Jakartans give GBK sports complex wide berth in virus crisis

first_img“It is 30 minutes to one hour [per] session. We keep practicing to maintain our health, as it is in line with the government’s advice,” Wina said. “Until there is an announcement from the government declaring that the situation has returned to normal, we will not conduct any on-site sessions.”The Youth and Sports Ministry released a protocol last Tuesday on mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in the sporting world. The protocol focuses not only on athletes, but also the general public. It recommends that people who want to continue exercising in groups avoid direct physical contact.On Friday, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan declared a state of emergency in the capital, limiting public transportation and urging offices to suspend operations for 14 days as of Monday. He urged everyone – including corporations, social organizations and religious groups – to take drastic action to prevent the spread of the disease during the state of emergency, in what experts believe resembles a soft lockdown.GBK complex management (PPK GBK) will not prohibit anyone from conducting workouts on the premises during the outbreak but has promised to step up precautionary measures, including by spraying disinfectant solution.“We are aware that people need a place for exercising, an outdoor area where they can get sunlight during their practice. We now regularly spray disinfectant at GBK and its surroundings. We pay extra attention during weekends when crowds often flock to the area,” PPK GBK head Winarto said.“Aside from that, we also advise the GBK visitors to maintain social distance while they are exercising at the GBK, which is regularly broadcast via loudspeakers. The chairs at cafes inside the sports complex are also arranged in a safe distance [from one another].”PPK GBK is adding more handwashing stations in the complex.Established in 1960, the GBK has long been a place for walking, cycling, jogging or practicing yoga, particularly during weekends and on Friday nights. After the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and South Sumatra’s Palembang, more and more people flocked to the GBK sports complex to stay fit by conducting a variety of workouts. This is in line with one of the Asiad’s campaigns to promote sports among the public.Amid coronavirus fears, many joggers at the site now exercise in smaller groups or alone, according to 24-year-old Jakartan named Ragil Irmalia, who decided to hit the GBK last week, partly out of boredom.“Having stayed at home during this outbreak, I feel like my body is aching. I have tried various workouts in my bedroom, but the bedroom is too small. I prefer jogging to other exercises,” said Ragil, who believed that keeping her body fit was essential during the outbreak.She would usually go jogging twice a week at GBK but now she exercises extra caution and is considering to reduce her frequency and duration.“I was quite afraid actually, but I prefer jogging in an open space because I will be able to maintain a distance from people and avoid crowds better than if I go to a gym. I like running by myself and I am not part of any community of joggers. So I think running outdoors is much safer for me,” she said.“I read information that we are allowed to run as long as we remain alert. Before and after running, I immediately clean myself.”Topics : Once a popular place for sports enthusiasts, the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, is seeing few visitors amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.Many people and some sport communities have stopped visiting the GBK complex for their regular exercises after authorities advised social distancing to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected more than 500 people across the archipelago. Among them is a yoga community called the Yoga Dogether GBK, which suspended its regular sessions at the sports complex to prevent any contagion.“We conducted our last session together on March 15. At the time we made the decision, authorities had not even appealed to the public to stay at home and work from home,” Yoga Dogether GBK’s social media coordinator Wina Setyawatie said.“We actually even had a debate on whether we would retain or suspend our last practice on March 15, but we came up with a decision to continue our last session but with extra attention to personal hygiene and distance between participants,” she said.The group, which was established six years ago, now provides virtual yoga sessions everyday via livestream on its Instagram account @yogadogether_gbk.last_img read more

Danny Murphy mocks Arsenal after Liverpool defeat at Anfield

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Danny Murphy mocks Arsenal after Liverpool defeat at Anfield Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool comfortably beat Arsenal at Anfield last weekend (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will ‘need a telescope to see Liverpool’ by the end of the season such is the gap that exists between the two sides, according to Danny Murphy.Unai Emery’s new-look team travelled to Anfield last Saturday hoping to extend their 100% start to the season at a venue which has become a deeply unhappy hunting ground in recent years.Despite the presence of David Luiz and record signing Nicolas Pepe making his full debut, Arsenal were undone by familiar defensive failings and erratic finishing.Liverpool took a deserved lead five minutes before half-time when Joel Matip powered home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner and Mohamed Salah made the game safe with two goals in the space of nine second-half minutes.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:51FullscreenLiverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/liverpool-3-1-arsenal-jurgen-klopp-press-conference-1992222/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Jurgen Klopp’s side took their foot off the gas thereafter and although Arsenal grabbed a consolation goal through substitute Lucas Torreira, former Liverpool midfielder Murphy felt it was ‘men against boys’ throughout.‘Arsenal will need a telescope to see Liverpool by the end of the season,’ the former Reds midfielder told talkSPORT‘It was boys against men, it was too easy. Liverpool didn’t even get into proper gear.‘For parts in that first-half it was so easy for Liverpool. It was too easy to get into the final third because of Arsenal’s tactics and Unai Emery has to hold his hands up for that.‘Alright, Arsenal had a tight four and it was hard [to break down] but you can’t play against a top team and let them get so high up the pitch so easily in wide areas, especially with the full-backs they’ve got.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘If you go to Liverpool every year and get done, why not try something different?‘It looked like a system that had been put on a board and they hadn’t worked on it.’center_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 27 Aug 2019 12:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link61Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

NPRF partners with Chinese sovereign investor for technology fund

first_imgIreland’s National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF) has launched a $100m (€73m) technology growth fund backed by China Investment Corporation (CIC).The China Ireland Technology Growth Capital Fund, backed by a $50m contribution from each sovereign investor, will consider investments in software and clean technology in both Ireland and China, the NPRF said in a statement.“The fund’s strategy will be to make minority equity investments in fast-growing technology companies in Ireland that have a substantial presence or strategic interest in China, and in Chinese fast-growing technology companies that have a substantial presence or strategic interest in establishing a presence in Ireland as a gateway into the broader European market,” the statement added.The fund will be co-managed by Beijing-based WestSummit Capital and Atlantic Bridge, headquartered in Dublin. Both managers also maintain offices in Silicon Valley.Irish finance minister Michael Noonan said he was “very pleased” to see the country’s reserve fund partnering with CIC and noted that recent state visits had shown there was opportunity for increased economic activity between the two countries.“The cooperation between these two dynamic economies and creation of this fund exemplify that opportunity,” he said.NPRF chairman Paul Carty, meanwhile, noted the potential stemming from China as one of the “largest and fastest growing” markets globally.The NPRF’s $50m commitment to the fund joins earlier investments in the Innovation Fund Ireland, managed by Highland Europe.The venture capital fund in March last year attracted $12.5m from the NPRF to invest in growth-stage technology companies.It comes as the NPRF prepares to transfer its €6.8bn discretionary portfolio to the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, intended by the government to stimulate economic activity in Ireland through a reallocation of its assets towards domestic investment.last_img read more

First-quarter coverage ratios plummet at KLM pension funds

first_imgKLM’s €7.6bn pension fund for ground staff reported a first-quarter return of 3.1%, citing a 4.7% return on its government-bond allocation and a 0.5% return on real estate.It lost 2.2% on equities.The Algemeen Pensioenfonds KLM closed out the first quarter with a coverage ratio of 101.8%.It said it moved to shore up its deteriorating financial position by shifting the concentration risk of its inflation-linked bonds across more countries.It has also started investing in residential mortgages, together with its two sister schemes.The pension fund for ground staff has established a dedicated committee for “investment matters” that has been tasked with “strengthening the board’s grip on the investment process”.The new body is to operate as the link between the scheme’s board and the investment advice committee, covering all three KLM schemes, according to Erik Voorhoeve, the pension fund’s secretary.He added that KLM’s other two large pension funds were also considering setting up similar committees.According to the pension fund, the committee came as a consequence of a recent investment survey conducted by the Dutch regulator.Meanwhile, KLM’s €2.6bn scheme for cabin staff, Cabinepersoneel, said that, despite having produced a first-quarter return of 3.5%, its funding fell by 8.2 percentage points to 98.1%.The pension fund achieved positive returns on bonds (3.9%) and property (0.8%) but lost 2.1% on its equity holdings. Falling interest rates and rising liabilities as a consequence have taken their toll on KLM’s largest pension funds in the Netherlands over the first quarter of the year.KLM’s €7.9bn pension fund for pilots returned 1.3% over the period, yet its funding fell by 9.4 percentage points to 112.6%.As a result, the Pensioenfonds Vliegend Personeel’s official policy funding – the average coverage over the 12 months previous, and the criterion for indexation and rights cuts – fell by 2.1 percentage points to 120.8%.That figure falls 1.3 percentage points short of the scheme’s required financial buffer.last_img read more

Landmark building with just five sky homes set for New Farm

first_img“Maison is exactly what affluent downsizers and executives desire. They still want to live in the inner city, but without the maintenance of a big family home. These units are bigger than most houses but owners will be able to lock up and go easily.” THE BASICS More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoA render of one of the residences in Maison, a new multi-residential development coming to 60 Moray St, New Farm. Image supplied.Originally from Brisbane, buyers Justin and Dominique Hind have been living in Sydney for the past two decades, but the Sunshine State will always be home.“With a young family, we’re now spending an increased amount of time in Brisbane and we were looking for a base to come and go from,” Mr Hind said. Name of development: MAISON Brief description: Maison is set to be a landmark in Brisbane for its nature inspired design, which boasts landscaped planting wraps that cascade along the curved façade. Developers: Graya™ and Frank Developments Architect: Joe Adsett Architects Prices: From $2.7 million Address: 60 Moray Street, New Farm, Brisbane Construction start: October 2020 Expected construction finish: Fourth quarter of 2021 Website for further details: www.maisonnewfarm.com.au Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire has been appointed as the project’s marketing agent and has already sold one of the apartments offmarket to a couple from Sydney.“The inner-city apartment market has been crying out for a build of this high standard and quality,” Mr Lancashire said.“This early offmarket sale shows you there’s a lot of pent-up demand. It was only a matter of time before they brought their passion and pedigree for design innovation, craftmanship and quality to the multi-residential space.Rob Gray said he hoped Maison’s location and design would make it a landmark building that people would recognise for years to come. “There was no better place in Brisbane to have a luxury apartment than the New Farm river strip,” Mr Gray said. The penthouse will have its own private rooftop with a pool, barbecue area and open space.Construction is due to commence next month and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021.Graya and Frank Developments are behind a number of luxury home builds in Brisbane’s inner-city suburbs.The trio teamed up to create the luxury home known as ‘Laurent’ in Paddington, which sold for $4 million last year. Mr Adsett said Maison would offer apartment living with the same spatial qualities and characteristics of a house, within walking distance of James Street, New Farm Park, Howard Smith Wharves and the CBD.“Joe thinks like a luxury house designer, so his attention to detail is phenomenal in the apartment space and it will be sought-after by people looking for a house replacement,” Mr Gray said. “We were so happy when we found our site. The corner lot makes the floor plans extremely efficient and liveable, unlike many of the dark and compromised floor plans you see time and again.“We feel many people are missing the market by not truely delivering what their end occupant wants in regards to design and lifestyle. We have long careers ahead of us but we know this will be a flagship project that we have put everything we have into.”Designed by architect Joe Adsett to stand the test of time, the building will use natural and eco-friendly materials to ensure the vertical greenery will be irrigated by a rainwater harvesting system. Andrew and Rob Gray of Graya, with Frank Licastro of Frank Developments, have launched a new, multi-residential development, Maison, in New Farm.They are three of the biggest names in Brisbane development, known for changing the landscape of the city’s inner suburbs with their cutting-edge take on the Queenslander home.Now, friends and industry peers Rob and Andrew Gray of Graya, and Frank Licastro of Frank Developments are taking on a new challenge — launching their first multi-residential project.French for ‘home’, Maison is set to be a landmark development in Brisbane for its nature-inspired design, featuring landscaped planting wraps that cascade along the curved façade. A render of one of the residences in Maison, a new multi-residential development coming to 60 Moray St, New Farm. Image supplied.With the ambition of becoming the city’s most exclusive address, the building will comprise only five, full-floor sky homes in the heart of New Farm — embracing the growing demand for low-maintenance apartments with house-like qualities.The property moguls spent two years searching for the perfect site on which to bring their vision to life before finding 60 Moray Street.“We have known each other for over a decade, since we started in the construction industry,” Mr Licastro said. A render of Maison, coming to 60 Moray St, New Farm. Image: Frank Developments.“We had been looking for the right site for well over two years and we found it on a beautifully square corner block in Moray Street, which allowed for three sides of light in our sky homes.”Each of the five residences will have four bedrooms, direct lift access, an abundance of natural light, cross-ventilation and floor-to-ceiling glass framing sweeping views of Brisbane’s skyline, river and New Farm.The development will have a private recreational deck for residences one to four, which will include a pool, barbecue and alfresco and lounge spaces. “We’ve also been long time fans of the boys at Graya and of Joe Adsett’s work. “When Maison came to life, it had our instant interest combining an unbeatable location in New Farm, amazing world class design and superior quality that Graya is known for.” last_img read more

Liat Network and Winter Schedule 2014/15

first_imgDominica0700Barbados0800 Tweet Santo Domingo1040Port-au-Prince1130 *Subject to Government approvalAll times local FromDeparture TimeToArrival Time Share FromDeparture TimeToArrival Time Antigua0600Dominica0640 BusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Liat Network and Winter Schedule 2014/15 by: – September 9, 2014 Santo Domingo1340Dominica1545 Share Effective 5 December 2014, Liat will launch services to Port au Prince in Haiti every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The new route will meet customer demand and provide connections for customers to travel within the Caribbean to and from this growing market.With the launch of this new route to Haiti, Dominica will receive eight additional flights per week, as well as a new direct service every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between Antigua and Dominica.Flights from San Juan to Dominica will operate with a nonstop service one way and via Antigua on the return to Dominica. The San Juan flight arrives into Antigua at 1610 to allow connections with international services to Europe.Effective 30 October 2014, Liat will operate three additional services per week to Ogle in Guyana on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, bringing the total number of services to 10 weekly. *Subject to Government approvalAll times local 447 Views   no discussions ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Sept. 09, 2014 – As part of a major initiative to restructure its commercial activities to meet customer needs and to improve performance of the airline, Liat will change its schedule periods from the three seasonal schedules currently produced to a standard IATA schedule, which covers two seasons. The new winter schedule will come into effect on 26 October 2014 and run until 28 March 2015. By maintaining the schedule for a longer period, it allows our customers to plan further ahead, as the routes and times of services are known.Whilst focusing on the regional market, attention has also been given to customers wishing to connect with international services to the US, UK and Europe, and so the schedule has been designed to allow customers to connect with other carriers, such as BA, Virgin and Air France. Establishing this base allows Liat to start building alliances with other carriers and to strengthen its presence in those markets.The winter schedule includes the launch of a new destination as well as enhanced services and increased frequencies on a number of routes. Barbados0850Ogle1050 Ogle1120Barbados1320 Sharing is caring! Dominica1610Antigua1650 Barbados1350Antigua1515 Share Antigua0700Dominica0740 FromDeparture TimeToArrival Time Port-au-Prince1220Santo Domingo1310 FromDeparture TimeToArrival Time Guadeloupe will connect with Antigua and Dominica and timings of the service have been re-phased to allow two-way connections with international services to and from France, for all three weekly flights.Anguilla will operate to/from Antigua as a point-to-point service on an ATR 72 offering almost twice the capacity to the market.The LI 755/756 service between Barbados and St Vincent will also operate as point to point and will utilise an ATR 72 rather than an ATR 42, allowing for greater customer uplift between the two cities.David Evans, CEO Liat said “We are pleased to be able to restructure the schedule to bring the airline in line with all major carriers. By publishing a schedule twice a year, we are able to offer our customers greater consistency, enabling them to plan their flights further ahead.” Dominica0805Santo Domingo1010last_img read more

2 Dumangas DSWD personnel charged over SAP cash aid

first_imgBillones and Arroyo could not be reached for comment as of press time. The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) charged Svenina Billones and Jande Arroyo with violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. The CIDG in Region 6 has so far hauled to court 163 barangay officials and DSWD personnel over alleged SAP anomalies./PN Police Lieutenant Colonel Gervacio Balmaceda, CIDG Region 6 director, said the charges were lodged at the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor, Iloilo Hall of Justice. These complainants claimed they were able to receive SAP in April but were told afterwards to return the cash assistance because they were found out not qualified for it. When they returned the money, however, they were not issued receipts, said Balmaceda, citing the assertion of the five complainants.center_img They were prompted to do so, according to Balmaceda, by five complainants from different barangays in Dumangas. ILOILO – Criminal charges were filed against two personnel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Dumangas town over the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) emergency cash assistance. The two DSWD personnel also face an administrative charge – violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, added Balmaceda. CIDG conducted an investigation and, “We saw there was discrepancy,” said Balmaceda.last_img read more

NPFL: Rivers United tame Adamawa United

first_imgRelatedPosts Rivers United tame Warri Wolves NPFL: Rivers United, Lobi Stars go joint top Why Keshi won’t drop Odunlami, Oshaniwa Rivers United produced their most dominant league performance in over four seasons on Sunday in a one-sided 2-0 victory over Adamawa United in Gombe. Junior Osaghae and Malachi Ohawume were the goalscoring contributors for the Port Harcourt club, either side of half time. The big news before kickoff was that former Super Eagles centre half, Azubuike Egwuekwe, would be making his first start of the season while mainstays, Kunle Odunlami and Captain Festus Austine, would miss out on the game. The absence of the two regulars, Austine and Oduami, did not weaken the side and if anything, galvanized the troops into producing the most dominant league performance ever witnessed in recent memory. United could have racked up double figures in the contest and it would not have flattered them – such was the level of dominance displayed by the ‘Pride of Rivers’ at the Pantami Stadium. United started in brisk fashion with Ishaq Rafiu leaving his marker for dead in the second minute before seeing his goal-bound shot blocked. A minute later, Rivers United came close again with visionary midfielder, Esor Nelson, just failing to reach the lively Ishaq’s teasing cross. The Pride of Rivers continued to play on the front foot and almost took the lead in the fifth minute when a devastating counter attack that involved three players, goalkeeper, Darlington Ovunda, midfielder, Bakary Bamba, and forward, Stephen Gopey, culminated in the attacker firing agonisingly wide from close range. The pattern of missing a plethora of chances continued in the seventh minute when Amos James produced a stunning goal line clearance to deny Gopey, whose exquisitely-taken half volley seemed destined for the bottom corner. Three minutes later, Ishaq almost scored an extraordinary goal, straight from a corner but the shell-shocked Bulus Pwadadi in the Adamawa United goal scrambled to make an important stop, pushing the ball away for a corner. In the 13th minute, Bakary Bamba should have opened the scoring for the visitors had he kept his effort low when he carved out space on the near side and after driving forward with menace. The hosts were struggling to put passes together and barely stepped out of their half as they concentrated instead on stopping wave after wave of Rivers United attacks. In the 21st minute, Adamawa United finally created their first goal scoring opportunity in the shape of Idris Abubakar’s tame effort from the edge of the box which Ovunda stooped with minimal fuss. Almost immediately, the regular pattern of the game resumed with Rivers United creating dangerous moments, almost at will. Junior Osaghae missed two excellent opportunities in the 23rd and 24th minutes respectively but he wasnt to be denied for much longer. In the 25th minute, the midfielder displayed great movement off the ball to meet Gopey’s inch perfect delivery with a stunning header which hit the back of the net before Pwadadi could move a muscle. The goal was the least their dominance deserved but to their credit, Rivers United did not rest on their laurels and nearly got a second goal two minutes later as Gopey saw a fierce effort spectacularly kept out by the overworked Bulus. Poor decision making by Esor Nelson denied Gopey a chance to double Rivers United’s advantage on the half hour as Esor choose to shoot from an impossible angle rather than square to the unmarked attacker. The dominance of the visitors was near total with Osaghae managing to miss two more gilt-edged opportunities before the half was over. One of the chances was a header from three yards with a gaping goal at his mercy after Bulus had already been displaced following Ishaq’s expertly taken corner. Football is replete with stories ‘games of two halves’  and if the home faithful expected the hosts to turn the tide in the second half, they were to be badly disappointed. Rivers United continued from where they stopped after the interval, coming close to adding to the score on three occasions before the game had reached the 50-minute mark. Odaghae headed Bakary Bamba’s cross wide on 47 minutes before remarkably placing a free header wide from point blank range, this time off an Ishaq cross. Defensive midfielder, Victor Chidume drove forward in the 49th minute before delivering a stunning no look pass to Esor who fired wide from close range. It was a remarkable passage of events as the home fans watched, stunned, while the visitors continued to dominate in resounding fashion. On 54 minutes, the hosts had a rare attacking moment of promise but the impressive Egwuekwe reacted well to prevent Idris Abubakar from plundering what would have represented a barely-deserved equalizer. Just before the hour, the marauding visitors came extremely close to doubling their money again but Esor, who was fed in exhilarating fashion by Osaghae, saw a brilliant goal-bound effort deflected for a corner. From the ensuing corner, Esor almost scored but a last ditch bit of heroic defending saw the hosts clear for another corner. Adamawa United were reeling but Rivers United would not take their foot off the gas. Peter Ubakanma, who was having a barnstorming evening at right back, overlapped impressively to meet a Cletus Emotan cross which was disappointly headed straight at Bulus from six yards in the 66th minute. Two minutes earlier, Rivers United had missed their best chance of the half when Gopey arrived in the six yard box with Bulus displaced. He pulled the trigger firmly enough and the away bench had erupted in what turned out to be premature celebrations as Lukman Surajo arrived from nowhere to make a goal saving clearance. It was a remarkable incident in the game and Surajo understandably celebrated like he’d netted the winner. The Pride Of Rivers however refused to despair, their belief hinged on the knowledge that they were the vastly superior side and that their overall quality would carry them safely over the line. Ubakanma raced forward again in the 72nd minute, taking matters into his own hands with a fizzing effort which flew inches wide of Bulus’ right hand post from 25 yards out. Rivers United were however almost punished in the 77th minute as Bobby Abel struck with poise and precision from 12 yards only to see his drive deflected for a corner by Bamba who just about arrived the scene at the opportune moment. The hosts seemed to have stirred from hibernation following that incident and should have levelled matters in the 79th minute. Idris Abubakar outsmarted the visitors’ rear guard, came face to face with Ovunda but somehow placed his effort over. Two minutes later, the ball was on the other end of the pitch as Ubakanma saw his freekick just about fly over. Gopey shot into the side netting in the 83rd minute after turning a defender inside out before substitute, Malachi Ohawume got denied by the offside flag. Ohawume was to have his moment of joy, three minutes from time as he stabbed into an unguarded net from.close range after seeing an initial effort come off the post. “The players put up a good effort and we want to amass points that will take us to the top of the table,” technical manager of Rivers United, Stanley Eguma told the club’s official website, www.riversunitedfc.com after the game. United will next face MFM FC in Port Harcourt on January 5 in their first game of 2020. The Port Harcourt club have now moved into the continental places as they are now level on points with second-placed Lobi Stars on the log having amassed 18 points from 11 matches.— Tags: Festus OdulamiKunle OdunlamiMalachi Ohawumelast_img read more

Aguero blow for City

first_img That is a major blow for the English champions, who already have a number of injury and suspension problems for the decisive final group game. Pellegrini told Sky Sports: “He has a problem in his ligament, in his knee. We will see tomorrow how serious it is but it’s not good news, I don’t think he will be able to play next week. “We must wait for the doctor but the important thing is he will not be playing against Roma and it’s a very important game for us. “But we have other players and we will rearrange if he does not play.” City are locked on five points with Roma and CSKA Moscow in a battle for the second last-16 qualification spot behind Group E winners Bayern Munich. To progress City need to win and hope CSKA do not beat Bayern, or get a score draw and hope CSKA lose. They are already without key midfielder Yaya Toure through suspension, while Vincent Kompany and David Silva are battling to prove their fitness. Stevan Jovetic and Fernandinho also sat out the Everton game to rest knocks. On the positive side, City overcame the early loss of Aguero to come through a difficult contest, courtesy of a Toure penalty – and cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table to three points. Star striker Sergio Aguero is set to miss Manchester City’s vital Champions League trip to Roma on Saturday. The prolific Argentinian, who has scored 19 times this season, suffered a knee ligament injury in City’s laboured 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Everton at the Etihad Stadium. The 26-year-old will need to be assessed before City will know the full extent of the damage but Pellegrini is already expecting him not to be travelling to Italy. Press Association Pellegrini said: “In the way we won today it is important for the trust, in the way we defend. It is important to know how to win 1-0 in some moments. We had another chance to score but we didn’t. “I am very pleased also for the defence. We are criticised a lot for the way we defend but I thought we did very well. “Chelsea lost their game. It was important to try to recover points to be nearer the leader. “December is a very difficult month where we have to play seven Premier League games. It is a month where you don’t win the title but it is the key month to try to start the next year, as the leader or very near to the leader.” Everton boss Roberto Martinez was far from happy with the award of the penalty which proved the only difference between the two sides. Phil Jagielka was penalised for a foul on James Milner after 23 minutes but the decision by referee Andre Marriner was a questionable one. Martinez said: “I am really disappointed about it. It is clear contact but contact is allowed. I don’t think it is a penalty at all. “James Milner’s reaction tells you everything. He just gets up and tries to fight for the ball. He is not even asking for a free-kick. “It is an action that happens a lot, two bodies fighting for the ball, a coming-together of two bodies. “If Phil Jagielka had tried to win the ball and collided with James Milner’s legs, that is always a penalty but shoulder to shoulder is just part of the game and should never be given. “It was a disappointing decision from such an experienced referee.” Martinez also felt City’s Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando were fortunate to escape red cards for high challenges on Samuel Eto’o and Gareth Barry respectively. Both were booked. Martinez said: “I don’t like to see players sent off but when you have got a referee that is going to give a penalty for two bodies coming together – so you are going to use the letter of the law – Mangala’s challenge is a red card every single time. His foot is high, his knee is high, in a very unnatural position. Samuel has got a really strong mark in his back. That is violent conduct, a very excessive force action, should have been a red card. “Fernando’s challenge is a bit more unfortunate but it is a high boot. If that high boot doesn’t touch the head of Gareth Barry it should be a yellow card. If it touched it I think it should have been a red card. “But you learn you are going to get bad decisions and lucky decisions coming your way. Suggesting luck evens itself out over the course of a season, Martinez joked: “I can’t wait for the second half of the season because it is going to be so easy to win games playing badly.” last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2018 Highlights KKR vs RR Eliminator: Kolkata win by 25 runs, will play SRH next in Qualifier 2

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Kolkata Knight Riders will face Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator of Indian Premier League 2018 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Wednesday.KKR ended the league stage on the third position of the table with 16 points, while RR finished just behind KKR on the fourth position with 14 points.Team Record at Eden Gardens: KKR have dominated the previous face-offs with 5 wins in comparison to RR’s 1 win.HIGHLIGHTS:Andre Russell, Man of the Match: “It feels very good. It has been a hectic road since the game against KXIP. Every game moving forward has been like a final. We know how important this was and it feels good to have contributed with the bat and the ball. (On his batting prowess) I think it is just a clear head. You get a short ball, you get a slower ball or a wide ball, you try to play a shot accordingly. It is about having a still base. I try to swing hard and believe in my ability. I have some good sticks as well.”Dinesh Karthik: “I think winning 4 games on the row feels good. Especially this one as we were under the pump. Credit to Shubman Gill. Absorbed all the pressure when he walked in. Before he got out, he played some lovely shots and eased the pressure off me. In these games, it is about the attitude and the belief about how much you have got. In these kind of crunch games, it is never about the par score; it’s about how much pressure you can put on the other side. Touch wood, the bowlers have picked up their game. We fielded well as well today, which was good to see.”Rahane: “Disappointed, especially given how we started, taking 4-5 wickets early. That partnership (between Karthik and Gill) and the dropped catch of Russell hurt us. When you get a start like that, you generally look to win the game. I think KKR bowled really well. They know the conditions really well. It was gettable. They were 10-12 runs short. It’s important to finish the games and we didn’t have partnerships towards the end. When me and Sanju were batting, we were looking to play positively.” # KKR win by 25 runs! what a comeback!# After 19 Overs, RR are 136/4, and they need 34 runs to win from the last over!# 17.6 Overs: OUT! What an over by Prasidh Krishna! Binny c Chris Lynn b Prasidh 0(3) RR 130/4# 16.5 Overs: OUT! Samson departs, big big blow! RR 126/3# Sanju Samson completes his half-century!# 16.2 Overs: FOUR! Cracking shot by Samson. RR 124/2# Piyush Chawla to bowl his last over# After 16 Overs, RR are 119/2# 15.5 Overs: FOUR! Klassen Reverse swept it away. RR 118/2# After 15 Overs, RR are 111/2# 14.1 Overs: OUT! Big wicket, Kuldeep strikes! Rahane c and b Kuldeep Yadav 46(41) RR 109/1# Strategic time out ends!# KKR desperately need a couple of wickets here.# After 14 Overs, RR are 109/1# 13.5 Overs: SIX! Samson dispatched the short ball by Narine! RR 109/1# After 13 Overs, RR are 103/1# After 12 Overs, RR are 96/1# 9.4 Overs: FOUR! Poor bowling by Searles. RR 86/1# 9.2 Overs: SIX! Easy from Samson. RR 81/1# 8.6 Overs: FOUR! Inside out goes Samson. RR 74/1# 8.1 Overs: FOUR! Short and slapped away by Samson. RR 68/1# After 8 Overs, RR are 64/1# After 7 Overs, RR are 54/1, excellent over by Kuldeep Yadav# After 6 Overs, RR are 51/1# 5.1 Overs: OUT! Chawla strikes, energetic catch!  R Tripathi c and b Chawla 20(13) RR 47/1# After 5 Overs, RR are 47/0# 4.4 Overs: SIX! Againnnn…RR 46/0# 4.3 Overs: SIX! Tripathi goes biiiigg!! RR 40/0# After 4 Overs, RR are 32/0# RR are happy taking singles and twos.# KKR need a wicket soon, or else Rahane, Tripathi will take this away from them!# 3.2 Overs: FOUR! Sehwag-esque cut. RR 29/0# 3.1 Overs: FOUR! Pulled away for a boundary. RR 25/0# After 3 Overs, RR are 21/0# 2.4 Overs: Successful review by Rahane and RR. He survives!# 2.1 Overs: FOUR! Picture perfect cover drive by Tripathi. RR 19/0# After 2 Overs, RR are 15/0# 1.4 Overs: FOUR! Rahane special flick toward mid wicket. RR 15/0# After 1 Over, RR are 9/0# 0.4 Overs: SIX! Just lifted the slash! Excellent shot over the point boundary. RR 8/0# Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi start for RR.# KKR came back into the game and mounted a good target of 170 runs for Rajasthan Royals# 19.5 Overs: FOUR! Russell beautifully found the gap there! KKR 168/7# 19.4 Overs: OUT! Searles tried to go big but mistimed it terribly. Searles c Jofra Archer b Laughlin 2(5) KKR 164/7# 19.1 Overs: FOUR! Brutal power by Russell. KKR 163/6# After 19 Overs, KKR are 157/6# 18.4 Overs: SIX! Russell waited for the ball to come and hammered it away. KKR 156/6# 17.6 Overs: SIX! Hooked away in style by Russell. KKR 149/6# 17.2 Overs: SIX! Hammered away by Russell! KKR 141/6# 17.1 Overs: OUT! Huge wicket before the final couple of overs. Karthik c Rahane b Laughlin 52(38) KKR 135/6# After 17 Overs, KKR are 135/5# 16.4 Overs: FOUR! Slapped away by Russell! KKR 133/5# 16.3 Overs: SIX! Mistimed but the ball still crossed the boundary. KKR 129/5# With that six DK completes his Fifty. A Captain’s knock!# 16.1 Overs: SIX! Edged and went straight at the sight screen behind the WK. KKR 122/5# After 16 Overs, KKR are 116/5# 14.5 Overs: SIX! Free hit dispatched perfectly by Russell! KKR 113/5# 14.2 Overs: OUT! Edged and gone! Gill departs. Shubman Gill c Klaasen b Jofra Archer 28(17) KKR 106/5# 14.1 Overs: FOUR! Gill is on fire! Slapped away. KKR 106/4# 13.6 Overs: SIX! DK with a classic shot. Sends the ball straight to the cow corner. KKR 102/4# 13.4 Overs: SIX! Gill dances down the pitch and times the shot perfectly. KKR 95/4# 13.3 Overs: FOUR! Fantastic square cut by Gill. KKR 89/4# After 13 Overs, KKR are 82/4# 10.4 Overs: FOUR! Gill with a much needed boundary. KKR 70/4# After 10 Overs, KKR are 63/4# 9.1 Overs: FOUR! A lovely flick towards fine leg by DK. KKR 60/4# After 9 Overs, KKR are 56/4, the pitch is very sticky and an absolute turner!# 7.6 Overs: OUT! Biggest wicket of them all! Chris Lynn c and b Shreyas Gopal 18(22) KKR 51/4# KKR are happy with the singles and twos..# After 7 Overs, KKR are 48/3# Great powerplay for Rajasthan Royals, apart from the final Unadkat over!# After 6 Overs, KKR are 46/3# 5.4 Overs: FOUR! Lynn joins the party, poor bowling by Unadkat. KKR 45/3# 5.2 Overs: FOUR! Smashing shot from DK, Lovely drive. KKR 40/3# 5.1 Overs: FOUR! Positive from DK, Kolkata needs positivity now! KKR 36/3# After 5 Overs, KKR are 32/3# 3.6 Overs: FOUR! Good start by DK. KKR needs stability now. KKR 28/3# Dinesh Karthik is at the crease, and KKR needs a captain’s knock from him. Can he be the saviour of the night?# 3.4 Overs: OUT! Shambles, absolute shambles. Nitish Rana c Unadkat b Jofra Archer 3(5) KKR 24/3# 2.5 Overs: FOUR! Smashed away by Lynn. KKR 22/2# 2.1 Overs: OUT! Uthappa goes, its a huge moment for RR. Uthappa c and b Gowtham 3(7) KKR 17/2# After 2 Overs, KKR are 17/1# 0.6 Overs: FOUR! Byes! the ball misses the bat, batsman, stumps and the keeper. KKR 10/1# 0.2 Overs: OUT! Hammer blow for KKR..Gowtham strikes! Narine st Klaasen b Gowtham 4(2) KKR 4/1# 0.1 Overs: FOUR! KKR and Narine starts with a bang! KKR 4/0# Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine, the dynamic pair opens for KKR! Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep YadavRajasthan Royals: Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klaasen(w), Krishnappa Gowtham, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Ben Laughlin#  Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and have opted to fieldPitch report: “It is quite dry undernearth but it’s got a good covering of grass. There seemed a bit of moisture from the covers. I reckon it will be a good batting surface and both teams will score a lot of runs,” says Michael Clarke.last_img read more