Beleaguered Word Cup gets dreary opener: Russia-Saudi Arabia

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NU Pep Squad shoots for 5th straight crown The United States is missing from soccer’s top event for the first time since 1986 and four-time champion Italy will be watching from afar for the first time since 1958.Germany remains the favorite. Its depth was clear when an experimental squad won the Confederations Cup in Russia in July. Germany opens against Mexico in its quest to become the first country to win back-to-back World Cup titles since Brazil in 1962. The Germans then face Sweden and South Korea in Group F.“We got opponents that are not unknown to us,” Germany captain Manuel Neuer said. “That’s what I like best, when we know what to expect.”Germany is hoping to be based in Sochi along with Brazil. The only five-time world champion does not intend to move its training camp despite a schedule that has none of its games in the Black Sea resort. The Selecao, beaten 7-1 at home by Germany in the 2014 semifinals, were drawn in Group E with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.“Despite the distances, there are quick ways to get there,” Brazil coach Tite said.ADVERTISEMENT Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, Brazilian soccer legend Pele, center, and Argentinian soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona pose for a photo prior to the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday Dec. 1, 2017. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)MOSCOW — A World Cup shrouded in corruption controversies and struggling to attract sponsors could have the dreariest of starts on the field: a meeting of the lowest-ranked teams in the 32-team field.Host Russia and Saudi Arabia play June 14 at Moscow in an opener lacking global appeal, but things pick up the next day when 2010 champion Spain and defending European champion Portugal meet in Sochi.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene England, eliminated in the group stage three years ago, was drawn into Group G along with newcomer Panama, Tunisia and Belgium. Gareth Southgate’s first World Cup game as a coach will be a repeat of his first as a player — Southgate made his World Cup debut in England’s 2-0 win over Tunisia in 1998.“We’ve been good at writing off teams and then getting beaten by them,” Southgate said.Roberto Martinez also will be making his World Cup debut. But the Belgium coach knows England well after spending two decades there as a coach and player.“It is going to be one of those games with no secrets,” said Martinez, a former Everton manager. “We have 25 players in the British game. That brings that understanding. That brings that competitive level.”Peru, the last of the 32 teams to qualify for Russia, is in Group C with 1998 champion France, Australia and Denmark.“It could have been worse,” France coach Didier Deschamps said.The only group without a former World Cup champion is H — Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan.The Russians have been placed with the winners of the first World Cup — Uruguay — in Group A along with Egypt and Uruguay. At No. 65, Russia is the lowest-ranked team at the tournament, with Saudi Arabia only two places higher.“I’ve never seen them,” Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov said.The ceremony was opened by Russian President Vladimir Putin, one day short of the seventh anniversary of the FIFA executive committee vote that awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar — the subject of bribe allegations against soccer executives brought up nearly daily in New York during a corruption trial against top soccer officials. Putin urged fans to visit and enjoy his “big and multifaceted” country, a rallying cry that comes amid concerns about racism and hooliganism. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “We will do everything to make it a major sporting festival,” Putin said, anticipating a World Cup of “friendship and fair play, values that do not change with time.”The Olympic doping scandal surrounding Russia hung over the final countdown to the draw. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, head of the local World Cup organizing committee, defended himself against accusations he helped orchestrate state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.“Nowadays everyone is trying to make some kind of axis of evil out of us, just because we’re a great sporting power,” Mutko said.The International Olympic Committee executive board will decide on Tuesday whether to ban Russia from the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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It is the defending European champion and has a squad filled with top players.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNone more so than Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently joined Argentina’s Lionel Messi as the only five-time winners of FIFA’s player of the year award. Messi’s quest for his first World Cup title begins the following day when Argentina takes on Iceland — at 334,000 the least-populous country to qualify for the World Cup.Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson already knows what he must tell his team: “Watch out for No. 10.”last_img read more

City looks towards hosting a forum on the Missing and Indigenous Woman and Girls Report

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With recent talks regarding the Moose Hide Campaign, an invite to the lieutenant governor’s event on missing and murdered indigenous woman and girls, and the report of 231 recommendations, Mayor Lori Ackerman brought forward new business at Council.Mayor Lori Ackerman wanted to know how the City could host a community to community forum in Fort St. John for missing and murdered indigenous woman and girls and about the 231 recommendations with the town’s First Nations neighbours. The Mayor said, “For a conversation in the community about the 231 recommendations and what can be done as a community to address some of the recommendations.”The Mayor said it’s important to her that something would be done with the neighbouring first nations as well as addressing available funding through UBCM. The Mayor asked Council if they would want to move ahead planning an event if there were available funds in the current City budget or if they should wait to source other funding.- Advertisement -The City Manager suggested City Staff put together a report to better understand what the event would look like as the Mayor said, “We need to gauge the willingness of the First Nation Communities to participate, then we would be doing it ourselves.”The City Manager followed up that there was still value in doing a study session on the final report of the 231 recommendations and how it impacts communities and local governments and what recommendations can be moved forward on. The Mayor shared the biggest cost would be bringing someone in that could explain the recommendations.The council carried a motion to prepare a report on a forum.Advertisement To view more on missing and murdered indigenous woman and girls; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Iraqi officials probe vote on constitution

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In new violence, the U.S. military said its warplanes and helicopters bombed two western villages Sunday, killing an estimated 70 militants near a site where five American soldiers died in a roadside blast. Residents said at least 39 of the dead were civilians, including children. A sandstorm also became a factor in the vote count, preventing many tallies from being flown from the provinces to Baghdad, where they are to be compiled and checked. The Electoral Commission said it needed “a few more days” to produce final results, citing the need for the audit. A prominent Sunni Arab politician, Saleh al-Mutlaq, said Diyala in particular had seen vote rigging. He said he was told by the manager of a polling station in a Kurdish district of Diyala that 39,000 votes were cast although only 36,000 voters were registered there. Al-Mutlaq said soldiers broke into a polling station in a Sunni district of the Diyala city of Baqouba and took ballot boxes heavy with no votes and that later results showed a “yes” majority. His claims could not be independently verified. “Bottom line, we can say that the whole operation witnessed interference from government forces,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq’s election commission announced Monday that officials were investigating “unusually high” numbers of yes votes in about a dozen provinces during Iraq’s landmark referendum on a new constitution, raising questions about irregularities in the balloting. Word of the review came as Sunni Arab leaders repeated accusations of fraud after initial reports from the provinces suggested that the constitution had passed. Among the Sunni allegations are that police took ballot boxes from heavily “no” districts, and that some “yes” areas had more votes than registered voters. The Electoral Commission made no mention of fraud, and an official with knowledge of the election process cautioned that it was too early to say whether the unusual numbers were incorrect or whether they would have an effect on the outcome. Irregularities in Shiite and Kurdish areas, expected to vote strongly yes, might not affect the final outcome. The main electoral battlegrounds were provinces with mixed populations, two of which went strongly yes. There were conflicting reports whether those two provinces were among those with questionable figures. last_img read more