WORLD CUP: Saudi women in Russia to support team, reinforce new image

first_img“Eventually, we will achieve equality between men and women. I am very optimistic. Randomly pick up any person and ask him what he or she thinks of Saudi Arabia and the answer will be very positive,” said the 27-year-old, who sported green face paint of date palms, a Bedouin-style green line on the chin and a green Saudi flag on her shoulders.In white denim pants, Altuwaijry is in Russia accompanied by a colleague whom she referred to as a brother but explained it would have been no issue for her to come alone, something not many Saudi women would have done just a year ago.Shopping for World Cup memorabilia before heading to her stadium seat, she rubbed shoulders with women, men and children from across the world in a festive atmosphere on a sunny Moscow summer day outside Luzhniki Stadium.Other Saudi women were similarly draped in Saudi flags or enthusiastically waved them. Some carried posters of the crown prince, who attended Thursday’s match, which Russia won 5-0, and was sitting next to FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Russian President Vladimir Putin.In some ways, allowing Saudi women for the first time to watch a soccer game back in January and their presence here Thursday is a triumph of sorts for the sport as something that brings people together. The Saudi women, many watching a soccer game on foreign soil for the first time, mingled with people in a genuinely cosmopolitan and care-free atmosphere outside the stadium. Long stereotyped as shy or aloof, they posed for photos outside the stadium with people they didn’t even know.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Saudi Arabia fans wait for the start of the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW — In jeans, headscarves and veils, dozens of Saudi women draped in their country’s green flag and sporting matching face paint streamed into Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday to support their national team against Russia in the World Cup’s opening match.More importantly, perhaps, they were projecting the image of a new Saudi Arabia in which they are slowly emerging from decades of harsh inequality as part of ambitious reforms undertaken by the country’s young crown prince.ADVERTISEMENT For Haslem, being undrafted was just a beginning Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The conservative kingdom where much of life is governed by Islamic laws shook off some of its most oppressive practices against women this year. Women were allowed into sports stadiums in January for the first time to watch soccer matches, although they were segregated in the stands, sticking to the “family section” away from all-male crowds elsewhere.Saudi authorities have also lifted the world’s only ban on women driving, a decision that will go into effect June 24 and end women’s long standing complaints about having to hire costly male drivers, use taxis or rely on male relatives.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEven with the openings, the kingdom remains far from an open society. As the heir apparent, 32-year-old Prince Mohammed bin Salman, pushes forth reforms that improve the country’s image abroad, he has also cracked down on women’s rights defenders who have campaigned for years for greater freedoms.“If we are to talk big picture, then I say that women coming to Russia to support the national team is another step toward equality,” said Nada Altuwaijry, a British-educated media expert from the Saudi capital Riyadh, who says she has been passionate about soccer since she was age 12. LATEST STORIES Reem Al-Muteiry came to Moscow with her mother and siblings, courtesy of an all-paid trip offered by the kingdom’s highest sports body. Wearing a flowing robe and a hijab, the 25-year-old civil servant said she cared little about soccer.“But I came all the way here for the sake of our national team,” she said. “The presence of Saudi women here should be a source of pride for both the kingdom and the team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

USAID-FED, MoE Develop New Agriculture Program

first_imgTo improve access to valuable skills for the development of the agricultural sector of Liberia, the United States Agency for International Development/Food and Enterprise Development program (USAID/FED) in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE), has developed the first market-based, regional integrated vocational training program in agriculture.According to the communication specialist for USAID/FED, Nico Parkinson, the agricultural program “the National Diploma for Agriculture (NDA)” will go into effect in September of this year at four USAID FED-supported Centers of Agriculture located at the Nimba, Lofa and Grand Bassa County Community Colleges and at the Booker T. Washington Institute (BWI).Mr. Parkinson said that the NDA is an innovative, skills-focused two-year vocational diploma that prepares high school graduates to move directly into agricultural employment in the formal sector or through entrepreneurship.“Students would graduate with in-demand marketable skills giving them expanded employment options tied to the country’s growing agricultural market and industry needs. USAID/FED’s Centers of Excellence in Agriculture will lead the practical training program through demonstration farms, extension services and showcasing of best practices and innovations in agri-business,” he disclosed.The new diploma is the country’s first of its kind fully-approved by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) curriculum and represents an important step towards regional integration.USAID/FED and MoE used Nigeria’s vocational agriculture curriculum as a foundation; adapting it to the Liberian context, market demands and needs of Liberia’s youth. In addition to core courses like Crop Cultivation, Irrigation, Soil Science and Animal Husbandry, the Liberian diploma program includes essential knowledge and skills-building in key areas of Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Communications.The MoE’s Director of Technical Vocational Education and Training, Saku Dukuly, has described the new agriculture program as ‘significant.’“The agriculture diploma is perhaps most important for Liberia’s workforce. It will be a valuable part of the process to equip Liberian farmers with practical skills to support the growing agricultural sector and to improve long term sustainable farming,” he said.For her part, the chief of party of USAID/FED, Agnes Luz, said, “These skills are critical to the needs of a post-conflict Liberia in the process of rebuilding its agricultural markets and connecting them to the region. The NDA will improve overall capacity of future farmers. Liberian youth will also acquire skills, such as record keeping and financial management, needed to create a business.”Madam Luz added that the skills play a key role in addressing not only the immediate employment needs of graduates, but also the development and growth of the agricultural and food production sectors of the country.Over the last two years, the two institutions have held a series of technical workshops to review and shape the agriculture diploma. Education and agriculture stakeholders, as well as Liberia’s largest agricultural employers, helped define the skills that are most needed by agribusinesses in Liberia.Curriculum piloting is underway at the Nimba County Community College where students are testing a total of eight courses including Agri-Business and Soil Fertility & Crop Nutrition. After the two-year program is rolled out at the Centers of Excellence, lessons learned and best practices will be consolidated to guide the expansion of the curriculum to four more vocational training centers in Liberia under the MOE in 2016.The USAID FED Program for Liberia aims to reduce hunger and promote food security for Liberians by increasing agricultural productivity and profitability across food based value chains, stimulating enterprise development and building the agriculture workforce. The program is implemented in six counties: Bong, Nimba, Lofa, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado.USAID FED is Africa’s largest project under President Barack Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative, which promotes a move away from subsistence and increasing food security by working with public and private bodies, including the Government of Liberia, the private sector, local NGOs and other key stakeholders.The United States—Liberia’s largest donor and closest ally—supports the nation’s priorities to build sustainable, local capacity and make a difference in people’s lives by moving towards a shared vision of self-sufficiency and prosperity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Berbice teen disappears from grandmother’s house

first_imgThe search is on for a 13-year-old girl of Woodley Park, West Coast Berbice, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), who disappeared from her grandmother’s house after an altercation ensued between the two on Saturday.Missing: Christina KrisendatChristina Krisendat was last seen at about 21:00h.According to her grandmother, Lucile Ramoo, she has been caring for the child since the age of three. Earlier that day, Krisendat and her grandmother had a confrontation over some money and the teen disappeared later that night. The woman is pleading with persons to contact the nearest police station if her granddaughter is spotted anywhere.“We search and didn’t find anybody. The last I see her was the same Saturday. I didn’t see her back. I went to the police and Sunday I went back but we didn’t hear anything,” the woman recalled.The grandmother insisted that the teen has never run away from home before.Anyone with information about the missing teen is asked to contact the nearest police station.last_img read more

Laura Jensen on her way to China for Paralympic Games

first_imgWhile the Olympics in Beijing have come to an end, Beijing is now preparing for the Paralympics.A Fort St. John athlete, Laura Jensen will be there participating in a number of swimming events. Laura left Vancouver on Friday for Osaka Japan where she will spend the next two weeks preparing for the Games.Laura is a world class Paralympic swimmer and will participate in 7 different events at the Water Cube in China starting on September 7th.- Advertisement -In previous international competitions Laura was a member of the Canadian 400 metre Freestyle Relay Team that picked up a silver medal.Good Luck to Laura and her Coach Chad Webb…for more on her journey including an exclusive blog from Laura visit energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/lauralast_img read more

Barbados dominate 2018 CASA

first_img– Guyana finish 2ndBarbados emerged champs of the 2018 CASA tourney, which ended over the weekend, edging a spirited Guyana team after a week-long war at the Ligaunea Club in Kingston, Jamaica.The Guyana ladies went down 4-1 while the males suffered a 3-2 loss at the hands of Barbados, who outplayed the Guyanese, who were forced to settle for the runners-up spoils of the silver medal.Chemar Burnham of Barbados lost to Guyanese Daniel Islam in three straight sets 7-11, 5-11, 5-11 while Rithew Saywack, Alex Cheeks and individual gold medallist Michael Alphonso all failed in the matches.In the ladies battle, Meagan Best, the first squash player from the Caribbean to win a US Junior Open squash championship title, thumped Guyanese Madison Fernandes in three straights sets as the 16-year-old sensation racked up 11-2, 11-1, 11-0 games.Kirsten Gomes lost to Jada Smith-Padmore 11-7, 5-11, 11-6, 11-2, while Amanda Haywood defeated Guyana Captain Rebecca Low 11-3, 11-2, 11-4. The in-form silver medallist in the individual category, Abosaide Cadogan lost to Sumiraa Suleman 9-11, 11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 11-8.last_img read more

5 schools in Vista in lockdown

first_imgVISTA – Sheriff’s deputies found no evidence of gunplay on an elementary school campus Friday after a report of shots prompted a three-hour lockdown, authorities said. “We have no evidence whatsoever that a weapon was discharged on the campus – no casings, no weapon, no firecracker,” said Jan Caldwell, spokeswoman for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. “If there were loud noises that mimicked gunfire, it was probably from the adjoining neighborhood.” A dispatcher received a call that shots were fired at 11:18 a.m. at Olive Elementary School, and sheriff deputies arrived on campus two minutes later, Caldwell said. She said investigators were considering the possibility that the call may have been a hoax, but believed it was sincere. There were no reports of any injuries. Deputies detained a man who fit a description given by witnesses of a suspicious individual seen on or near campus at the time, Caldwell said. The man was subsequently released. Vista Unified School District put four other campuses on lockdown in response to the reports of “unconfirmed noises” heard on the Olive Elementary School campus, said Chuck Taylor, the district’s chief operations officer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Spurs bank on Mou recovering golden touch in Europe

first_imgHe managed to make the right first impression by securing Tottenham’s first away win in the Premier League since January with a 3-2 victory at West Ham on Saturday that was far more comprehensive that the scoreline suggested.A vital three points cut the gap between Mourinho’s men and the top four to nine points, but strong starts from Liverpool, Leicester, Manchester City and Chelsea mean one of them will have to falter significantly in the coming months to open the door to Spurs.The fact that Mourinho’s deal signed last week reportedly contains a £2 million bonus for making the top four is an illustration of how tough a task it will be.Could winning the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history actually be Spurs’ best way to secure the riches and prestige of Europe’s premier club competition for a fifth consecutive season?Under Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked after five-and-a-half years in charge last week, Tottenham improved each year in Europe and last season fell just one hurdle short after a dramatic run to Champions League final.Despite their dreadful domestic form and a 7-2 thrashing at home to Bayern Munich last month, Pochettino left with his side well-placed to reach the last 16 once more.Victory over Olympiakos in Mourinho’s home debut on Tuesday will secure their passage into the knockout stages.“I think we can go and win that match at home and qualify in the Champions League,” said Mourinho, who has a proud record of always qualifying from the Champions League group stages in spells as Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United.A rejuvenated Spurs could certainly cause problems for some of Europe’s more fancied sides come the new year as they showed in shocking City and Ajax on their way to last season’s final.– Negative approach –Mourinho labelled himself “humble” on his return to management after 11 months out of the game last week, but was quick to point out in his first media briefing that, unlike Tottenham, he had never lost a Champions League final.Glorious past: The second of Jose Mourinho’s two Champions League wins came 10 seasons ago with Inter Milan © AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMONHe has lifted the trophy twice, with Porto and Inter, but the second of those successes came 10 seasons ago and there are questions over whether he is still the man to deliver Champions League glory.The 56-year-old has failed to win a single knockout tie in the Champions League over the past five years.The nadir of that run came when the negative approach that has often characterised Mourinho’s sides came undone for Manchester United against Sevilla in the last 16 of the 2017/18 season.That style contrasts sharply with the thrilling comebacks away from home that carried Spurs to the final in June as they scored three times in Manchester and Amsterdam.“Before teams just defended and used the counter-attack, now most of the teams have the courage to play,” said City manager Pep Guardiola, after seeing a fearless Chelsea under Frank Lampard go to the Etihad and have secure more possession than the English champions on Saturday.“Young managers, they have nothing to lose, go forward and that’s why the football is nice.”Attack has tended to beat defence in the latter stages in recent years with attack-minded Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool the only sides to lift the Champions League in the past seven seasons.Spurs could not have chosen a more different approach. Now they have to see if Mourinho is still capable of Champions League miracles.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Off to a flyer: Jose Mourinho won his first match in charge of Tottenham © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 25 – Tottenham turned to Jose Mourinho to try and maintain their status as a Champions League club, but a terrible start to the Premier League season leaves the Portuguese with a mountain to climb either domestically or in Europe.Mourinho’s appointment was not a universally popular one with the Spurs’ support given his past as a two-time Chelsea manager.last_img read more

Seven SHOCK transfers which could happen in January!

first_imgAs we edge closer to the January transfer window we’re seeing more rumours coming out.Some of these reports are fairly believable but other are likely to leave your jaw on the floor should they go through at the start of 2016.One surprising move has already gone through with Manchester City signing Australian free agent Luke Bratton, who was recently released Brisbane Roar.Several other Premier League sides could look to reignite their title bids with big transfer moves for star players.But who are the men who could make these switches? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to find out which shock transfer could go through in January… 7 Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain to Chelsea) – Spanish website Fichajes is reporting Cavani could be set to end his association with the Parisians as he once again finds himself play out wide. Being unable to oust Zlatan Ibrahimovic from a central role appears to have frustrated him and he’ll consider a switch. Arsenal want the player but it seems the Uruguay international may prefer a move to Chelsea with the player being valued at £32m. Eden Hazard (Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain) – Hazard is finding it hard to live up to his usual high standards this season and is yet to score, while only delivering two assists. Despite that he’s still a wanted man, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain interested. A €100m bid is being mulled over by the latter side according to a Belgian newspaper. 7 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich to Liverpool) – With Jurgen Klopp’s appointment at Anfield it was only a matter of time before he was linked with signing some former charges. Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ilkay Gundogan have all be mentioned but the real shock reports were ones which suggested he could attempt to lure Lewandowski to Merseyside. Valued at £35m (just £2.5m more than Christian Benteke), he might actually be affordable, but are Bayern Munich mad enough to sell him? Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid to Manchester United) – Just below La Liga’s shining lights Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo sit several other quality stars, including French star Griezmann. The Atletico Madrid man has been terrorising defences in Spain for two seasons now and has 26 goals in 46 appearances. Manchester United are reportedly stepping up their interest as Louis van Gaal looks to improve his faltering frontline, with the Red Devils contacting the player’s representatives. The 24-year-old would cost around £40m. 7 7 7 7 Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli to Arsenal) – Arsenal’s Karim Benzema chase was ended when the man himself denied he was heading for the Real Madrid exit, leaving the Gunners to move their striker search elsewhere. Higuain has been previously linked with the club on several occasions but now could be looked at more intensely. His current release clause is £67.7m, which might be a tad too expensive, but can Arsene Wenger really risk losing another big-name striker, especially one who has hit seven goals in nine Serie A appearances. 7 Dele Alli (Tottenham to Paris Saint-Germain) – Even though many tipped the starlet for success at Spurs, it’s hard to believe the impact the 19-year-old has had at White Hart Lane. Alli has already got his first Premier League goal and his skilful box-to-box display have got Tottenham fans excited. According to L’Equipe, PSG’s sporting director Olivier Letang watched the England international in action as Mauricio Pochettino’s side took on Anderlecht in the Europa League. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City to Real Madrid) – Reports in Spain have, quite amazingly linked ex-Fleetwood Town striker Vardy with an astonishing move to La Liga giants Real. Rafael Benitez seems keen to provide Karim Benzema with some competition and the 10-goal hitman is drawing his attention. Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri, though, told reporters the Spanish side would have to spend a lot of money to get their man.last_img read more

Liverpool to smash transfer record for target, Spurs keeper on Man City’s radar

first_img1 Transfer rumours and paper review Here are the top football stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Liverpool are ready to smash the club’s transfer record to sign Jurgen Klopp’s prime target Naby Keita. The midfield player starred for RB Leipzig last season, and the Reds are reportedly willing to pay the £50m requested for him. (The Mirror)Manchester United have opened talks with Paris Saint-Germain as they plot a move for Brazil international Lucas Moura. Moura, 24, was close to signing for the Old Trafford club in 2012 before PSG offered more money, and Jose Mourinho is now keen despite the Ligue 1 side wanting to recoup much of the £40m fee they paid for him. (The Sun)Watford are closing in on appointing Marco Silva as head coach following his departure from Hull City. The Portuguese boss was the Hornets’ number one managerial target, and a deal is close to being finalised. (The Guardian)Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City wishlist. Bernardo Silva became City’s first summer signing on Friday, as Guardiola kickstarted his £200m recruitment drive, with deals for Alexis Sanchez, Kyle Walker and Silva’s former Monaco teammate Benjamin Mendy also on the cards. (The Mirror)Antonio Conte is set to sign a new contract with Chelsea until the summer of 2021. The Premier League-winning boss will be earning £9.6m-a-year following his success in 2016/17. (The Mirror)Claudio Ranieri could return to football for next season as Leeds United consider appointing the Premier League-winning manager as Garry Monk’s replacement. Monk resigned on Thursday, and owner Andrea Radrizzani is keen on his fellow countryman. (The Sun)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Wayne Rooney should not leave for China as he still has ‘so much to offer’, according to former Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins West Ham United and Southampton are interested in signing Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, according to reports ItalyBorussia Dortmund are ready to trigger the £21m release clause of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham target Patrik SchickLiverpool have received a boost in their pursuit of Hull full-back Andrew Robertson, according to reports in PortugalFormer Everton loan flop Lacina Traore has revealed he ‘dreams of returning to England’ – and could get the chance this summerDerek McInnes is refusing to allow speculation over his future distract from Aberdeen’s bid for Scottish Cup glorylast_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – ALL PLAYERS FIT AHEAD OF FINAL

first_imgTHE DONEGAL panel will go through two more training sessions – on Tuesday and Thursday – with all players coming through the rigors of last week’s training camps unscathed.Selector Maxi Curran says all the players are fit for selection at this stage, pointing out that the training camps were of huge benefit to Jim McGuinness, assistant Rory Gallagher and the squad.Funding for the training camps has come from a Players Fund. Most clubs are asking those lucky enough to get a ticket for the All-Ireland Final on Sunday to purchase a €5 raffle ticket as well, with proceeds going to the fund. “Everyone is fine and at the minute it looks like we will have a full deck to choose from, which would be great as it would be a massive disappointment for anyone to miss it at this late stage,” said Curran.“We were in Carlton House in Maynooth for two days, an excellent facility used by the likes of the Irish soccer team and the Irish rugby team, and even Real Madrid.“We were then in the Johnstown House Hotel, in Enfield, Meath, which is another top-class facility and one that we have been using as a base for our games in Dublin of late.“It’s good to continue with familiarity at this stage in the game and that makes things easier. From a training perspective, both are what we are after, with pitches and hydro facilities. “Training four successive days isn’t something the lads would be overly familiar with but they seemed happy with the professional approach as we had a productive few days away from the hype at home.”Donegal has been officially given 14,500 tickets; but with every fan scouring the country for more tickets, it is hoped that up to 25,000 inside Croker will be behind Donegal. COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – ALL PLAYERS FIT AHEAD OF FINAL was last modified: September 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – ALL PLAYERS FIT AHEAD OF FINALlast_img read more