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Iceland poised to take U.S. seat at United Nations rights council

UNITED NATIONS – The UN General Assembly is set to elect Iceland on Friday, July 13, to the seat left vacant at the Human Rights Council after the United States quit the body over what it charged was anti-Israel bias. The assembly will hold a by-election with Iceland the only candidate ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 12th, 2018Related News

All those oh, so nears and more for England at World Cup

By Rob Harris, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — They sing of alcohol and agony, and of all those oh, so nears. The anguished English now have another line to add to the lyrics of "Three Lions": Football's not coming home. There was no penalty heartache this time, like in the semifinals at the 1990 World Cup or 1996 European Championship. But a 2-1 loss to Croatia in extra time stopped England from reaching its first World Cup final since 1966. "It hurts a lot," England striker Harry Kane said. "It's going to hurt for a while." The fans sang of 30 years of hurt in 1996. Two years later, they refreshed it to 32. But the Lightning Seeds, an English musical act, stopped producing updates after that. It's now 52 years and counting. England came very close on Wednesday. For more than an hour, Gareth Southgate's young team led Croatia before the weary, aging opposition sprung back into life at the Luzhniki Stadium. Now, on their way to St. Petersburg for a third-place playoff against Belgium, there are just so many agonizing misses to replay in their heads. Kane. Jesse Lingard. Raheem Sterling. Chances to build on the lead secured by Kieran Trippier's free kick in the fifth minute. While Trippier did Bend it like Beckham for his goal, this generation of England players is far removed from the celebrity-obsessed David Beckham-era that straddled the millennium. They even managed to win a game on penalties, breaking the streak of five tournament shootout losses, in the round of 16. "Wasn't to be this time," British Prime Minister Theresa May wrote on Twitter amid the latest Brexit turmoil within her government, "but it's been a great journey that's made the country proud." There is a genuine sense of warmth between this squad and its followers. The apathy of just four years ago — when the 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium was more than half empty — replaced by a newfound affection for the national team under Southgate. Fans could relate to players like Kane, Trippier and John Stones, who toiled through lower leagues to eventually reach the pinnacle of the game. The coach even became an unlikely fashion icon. "If we have brought joy back home, which I know we have," Southgate said, "that has been worthwhile." Tens of thousands packed into Hyde Park in central London to watch Wednesday's match, roaring in delight and flinging beer in the air when Trippier scored. Thousands more made the journey from England to Russia, packing into the Luzhniki after shunning the group stage. Even after Mario Mandzukic's 109th-minute goal, a young squad was saluted for exceeding expectations with its deep progress in this year's tournament. "They are still maturing and Croatia have some hardened warriors," Southgate said. "They have broken through a number of barriers over the last few weeks. We have made such strides with our supporters." And still they sang , long after the final whistle as midnight approached, about "drinking all your vodka." There are sorrows to drown, but this was not an embarrassment for England. No need to rip up the script that has seen England recover from the humiliation of being denied a place at the 2008 European Championship by Croatia with a coaching blueprint instilled through all age groups winning titles. Champions last year at both the under-17 and under-20 World Cups, collecting the main prize will have to wait at least until 2022. A timepiece at the national team's St. George's Park base has been counting down to the final in Qatar. It was compared to the Doomsday Clock when new leadership took charge at the Football Association. But Southgate has real optimism that his team can hit its peak in the Gulf in four years — from Kane up front to Jordan Pickford in goal. "It's clear to everyone the progress that's been made in terms of the level of performances and the quality of the group," Southgate said. "This is a thoroughly different journey." English soccer has now had its reset moment. The country came to Russia to regain respect. From the ignominy of the failure to win a game at the 2014 World Cup to the meek collapse against Iceland in the round of 16 at Euro 2016. "This team has taken us to a place that we never thought we would ever have imagined we would get," Gary Neville, England's assistant coach during the Euro 2016 campaign, said on British broadcaster ITV. "They have taken the nation with them." For all the playfulness in practice with rubber chickens, splashing around with unicorns in a pool and the sense this was a group of friends having fun on an extended summer vacation, there was always a steely, winning mindset. There should be tinges of regret about falling short at a World Cup where defending champion Germany was eliminated in the group stage, and Argentina, Brazil and Spain fell before the semifinals. England does not appear in semifinals very often. Southgate was in the last one 22 years ago. A post-match news conference after the loss to Croatia looked like the last place he wanted to be. "I'm trying to get the balance right," Southgate said, "of recognizing that tonight was a wonderful opportunity for us and you can't guarantee that those opportunities will ever come again." Football will come home in two years when Wembley Stadium stages seven games, including the semifinals and final, at the 2020 European Championship. Southgate has to find a way to get his team one step further than in Russia. Without just coming oh, so near......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 12th, 2018Related News

How the world’s most gender-equal economy is fixing their wage gap

It’s been six months since Iceland made it impossible for businesses to keep paying women less than men for the same job, and Gudridur Gudmundsdottir is already a little richer for it. A part-time chef at Iceland’s National Land Survey, the 58-year-old grandmother got a 4.5 percent wage increase, equal to $80 a month, after […].....»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceJul 9th, 2018Related News

Macron in Lagos calls on Africans to succeed in Africa

LAGOS, Nigeria – French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday, July 4, called for Africa and Europe to reach a "win-win" solution to migration during an address to 300 young entrepreneurs on the second day of his visit to Nigeria.  Saying that the continents share a "common destiny," Macron outlined his vision ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 4th, 2018Related News

Before Lafarge, other groups accused of crimes against humanity

The French cement giant Lafarge, now a part of the LafargeHolcim group, is one of several international companies which have been pursued for complicity in crimes against humanity, though most cases have been abandoned. Here are some other key cases: Shell and Nigeria Twelve Nigerians living in the United States took the Anglo-Dutch energy giant […].....»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsJun 29th, 2018Related News

Maradona says he s well after being treated at World Cup

Argentina former soccer star Diego Maradona waves to the fans ahead of the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg,.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJun 28th, 2018Related News

Argentina has big weaknesses to address before facing France

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, France (AP) — After the euphoria of scraping through to the last 16 of the World Cup, Argentina now must address its glaring weaknesses. Argentina has little time to prepare for Saturday's match against France, which is considered among the tournament favorites, yet has much to work on. Particularly on defense. Argentina's feeble defense was exposed in 3-0 defeat to Croatia last week and once again in Tuesday's 2-1 must-win game against Nigeria. Argentina won with an 86th-minute goal from defender Marcos Rojo, but during the second half the team looked on the verge of another capitulation at the back. Here is a look at some of the key issues facing Jorge Sampaoli's team before taking on France in Kazan: MASCHERANO MISERY If Javier Mascherano is supposed to be protecting the defense, he's not doing a very good job. With 146 international appearances, the 34-year-old Mascherano should be a rock for Sampaoli's team. But instead of offering the protective screen in front of the back four, Mascherano is often proving to be a weak link. As his bloodied face on Tuesday showed, there is no doubting his commitment. But his judgment, especially for someone with so much experience, is lacking. Two horribly misplaced passes gave Nigeria dangerous positions to attack from, while it was Mascherano's clumsy challenge that led to Nigeria's equalizing goal from the penalty spot. In his defense, there may be mitigating circumstances. Although a holding midfielder by trade, Mascherano dropped deeper when deployed as a center half for Barcelona over the past few years. Now back in his traditional position, he often appears caught in two minds as to whether to push up as a midfielder does, or stay back more sensibly like a defender. While it does not excuse his poor passing, it may explain some of his confused judgment. FALLEN STARS Angel Di Maria's failure to control a simple pass during a promising counterattack against Nigeria was a sad sight for such a fine talent. As the ball flew off his foot and went out of play, a helpless look formed on Di Maria's face. Long considered one of the world's best wingers, the 30-year-old Paris Saint-Germain player is not living up to his reputation in Russia. He looked despondent when he was taken off against Nigeria with 20 minutes left, his self-confidence glaringly absent. But it is feasible he is still affected by what happened during the season with PSG. Di Maria was PSG's most in-form player heading into the first leg of its Champions League last-16 game against Real Madrid on Feb. 14, but was surprisingly left out entirely by PSG coach Unai Emery. "I was boiling (inside) because I felt I should have played, or at least have come on," Di Maria said. Perhaps his fragile confidence has not been repaired. But Mascherano and Di Maria are not the only big-name players performing well below their best. So is Gonzalo Higuain. The burly striker looked nervous and heavy-legged against Nigeria, blazing a great chance high and wide with the score 1-1 with 10 minutes left. In the end, he was reprieved by Rojo's late winner, but it was not the finish expected of a forward with a combined 267 goals for Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus. He has 31 for Argentina, too, but tellingly he has not scored in his past eight games for his country. WHERE IS DYBALA? Fans hoping to see Paulo Dybala, one of the brightest attacking talents in soccer, playing in Russia may not get their wish. The 24-year-old forward regularly impresses Juventus fans with his trickery and spectacular goals — scoring 26 times in 46 appearances last season — but for whatever reason, Sampaoli does not seem to need him. With time running out against Nigeria, the coach still did not bring him on, even though Dybala has the skill and imagination to unlock defenses. He has only played once for Argentina all year, and with Sampaoli in charge this does not look like it will change. FRENCH THREAT Although France has yet to find its top form , Argentina's creaking defense will be under threat from its highly rated forwards. Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele are two of the fastest players in the world, while Antoine Griezmann was top scorer at the European Championship two years ago. Imposing striker Olivier Giroud is one of the best headers of the ball around, which gives Sampaoli's back four even more to worry about from crosses, corners and free kicks......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 28th, 2018Related News

Argentina saves World Cup hopes with dramatic goal

‘GOD WAS WITH US’ SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia — Argentina rescued its World Cup hopes in dramatic fashion on Tuesday as defender Marcos Rojo scored a stunning volley to snatch a late 2-1 win over Nigeria and set up a last-16 match against France. Lionel Messi set the two-time winners on their way with his first […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJun 27th, 2018Related News

Argentina saves World Cup hopes

SAINT PETERSBURG -- Argentina rescued their World Cup hopes in dramatic fashion on Tuesday as defender Marcos Rojo scored a stunning volley to snatch a late 2-1 win over Nigeria and set up a last-16 match against France......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceJun 27th, 2018Related News

Nigeria complains about video review call against Argentina

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — After going out of the World Cup, Nigeria complained about not being awarded a second penalty in a 2-1 defeat to Argentina on Tuesday. There were about 15 minutes of a tense game remaining, and Nigeria was enjoying a strong spell of pressure at St. Petersburg Stadium, when the latest video review talking point of the tournament came. Marcos Rojo was the only Argentina defender in the penalty box, and under pressure from striker Odion Ighalo lurking behind him, when he jumped high to head Ahmed Musa's deflected cross away from danger. He didn't succeed. Instead, the Manchester United defender completely mistimed the header and the ball ended up glancing off his left arm, and then falling invitingly to Ighalo near the penalty spot. Ighalo had lots of time to pick his spot, but blazed the ball wide of the left post. Nigeria's players were sure it was a penalty, however, and Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir — who awarded Nigeria a penalty early in the second half — used video to review this one and stood by his initial decision not to award a spot kick, much to the frustration of Nigeria's players. "I don't understand how that was not a penalty," captain John Obi Mikel said. "It was a clear handball. If you look at this game yesterday against Portugal, this was even worse." Mikel was referring to Iran's late penalty against Portugal in a 1-1 draw on Monday — awarded for a handball after a video review — and he felt Rojo got away with it. Rojo went on to score Argentina's late winner to send his side through, and put Nigeria out. "He (Rojo) had the ball and it hit his hand and it was open. Maybe the referee didn't want to give a second penalty," Mikel said. "For us, we've seen the replay, it was a clear handball. He looked at the VAR, the ball hit the hand." Mikel added: "I asked him for explanation, did the ball hit the hand? He said 'Yes." Why is it not a penalty? He did not know." But video replays suggested that there was no intent from Rojo to move his arm anywhere near the ball, as he was looking in a different direction when he headed it sideways. It thus appeared unintentional as Rojo headed the ball inadvertently down onto his arm. While Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr also believed the penalty should have been awarded, he was more understanding of Cakir's position. "I believe it was a hand," he said. "I didn't see the video. It is difficult for a referee to make a good interpretation." But aside from blaming video review, the Super Eagles may also want to look at their own poor finishing at the end......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 27th, 2018Related News

Messi, Argentina come alive, beat Nigeria 2-1 at World Cup

PETERSBURG, Russia --- Lionel Messi and Argentina finally came alive at the World Cup.   Messi scored an exquisite 14th-minute goal to give the two-time champions the lead Tuesday, but it wasn't until Marcos Rojo's 86th-minute strike that Argentina was assured of a place in the round of 16.   Victor Moses scored a penalty in the 51st minute for Nigeria, putting Argentina in danger of being eliminated without winning a match in Russia.   It took an unlikely goal by Rojo to save Argentina and give it second place in Group D.   Diego Maradona, in the stands at the St. Petersburg Stadium, celebrated both goals wildly.   Argentina wil...Keep on reading: Messi, Argentina come alive, beat Nigeria 2-1 at World Cup.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 26th, 2018Related News

Croatia reserves halt hard-fighting Iceland 2-1 at World Cup

    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia --- Fielding a side filled with reserves, Croatia ended Iceland's first ever World Cup run with a 2-1 win in Rostov-on-Don.   Milan Badelj crashed a volley against the bar, and moments later scored for Croatia in the 53rd minute, sprinting into the area to fire a bouncing shot past goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.   Croatia playmaker Luka Modric led the already-qualified Croats for 65 minutes before being taken off, as his team remained in low-gear for most of the match to contain the Icelanders who had needed a win to hope for a place in the last 16.   Iceland equalized with a penalty shot taken by Gylfi Sigurd...Keep on reading: Croatia reserves halt hard-fighting Iceland 2-1 at World Cup.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 26th, 2018Related News

Messi is running out of time to save Argentina’s World Cup

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia --- For Lionel Messi, the time is now. Time to score at the World Cup. Time to save Argentina from another crushing disappointment. Time to live up to his reputation as one of the world's best players. Time to end questions about his performance in the biggest games. One thing there isn't time for is celebration. Messi turned 31 on Sunday, two days before Tuesday's must-win game against Nigeria. Nigeria would advance with a win, and a draw might be enough for the Super Eagles depending on group leader Croatia's result against Iceland. Other stars have come through at this World Cup. Messi's great rival, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored four ...Keep on reading: Messi is running out of time to save Argentina’s World Cup.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 24th, 2018Related News

Seeing red: Iceland promises Croatia grueling group finish

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia --- Iceland defender Kari Arnason isn't afraid to see red if it means stopping one of the World Cup's most creative sides when it takes on Croatia on Tuesday. Both teams have a history of sending offs when they meet, with three red cards handed out in their last four matches. Arnason sees Croatia as one of teams that could win the tournament, but the central defender's teammates aren't giving them a free ride and are promising grueling physical challenges. With the Croats already qualified, Iceland must win their final Group D game in Rostov-on-Don, while keeping fingers crossed that Nigeria can't inflict another defeat on Argentina. Arnason, in fact, is takin...Keep on reading: Seeing red: Iceland promises Croatia grueling group finish.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 24th, 2018Related News

PH hits back at Iceland

Philippine critics led by Iceland blind to truth, prefer misinformation –– Foreign Secretary Cayetano THE Philippines yesterday scored Iceland and several other mostly European countries for relying on misinformation and insisting on their biased and unfounded criticism of Manila’s human rights record. According to the Philippine Mission to the United….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsJun 24th, 2018Related News

Cayetano hits UNHRC: They prefer ‘misinformation’ than the truth

The Department of Foreign Affairs fired back at the 38-member United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that said the country should assess its human rights situation. Foreign affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Sunday that he was saddened by the stand of the UNHRC despite the invitation given by the Philippines to them. "We regret that Iceland and several other countries maintained their position despite our offer for them to visit the Philippines and objectively asses the human rights situation, especially at the community level," Cayetano said in a statement. "Unfortunately, it seems our friends are really not interested in arriving at the truth and would rather ...Keep on reading: Cayetano hits UNHRC: They prefer ‘misinformation’ than the truth.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 24th, 2018Related News

FULL TEXT: Glenda Gloria on Rappler s 2018 Free Media Pioneer award

  MANILA, Philippines – On Friday, June 22, Rappler received the 2018 Free Media Pioneer award from the International Press Institute (IPI) during award ceremonies held in Abuja, Nigeria.  The IPI established the Free Media Pioneer award in 1996 to recognize innovation in journalism that has promoted access and quality in the news industry. In accepting the award, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 24th, 2018Related News

Iceland, 37 countries to Philippines: Let U.N. probe killings

MANILA, Philippines – Iceland called on the Philippines to allow the United Nations and its probers to investigate "without preconditions or limitations" the killings linked to the Duterte administration's war on drugs. "We urge the government of the Philippines to take all necessary measures to bring killings ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 24th, 2018Related News

Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland

Nigerian player's from left, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, William Ekong and Onyinye Ndidi celebrate after their 2-0 win over Iceland in a D match at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Are.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsJun 23rd, 2018Related News

Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland

VOLGOGRAD, Russia --- Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year's World Cup, and gave Argentina a gift. Musa scored two second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Iceland 2-0 Friday and move into second place in the group behind already-qualified Croatia. Nigeria will face Argentina in its final group match on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. If Nigeria wins, it will advance to the round of 16. But if Argentina claims all three points, it can still advance depending on the result of the other match between Croatia and Iceland. Musa, Nigeria's all-time leading World Cup scorer with four goals, has played well against Argentina before. His two previous goals came at the 2...Keep on reading: Musa scores twice to give Nigeria 2-0 win over Iceland.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 23rd, 2018Related News