first_img0Shares0000Sweden midfielder Jimmy Durmaz trains in Gelendzhik, Russia, during the 2018 World Cup © AFP / Jonathan NACKSTRANDGelendzhik, Russian Federation, Jun 24 – Sweden’s Jimmy Durmaz has denounced as “unacceptable” messages of racial hatred and even death threats after he gave away the foul that led to Toni Kroos’s late winner for Germany at the World Cup.Abusive comments on the 29-year-old substitute’s Instagram account poured in after Germany won 2-1 in the 95th minute in Sochi on Saturday. “I can be criticised for my performance… but there is a line, and that line was crossed yesterday,” Durmaz said in a statement he read out to reporters at the team’s Black Sea coast base in Gelendzhik on Sunday.“When you threaten me, when you call me a “blatte” (a pejorative word for a dark-skinned foreigner), an ‘Arab devil’, a ‘terrorist’, ‘Taliban’, then you have gone far beyond the limit,” he said.Durmaz, who was born in Sweden to Assyrian parents who emigrated from Turkey, said his family and children had also been threatened.“Who the hell does such things? It is completely unacceptable,” he said. “I am Swedish and am proud to play for Sweden. I will never let any racists destroy that pride. We must disregard all forms of racism”.Sweden coach Janne Andersson said the squad “stand 100 percent” behind Durmaz. “No shadow falls over Jimmy, there is nothing bad to say about him. People can’t blame one person. You win as a team and you lose as a team,” midfielder Albin Ekdal told the daily Aftonbladet. “He ran and fought the entire time. It’s bad luck. It’s completely idiotic to give him hatred because of it,” striker John Guidetti said. The abuse was met with outrage from observers and Durmaz’s fans. “Crazy people openly raging with racism against Jimmy Durmaz after a football match unfortunately says too much about the world we live in,” Swedish sports journalist Patrick Ekwall tweeted on Sunday.“Don’t let them get to you! You’re amazing,” a fan wrote on Durmaz’s Instagram accountSweden face Mexico in Yekaterinburg on Wednesday, with the chance to progress to the knockout rounds.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgFulham 1 Sunderland 3Fulham had captain Brede Hangeland sent off before crashing to a home defeat amid a flurry of second-half goals.Hangeland was dismissed on the half-hour mark for a two-footed challenge on Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole – the only real incident of note in a first half devoid of entertainment.But the match exploded into life after the break, Steven Fletcher firing Sunderland ahead only for 10-man Fulham to equalise through substitute Mladen Petric.Parity lasted just a couple of minutes, however, as Carlos Cuellar nodded the visitors back in front and Stephane Sessegnon curled in a cracker to set Sunderland on the way to their first away win of the season.Fulham were the superior side in the first half hour but were unable to carve open an organized Sunderland defence and chances were rare.The key incident came on 30 minutes. Hangeland’s ball-winning challenge on Cattermole was deemed reckless and dangerous by referee Lee Probert and the Whites captain was given his marching orders.Fulham kept pressing though and Dimitar Berbatov should have scored when teed up by Damien Duff, only to shoot tamely at keeper Simon Mignolet.Sunderland, with only seven league goals to their name this season, went ahead on 51 minutes, Fletcher winning a foot race with Philippe Senderos to convert Adam Johnson’s angled pass.Fulham leveled when Petric, who had only just replaced the injured Bryan Ruiz, slid home Duff’s cross as the static Sunderland defence appealed in vain for offside against the Irishman.Sunderland restored their lead shortly afterwards, Cuellar nodding home Johnson’s corner, and within five minutes they were 3-1 up, Sessegnon curling an unstoppable effort beyond the despairing Schwarzer.Fulham (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise; Sidwell, Karagounis (Senderos 34); Duff, Ruiz (Petric 59), Kacaniklic (Rodallega 27); Berbatov. Subs not used: Kelly, Dejagah, Smith, Stockdale.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgCrescent City >> The Arcata Tigers and McKinleyville Panthers opened the 2016 Humboldt-Del Norte Conference cross country season in impressive fashion Wednesday afternoon at Del Norte Golf Course.The Tigers swept both the boys and girls individual titles — with Kellen O’Neill winning the boys race with a time of 15 minutes, nine seconds and Riley Martel-Phillips taking the girls race with a time of 18:30. Martel-Phillips also led the Arcata girls to a team victory as the Tigers placed three …last_img read more

first_imgEureka >> In what will be a bitter pill for the Corsairs to swallow, the Shasta Knights overcame what was once a 21-point deficit to defeat Redwoods, 66-61, in overtime on Wednesday at College of the Redwoods.“(Shasta) came together as a unit late and were sticking some tough shots so you really have to tip your cap to them,” Redwoods head coach Aaron Hungerford said. “They played really well all the way down and we didn’t expect anything less from them.”After a close first quarter which saw …last_img read more

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download South Africa at Work contact sheet (1.5MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) KwaZulu-Natal Midlands: Ceramic artist Sharon Tlou at work in the studio of Ardmore Ceramics. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal Midlands: Sculptor Nomandla Phyllis Nodola at work in the studio of Ardmore Ceramics. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal Midlands: Master potter Lovemore Sithole at work in the studio of Ardmore Ceramics. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal Midlands:Siyabonga Mabaso, an artist at Ardmore Ceramics.Photo: Hannelie CoetzeeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal Midlands: Sharon Tlou, a painter at Ardmore Ceramics.Photo: Hannelie CoetzeeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal Midlands: Lovemore Sithole, a master potter at Ardmore Ceramics.Photo: Hannelie CoetzeeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com» Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal Midlands: Potter at work at Ardmore Ceramics.Photo: Hannelie CoetzeeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal Midlands: Eunice Madlala at work in the dairy at Swissland Cheese Farm. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image KwaZulu-Natal Midlands: Eunice Madlala at work in the dairy at Swissland Cheese Farm. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image SOUTH AFRICA AT WORK 7: {loadposition saatwork}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

first_img26 January 2016South African music duo Mafikizolo was in the Swiss town of Davos on Saturday night to perform at the gala dinner to mark the closing of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) gathering.Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza were invited by the founder and executive chairman of WEF, Klaus Schwab, after he saw their performance at the WEF Africa regional meeting in June 2015, which took place in Cape Town.Arts and culture is a critical vehicle through which the spirit of South Africa’s national brand is conveyed within the country and beyond its borders. As such the role of arts and culture in building national cohesion and the economy is recognised in the National Development Plan.Mafikizolo’s sound is a fusion of Afro-pop, kwela, and marabi mixed with a little trance and house.The group released its debut self-titled album in 1997, followed by Music Revolution in 1999. However, it was the 2013 album, Reunited, that got the South African music industry buzzing. It scooped numerous accolades, including three Metro FM awards, four South African Music Awards (Sama) and two MTV Africa trophies.Watch the video of Happiness, the song that earned Mafikizolo a Best Collaboration Sama.Watch the video of Khona, the song that won four Samas, including Best Selling Full-Track Download.last_img read more

first_imgIn a bid to check the spree of illegal encroachments on the hill slopes of the district’s eco-sensitive Pavana dam area, the Western Bench of the National Green Tribunal has issued notices to the State Environment Department, and 53 other people, including many celebrities.A Bench comprising Justices S.P. Wangdi and Dr. Nagin Nanda was acting on an environment interest litigation (EIL) filed by Sanjay Vishwanath ‘Bala’ Bhegade, a Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Maval, around 18 km from the city.“The area [in Maval Taluk] under the water catchments of the Pavana Dam, surrounded by hills, has been declared as an ‘eco-sensitive zone’ by the committee formed by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in 2000 under the Chairmanship of Dr. Pronab Sen,” reads Mr. Bhegade’s petition.However, recently, a number of diamond merchants, cricketers, industrialists and Bollywood personalities have built luxurious villas and farm-houses on the hills, said advocate Asim Sarode, counsel for the petitioner.“The illicit constructions are shearing away the natural contours on the hilltops and hill-slopes, and the rampant felling of trees was causing permanent damage to the environment,” said Mr. Bhegade.Mr. Bhegade also alleged that the constructions had already disrupted water channels, forcing streams and rivers to alter their natural flowing path, posing a serious risk of landslides. “Earlier, some villagers had approached government authorities to apprise them of the situation. But other than sending notices to the owners of the illegal constructions, no action was taken. Hence, I have filed this EIL,” Mr. Bhegade said. Despite the ecological damage and a significant reduction of forest and green cover area, the taluk still retains its importance as a forest area rich in biodiversity, as is noted by the Madhav Gadgil and Kasturirangan panels on the ecological preservation of the Western Ghats, Mr. Sarode said.The tribunal also reprimanded the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) and the Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board for the rise in encroachments in the area. The next hearing is set for August 6.last_img read more

first_imgMILO executives during the announcement of the Philippine team for the FC Barcelona training on Wednesday. Photo by Bong LozadaThirteen kids are set to go on a trip of a lifetime as they head to  Spain this October to experience the brand of football of the La Liga giant FC Barcelona.The selected youngsters, who were chosen after two-day camp conducted by MILO and FCB Escola Youth Academy, will be in Barcelona from October 15 to 23 for a series of trainings and other activities including watching a live La Liga match between Barcelona and Malaga at Camp Nou.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES But Willy De Ocampo, the Vice President and Business Unit Manager of MILO Philippines, said they are “committed to bringing everybody to Barcelona.”“Rest assured there won’t be anyone left behind, everyone will fly either on Saturday or Thursday,” said De Ocampo. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img Tamaraws come up short against the Green Archers anew From 150 participants, Lien Dale Manuel, Lara Angela Amante, Liam Arc Villaran, Kevin Hadap, Heaven Andrei Teodosio, Lorenzo Miguel Castillo Plaza, Alexis Caitlin Tan, Joseph Kyne Garces, Marcus Lucas Arias, Lorenz Albert Tortona, Enzo Gacutan Courbet, Boris Malcolm Uy, and Ethan Jacob Roxas impressed coaches the most during the camp held last September 2 to 3.“We believe that we have a really good team of kids who exemplify the right mix of values and skills that both MILO and FC Barcelona advocate,” said the brand’s sports executive Robbie De Vera Wednesday during the press conference in Taguig.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFormer Barcelona defender Eric Abidal will also join the young footballers in the training camp where they will also undergo classroom sessions at FCB Escola and technical skills development on the pitch.Unfortunately, there were hiccups when it came to processing of visa with a some of the kids with only a few days left before the trip. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgPakistan President Asif Ali Zardari was in his devastating best on Saturday. “Nobody would be allowed to impose his views through the barrel of the gun and dictate his brand of Islam?nobody can force anyone to offer namaz and sport beard?there are some ‘asteen ke sanp’ [poisonous snakes hidden in our sleeves] and some from outside who are our enemies?. We have to live in history, while others want to live in tomorrow’s headlines.” These were the words Zardari spoke while addressing a public meeting on the inauguration of the Benazir Bhutto Apna Ghar housing scheme for PIA employees here. “We are turning their (Bhuttos’) words into action and we are not merely raising slogans as we are not political actors. We are making and saving Pakistan,” he added. Fight the terrorists to the last manAccording to reports in Dawn, The News International, Urdu daily Jang among other newspapers, President Zardari declared: “We are at war with terrorists and shall fight them to the last man and make Pakistan secure for ourselves and the future generation.” “After making workers owner of 12 per cent shares in various organisations, this scheme is part of the PPP’s promise of ‘roti, kapra, aur makan’ (food, clothing and shelter).” Sri Lanka-type fight Referring to Sri Lanka’s fight against Tamil Tigers for more than four decades, President Zardari expressed a similar resolve and said that those who wanted to take over this country through the barrel of the gun and by imposing their brand of Islam would never succeed.advertisement “Our enemies are foreign as well as within,” he said.  Zardari said the government was determined to make Pakistan secure for future generations from elements who were against its integrity. He said that former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had warned against the designs of the terrorists when she talked about Swat and was subsequently assassinated. Critics are ‘political actors’ He said that best revenge of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto’s martyrdom was to work hard and make Pakistan prosperous and economically strong and safe for the coming generation. Responding to critics who he described as ‘political actors’, he said that PPP did not believe in slogan mongering like them but was working for the welfare of people, especially the downtrodden. That is why its leaders are and will be remembered in history. In an apparent reference to the elements advocating for regime change Mr Zardari said: “No seth can dictate us who will form the government and who will not.”The people will remember the PPP’s period of governance for its service to the people, he said, adding: “We have to live in history, while others want to live in tomorrow’s headlines.” The president said that now prime ministers would only be made by the people and not by influential political leaders.last_img read more