which area would be your first priority. There was one clear winner (is it really a winner if the most people said it needs improvement?)…. There was a clear consensus among our readers for where they’d start.ResultsQuick Service options – 1296✅Character Dining – 254Adult and Signature Dining – 184Bars and Lounges – 177And of course this makes total sense. Of this options given, quick service is one dining choice that nearly everyone who visits Walt Disney World will experience. It’s also the most ubiquitous. So why do so many people think it needs improvement?Quality and choice were mentioned many times. There is a feeling out there that Disney quick service is nothing but burgers, chicken nuggets, and pizza. This is interesting because while those are certainly available, each park has many other choices.Here are some of my picks for quick service options in Walt Disney World based on a thoroughly unscientific basis of where I tend to eat when doing research with Len Testa:Magic KingdomColumbia Harbour House and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe are the two places you’ll find me and Len when we’re eating at Magic Kingdom. Both have interesting menus. Columbia Harbour House wins for me because you can often find a quiet place to eat upstairs. Pecos Bill is Len’s choice for the fajitas and toppings bar.AvoidCosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe. I just can’t with Cosmic Ray’s. I know there are lower rated places in Magic Kingdom, but I never willingly eat here.EpcotNine months out of the year, any Festival booth is your best quick choice for dining at Epcot. There’s something for everyone to enjoy and you can sample around many booths as opposed to committing to one location. Tangierine Cafe is a big favorite around here. Come for the food, stay for the beautiful Morocco pavilion. Sunshine Seasons doesn’t just have good food, it’s a great place to relax and get out of the sun. Rope droppers will enjoy its breakfast offerings after a ride on Soarin’.AvoidEpcot is known for food, so why would anyone elect to eat at Electric Umbrella or Liberty Inn? Expand your Horizons and try something new.Animal Kingdom ParkSatu’li Canteen came on the scene and reminded us how good Disney can be at quick service dining. Even the desserts here (usually just an afterthought when it comes to this type of meal) are worth trying.Flame Tree Barbecue is a longtime favorite with Animal Kingdom visitors, though its vegetarian options are extremely limited.AvoidPizzafari. Actually avoid all quick service pizza in every park.Disney’s Hollywood StudiosI was going to say, “don’t even try,” but today I’m feeling optimistic that Woody’s Lunch Box will turn around the sorry state of quick service dining at Hollywood Studios. If you’re an adult looking for a snack and something to take the edge off, BaseLine Taphouse is my choice. (The alcohol helps me forget the lousy quick service dining options at the Studios.)AvoidThe rest of the park. There’s nothing sadder than being hungry at Hollywood Studios and not having a dining reservation or just not wanting to have a sit-down meal.What are your winners and losers in quick service dining at Walt Disney World? Talk about it in the comments. And stay tuned for this week’s poll.last_img read more

Diski Striker spreads 2010 vibe

first_imgThe Diski Striker vehicle is doing its bit toraise excitement for the upcoming 2010Fifa World Cup. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)An eye-catching minibus with a difference is currently zipping around Johannesburg to teach the public about the history of the Beautiful Game and build excitement ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which kicks off in June.The vehicle, which used to belong to the City of Johannesburg’s private fleet, has been kitted out in the colours of the South African flag, with side paneling that resembles a football and a giant black dung beetle on its rooftop. It’s called the Diski Striker – “diski” is the local township slang word for football.The Diski Striker’s football-shaped exterior is inscribed with interesting facts about the history of football across the world and new South African football trends, such as makarapas and vuvuzelas.It explains how the game of football developed and gives information on the various World Cups, starting with the inaugural tournament in 1930 – which Uruguay won – until 2006, when Italy became the champions in the German-hosted Cup.Peter Hall, head of the City of Johannesburg-owned James Hall Transport Museum, came up with the idea of the Diski Striker and developed it in April 2009. “The museum runs a lot of projects around education, and I knew that we had to do something for the World Cup,” he said.Spreading football fever“The vehicle has a means to communicate with the communities,” said Hall. “Children learn a lot from it.”It took Hall and his team at the museum six weeks to transform and revive the minibus, which had been destined for demolition. Their job included painting the vehicle, adding the metal football paneling to the sides and attaching the dung beetle to the roof. The friendly-looking beetle replica is made from steel, wire and fibreglass.Diski Striker was finally unveiled to the public in November last year and has been a familiar site on the city’s roads ever since.It has travelled around Orange Farm in the south of Johannesburg, about 45km from the city centre, and visited other disadvantaged areas in the city like Diepsloot and Alexandra townships. “It will also do a road show through these areas,” said Sue Reddy, a senior specialist at the City of Johannesburg’s Arts, Culture and Heritage department.“Diski Striker is used to educate and engage people on the big picture of the forthcoming 2010 event,” Reddy said. “The project is intended to add to a lasting soccer legacy.”Busy scheduleWith fewer than 150 days left until the World Cup kicks off, the Diski Striker has a busy schedule.Driven by the museum’s David Rikhotso and at times by Hall himself, the minibus stops at shopping malls, schools and other public areas around the city, such as parks. During each trip vuvuzelas and footballs – sponsored by the City of Johannesburg – are handed out to fans along the way.The museum has also launched an educational bus that is circuiting city schools and recreation centres to spread interesting information about the upcoming football spectacular.Hall said they are developing a mobile television bus, which they hope to launch soon. “It will be a moving fan park for children [during the World Cup].”History of transport in JohannesburgThe James Hall Transport Museum, situated in La Rochelle southeast of Johannesburg, details the history of transportation in Johannesburg over the centuries. Developed by the late James Hall, a car enthusiast, and the city council in 1964, the museum exhibits several modes of transport like vintage bicycles, motorbikes, steam locomotives, buses and trams.Peter Hall has built on his father’s passion for historic vehicles and still collects models for the museum. “There are all sort of vehicles dating from 1786 to 1980,” Hall said.“The museum has grown and we have plans to develop it further,” he added. “We would like to have a tram running across the museum.”The Diski Striker will become one of the museum exhibits after the World Cup. “It will definitely be part of the history and heritage of the country,” Hall said.last_img read more