Drumming up trade

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World Bank urges govt to spend more on human capital

first_imgThe World Bank found that systemic constraints had hampered the effort to improve the Indonesian government’s public spending on human capital and in general, including coordination challenges across agencies and between government levels, as well as inadequate data and information systems.For example, despite the government having increased education expenditure over the last few years to an allocation of Rp 508.1 trillion (US$35.6 billion) in the 2020 state budget, data and studies showed that it had translated into limited outcome for education quality.The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2018 report showed that Indonesian students scored poorly in science, reading and mathematics, ranking 73rd, 74th and 71st in those subjects out of 79 assessed countries and territories.Meanwhile, the recipients of major subsidies were often the economically secure middle class rather than the poor and vulnerable, according to Juul Pinxten, a World Bank’ social protection specialist. According to World Bank data, from state subsidies for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and electricity amounting to Rp 54 trillion and Rp 48 trillion, respectively, in the 2018 state budget, the poor and the vulnerable only received 15 percent and 22 percent.“The main message is that Indonesia can certainly spend more and can spend better,” Pinxten stated. However, there has been a shift toward more targeted and hence pro-poor programs, as indicated by a decline in the rice assistance program (Rastra) and a transition to noncash food assistance (BPNT), he added.In response to the pandemic, the government has earmarked Rp 695.2 trillion in funds to cushion the impact of the outbreak, with Rp 87.55 trillion allocated for healthcare and Rp 203.9 trillion for strengthening social safety nets.Meanwhile, the World Bank also stated that it found inefficiency in the healthcare sector, particularly with regard to hospital spending in relation to the National Health Insurance (JKN).Launched in 2014, the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan), which manages the JKN, covered about 224 million Indonesians as of February, or more than 80 percent of the population.“It is estimated that between 5 and 11 percent of total hospital spending is inefficient,” World Bank senior economist Reem Hafez said.She added that the yield of efficiency measures in the healthcare sector could be between Rp 4 trillion and Rp 8 trillion, or even more.The healthcare sector could also benefit from a strengthening of governance and accountability by introducing an annual sector review and investing in health information systems to improve monitoring and evaluation, Hafez stated.BPJS Kesehatan has been battered by deficits, totalling Rp 13 trillion last year, that has led the government to issue a presidential regulation to almost double JKN premiums in early May.Kalsum Komaryani, the head of the Health Ministry’s center for health insurance and financing, stated on Wednesday that the JKN deficit contributed to the problem.Although the deficit decreased to less than Rp 2 trillion by mid-June, she acknowledged that there was more to be done to improve the management of JKN.“We will reshape the benefits package, set standards for hospitalization. We need to finish our clinical guidelines and strengthen our referral system,” Kalsum noted.Meanwhile, Elan Satriawan, who heads the National Team for Accelerating Poverty Alleviation’s (TNP2K) policy working group, said improvement of the social assistance delivery system was needed particularly amid the pandemic. “We have been discussing expanding the coverage of the [social assistance recipients] as the current situation indicates that 60 percent of the population [now fall into the category of] vulnerable people,” Elan said.The government expects 4 million more people to fall below the poverty line this year due to the health crisis, making for a total of 28 million people in poverty in the nation, or around 10.6 percent of the population, up from 9.2 percent in September last year.Editor’s note: This article has been updated to accommodate the clarification by the World Bank on Juul Pinxten’s statement and job title.Topics : The World Bank has advised Indonesia to increase its human capital spending and improve the quality of that expenditure as the country pushes for economic recovery.World Bank lead country economist for Indonesia Frederico Gil Sander stated on Wednesday that developing the country’s human capital through education, social assistance, better health and nutrition should be the country’s highest priority and its main challenge going forward.“Thinking about how the government spends on human capital is going to be especially important over the next three to five-year period as Indonesia both recovers from COVID-19 and tunes into becoming a high-income middle-class economy,” Frederico said during the World Bank’s webinar series “Indonesia Public Expenditure Review 2020: Spending for Better Results”.last_img read more

House raid nets firearm, bullets

first_imgA 45-caliber pistol with two magazinesand 10 live bullets were confiscated from the house, the report added.  Armed with a search warrant, officersof the municipal police station raided the house of 35-year-old Raul Gonzagaaround 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, a police report showed.  Gonzaga failed to show pertinentpapers proving his legal ownership of the weapon, police said. Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Cyclamen Jison-Fernandez of the Regional Trial Court in LaCarlota City, Negros Occidental dated Oct. 10, 2019.center_img BACOLOD City – Police arrested a manin a house raid in Barangay Tinongan, Isabela, Negros Occidental. The suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the Isabela police station, facing charges for violation ofRepublic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition RegulationAct./PNlast_img read more

Hart wants to end career at City

first_img Press Association The 27-year-old has reportedly been in talks over a lucrative new five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium for several months. City manager Manuel Pellegrini last week said he expected negotiations to be completed imminently and Hart has now revealed the contract is all but signed. Hart, who has won two Barclays Premier League titles with City, says he has no intention of leaving a club where he is very happy. He said: “How could I not be? I love this place and I love everything about Manchester City. “I have been here for a long time. I feel like it is my club now and I want to be here as long as I can. “As far as I am aware it is pretty much sorted. I leave it to the legal side to sort but I am very happy at this club and hopefully in the near future I will be signing that contract.” Hart joined City from Shrewsbury for £600,000 in 2006. He emerged as a senior player during a successful loan at Birmingham in 2009-10 and he returned to City to supplant Shay Given as first choice the following season. Such was the impression he made that he soon also established himself as England’s number one. He went through a sticky spell last season when a series of errors led to him being dropped by Pellegrini. He responded well to that setback and reasserted himself in the second half of the campaign and City’s summer signing of a new deputy in Willy Caballero has seen him step up again. News of his potential new deal comes after another outstanding display as City snatched a place in the Champions League last 16 with a famous 2-0 away win at Roma on Wednesday. He said: “I feel good at the moment and the team is working well. I feel like I am doing my bit and the boys are doing it at the other end.” center_img England goalkeeper Joe Hart says he wants to stay at Manchester City for the rest of his career as he prepares to sign a new contract.last_img read more

The Latest: MLB commissioner suspending employee contracts

first_imgSchool president Mark S. Schlissel announced the cost-saving move as part of the institution’s plan to cut costs due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Schlissel says the school may have to endure losses as much as $1 billion through 2020.Manuel, who was hired four years ago, had a $990,000 salary in 2019. Schlissel says he decided to cut his salary as school president by 10% for the rest of the year, starting on May 1.___The Memphis Grizzlies are buying lunch each day this week for workers at a COVID-19 testing site. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been using some of his spare time in lockdown to teach British kids how to speak Spanish.The Argentina international has been signed up by the BBC as part of its home-schooling initiative while educational establishments are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.Aguero is teaching kids how to count in Spanish. His lessons became available on a day kids in Britain would have usually returned to school after the Easter holidays.Aguero says “it’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home.”Aguero hasn’t played a competitive match since March 8 because soccer is shut down in England and across most of the world during the outbreak. Arsenal says the reduction in annual earnings by the players and coaches will take effect next month.The club says in a statement that “if we meet specific targets in the seasons ahead, primarily linked to success on the pitch, the club will repay agreed amounts. We will be able to make those repayments as hitting these targets, which the players can directly influence, will mean our financial position will be stronger.”Arsenal has 10 games remaining and is eight points from fourth place with a game in hand on Chelsea as it chases Champions League qualification.___The NFL and the Players Coalition are donating more than $3 million to seven areas significantly affected by the new coronavirus. The Professional Fighters League has canceled its upcoming season because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to resume in spring 2021.The mixed martial arts promotion was expected to begin competition in May. The competition format includes a regular season, a postseason and a championship event, making it unique in MMA. Last year, the promotion staged six regular-season events, three playoff events and a championship event on New Year’s Eve.CEO Peter Murray says the PFL will pay its fighters a monthly cash stipend to help support them and their families throughout 2020.The 2021 season will be distributed on ESPN platforms in the U.S. and to 160 countries by the league’s international media partners. The PFL said it will produce new programming across ESPN and PFL platforms for the rest of this year.___ About 9,000 people are covered by uniform employee contracts, including general managers and baseball operations staff on some teams. Manfred cited the inability to play games due to the national emergency caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.“Our clubs rely heavily on revenue from tickets/concessions, broadcasting/media, licensing and sponsorships to pay salaries,” Manfred wrote in an email Monday, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. “In the absence of games, these revenue streams will be lost or substantially reduced, and clubs will not have sufficient funds to meet their financial obligations.”___The Big Ten has announced the membership of its task force for emerging infectious diseases.Chairing the group is Chris Kratochvil, the University of Nebraska medical center’s associate vice chancellor for clinical research and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics. The task force was initially formed March 7 at the request of Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren. The group includes one representative from each of the Big Ten’s 14 member schools.The task force is designed to provide counsel and medical advice to ensure the safety of the Big Ten’s students, coaches administrators and fans.Among other members of the group are: Edith Parker, dean at Iowa’s college of public health; Boris Lushniak, dean of Maryland’s school of public health; Preeti Malani, Michigan chief health officer; and Susan Koletar, director of Ohio State’s division of infectious diseases. ___University of Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has volunteered to reduce his salary by 5%. The Latest: MLB commissioner suspending employee contracts The Spanish government says it has reached a deal with the country’s soccer league and federation for teams to return to practice.The government has not provided a timetable or given any other detail about when practice would resume. It says it will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and on decisions by health authorities.The government says strict protocols will have to be followed when teams begin training again. The Spanish league and the federation have created health protocols for the return to training.The league says the competition is not expected to resume until the end of May at the earliest and games will be in empty stadiums at first.Government officials and the presidents of the league and the federation met for nearly eight hours this weekend. The grants given so far are designed to address hunger concerns, human services, health and wellness plus assistance to domestic violence victims and help for the elderly and the homeless.The Packers relief fund is providing $1.5 million overall, and $1 million is being directed to Brown County organizations through the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation. A portion of those funds already has been distributed to 10 Brown County nonprofit groups for food and hygiene concerns, housing assistance, transportation, medication and other basic needs.___Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife, J.J., have donated $150,000 to a local fund providing personal protective equipment for health care workers along with lab supplies to expand testing amid the coronavirus pandemic.Dalton, who has one year left on his contract with Cincinnati, told medical professionals in a video that “it’s a true honor for us to help support you all in this fight” by contributing to the University of Cincinnati Health Crisis Response Fund. ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney says the organization is continuing to “take advice from experts and authorities” about the T20 tournament.Sawhney says there is a need to “share knowledge and … build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket.”___The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.Fritz Keller writes in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that resuming play … will not cause a burden for the healthcare system.” April 20, 2020 Chicago police say 59-year-old Officer Ronald Newman died early Friday. He was a decorated officer, with 137 awards in his 19 years on the force. Newman spent the bulk of his career in the department’s 4th District on the city’s South Side.In a statement, Purdue said athletic department officials were “deeply saddened” by the death and have reached out to the Newman family.___Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, his coaches and players have agreed to a 12.5% pay cut for the next year to help the club deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus.No games have been played in the Premier League for six weeks and the competition is not likely to resume until at least June due to the national lockdown and social distancing. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended uniform employee contracts as of May 1, giving teams the ability to lay off or cut the pay of major and minor league managers, coaches, trainers and full-time scouts. Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud announced the austerity moves in a letter Monday morning to students and faculty. He said the university has been hit with more than $35 million in unplanned expenses and unrealized revenue.All new capital projects also have been placed on hold, except for the renovation of the Carrier Dome. The $118 million project includes a new permanent roof for the home of the school’s football, basketball, and lacrosse teams.___Regional government officials in Germany have discussed sports and the coronavirus pandemic on a conference call and say soccer could resume in mid-May.A summary published by the city of Bremen says “continuing play in the soccer Bundesliga … is considered justifiable from the middle or end of May as per the current state of discussions.” Bremen senator Anja Stahmann chaired the call. She says resumption would require “the strictest hygienic and medical conditions.”The last top-level soccer game in Germany was played on March 11 but clubs have been pushing to resume the season in empty stadiums.Clubs are facing financial shortfalls without revenue from broadcast deals and sponsors.___New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is a chance for large public gatherings later in the summer, which could lead to games at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field. De Blasio announced Monday that parades and city-permitted events had been canceled through June because of the novel coronavirus but said progress in fighting the pandemic will determine what is allowed after that.“For all of us sports fans, we’re asking this question, can our leagues come back in 2020, at all? I think this is an area where we don’t know yet,” he said during a news conference. “I’m taking what I think is a cautious, steady approach to how we reopen New York City. And we have to always plan on the worst-case scenarios. We have to protect ourselves. But there’s also better-case scenarios that could come along and could get proven that might open up possibilities for later on, late in the summer, going into the fall. There may be opportunities.”___The family that owns the Minnesota Vikings has increased its donations to COVID-19-related causes to more than $5 million.New York and New Jersey residents Zygi, Mark and Lenny Wilf announced Monday that the bulk of the money has been earmarked to support health care workers, the elderly, food banks, social service organizations and Jewish philanthropic causes in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and Israel. Among the organizations receiving help are United Way Worldwide, the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, RWJBarnabas Health, Jewish Federations of North America, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Heartland, Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus and Vikings.1rmg.com.“We are focused on trying to provide as many resources as possible to meet their needs and assist some of the most vulnerable populations during this unprecedented time,” Vikings owner/chairman Zygi Wilf said.The family made an initial donation of $500,000 last month.United Way Worldwide is one of six national charitable organizations recommended by the NFL as part of its Draft-A-Thon fundraising campaign tied to this week’s NFL draft.___ Dr. Richard P. Lofgren, the president and CEO of UC Health, said the Daltons’ support “lets these health care heroes know that the community is behind them.”— Joe Kay reporting in Cincinnati___The company that makes Louisville Slugger wood baseball bats has closed its factory, furloughed 90 percent of its employees and shut its popular museum.Hillerich & Bradsby Co. says it has continued to cover all health care benefits for its 171 furloughed workers. The remaining 10% of employees have taken 25 percent pay cuts. The government says the league and the federation have agreed to use part of the money from soccer television rights to help other sports in Spain. It says they will also create a contingency fund of 10 million euros ($10.8 million) to aid more vulnerable athletes.___Contingency planning for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be among the topics for discussion when the heads of the top cricketing nations hold a specially convened meeting this week about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sport.The chief executives of the International Cricket Council’s 12 full members and three associate representatives also will discuss the rescheduling of series, the program of future tours and the key factors behind the resumption of international cricket on Thursday’s conference call.The T20 World Cup is scheduled for Oct. 18-Nov. 15 in Australia. It is cricket’s biggest global tournament this year and hasn’t yet been called off. The Grizzlies are feeding approximately 50 workers each day through Saturday at the Tiger Lane testing facility outside the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium at the Memphis Fairgrounds.Coach Taylor Jenkins is providing lunch Thursday, and coaches for the Grizzlies and the G League Memphis Hustle have Tuesday. Forward Jaren Jackson Jr. has covered two days, while the Grizzlies are picking up the other two.___The Green Bay Packers have distributed the first round of Milwaukee grants to 16 nonprofit organizations as part of the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.Packers officials say $500,000 in grant money has been established for organizations supporting Milwaukee County residents dealing with the effects of the pandemic. Future grants through the fund will be announced later. The wood bat factory closed on March 19, three days after the Louisville Slugger Museum shut. The 120-foot bat outside its headquarters now a banner across the barrel reading “Flatten the Curve.”The 165-year-old company produces about 2 million wood Louisville Slugger bats a year at its downtown Louisville plant, with around 50,000 going to Major League Baseball.H&B CEO John Hillerich IV told The Louisville Courier Journal that if the company doesn’t soon crank up its Pennsylvania mill — and MLB has no timetable to start its season — then some of the set to become bats might spoil.___Purdue says the father of freshman men’s basketball player Brandon Newman has died of complications from the coronavirus. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 He adds that “there will be no use by sportspeople of testing capacity which would be missed elsewhere.”No top league games have been played since March 11.The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players. That push is partly driven by fears that several clubs face financial collapse without TV and sponsorship money.German state and local officials could potentially veto games in their areas. Keller says unified rules for soccer around the country would help clubs “quickly and without bureaucracy.”___ As part of the league’s Inspire Change program, a donation of $3.05 million will be sent to health systems, individual hospitals, and nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, and impacted regions of Florida and Louisiana.“We know that during this difficult time, our minority and low-income communities are struggling disproportionately with the impact of COVID-19,” said Players Coalition co-founder and former NFL star Anquan Boldin. “Communities in Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and more are getting hit hard right now, and we want to do our part in ensuring these areas have even the basic needs. We are glad we can partner with the NFL to support the organizations who are on the ground providing for these families.”___Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim and football coach Dino Babers are taking voluntary pay cuts to help the university cope with the drain of financial resources due to the new coronavirus pandemic.Also taking the voluntary 10% pay cuts are women’s basketball coach Quentin Hillsman, men’s lacrosse coach John Desko, and women’s lacrosse coach Gary Gait. last_img read more

Saliva, neutral umpires out in ICC changes

first_imgTHE use of saliva to polish cricket balls, the end of neutral umpires and an additional use of the Decision Review System (DRS) per innings are all measures set to be introduced to international cricket’s playing conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) 16-person Cricket Committee, chaired by former India spinner Anil Kumble and including former Australia women’s captain Belinda Clark, recommended that sweat could still be used to polish the ball because medical advice shows “it is highly unlikely that the virus can be transmitted” that way.The recommendations would be presented to the ICC’s Chief Executives’ Committee for approval in early June, after which they will be adopted into playing conditions for international cricket.The regulations will then be assessed by individual member boards for adoption in their own domestic playing conditions.Reports the ICC was to legalise ball-tampering have proved unfounded amid numerous suggestions sparked by fears bowlers would be unable to shine the red ball in Test and first-class cricket due to health fears.Shane Warne went as far as to suggest using weighted balls to help pace bowlers generate swing, while Australian kit manufacturer Kookaburra says it is developing a wax applicator to enhance shine and aid swing.Teams will be allowed to take sweat from their forehead or arms and use that to help shine the ball, but licking fingers to apply saliva will be outlawed.No detail has been provided on how the measures will be enforced, or what the penalty will be for breaking them.The ICC’s Cricket Committee also recommended on Monday that local match officials be appointed for all international cricket in the short term – an end to the use of neutral umpires in elite cricket – “given the challenges of international travel with borders being closed, limited commercial flights and mandatory quarantine periods.”The ICC’s Elite Panel – a select group of 10 umpires, deemed the world’s best including Australians Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel and Rod Tucker – is used in almost all Test matches around the world since its introduction in 2002.If there are not enough Elite Panel umpires available, then umpires from the ICC’s International Panel can be used. This includes four Australians: Shawn Craig, Paul Wilson, Sam Nogajski and Gerard Abood.The ICC updates its umpire panels on July 1 annually.An additional DRS review per team per innings is also set to be introduced in each of cricket’s formats as an interim measure.“We are living through extraordinary times,” committee chair Kumble said.“And the recommendations the committee made today are interim measures to enable us to safely resume cricket in a way that preserves the essence of our game whilst protecting everyone involved.” (Cricket Network with AAP)last_img read more

Nigeria’s Chess Community Joins the Rest of the World to Mark…

first_imgBy Femi SolajaAs Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE), marks its year of foundation which has been transformed to World Chess Day, the Nigerian chess community will not be left out in the marking of the day this morning.The World Chess body was founded in Paris, France on July 20th, 1934 with motto ‘Gens una sumus’ a Latin word for “We are one people” and till date with 190 members and as far back as 1999, is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). To celebrate the International Chess Day, today , top chess personalities, including the FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian, and Hou Yifan, will take part in a high-level virtual event tagged “Chess for Recovering Better”.Reports available to THISDAY yesterday, indicate that the event will be attended by United Nations and government officials, permanent missions to the UN, representatives of civil society, academia, and other relevant stakeholders. It will be broadcast live by the UN, and also on FIDE’s Youtube Channel.In Nigeria, which happens to be one of the leading pillars of the sport both in competition and political terrain, foremost chess club in the country, Orchid-Lekki Chess Club, has put forward a Zoom meeting tagged “Nigerian Chess Now and Beyond” with the panel of discussant including the President of Nigeria Chess Federation (NCF) and Vice President of the World body, Mr. Lekan Adeyemi, former NCF boss and pioneer Scribe of the body, Dr Sylvanus Ebigwe, President of Chess Players Association of Nigeria (CPAN) Ayokanmi Ajayi, FIDE Master Adebayo Adegboyega, International Master Daniel Anwuli and Olakunle Kasumu, the representative of Orchid-Lekki Chess Club are all panellist of the event.Aside the Zoom meeting, the players’ association, CPAN, has also put forward a three-way event spread over the week including Online puzzle show to be hosted by National Master Olawale Oyeleye on the players’ association’s FaceBook page and participants stand the chance to win N500 for every puzzle solved.Among other programmes lined up is the ‘After event Party’ that will follow on Saturday after a main chess tournament to be organised by the club.But at the global scene, the meeting, according to the President of FIDE, aims at providing a platform to discuss the unique capabilities leveraged by chess in supporting social cohesion, equality, and inclusion, with a focus on COVID-19 response and recovery efforts for building back better.“Globally, chess is recognized as a powerful tool for promoting the values of discipline, equality, respect for rules, and mutual understanding. In 2019, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted resolution 74/22 under agenda items “Sport for development and peace” and “Culture of peace”, designating the 20th of July as World Chess Day,” he stated.FIDE has been celebrating the International Chess Day since 1966, following a recommendation of UNESCO. The date marks the establishment of the International Chess Federation, which was founded during the Paris 1924 Summer Olympics.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Akwa United to Macaibi Haifa: No Deal Yet on Ubong

first_img“This came after we personally advised Ubong to have patience that as a key member of Samson Siasia’s national Under -23 squad to the Rio Olympics in August, he is most likely to attract better offers especially from European clubs,” Bassey was quoted as saying.It is even on record that the chairman told Ubong’s agent that the timing of the visit was wrong as Akwa United is in the fore front of the quest of returning to Africa through the league, but was assured that though the star striker will miss the Lobi Stars match that he will return in time for the Enyimba clash in Uyo in week 13.“Should we decide to let Ubong go to Israel or any other club for that matter, you can bet that it will only be after the current league season,” the release announced.The Akwa United spokesman said that it was a rude shock to later learn that Ubong has signed a deal with the Israeli club.“Is that how a player’s transfer is done? Have we entered into any agreement? Has a contract been formalised, have they paid? This is ridiculous, to say the least.“As a club we will never stay in the way of a player who decides to move on in life by seeking greener pastures elsewhere but we owe it to our youth to advice them properly as the lure of the dollar can sometimes be deceptive,” the statement from the club’s spokesman observed.Meanwhile, Akwa United has taken exception to the unprofessional behaviour of Ubong’s agent and insists that it has no deal with the Israeli club on Ubong Ekpai. “If they want him, they should come to us and negotiate the player’s release.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Akwa United FC of Uyo, has announced that Under- 23 striker, Ubong Ekpai, remains a bona fide player of the team despite speculations that the player may have joined Israeli clubside, Macaibi Haifa.According to a press by the Media Officer of the club, Uwem Ekoh, at no time did Akwa United negotiate the signing or the release of the player to Macaibi Haifa, not talk of the payment of transfer fees and so on.The statement said that after undue pressure from the Macaibi Haifa and the player, Akwa United’s Chairman, Paul Bassey only consented to Ubong visiting Israel to “see things for himself before deciding on whether he wants to play in Israel or not.”last_img read more

Black Satellites arrive in Kayseri for USA clash

first_imgThe Black Satellites have touched down in the city of Kayseri for the final round of group matches against the United States of America after struggling to get results in their first two games at the Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul.The Satellites will hope to get a result against the Americans and pray other results go their way if they are to make it to the next stage of the competition.With the Americans snatching a point against the highly fancied French side, they will clearly have a more realistic chance of making it to the next stage of the competition compared to their much touted counterparts.It has been a very difficult start to the competition for Ghana, a 3-1 loss to France was followed by a narrow 1-0 defeat to Spain.This has put the team’s qualification hopes very much in doubt but the four best placed third placed still stand a chance of making it through to the Round of 16.The lads are happy for this glimmer of hope and will look to take their chances against the USA at the Kadir Has Stadium Kayseri on Thursday at 5pm GMT.last_img read more

Protesters disrupt FIFA visit to Brazil World Cup stadium

first_imgA group of about 50 protesters vandalized part of the construction site of a World Cup stadium and chanted anti-FIFA slogans during an inspection by organizers in Cuiaba on Tuesday.FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and other officials were met by jeering protesters when they arrived at the construction site of the Arena Pantanal.The demonstrators, who were complaining about the cost of next year’s World Cup and demanding improvements for local citizens, entered the venue and painted messages that called for “Less World Cup, more health and education.”The protesters, mostly local teachers, carried banners reading “FIFA go home” and chanted slogans from the field while FIFA and government officials continued their inspection tour from the stands.Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo and former national team stars Ronaldo and Bebeto were among those who witnessed the protest.The incident came a day after violent demonstrations in some of Brazil’s largest cities, including one by teachers seeking better pay in Rio de Janeiro. The Confederations Cup in June was marked by protests and more are expected during the World Cup. Because of the demonstrators, Valcke made a symbolic handover of tickets to workers at a different part of the site.In the southern city of Curitiba, a Brazilian labor judge on Tuesday reversed a ruling that had halted construction at the Arena da Baixada for nearly a week because of workers’ safety concerns. Work resumed, but a new inspection was scheduled for the end of the week.The Arena da Baixada was less than 80 percent completed by the end of August, the lowest rate among the venues under construction.Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/soccer/news/20131008/fifa-2014-world-cup-protesters-disrupt-brazil-stadium-visit.ap/#ixzz2hDPg5QUQlast_img read more

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