Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It is his first Asiad as head of the country’s Olympic federation and he feels that if there are any faults, they should fall on the shoulders of sports officials, adding that the country can do a lot better if troubled National Sports Associations (NSAs) can clean up their acts.Weightlifting and skateboarding contributed a gold each to the Philippine cause and golf two. And one thing did not escape Vargas: The common denominator among nonperforming NSAs, not only in these Games, but in other regional competitions as well.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Volleyball, badminton, shooting, swimming, aquatics, athletics, and even boxing where he is the president, performed below expectations, Vargas said.“There is a thing that is common to them,” Vargas said in an exclusive interview with the Inquirer, two days before the curtains fall on Asia’s version of the Olympics. “And that is, once in their history, there was a squabble within their NSAs.” Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Vargas pointed out that athletics and swimming, being medal-rich sports, shouldn’t be shut out in events like this one. Volleyball, he said, despite its popularity, will come home very frustrated because the players realized that they are not ready for the Asian level yet.“I’m sure volleyball is feeling down because they are so popular [back home] and yet they can’t win here,” Vargas said as the women’s volleyball team, made up of the stars of two leagues back home, was waylaid by formidable teams here.“Their (NSAs) problem is that all of them are very exclusive,” Vargas said. “We have to talk to these NSAs to straighten things out within their organizations. Because I think we have better chances if they become more inclusive.“Being inclusive means they would widen their embrace and they can get more talent,” he went on. “We didn’t even come close to winning in most of their sports and our performances in these fronts certainly weren’t encouraging.”Women propped Filipino pride in the Asiad with golf’s LK Go, Bianca Pagdanganan and Yuka Saso, weightlifting’s Hidilyn Diaz and skateboarding’s Margielyn Didal bringing home golds.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Standhardinger suits up, powers Beermen From 22nd place in the 2014 Asiad, the Philippines improved by three notches to No. 19.Boxing, a gold hope, delivered one silver and two bronzes despite gutsy performances from its athletes—a theme that spread across all sports that the Philippines participated in.“Athletes have really been carrying us well in international meets,” Vargas said. “I think we should give every athlete all the support they need. They should be rewarded if they win because they get blamed when they lose. Our role as officials is to support the athletes. They are the most important part of the equation.”Athletes keep pouring their hearts out and somehow, politics gets in the way. Proof of what a cleaned-up NSA can do lies in the National Golf Association of the Philippines, which did away with politicking and favoritism to emerge with two golds and a bronze. (See related story on this page).And that’s the trend Vargas hopes will be the norm as the Philippines pushes toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew JAKARTA—Like the rest of his countrymen, Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas is happy how the athletes performed in the 18th Asian Games—medal winners or not.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes? PLAY LIST 03:47INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes?00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments
A number of issues have been placed high on the agenda for the Caricom Heads of Government Meeting starting today.Caricom will meet for its 37th Regular Meeting on July 4-6, 2016, in Georgetown, Guyana, at the Guyana Pegasus Hotel.Among the issues to be discussed are the threats posed by international banks limiting or terminating their relationships with regional financial institutions, and the yet-to-be-determined implications of the British decision to leave the European Union (EU), a key partner in the Community’s development.The Brexit vote has sent Britain and the rest of the world into a tailspin. The pound sterling fell to its lowest value in 30 years, and international financial markets took a downturn, as the implications hit home.A Caricom statement explained that the Caribbean was not immune from the potential fallout, and economists and politicians alike are assessing the situation. It outlined that the majority of Caricom Member States were former colonies of Britain, which was a key ally of the Region within the EU.While some have adopted a wait-and-see stance, confident that any domino effect would not occur in the short term, others are predicting immediate consequences and want the Caricom Member States to appreciate the value of regional integration and band firmly together to chart the way forward.The concerns range from a drop in arrivals in tourist-dependent Member States such as St Lucia and Barbados where the UK is a major source market, a decrease in development assistance, to effects on trade agreements the Region has with the EU.The Meeting will also seek to advance matters pertaining to regional security – economic and otherwise – and the social well-being of the approximately 16 million people who make up the Caribbean Community.Critical services including remittance transfers, international trade, and the facilitation of credit card settlements for local clients, among other services, will be affected.The genesis of this issue lies in the signal by several international banks, mainly in the US and Europe, to client banks in the Region of an unwillingness to continue carrying their business, as part of a so-called “de-risking” strategy.The Caribbean has been labelled as a tax haven and accused of lax tax regimes and avenues for money laundering and terrorism financing, despite no evidence to prove this.Guyana’s President David Granger had also disclosed that the strained relationship between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago was an agenda item at the meeting.
It is becoming too frequent now that young mothers, most likely in deep distress, are leaving their newly born on dumpsites or at hospital doors. We do not think it is necessarily a sign of maternal evil, even though one could call it that; but looking beyond what seems like the obvious, we should carefully think about what would drive a mother to dump or abandon her own infant. Teenage pregnancy is rampant today. Just last week a 16 year-old in the Daily Observer’s immediate neighborhood gave birth to her first child, a son. When we asked the young father what his intentions were, he talked of marriage, but said he had no job. We told him we observed that he had a business which his girlfriend was helping him with— up to the day she delivered—so he could develop his business to be able to support a wife and child.Perhaps it was the small business, the teenager’s involvement in it and the seeming commitment of the father that caused her to keep her baby. Otherwise poverty and an irresponsible mate could have driven this 16 year-old mom to desperation.Why? It is because there are too many poor people in this rich country of ours. And why do our people continue to live in poverty? One reason is because so many of the people in power or near power are so mean-spirited and selfish, with no compassion for their own people. They prefer to reach out to foreigners and give them EVERYTHING, including even allowing those who commit the ultimate abuse against our women—rape— to be released from prison and allowed to return to Lebanon even when these foreigners are convicted!Denying them justice is the horrendous (horrific, dreadful) extent to which some of our leaders go to demean, frustrate and harm their own people. In which country, we ask, will Liberians receive such unconscionably corrupt benevolence? There is none.As one drives to work daily, one sees our children, some as young as six, as well as our teenagers and healthy, able-bodied young men and women on the street wasting their precious energies selling chewing gum, candy and other totally insignificant imported items, when those of the appropriate ages should be on the farm producing food and other cash crops, or in school learning a trade, or productively employed in stores that instead prefer to hire foreign young people. Who says our own young people cannot be trained to do that same work these foreigners are doing in the stores? But if our officials and powerful people in and around government have a heart and mindset that favors foreigners against their own people, then our people will continue to live in abject poverty and we will continue to WASTE our human resources; driving our people to live desperate lives that compel them to leave their infants on people’s porches, at hospital entrances and at dumpsites.No one, of course, can accuse us of defending the criminal act of throwing away an innocent child. What we are trying to get our government, our leaders, the privileged and powerful in society—whether in government or on the fringes—to realize is that the Liberian people continue to live in abject poverty; and that they are, therefore, desperate.One of the comments from the crowd at the dumpsite where the infant was discovered last week said it happened probably because in this Ebola season in Liberia, it is difficult to get anyone into a hospital. We see what happened a week ago to a prominent Liberian academician and politician, who after suffering a stroke could hardly find a hospital to accept him. He died in his car! How much more a penniless mother, who was most probably a teenager. Our leaders inside and outside government, and Liberians in general need to develop not just the intellect and acumen to perform their work successfully, but LOVE and COMPASSION in their hearts for people, especially their own people.Remember compassion was the distinctive mark of the most powerful man who ever walked this earth—Jesus: He had COMPASSION for people. He went about healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, making the lame walk. And when He saw the 5000 who had been following him all day hungry, He had compassion on them and ordered His disciples to make them sit down. The willingness and determination in His heart to do something to help them prompted the Heavenly Father to respond positively. When all had been fed, there were 13 baskets of leftovers!When our people start loving and caring for their own people, the desperation will stop, and there will be plenty to go around and we all will be a well-to-do, safe, healthy, grateful and happy people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Guyana has joined the rest of the world in remembrance of Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, the Cuban revolutionary leader, who died aged 90 on Friday. Castro is known for his defiance of the United States, and survived half a century of assassination attempts by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).Cuban President Fidel Castro (L-Front) is seen with former President of Guyana Bharrat Jagdeo (R-Front), along with Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (back left) during ceremonies in La Habana, Cuba in December 2002The Guyana Government in a statement Saturday reflected on the relations shared between the two countries and how Guyana has benefited tremendously under the reign of President Fidel Castro 1976-2008.Guyana hails Dr Castro, globally renowned as ‘El Commandanté’ or, simply, ‘Fidel’ as an outstanding friend and genuine partner, even before the country attained independence. It was under his leadership that Guyana-Cuba friendly and fraternal relationship had been placed on a solid and unbreakable footing.Former President Forbes Burnham and late Cuban President Fidel CastroWhen an unjust embargo had been imposed against Cuba to isolate the Castro Government, Guyana, in 1972, joined three other countries in the region toCheddi Jagan and Fidel Castro share a light moment in Cubaestablish diplomatic relations with a fellow Caribbean state.Since that time, Castro embraced those countries as partners and responded to their critical needs, especially in the health and education sectors.To this day Guyana benefits from scholarship and training opportunities afforded to its young people in becoming doctors, engineers and other specialists. We continue to benefit too, from Cuban doctors and medical experts serving our people in the healthcare system.Guyana’s President Forbes Burnham had visited Cuba in 1975 as diplomatic relations strengthened over the years.The Guyana Government expressed that Castro was an exemplar of unparalleled generosity, revolutionary commitment, national dignity and unyielding patriotism.“Though he was ailing for many years and had prepared his people for the inevitable, the passing of this colossus whose greatness is indelibly written in the history of the world across both the 20th and 21st centuries, will evoke an immeasurable pain and loss in Cuba and beyond. Guyana mourns the death of a dear friend, a revolutionary icon and a giant of international humanitarianism.“The Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana conveys to the Government and people of Cuba sincere condolences and assures that at this time of collective global grief, the people of Cuba are not alone,” Government expressed.Parliamentary Opposition, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic, in its statement, said it was deeply saddened over the passing of the revolutionary leader:“This is indeed a great loss not only to the Cuban people but for freedom loving peoples throughout the world. The late Dr Castro was undoubtedly one of the greatest revolutionaries of all times who during his lifetime had demonstrated that no sacrifice can be considered too great when it comes to defending the rights and dignity of the Cuban people.”Castro led Cuba for decades and transformed the country into a one-party socialist state. He courted controversy throughout his reign, with the United States becoming increasingly alarmed in the early 1960s with his friendly relations with the then Soviet Union.Castro became a central figure in one of the defining moments of the Cold War by allowing the Soviets to place nuclear weapons on Cuba.It sparked the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, leading to fears of all-out nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the US.Guyana-Cuba relations dates back to before 1972.In 1962, Cheddi Jagan’s PPP Administration – in the throes of the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the fierce geopolitical rivalry which made the Caribbean a zone of conflict in the second half of the 20th century – embarked on ambitious commercial and political relations with Communist Cuba.Jagan entered office in 1957, two years before the triumph of Fidel Castro’s Revolution in 1959, and proceeded to forge a friendship between Guyana and Cuba.Relations with Cuba became central to Guyana’s new strategy to preserve its territorial sovereignty in the wake of a series of provocative incidents perpetrated by Venezuela. Particularly, the seizure of Ankoko Island in 1966, the promulgation of Decree No. 1152 (Leoni Decree) in 1968 and the instigation of the Rupununi rebellion in 1969 all occurred while friendly western powers stood by.It is believed that by embracing Cuba in 1972 Guyana was seen to be aligned with Communism and Castroism. This was confirmed by Fidel Castro’s visit to Guyana and Forbes Burnham’s visit to Cuba where he was presented with the Jose Marti National Award. When it provided landing rights to Cuban military aircraft ferrying troops to Angola in 1975, Guyana aligned itself with a geostrategic posture which was to have dire consequences.Cuban intervention in Angola, arguably, saved the MPLA Government from being overrun by the South African army and Western-supported FNLA and UNITA guerrillas.The bombing of the Cubana airliner in October 1976 in which 11 Guyanese were killed, an act of international terrorism, was part of the penalty for this new strategic connection. Guyana’s complaints of ‘destabilisation’ during the 1980s were attributed to the attempts by western states to undermine this assumed socialist solidarity.The collapse of the USSR, the ending of the Cold War and the faltering of Cuba’s economy drained the strategic vitality from Guyana-Cuba relations. (Excerpts from www.guyanachronicle.com, www.parliament.gov.gy, www.landofsixraces.com)
Fort St. John and Dawson Creek will be holding a public forum regarding the harmonized sales tax.On Tuesday, May 24, residents in the Peace Region interested in speaking their mind will have the opportunity to take part in the first of 11 public forums regarding the HST.- Advertisement -Those interested will have the option to express themselves in person at the Northern Lights College at the Dawson Creek campus in room 116 in the Health Sciences Building, or through a video-conference at the Fort St. John college in room 101 at the Main Campus building. The meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will run until 9 p.m.During the forum, people on both sides of the argument will have the ability to present their views about the HST referendum in a public meeting format.The goal of the forum is to generate informed discussions before the vote on the HST. An independent representative has also been selected to impartially moderate the forum.The moderator selected for the Peace Region forum is Laurie Rancourt, the president and CEO of Northern Lights College.Advertisement Anyone interested is invited to attend or watch the sessions online at www.hstpublicforum.ca . The website also has an online forum allowing people to express their opinions. People can also participate in the discussions via Facebook at www.facebook.com/HST.
Tottenham have a very limited time left in the transfer window to sign a new midfielder if they need to.If Wanyama’s injury does turn out to be serious, or resurfaces in a few weeks time, they will have missed their opportunity.Newport County’s English midfielder Ben Tozer (L) clears the ball under pressure from Tottenham Hotspur’s Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (C) during the English FA Cup fourth round…In recent months players like Wilmar Barrios and Tanguy Ndombele have been linked with moves to fill defensive midfield role at Spurs and compete with Wanyama, but the club have done nothing.Tottenham can hope the Wanyama injury is nothing, but it is a real worry, and the club might now want to reconsider their transfer plans.Here is a look at how Tottenham fans reacted on Twitter to the latest injury scare…Sooo if we lose Wanyama for a while, doesn’t think underline the fact how desperately we need a central midfielder?— E-Spurs Canada (@e_spurscanada) July 27, 2018Not even to the season yet and we got a midfield injury. https://t.co/tsX1xdJ8QM— Victor “Absolute Unit” Wanyama (@steelspurslack) July 26, 2018Ffs Wanyama injured again— Glenn THFC (@GlennTHFC_) July 26, 2018Worrying this undoubtedly. Hoping that we would have a fit and fresh Wanyama back after last seasons issues. He might well be back beyond square one.— Gareth McCarter (@g2mcc) July 26, 2018Wanyama injured. Winks still rehabbing and recovering from his injury. Dembele might be gone……Wake up and sign a central midfielder @SpursOfficial https://t.co/uDmJopqSbT— KR⁶ (@kartikr99) July 26, 2018I really hope Wanyama’s knee is ok. If he’s going to have another season like last year then bring me Barrios— Scott (@scottdougie) July 26, 2018Wanyama and Winks are always getting injured, Dembele is past his peak and Dier needs to realise that he shouldn’t be a midfielder.2 weeks to get this sorted out…— Ben (@thfcBG) July 26, 2018I hope a Wanyama replacement was always on Poch & Levy list… This area needs marquee level investment!— Paul Skinner (@PS13_04) July 27, 2018 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham have a very limited time left in the transfer window to sign a new midfielder if they need to. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, July 27 – Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama missed their pre-season friendly due to an injury scare over to the knee which cost him four months of action last season.While Football London report Spurs are hopeful the problem is not serious, the club have been proved wrong before with over confident diagnosis of injuries to Erik Lamela, Danny Rose, and Wanyama last season.
“For four quarters, it was wild,” Mays said. “I just remember it being loud and seeing lots of balloons.” Whatever else confronts USC today, Trojans coach Pete Carroll wants to make sure the atmosphere does not affect his players. “This is a very difficult task,” he said. “This environment is a challenge to the young guys and it’s important they get through it. It’s going to take a complete game for us.” Fourteenth-ranked Nebraska (2-0) hopes to offer other reasons to give USC problems, but the crowd might be the one thing it can count on today. And if Huskers coach Bill Callahan is smart, he will open up the offense a lot more than last year, when the Trojans won, 28-10, in a boring encounter. Nebraska was so conservative, the normally reticent Carroll let slip to a booster group that he felt the game was little more than a 9-on-7 practice drill. Even the Huskers’ highly regarded tailback, Marlon Lucky, gained just 27 yards but averaged 161.5 yards in this year’s first two games. And Nebraska upgraded at quarterback, where strong-armed Sam Keller is eligible a year after transferring from Arizona State. “We feel like they might come out and spread it out and throw the ball,” Mays said. “They’ve got a quarterback who can sling it.” “This is a very complex offense. You’ll see them shifting and motion all over the place and so we have to adjust very well,” Carroll said. “If we get in the right situation by our adjustments then we’ll get to see good defense and see how we do.” But USC (1-0) also has its own issues. The offense performed inconsistently in the season opener against Idaho. Quarterback John David Booty threw an interception and the Trojans committed three turnovers while forcing just one. The wide receivers lacked a breakaway threat and the tailbacks also need to demonstrate an ability for big plays. In USC’s perfect world, those weaknesses will be fixed today with the reappearance of wide receiver Patrick Turner and tailback Chauncey Washington from injuries, along with the continued maturation of freshman Joe McKnight. “We still feel like we have guys who can make big plays,” Carroll said. “We’ve got more than a few. Patrick can, (wide receivers) David Ausberry and Vidal Hazelton can be those kind of guys. We think Joe can and (freshman wide receiver) Ronald Johnson.” If Carroll’s right, USC will live up to its current No. 1 ranking and stave off the challenge of No.2-ranked LSU, which gained ground in the polls after routing Virginia Tech. If not, it could be a difficult trip. Much more difficult than any current Trojans remember from their visits. “Nebraska was my favorite school growing up and the first school to send me a letter,” Mays said. “I don’t remember why I didn’t go there. I think it was the location. It was far from home and in the middle of nowhere and I didn’t know how I’d handle it.” Neither did Wright. “It’s too cold,” he said. “I like being close to home (Colton) and I didn’t think I could deal with the weather.” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The fans out there are crazy. The fans are loud,” Wright said. “The Coliseum gets loud but for a short period. Nebraska is loud for the whole game. “There’s nothing else out there.” Cornhusker fans will not be cheering Wright this time because he is part of the first No. 1 team to visit Nebraska since Oklahoma in 1978, when the Trojans face the Huskers tonight at 5. But as hostile as the reception might be for the top-ranked Trojans with 85,000-crazed fans, USC is not completely unfamiliar with the atmosphere. Wright, linebacker Rey Maualuga and tailback Allen Bradford are among the Trojans who took recruiting trips to Lincoln and attended a game. Safety Taylor Mays went to a game 10 years ago with his family as he watched the Huskers drub Washington, 55-7. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: No. 1 USC must cope with Nebraska’s crazy crowd as well as a top-20 team. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER OMAHA, Neb. – The last time USC cornerback Shareece Wright visited Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium, his name was shown on the video screen and fans asked for his autograph.
Gonzalo Higuain in action for Napoli 1 Football stats experts WhoScored.com take a look at a rumoured Chelsea transfer target. For more Chelsea stats, check out WhoScored’s Blues page.One of the worst kept secrets in football was finally announced on Monday afternoon as Chelsea confirmed that Antonio Conte would take over the Stamford Bridge reins upon the culmination of Euro 2016. The Italian had been heavily linked with a switch to London in recent weeks, with it more a matter of when, not if, the Blues would appoint Conte as their new manager. As one might expect, gossip columns have been quick to point out a list of potential transfer targets in Serie A that Chelsea’s incoming boss could move for in the summer.One of those recently linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge is Napoli frontman Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentine’s 30 league goals this season – more than any other player in Italy’s top flight – has helped return a WhoScored.com rating of 7.69, the joint-best in Serie A. While Napoli will be keen to retain the services of their star striker, Higuain has long been linked with a move to England and at 28 years of age, there may not be as good a chance as now to ply his trade in the Premier League.It comes at a time when Chelsea are expected to overhaul their attack this coming transfer window. Diego Costa, despite a clear upturn in form, is rumoured to have his heart set on a return to Spain, while Loic Remy, Alexandre Pato and Falcao are all set to depart the Blues at the end of the season. Indeed, their respective departures would leave Chelsea short of offensive options, with Higuain now supposedly topping the club’s most wanted list.The Argentina international has been attracting interest from across the continent this season and should Napoli reluctantly agree to sell, he would have his fair share of potential suitors. An average of 5.4 shots per game is the most of all players in Serie A this season and highlights an unwavering confidence to continuously try his luck against the opposition. It’s clearly a tack that works as his goal return suggests and is a facet of his game that would certainly appeal to Conte.With the creative personnel operating in the final third for Chelsea, it’s fair to say the chances would be readily created for Higuain, who would gobble them up. The Napoli striker has scored more clear-cut goalscoring chances (17) than any other player in Serie A this season, accentuating his statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘finishing’. Yet, Higuain is hardly a striker who will simply wait for the opportunities to be presented to him, but rather work hard off the ball in order to bring others into play and work the channels as his number of key passes (1.4) and successful dribbles per game (1.5) highlights.Conte is rumoured to be prepared to set his side up in a 3-5-2 formation when he does take charge of Chelsea, meaning Higuain will need to maximise his off the ball form in order to help create space and chances for his teammates. However, if his performances for Napoli are anything to go by, he will be capable of performing the duties needed of him should Conte indeed opt for a three-man backline or a more familiar 4-2-3-1 formation.With the striker now set for a four-match ban following his red card in the 3-1 defeat Udinese at the weekend, it’s possible to think he may well have played his last game for the club. If Chelsea indeed firm up their reported interest in Higuain, even if he does cost a fair bit to sign, they will have themselves a striker more than capable of firing the club back to domestic glory.For more stats on Gonzalo Higuain, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page
How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? NEW ERA who plays? He did not score in Russia for Carlos Quieroz’s side who narrowly missed out on the last 16 after finishing third in Group B behind Spain and Portugal.Azmoun scored 11 goals in 14 games in qualifying as Iran beat Morocco, lost to Spain and drew with Portugal.And although he described his decision to stop playing for his homeland as “painful”, the Rubin Kazan player insisted it was the right decision.Azmoun said: “My mother had overcome a serious illness and I was happy. Latest World Cup news Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more predicted How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? gameday crackers Azmoun celebrates Iran’s victory over Morocco in their World Cup opener Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Iran World Cup star Sardar Azmoun has announced his retirement from international football aged just 23, citing his mother has become seriously ill because of insults he has received as the reason to quit.The striker – nicknamed the ‘Iranian Messi’ – scored 23 goals in 33 games for his country before the start of the 2018 World Cup. possible xi Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener ALTERED 1 Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? highlights How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence “Unfortunately because of the unkindness of some people, and the insults that me and my team-mates in no way deserved, her illness has become severe.“This has put me in a difficult position where I must pick one or the other – and as a result I pick my mother.”Azmoun made his debut for Iran at the age of 19.He is fifth on his country’s list of all-time top scorers and was compared to national hero Ali Daei, the record international goalscorer of all-time with 109 goals in 149 appearances.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.
15 October 2003The Road Accident Fund Amendment Bill, the major thrust of which is to improve the financial position of the Fund, was presented to Parliament’s portfolio committee on transport this week.Addressing the committee in Cape Town on Tuesday, Road Accident Fund chief executive Humphrey Kgomongwe said there was currently a mismatch between the fund’s income and expenditure.“Over the past four years the Fund’s income has grown by about 14 percent while expenditure and claims had grown by more than 40 percent,” he said.The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is a public entity which was set up to pay compensation to people injured in road accidents and/or to compensate the dependants of people killed in road accidents arising from the negligent use of motor vehicles in South Africa.The Amendment Bill makes provision for the payment of general damages to claimants in instalments instead of in lump sums. “This will have a positive impact on the Fund’s cash flow and the responsible management of public money”, Kgomongwe said.The Bill also sets a prescribed tariff for medical expenses payable by the Fund, which will be negotiated with the medical profession and the relevant regulatory bodies.Kgomongwe said there is currently no control on the amount that service providers charge, which has led to the abuse of the system. He added that the tariff will apply to both the public and private health care sectors.The amendments also propose that collateral benefits for injury or death be deductible, because at present claimants receive double or even triple compensation. “Presently a claimant is able to access social security, pension, workman’s compensation, the RAF compensation and even UIF and other state-funded benefits”, Kgomongwe explained.He said that deducting collateral benefits would prevent duplicate compensation and introduce fairness while prescribing categories of deductible benefits.The Bill also seeks to limit claims by non-residents of South Africa, and to regulate claims for emotional shock.Kgomongwe said non-residents currently enjoy the same unlimited cover as residents, and that the RAF was exposed to exchange rate risks because these claims were being settled in foreign currencies. “This increases the Fund’s reinsurance premiums and leads to vast outflows of public funds from the country”, he said.Resolving claims disputes through mediation and arbitration to prevent these going to the courts is also included in the amendments. Kgomongwe said the RAF had initiated an arbitration pilot project in the Western Cape, which had reduced the fund’s litigation costs by 40 percent. “We plan to extend this project to the whole country,” he said.The Bill further excludes claims by secondary victims for emotional shock. Currently, a person can lodge a compensation claim from witnessing or hearing about an injury or death in a motor vehicle accident. This claimant need not have suffered physical injury or to have been at the scene, which the RAF argues has led to fraudulent claims being lodged.The committee will deliberate on the amendments, after which the Bill will be presented to Parliament for debate, before it is passed into law.Source:BuaNews