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‘WAIT AND SEE’ MODE: Region 6 OFWs in Iran, Iraq not going home

first_imgThe US has opted not to respondmilitarily, somewhat defusing the tension and fear that the conflict couldfurther escalate. But the concern remains. Iran’s Defense Minister Amir Hatamiissued a warning to the US on Friday. He said the missile attacks were “just aslap” and Iran was “prepared to give a powerful response to any adventurism.” Both work as household workers and arevictims of illegal recruitment. Their relatives sought assistance of thehelpdesk on Jan. 14. “Nakitanila nga no need magpauli kay daw nag-subside namanang tension. Wala nag-escalate sodiretso sila sa trabaho,” saidArroyo. Two more Ilonggo OFWs based in Lebanonare waiting for their schedule to return home. They are from San Miguel townand Mandurriao in Iloilo City. “Indipuede pabuyan-buyanan naton,” he stressed. Arroyo also said the repatriation isvoluntary so Filipinos in the volatile region could not be compelled to leave. He, however, stressed the governmentremains prepared to help all Filipinos in Iran, Iraq and other Middle Easterncountries should the situation deteriorate. ILOILO City – Overseas Filipinoworkers (OFWs) from Western Visayas working in tension-filled Iran and Iraq arenot keen on availing themselves of the government’s repatriation program. Fornow. They are on a “wait and see” mode, according to Jack Arroyo, case officerof the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Region 6. In retaliation to the killing of itstop general, Iran rained ballistic missiles on US military bases in Iraq onJan. 8. Arroyo said OFWs should alwaysprioritize their safety. Meanwhile, the 24/7 inter-agencyhelpdesk of the Iloilo provincial government successfully facilitated therepatriation of an Ilonggo OFW from Qatar. The household worker, whose name isbeing kept confidential, returned to the country on Jan. 17. She is from themunicipality of Santa Barbara. Tension has been gripping Iran andIraq following the United States’ assassination of Iran’s top military generalQassem Soleimani who was visiting Iraq on Jan. 3. Thirty Western Visayans work in Iranand Iraq, OWWA data showed but there could also be undocumented Ilonggo workersthere. Arroyo said the OFW was a victim ofmaltreatment by her employer. Arroyo said they immediately referredthe cases to the Philippine Embassy./PN “We requested the Philippine Embassyto intervene in bringing her home. It was her agency who processed therepatriation,” Arroyo said.last_img read more

2019 Fair Schedule

first_imgOldenburg, In. — Republican state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising encourages families to attend a local fair this summer.The dates for this summer’s fairs are as follows:Rush County: Saturday, June 22 through Saturday, June 29Shelby County: Tuesday, July 2 through Saturday, July 6Henry County: Tuesday, July 9 through Friday, July 19Decatur County: Wednesday, July 10 through Wednesday, July 17Franklin County: Monday, July 15 through Saturday, July 20Ripley County: Sunday, July 21 through Saturday, July 27Fayette County: Saturday, July 27 through Saturday, August 3Mooreland Free Fair: Monday, August 5 through Saturday, August 10last_img read more

Football News Cristiano Ronaldo set to make his Juventus debut against Chievo

first_imgNew Delhi: Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has termed Portugal skipper and former Real Madrid hot-shot Cristiano Ronaldo as “the best player in the world” and gave the nod to hand him his competitive debut for the Italian giants when they take Chievo Verona on Saturday in the opening match of their title defence in Serie A.Allegri is all set to unleash the 33-year-old onto the world of Italian football.The all-time top scorer for his former club Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus in one of the most shocking transfers of recent times.ALSO READ: Asian Games 2018: Day-wise schedule, time-table for Asiads”Tomorrow, a new challenge starts for us. This summer, we bought Ronaldo – the best player in the world,” Allegri said at his pre-match press conference.However, the Juventus boss is yet to decide the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s best position in his playing XI and said he needs a couple of games to figure that out.”Ronaldo will make his debut…I have some ideas on how we’ll play but I need to see a couple more games and training sessions to figure it all out.”Cristiano is no ordinary footballer. His career statistics are a testament to that. He brings added value to our team, but we must not rest on our laurels and believe that we’ll win games just because we have him on our side.ALSO READ: England vs India 3rd Test: Visitors eye last-ditch comeback”Whether we use wingers, whether it’s Ronaldo with Paulo Dybala, or Dybala with (Mario) Mandzukic, our system also depends on the characteristics of the other players. Sometimes we can play with three in defence.”The former Manchester United man lifted his fifth Champions League trophy in his final season for the Spanish giants Real Madrid and now, Allegri is also hungry for the prestigious European trophy.”It’s my fifth year at the club, progress has been made, the quality of players has improved, as has our confidence at European level. You never know: this could be our year to win the Champions League.”Juventus will travel to Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi in Italy to play hosts Chievo Verona on Saturday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Athanaze, Yadram level series for Young Windies

first_imgPIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa, (CMC) – Lower order batsman Alick Athanaze struck a bold, unbeaten half-century to lift West Indies Under-19s to a crucial four-wicket win over South Africa Under-19s here Sunday and set up a thrilling end to the five-match series.Chasing a modest 208 for victory in the fourth Youth One-Day International at City Oval, West Indies got home in the 45th over with Athanaze top-scoring with 66 not out.Bhaskar Yadram extended his good run of form with 65 while Matthew Patrick chipped in with 28 on debut.Sixteen-year-old off-spinner Kgaudisa Molefe claimed three for 51.The hosts had earlier stumbled to 207 all out off 48.2 overs, after they were sent in, with opener Matthew Breetzke stroking 55, captain Raynard van Tonder, 38, and Hermann Rolfes, 37.Nyeem Young, a 16-year-old pacer from Barbados, picked up three for 42 while Patrick ended with two for 26 with his off-breaks.The victory levelled the series at 2-2 with Wednesday’s fifth match in Durban now a virtual final.South Africa were handed a great start when Breetzke anchored two successive half-century stands at the top of the order to propel his side up to 111 for one.He counted seven fours in an 83-ball knock, putting on 51 for the first wicket with Jiveshan Pillay (23) and 60 for the second with van Tonder who faced 44 deliveries and counted four boundaries.Van Tonder’s run out in the 23rd over triggered a slump where six wickets tumbled for 22 runs to leave South Africa tottering on 133 for seven in the 35th over.Rolfes and Fraser Jones (24) then staged a rearguard action with 53 for the eighth wicket to bolster the innings late.Molefe than rocked the Young Windies, grabbing two early wickets as the visitors crashed to 59 for four in the 16th over.But Athanaze came to his side’s rescue in an innings which required 80 deliveries and included nine fours and a six. More importantly, the Dominican put on 99 for the fifth wicket with Yadram who hit nine fours in his 75-ball knock.Molefe returned to get the breakthrough, trapping Yadram lbw in the 32nd over but Patrick held his nerve in a 45-run sixth wicket stand with Athanaze to put the Windies over the line.last_img read more

Stapleton says dual players are leading the way

first_imgIt’s been a debate that’s been raging in the county with some claiming that one sport or the other should be chosen to specialise in.The Golden Kilfeackle native told Tipp FM Sport that the fact both minor teams reached the All Ireland final is proof the system is working in its present format.last_img

Phillies retire Dick Allen’s No. 15 in moving ceremony

first_img First Published: 4th September, 2020 06:24 IST Dick Allen’s No. 15 was retired by the Philadelphia Phillies in a ceremony Thursday, a long overdue honor for one of the franchise’s greatest players who fought against racism during a tumultuous period with the team in the 1960s.The 78-year-old Allen thanked Phillies managing partner John Middleton, who broke from the team’s longstanding “unwritten” policy of only retiring the number of players who are in the Hall of Fame.“I thank the city of Philadelphia. Even though it was rough, I’ve made some friends along the way,” Allen said.Mike Schmidt, a Hall of Fame third baseman who helped lure Allen out of retirement to return to Philadelphia for a second stint with the team in 1975, called him “an amazing mentor” who was wrongly labeled a “bad teammate” and “troublemaker.”“Dick was a sensitive Black man who refused to be treated as a second-class citizen,” Schmidt said in a speech.Schmidt then unfurled a red banner revealing the No. 15 hanging on a brick wall behind the left-field stands at Citizens Bank Park, before the Phillies hosted Washington.“He played in front of home fans that were products of that racist era (with) racist teammates and different rules for whites and Blacks. Fans threw stuff at him and thus Dick wore a batting helmet throughout the whole game. They yelled degrading racial slurs. They dumped trash in his front yard at his home. In general, he was tormented and it came from all directions. And Dick rebelled.”Schmidt pointed out Allen didn’t have a negative reputation playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.“My friends, these (negative) labels have kept Dick Allen out of the Hall of Fame,” Schmidt said. “Imagine what Dick could’ve accomplished as a player in another era, on another team, left alone to hone his skills, to be confident, to come to the ballpark every day and just play baseball.”Middleton choked up talking about Allen, recalling how he spent summers as a kid listening to Phillies games on a transistor radio at the Jersey shore. Allen was his favorite player.“One of my strongest memories is a group of white suburban 8-, 9-, 10-year-old kids playing pickup ball and fantasizing we’re Dick Allen,” Middleton said. “For us, it had nothing to do with race. We just saw talent, extraordinary talent, more talent than we’ve ever seen in any baseball player in Philadelphia. We wanted to be just like Dick.”Middleton made clear the Phillies retired Allen’s number solely on his production as a player. But he also called the abuse Allen received “horrific” and pointed out his accomplishments are even greater considering the racism he endured.Allen was a seven-time All-Star, 1964 National League Rookie of the year and 1972 American League MVP. He batted .292 with 351 homers, 1,119 RBIs and .912 OPS in 15 seasons. Allen played first base, third base and left field.Allen had the fifth-most home runs (319) over an 11-year span (1964-74) behind four Hall of Famers: Hank Aaron (391), Harmon Killebrew (336), Willie Stargell (335) and Willie McCovey (327). His .940 OPS during that time was second to Aaron’s .941.Allen wasn’t elected into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America and he fell one vote short in Golden Era Committee voting in 2014. The Golden Days Committee and the Early Days Committee will not vote this year because of COVID-19 and instead will meet during the winter of 2021.Allen joins Schmidt (20) and Hall of Famers Richie Ashburn (1), Jim Bunning (14), Steve Carlton (32), Roy Halladay (34) and Robin Roberts (36) as the only Phillies to have their numbers retired. Grover Cleveland Alexander and Chuck Klein are recognized with uniform insignias from their eras in place of retired numbers.The ceremony for Allen was held on the left-field plaza. Several of Allen’s former teammates and family members were there, wearing masks and sitting several feet apart. The Phillies also unveiled a statue of Allen. The team plans to honor him again next season with fans in attendance.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 4th September, 2020 06:24 IST Phillies Retire Dick Allen’s No. 15 In Moving Ceremony Dick Allen’s No. 15 was retired by the Philadelphia Phillies in a ceremony Thursday, a long overdue honor for one of the franchise’s greatest players who fought against racism during a tumultuous period with the team in the 1960s WATCH US LIVE COMMENTcenter_img Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US Written By LIVE TVlast_img read more

It’ll take a long time for Ghanaian referees to officiate on the big stage – Alex Kotey

first_imgReferees manager for the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Alex Kotey says it will take the country a long time to get Ghanaian referees to officiate on the big stage.This comes after no Ghanaian was included in FIFA’s pre-selection list for Africa to officiate in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.FIFA’s pre-selection list for the continent includes referees from Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Egypt, Congo and Ethiopia.And Kotey believes a lot of work needs to be done to erase the effects Anas’ number 12 exposé has had on the country.“Whilst you are working towards achieving that purpose, don’t forget that other countries are also doing same,” Kotey said in an interview with Citi Sports.“So if from Africa they are picking only five, you should not expect for now, looking at the challenges that we have been through, a Ghanaian referee to be selected, because we haven’t gotten there yet.“And so we need to prepare our referees, we need to work on them, we need to put a lot of things in place and this will not even take two years, it can take us three to four years to actually get there, he concluded.Only one Ghanaian referee in the person of the late Benjamin Dwomoh has officiated at the World Cup in 1982 in Spain in the match between Kuwait and Czechoslovakia.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Justin Turner lashes out at MLB commissioner over handling of Astros

first_imgTurner said Bellinger spoke from the heart “and I think he had every right to say what he said.” Turner also said he thinks “a lot of players are feeling the same way” about the lack of punishment meted out to Astros players – a stance validated by comments like those of AL MVP Mike Trout in Angels camp Monday.“The more that comes out and the more that’s been said the more frustrating it gets for us,” Turner said. “I think it’s pretty obvious whatever the commissioner thought he did, he didn’t do it very well.“I think what it comes down to is everyone keeps saying, ‘The facts, the facts, You don’t know the facts. These are the facts.’ I don’t think anyone knows the facts. I think everyone just wants to hear the facts. I think the commissioner didn’t do a good job of revealing all the facts to us. I still think there’s some stuff we don’t know.”As spring camps have opened, there has been heavy criticism of MLB’s handling of the situation. Turner called Manfred’s assertion during an interview with ESPN that the Astros’ shame is sufficient punishment “mind-blowing to me.” Turner was particularly upset by Manfred dismissing the idea of vacating the title and taking back the World Series trophy by calling it “a piece of metal.”“Calling the World Series trophy ‘a piece of metal’ – I don’t know if the commissioner has won anything in his life. Maybe he hasn’t,” Turner said. “But the reason every guy is in this room, the reason every guy is working out all offseason and showing up to camp early and putting in all the time and effort is specifically for that trophy – which is, by the way, called the Commissioner’s Trophy.“For him to devalue it, the way he did yesterday just tells me how out of touch he is with the players in this game. At this point, the only thing devaluing that trophy is that it says ‘Commissioner’ on it.”Manfred will be in Arizona on Tuesday to speak with managers from the teams training here (and also to the media). Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he doesn’t have any particular questions for Manfred but admitted that “events of the past few days” have caused him to rethink what he will say when he addresses the team before Tuesday’s first full-squad workout.Initially planning to put forth a message about “moving forward” and focusing on 2020, Roberts said he might feel “compelled” to address the Astros’ scandal and all the scars from the 2017 World Series that have been re-opened.OUTFIELDER ADDEDOutfielder Terrance Gore, known as possibly the fastest player in baseball, has signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers and will be in camp on a non-roster invitation.Gore, 28, has played 100 big-league games spread over six seasons, five with the Kansas City Royals. He got a career-high 58 plate appearances with the Royals last season and batted .275 (14 for 51) while stealing 13 bases in 18 attempts. Bellinger was in New York receiving his 2019 National League MVP award when the Dodgers held their annual FanFest event and several players shared their thoughts on the Astros’ scandal and its effect on the 2017 World Series. So Bellinger was asked about the topic in camp on Friday and had some strong opinions.“I thought Manfred’s punishment was weak, giving them immunity. I mean these guys were cheating for three years,” Bellinger said. “I think what people don’t realize is (Jose) Altuve stole an MVP from (Aaron) Judge in ’17. Everyone knows they stole a ring from us.”Astros shortstop Carlos Correa responded over the weekend, defending Altuve and telling Bellinger to “shut the (expletive) up” when he doesn’t know all the facts.“It’s the first time we’ve heard some facts and some aspects of what happened. So that’d be nice to get some facts out there,” Bellinger said Monday. But he stopped short of firing back at Correa.“I get it. He was just validating his boy,” he said. “I didn’t take any offense to it. I have no reaction to it. It just doesn’t change what I thought at all.” GLENDALE, Ariz. — Cody Bellinger refused to get into a war of words with Carlos Correa. But Justin Turner took aim instead at MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with a stinging rebuke of his handling of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.Turner said the commissioner had “mishandled” the situation and the Dodgers third baseman made it clear he feels the 2017 title should have been vacated (but not awarded to the Dodgers).“I just think it could have been handled differently and the game would be in a different state right now if it was,” Turner said Monday in the Dodgers’ spring clubhouse. “Listening to the commissioner’s interview yesterday talking about precedent, talking about there’s never been a precedent – that’s because it’s never happened before. It’s the first time in the game, to my knowledge, that this happened and he just set the precedent.“He set a weak precedent. So now anyone who goes forward and cheats to win a World Series they can live with themselves knowing that, ‘Oh, it’s okay.’ We’ll cheat to win a World Series and bring the title back to L.A. and screw (Manager) Dave Roberts and screw (President of Baseball Operations) Andrew (Friedman) it’s just those guys losing their job. I still get to be called a champion the rest of my life. The precedent was set by him in this case and it was, as Cody said, a pretty weak precedent.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

England regain Euro crown, but Scots make it a nail-biter

first_img England’s men are the kings of Europe once again. Having lost the title in 2011, they regained the crown by beating Scotland 4½ – 2½ in the final at Silkeborg Ry Golfklub in Jutland, Denmark. The foundation was built in the morning when England won both foursomes thanks to Neil Raymond and Amateur champion Garrick Porteous, who beat James Ross and Ewan Scott 4 and 2, while Max Orrin and Nathan Kimsey overcame Graeme Robertson and Jack McDonald by the same margin. But the singles proved a nail-biting affair. Robertson gained the Scots first point with a 1 hole win over Callum Shinkwin only for Porteous to restore England’s advantage with a 3 and 2 success over McDonald. When Bradley Neil got home by 2 holes over Toby Tree then score was 3-2. It was left to Orrin to see England to the necessary fourth point but he had to bounce back from trailing to Scott Borrowman to force extra holes and won it on the 19th. The other game between Scott and Kimsey was halved by mutual agreement as England was already assured of the title. “It was a great performance,” said England Performance Director Nigel Edwards. “The lads stuck to the task when Scotland put us under pressure. Some great play coming down the closing holes. “The morning foursomes were crucial it gave us the edge. Hats off to Scotland who played a truly great match and were true sportsmen of the highest order. That was a great final and it was a huge relief to win. “The whole team played their part in the victory, contributing in so many ways. The players really appreciate all the support from England Golf, from the Board, the staff and everyone else involved. “Graham Walker and Terry Casey galvanised a real team effort, not just this week but over the last few years.” In the third place match, France beat the Netherlands 5-2. 13 Jul 2013 England regain Euro crown, but Scots make it a nail-biter last_img read more

Future looks bright for Mount Sentinel volleyball

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe future’s so bright the Mount Sentinel Wildcats has better get out the shades.Despite finishing 11th in the 16-team B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Tournament, the youthful Cats are ready to make a push for next season.“We competed (and) we played well beyond “being happy to be there”,’ said head coach Joe Moreira.Mount Sentinel, entering the tournament as the second seed out of the Kootenay zone, defeated Kootenay rival Elkford 2-0 in consolation play in the final game of the tournament.The Cats, seeded ninth, opened the tourney matched in the very competitive pool against fourth-ranked Cedar and fifth-ranked Houston Christian.Mount Sentinel defeated a scrappy Ebenezer team to place third in the pool.The result put the Cats against Duncan Christian in playoff action.“I think were a bit unlucky to end up on the losing end of the five-set match,” Moreira explained. “We were up 10-7 in the 5th but couldn’t find a way to finish the set, losing 15-12 to Duncan Christian.”Mount Sentinel then defeated Chetwynd in consolation action before losing to Keremeos 16-14 in the third set.Kelowna Christian defeated Highroad Academy of Chilliwack to capture the provincial title.Immaculata of Kelowna got past Richmond Christian to claim the bronze medal.However, next year watch out for the Cats.“We have no Grade 12’s on the roster so we anticipate to be a stronger team next year,” said Moreira.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more