Senegal holds Brazil in friendly

first_imgRelatedPosts Global COVID-19 cases surpass 27m – Johns Hopkins Everton sign Brazil midfielder from Napoli Jollof Rice, Akufo-Addo and other things we don’t like about Ghana, by Azu Ishiekwene Brazil drew 1-1 with Senegal in a friendly in Singapore on Thursday as their run without a win stretched to three games, the longest since coach Tite took over in 2016.Roberto Firmino opened the scoring for Brazil after eight minutes when he ran on to a pass from Gabriel Jesus and chipped the ball past goalkeeper Alfred Gomis from close range.Senegal levelled with a penalty by Famara Diedhiou on the stroke of halftime after Marquinhos brought down Sadio Mane.Both sides had chances to get a winner but Senegal will rue missing an opportunity to beat the five-times world champions.Africa’s highest ranked team matched a full-strength Brazil throughout, with Mane hitting the post with five minutes left.The stalemate comes three months after Tite led Brazil to the Copa America title at home and follows last month’s 2-2 draw with Colombia and 1-0 loss to Peru.Brazil’s next match is a friendly with Nigeria, also in Singapore, on Sunday. Tags: Brazilsenegallast_img read more

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Caribbean boxing officials gather for ‘critical’ meeting today

first_img… AIBA turmoil to be topical discussionCARIBBEAN boxing representatives will gather today at the National Resource Centre in Georgetown, for what president of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) Steve Ninvalle is calling a ‘critical’ meeting, especially with the sport’s global body, International Boxing Association (AIBA) in chaos.“The meeting will be looking at the Caribbean’s approach to AIBA, especially with all that’s going on,” Ninvalle highlighted yesterday.AIBA’s Taiwanese president Ching-kuo Wu was suspended by a disciplinary commission. The organisation has been riven with in-fighting for months, with Wu pitted against most of the executive committee, who failed to remove him through a vote of no-confidence tabled in July.AIBA said that the 70-year-old was served with a provisional and immediate suspension from duties pending the conclusion of a complaint against him.It said the complaint was made by 11 AIBA executive committee members on October 1 who alleged that Wu had “violated and continues to violate various provisions of AIBA’s Statutes and Codes” and demanded his suspension.William Louis-Marie, AIBA’s Executive Director was initially scheduled to attend today’s meeting, but Ninvalle said that the latest development at the sport’s governing body impeded his (Louis-Marie) attendance.The America Boxing Confederation (AMBC) will be represented by its Executive Directors Hernan Salvo and Avasldo Bisbal and, together with the eight representatives of the Caribbean, matters of importance will be addressed.“The AMBC actually wanted this meeting to be rescheduled, but I can’t do that, because, what’s happening in AIBA right now will affect us and we need to meet as a collective and figure out the way forward. We can’t suspend the meeting again, not once I’m playing any part in it and we will move on,” Ninvalle said.Ninvalle pointed out that the turmoil in AIBA could affect December’s Caribbean Championships in St Lucia since they (AIBA) had offered US$25 000 to help the host offset expenses.“That support is huge because it’s the first time AIBA offered any financial support. Usually, we go through it alone and it’s very difficult, and that support would really help in a major way,” Ninvalle commented.Ninvalle is an Executive Director at AIBA and was recently named on the organisation’s Executive Committee Bureau but at today’s meeting, Ninvalle said, “I wear many hats, I know, but today, I’m GBA president. This meeting is very critical in terms of moving the sport forward especially with all that’s happening at AIBA.”last_img read more

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Durban, South Africa will not host Games in 2022

first_imgThe 2022 Commonwealth Games will no longer be held in Durban, South Africa.David Grevemberg, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said the city did not meet the criteria set by his organisation, and the search for a new host city had already begun.Durban was awarded the Games in September 2015 and was due to be the first African city to host the event, which was first held in 1930.Liverpool and Birmingham have expressed interest in staging the 2022 edition.The Commonwealth Games are held every four years and feature athletes from more than 50 countries, mostly former British colonies.Last month, South Africa’s sports minister Fikile Mbalula indicated Durban may not be able to host the 2022 event because of financial constraints. “We gave it our best shot but we can’t go beyond. If the country says we don’t have this money, we can’t,” he said.Grevemberg said: “We are disappointed but it does not diminish our commitment to the African continent.”We have had to postpone these ambitions to a later time. We all share disappointment that this ambition needs to be postponed right now.”We remain committed to the inspiring potential of a Games in the continent.”Grevemberg said the South African government had never signed off on the decision for Durban to host the Games. “We have a host city contract,” he said. “It was signed by all parties on the day except for the South African government.”We have engaged with the government to really try to work with their current circumstances but also uphold the commitments that were outlined in their bid. They were unable to do that at this time and we have had to look after the citizens and communities that our events serve.”Grevemberg said an announcement on a new host city would be made by the end of the year.”Discussions with a number of interested parties are under way,” he said. “I am confident an alternative host city will be found and that we will have an inspirational Games for the athletes and fans across the Commonwealth.”A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said: “We had heard rumours that Durban might be unable to deliver the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and have already indicated to the government that we are very willing to host them instead.” Birmingham had already expressed an interest in hosting the 2026 Games.Councillor Ian Ward, deputy leader of the city council, said: “We are aware of the decision from the Commonwealth Games Federation to seek a new host for the 2022 Games.”Here in Birmingham we are already in the advanced stages of producing a detailed feasibility study on what would be needed for a truly memorable Games in the city.”That is due to be completed in the coming weeks and we are in close contact with the government about the developing situation.”last_img read more

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Air rage Blame the firstclass cabin

first_imgIt started commonly enough—a group of tourists returning to China from Thailand complained to the staff on their airplane about not being able to sit together. But one member of the group then threatened to blow up the plane after not getting their request, while another later threw a cup of boiling hot water onto a flight attendant after she couldn’t give him change in Chinese currency. Such “air rage” incidents are on the rise, and a new study may reveal why. After analyzing data on “disruptive passenger incidents” from an airline company’s database of millions of domestic and international airline flights, researchers found that flights with a first-class section were nearly four times more likely to have air rage incidents in their economy class, and that these incidents of “belligerent behavior” or “emotional outbursts” became nearly 12 times more likely among first-class passengers and more than twice as likely among economy-class passengers if people were made to board from the front of the plane and walk through the first-class section together. The study, published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, sought to build on prior research that showed people forced to confront inequality show more antisocial behavior. As first-class sections have become more common and larger since being introduced on airplanes in the late 1970s, they appear to be triggering more air rage incidents among passengers at the back of the plane. The authors argue that airplanes are, in essence, miniature versions of society, where stark differences in class are often a major cause of social unrest.last_img read more

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