APOEL-AEL rematch will go ahead

first_imgBy George PsyllidesTHE football association (CFA) said on Thursday night that a rematch between the two title contenders would most likely go ahead as scheduled on Saturday.CFA chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis made the statements after a meeting with the biggest clubs, which he called in a bid to resolve the championship shambles after an appeals board quit to avoid passing judgment that could decide this season’s champions.The meeting was held with APOEL, AEL, Omonoia, Apollon, Anorthosis, and AEK to discuss the situation after the CFA’s appeals board opted to resign on Wednesday rather than issue a ruling on a May 17 game between AEL and APOEL that was abandoned because of fan violence.The CFA’s judicial committee had decided that the game will be replayed this Saturday at a neutral ground behind closed doors, but APOEL appealed arguing it should be awarded the three points – and the championship — because it was AEL fans that caused the trouble.In what many say has become a farce, the appeals board resigned on Wednesday, accusing both teams of publicly attacking and humiliating them “in order to pressure members into rendering a favourable decision.”The board had been due to convene on Thursday afternoon.Koutsokoumnis said on Thursday the game would go ahead as scheduled on Saturday if a new appeals board could not be found.Following the meeting with the clubs, Koutsokoumnis said that was the likeliest scenario since it was difficult to appoint a new appeals board before Saturday.He said he’d be making one last attempt to persuade the members of the appeals board to take back their resignations; if they agreed to re-engage, there was a slim chance the appeals board might deliberate on Friday and issue a ruling. Otherwise the match would proceed as planned.Koutsokoumnis said the CFA must declare the name of the champion to UEFA, the European governing body, by Monday the very latest.However, if the appeals board were to decide in June to vindicate APOEL, then the Nicosia team will be crowned champions but UEFA will not accept any changes as regards European fixtures.Should the game go ahead on Saturday as planned, and AEL win the match and the title, a weird situation could arise whereby AEL would be declared champions to UEFA and would get to compete in the Champions League; but if the CFA appeals board were to subsequently reverse the prior ruling, and thus automatically award the May 17 fixture to APOEL, the Nicosia club would be named champions on a technicality, but as far as UEFA is concerned the title holders would still be AEL.The match that was meant to decide which team would win the championship and in extension a ticket for the lucrative Champions League, was interrupted after an AEL fan threw a fire cracker at APOEL’s bench, injuring one of the players.Last night the CFA also announced the venue and time for the repeat match. It will be held at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium in Larnaca, and kickoff is at 6pm. The CFA said that only players registered with the club on the date of the original game of May 17 are allowed to participate in the rematch.last_img read more

Disingenuous…

first_img…excusing the GECOM ChairAs your Eyewitness has been saying, the one silver lining in this dark cloud of Prezzie’s unilateral appointment of (Chief?) Justice Patterson has been to suss out those who’ve been playing the one-love game, even as they pushed their agenda. Now, don’t get your Eyewitness wrong, he has absolutely no problem with any kind of agenda; his problem is with those who aren’t straight up about it — and in the process, bend a lot of naïve minds!Take Rear Admiral Gary Best, who everyone thought had gone PPP when it was discovered he’d gotten a lot (a whole lot!!) at Pradoville II. But there he was: hired along with his cohort of Armed Forces brass as an adviser to Prezzie, causing a LOT of heads to be scratched! Was it the special bonding of those long barrack nights, or was it political affinities long hidden?Well, now we know, after the man (now armed with a law degree) finely parsed Art 161 (2) to claim Prezzie was in the right when he made the aforementioned, much protested appointment.Best claimed Prezzie could do whatever he wanted “if the Leader of the Opposition fails to submit a list as provided for…” Now, nothing wrong there…that’s what Art 161 (2) says. But Best interpreted the clause to say Presidential unilateralism kicks in, not if “the Leader of the Opposition fails to submit a list” — as even Prezzie assumed when he accepted further lists from Jagdeo — but if a “not unacceptable” list hadn’t been submitted!! He saw all of that in the ‘as provided for”!! Probably saw it from the REAR!! So, if we go by Best, the Opposition Leader has one shot at the cherry…and then it’s all Prezzie’s sole prerogative to reject the list and pick his Judge!But if Best is a lawyer, he’d know that even if he were mechanistically interpreting the LETTER of the law in a strictly positivist sense, he was making a fool of the law. Is 1992 so far back that he’s forgotten the clear INTENT of the newly inserted Article 161 (2) — to infuse wider legitimacy into the GECOM Chair? This isn’t even venturing into a normative perspective of the law – hell!…that was done when the legislators PASSED the law!!But what was surprising was an African-rights activist calling the above positivist sophistry “brilliant”. So, is he accepting the Brits’ position that since slavery was allowed by the law before 1834, it was OK? So why are we claiming reparations for acts done legally?Those who would push the intent of Art 161 (1) under the bus can’t have it both ways.…and lame SOCU excuseIt took about a year after the infamous high-speed tailing from the NICIL HQ — which turned deadly for a poor soldier boy ordered on a wild (paper) goose chase — to ascertain that SOCU was a police unit, and so falls under Public Security Minister Ramjattan. That had to be clarified because he hadn’t the foggiest notion that SOCU was trailing NICIL files when its remit was summarised by its name – Special ORGANISED CRIME Unit!Now your Eyewitness always thought “organised” crime was committed by gangs engaged in bootlegging, procuring (girls), drugs etc. So he wasn’t surprised SOCU’s case against New GMC’s head and his deputy was thrown out by the Judge. Is a manager and his assistant approving payments (even if it were true) ORGANISED CRIME? They’re a gang?Now this occurred right after the DPP had stated that SOCU’s investigators were preparing piss-poor cases. But rather than Ramjattan explaining what happened, it was the Cabinet Secretary who claimed SOCU still doesn’t have enough investigators.Maybe Ramjattan knows there’s no case?…Police COIAfter all that’s been going on, your Eyewitness believes the elaborate one-man Inquiry into the police handling of the so-called “assassination plot” was just a ploy.Some army-type old men have already been selected to run the Force.last_img read more

Tanahill tourney attracts 90 golfers

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, April 15 – Ninety players will converge at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club for the 90th Tanahill Shield golf tournament through the Easter weekend.The players will be drawn from nine golf clubs; Muthaiga, Sigona, Karen, Windsor, Mombasa, Limuru, Western, Railways and Royal in the round robin competition. Speaking when launching this year’s event, Royal captain Karim Pisani said the tournament will have a competitive edge since teams will be fighting to avoid relegation.“This tournament is acknowledged as the premier amateur golf event in the country and it’s usually very competitive. “So to allow other teams like Kiambu and Vetlab to participate in future, the team that finishes last will be relegated to pave way for the next team that will be selected by the club’s committee members,” he explained.“The course preparation is underway and it will be ready when the tournament kicks-off on Friday, we started working on the greens three months ago and with the help of the rain it’s in good condition to host the event,” Pisani added.Title sponsor Coca-Cola injected Sh2.3m (USD 26,558.9) to this year’s event, Sh200, 000 (USD 2,309.5) up from last year.“Coca-Cola entered a partnership with the Tanahill Golf tournament last year where we signed a three year deal worth Sh7m (USD 80,831.5) that will run until 2015. We hope the slight increase will have a great impact in the event.“90 years is indeed a long time and to consistently attract and maintain first class standards that have made the event what it is today, is not an easy task,” Coca-Cola Marketing Manager Mona Karingi, said when unveiling the cheque.Since its inception the tournament has accommodated nine teams with the host club committee inviting the club of their choice.Muthaiga and Sigona Golf Club are the defending champions after tying in 2013.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ads feature amateurs, play it safe

first_imgNEW YORK – Along with the trademark Clydesdales, talking animals and high-end computer graphics, there was a new entry this year in the annual showdown of advertisers in the Super Bowl: amateurs. Starting in the first quarter, a goofy spot for Doritos showing a hapless driver distracted by a pretty woman passing by marked the first time a purely amateur-created ad aired during the Super Bowl. Frito-Lay, the PepsiCo Inc. division that makes Doritos, ran an online competition to pick the winning spot. Katie Crabb, a freshman at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, was the winner of a separate contest by General Motors Corp. and had her idea for an ad made into reality by Chevrolet’s marketing division. Despite being made by a newcomer, that ad was true to the tradition of using oddball humor in Super Bowl ads, showing a number of men stripping off their shirts – and some other articles of clothing – at the sight of a new Chevy HHR rolling down the street. Sight gags were back, including one from Bud Light early in the game showing a rather unusual tactic for winning at rock-paper-scissors – throwing an actual rock at the head of your opponent. The gag wasn’t completely new, however, since last year Sprint Nextel Corp. featured a phone with a “crime deterrent” – which turned out to be throwing the phone at someone’s head. FedEx Corp. combined a sight gag with another trademark of big ticket Super Bowl spots, fancy computer graphics, with an other-worldy ad showing an office worker drifting off into space from the world’s first office on the moon, only to be clobbered by a passing meteor. A lot was riding on the ads, and not just because CBS Corp. was charging as much as $2.6million for a 30-second spot during the game. With about 90million people watching, it’s the most-viewed program all year on television, and the ads are subject to intense scrutiny, both by amateurs and the marketing industry. Coca-Cola Co. was back in the game after a long absence, taking on its rival Pepsi with a number of creative ads, including an homage to Black History Month with an understated ad showing the changing shapes of Coke bottles over time as milestones in black history appeared alongside. That ad referred indirectly to the fact that, for the first time, both coaches in the game are black, and at least one other spot also highlighted Black History Month. Some of the uses of humor didn’t resonate well with experts. Stephen Greyser, a professor at Harvard Business School specializing in communications and the business of sports, said the rock-throwing spot by Anheuser-Busch Cos.’ Bud Light was “attention-getting” but also “had a nasty character to it.” Bud Light, which often swings for the fences with wacky jabs at humor, scored better with Greyser with a different spot showing an auctioneer saying wedding vows at hyper-fast speed. Greyser said that spot had a much broader appeal. The job-search company CareerBuilder ditched its longtime office-monkey pitchmen of years past in favor of a jungle combat scene among office workers, where office supplies become weapons. Think of “Dilbert” meets “Lord of the Flies.” Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University who runs a panel of students to rate the ads, called this year’s batch a “mixed bag,” saying advertisers were “being safe,” with no one “pushing the edge of either creativity or taste.” An ad early in the game for Blockbuster Inc. with computer animations of animals trying to push, click and – ouch – drag an actual mouse resonated well with members of his panel, who said it was creative and also delivered the company’s message. The panel found a spot by King Pharmaceuticals Inc. showing a guy dressed up in a giant red heart costume “puzzling,” while Garmin International Inc.’s oddball spot with a showdown between a superhero-like character and a monster made from maps was deemed “hard to follow.” Sight gags back Back in the game Hitchhiking gag Later in the game, Bud Light won laughs with a spot showing a guy clearly losing points with his girlfriend by wanting to pick up a hitchhiker on a dark road, despite the fact that he’s carrying an axe. Everything turns out fine after the hitchhiker reassures the man that it’s actually just a bottle opener. Revlon was one of a rare few to appeal to the female audience, unveiling a spot with scenes of the singer Sheryl Crowe on tour and doing a rendition of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away.” The NFL itself, meanwhile, got into the “user-generated” theme with a spot near the end of the game whose idea was contributed by a fan, Gino Bona, of Portsmouth, N.H., taking a light look at the anguish fans go through at the end of the NFL season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Torino midfielder tipped to join Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham in £7.2m deal

first_img1 Afriyie Acquah in action for Torino Birmingham have lodged a £7.2m bid for Torino midfielder Afriyie Acquah, according to reports in Italy.Blues boss Harry Redknapp has been busy working on his squad this summer as he bids to lead to his side to a promotion challenge this year.Accordingto Sky Sport Italia, Acquah is the latest name on his hit list with a formal offer now with Torino.The Ghanaian midfielder started 13 times in Serie A last season, scoring twice, and it has been suggested that he could be open to leaving to secure more regular first-team action.Now the former Parma and Hoffenheim man could be given a crack at English football with Redknapp’s Birmingham.It is being reported that Acquah has already given his blessing to a switch to Birmingham so a deal could be completed this week.last_img read more

Danes dine on healthier fast food

first_imgDenmark is the only country that has limited trans fats so sharply, passing a law in 2003 that took effect in 2004 to make it illegal for any food to contain more than 2 percent of trans fat. Troels Nyborg Andersen is among Danes who feel less guilty about their fast-food habit since the government restricts trans fats. “I know trans fats are bad, but you don’t think about that when you’re hungry,” said the 27-year-old Copenhagen native, chomping a hamburger. “It’s good that the Danish government got rid of trans fats so that I don’t have to worry about it.” That was the rationale that motivated the trans fat limit. “We wanted to protect people so that they would not even have to know what trans fat was,” said Dr. Steen Stender, one of the leading Danish experts who lobbied for the anti-trans fat law. Preserving the delicacy of traditional Danish pastries was a major concern at Copenhagen’s famed La Glace cafe, renowned for its pastries and cakes. When the trans fat law kicked in, its bakers began experimenting. “There was a bit of a crisis,” admitted Marianne Stagetorn Kolos, La Glace’s owner. The first attempts were disastrous. The trans fat-free margarines melted too soon, destroying the flakiness of the 81-layer pastries. “Everything was flat,” Stagetorn said. Luckily, the problem was solved by switching margarine suppliers. Customers such as Anne Petersen haven’t noticed. The pastries “taste just as good as they always did,” said the 59-year-old sales assistant, who favors the raspberry version. “If it wasn’t for the law, I never would have known that there wasn’t any trans fat.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Two years ago, Denmark declared war on artery-clogging oils, making it illegal for any food to have more than 2 percent trans fats. Offenders now face hefty fines – or even prison terms. The result? Today, hardly anyone notices the difference. The french fries are still crispy. The pastries are still scrumptious. And the fried chicken is still tasty. Denmark’s experience offers a hopeful example for Canada, New York City and other places where officials are considering setting limits on the dangerous artery-clogging fats. Trans-fatty acids are typically added as partially hydrogenated oils to cookies, margarine and other processed, packaged and “fast” foods. They are cheaper to produce than healthier oils – such as canola, corn or olive oil – and give foods a longer shelf life. Producers also argue that removing them from processed foods will change tastes and textures beloved by consumers. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’However, trans fats have been called the tobacco of the nutrition world. They lower good cholesterol, HDL, while they raise bad cholesterol, LDL. Even eating less than 5 grams of trans fat – the amount found in one piece of fried chicken and a side of french fries – per day has been linked with a 25 percent increased risk of heart disease. “No other fat at these low levels of intake has such harmful effects,” said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist at Harvard’s School of Public Health. It is still too early to tell if removing trans fats from food in Denmark has improved the country’s health. The Danish health ministry reports that cardiovascular disease has fallen by 20 percent in the past five years. However, similar drops in heart disease have been reported in other countries where smoking has been restricted and where industry has made efforts to improve some foods. In countries that are making no effort to regulate the amount of trans fat in food, such as Hungary and Bulgaria, heart disease rates have continued to climb. last_img read more

Datebook

first_imgSATURDAY Million Trees Initiative, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Hansen Dam Recreation Area, 11770 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace. Call (818) 753-4600. Japanese Festival, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today and Sunday, Descanso Gardens, 1419 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. Free with garden admission. Call (818) 949-4200. Passport Fair, Santa Clarita Main Office, 24355 Creekside Road. Call (661) 254-3270 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Reagan Library’s 15th year anniversary celebration, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Call (800) 410-8354. Fine Arts & Crafts Show 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today and Sunday, Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. Free admission. Call (818) 709-2097. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.last_img read more

Steve Bruce ‘quits as Sheffield Wednesday manager’ as Newcastle move nears

first_img Adrian Durham thinks that Newcastle fans should not boycott the club A supporter ran up to Bruce’s face during the game and shouted at him, though the fan was booed by the away end who chanted ‘Steve Bruce’s Barmy Army’.A report in the Mirror claims Bruce will become the worst paid manager in the Premier League when his move to St James’ Park is finalised.He will reportedly pocket £1million-a-year at his boyhood club compared to the £6million Benitez earned annually. targets The 58-year-old was thought to be close to agreeing a contract with the Premier League club and it would appear things have moved forward on Monday.The Times’ Paul Joyce claimed Bruce has submitted his resignation to the Hillsborough club in writing, along with his two assistants, Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence.Joyce wrote on Twitter: “Steve Bruce is understood to have resigned as Sheffield Wednesday manager this morning, along with assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence. All three put resignations in writing.“Newcastle have made an offer of compensation to Sheffield Wed – but it is still to be accepted.” Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Steve Bruce looks set to be made Newcastle manager 1 LATEST Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:40Loaded: 9.92%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED JIBE Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Steve Bruce has reportedly resigned as Sheffield Wednesday manager ahead of being appointed Newcastle boss.Bruce has been the top target for the Magpies as they look for Rafa Benitez’s successor after he left the club at the end of his contract. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder boost deals New job TROPHY Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The Magpies flew out to China on Saturday to be part of the Premier League Asia Trophy ahead of the new season.Bruce is likely to join up with the squad in the Far East if an agreement can be reached.He took charge of Sheffield Wednesday’s pre-season friendly with Lincoln on Saturday, which they won 3-1. Getty Images – Getty last_img read more

Alex Noren triumphs at Castle Stuart to become Scottish Open champion

first_imgSweden’s Alex Noren gave himself the perfect early birthday present by holding his nerve to claim a fifth European Tour title in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.Noren, who turns 34 on Tuesday, carded a closing 70 at Castle Stuart to finish 14 under par and a shot ahead of England’s Tyrrell Hatton, who birdied the last to complete a 69 and secure second place. Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, Italy’s Matteo Manassero and New Zealand’s Danny Lee shared third on 12 under, with Scotland’s Richie Ramsay and England’s Andy Sullivan a shot further back. Hatton, Colsaerts, Manassero and Ramsay also secured the four qualifying places on offer in next week’s Open Championship for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 12. After extending his two-shot overnight lead with a birdie on the second, Noren failed to make the most of several other good opportunities before just his fourth bogey of the week on the eighth allowed Lee to draw level thanks to his third birdie of the day on the 10th.   An eagle followed by three birdies in succession had lifted Colsaerts to within a shot of the lead alongside Hatton and Manassero, but Noren edged back in front with a two-putt birdie from long range on the par-five 12th and produced a superb approach to five feet on the 15th to set up another. That restored a two-shot cushion which proved enough to secure a hard-fought win and a rise from 99th in the world rankings to inside the top 50.last_img read more

The Rovers Hour 08/06/2019: Sligo Rovers 1 St Patrick’s Athletic 1

first_imgSligo Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic drew 1-1 at the Showgrounds on Saturday night in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division.Jack Keaney gave Sligo Rovers the lead from a free-kick in the second-half, which took several deflections en route to the net. But, from the re-start, Pat’s equalised at the other end through Kevin Toner.Listen back to how The Rovers Hour on Ocean FM described the second-half with match commentary from Austin O’Callaghan and Rovers defender Johnny Dunleavy: play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat The Rovers Hour 08/06/2019: Sligo Rovers 1 St Patrick’s Athletic 1 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. To contact the programme, email sport@oceanfm.ie.last_img read more