Former Barcelona forward Ronaldinho arrested in Paraguay: Police

first_imgFormer Brazilian forward Ronaldinho Gaucho was arrested in Paraguay on Friday for attempting to enter the country with an adulterated passport, Paraguayan police said.Gilberto Fleitas, the head of the investigations unit of the Paraguayan police, said Ronaldinho and his brother were taken into custody just hours after a judge refused to ratify a prosecutor’s proposal for an alternative punishment.”The detention order has been carried out,” Fleitas told Reuters. Topics : TV pictures showed the pair being taken in a police vehicle from the Sheraton hotel in Asuncion to a police station on the outskirts of the city.Ronaldinho and his brother and business manager Roberto Assis arrived in Paraguay on Wednesday and were questioned by law enforcement after they were found in possession of adulterated Paraguayan passports. last_img read more

2020 Thomas and Uber Cup set for October after second postponement: BWF

first_imgPBSI secretary-general Achmad Budiarto said the federation still awaited more tournament dates. He also stressed the importance of having other tournaments prior to the Thomas and Uber Cup, saying “practice without a competition would result in a different feel.”“It would be better if there were tournaments [prior to the Thomas and Uber Cup] as warm-ups for the athletes. They need to take part in such competitions so that they can be better prepared,” said Achmad in a statement on Wednesday.Read also: Athletes find way to cope with boredom during social distancingNonetheless, Achmad believes the new dates in October for the Thomas and Uber Cup are the best decision.“Based on the country’s prediction, the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia will happen in May. Hopefully, in June, July or August we can get back to normal, so we’ll have time for preparation in August and September, at the very least,” he added.The Indonesia Open, an annual national badminton tournament organized by the PBSI, which was scheduled for June 16 to 21, is also on hold without further announcement of new dates.The Thomas and Uber Cup is not the only major sports event that has been hit hard by the pandemic. The Tokyo Olympic Games, initially set for July 24 to Aug. 9, have been rescheduled to July 23-Aug. 8, 2021. The ASEAN Para Games in Philippines have also been pushed back to March 21-27 next year.Topics : “We listened to the advice of the World Health Organization, various health experts, local authorities and the Danish government and it became clear that hosting big events like the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals before September would be difficult,” BWF secretary-general Thomas Lund said in a statement published on the BWF official website,, on Wednesday.Read also: BWF cancels international tournaments amid COVID-19 pandemicIdeally, the BWF should have played other international tournaments in advance of the Thomas and Uber Cup to prepare athletes for the major international event. However, the federation has not yet announced fixed dates for any of those tournaments.Despite having five months of preparation, the Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) has not decided on a strategy for the tournament. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced on Wednesday the new competition dates for the Thomas and Uber Cup championships, which are set for Oct. 3 to 11, in Aarhus, Denmark.The biennial badminton championships, contested by the men’s and women’s national teams of BWF members, were initially scheduled for May 16 to 24 and had then been postponed to Aug. 15 to 23 following the COVID-19 outbreak.However, because of Denmark’s ban on large gatherings, from April 4 until the end of August, the federation had no option but to set new dates for the tournament.last_img read more

Hong Kong postpones elections over virus as China crackdown deepens

first_imgThe ensuing weeks have sent a chill through a city used to speaking its mind and supposedly guaranteed certain freedoms and autonomy in a “One Country, Two Systems” deal agreed ahead of its 1997 handover from Britain.On Friday evening chief executive Carrie Lam, a pro-Beijing appointee, announced that September elections for the financial hub’s legislature would be delayed for a year using emergency anti-virus powers.She denied the move was a political decision to hobble the city’s opposition.”I am only paying attention to the current pandemic situation,” she said. Hong Kong’s democracy supporters were dealt a huge blow Friday as authorities postponed local elections for a year because of the coronavirus, capping a devastating month of political disqualifications, arrests for social media posts and activists fleeing overseas.Chinese state media reported late Friday that Hong Kong police have ordered the arrest of six pro-democracy activists living in exile on suspicion of violating a new national security law.The city’s democracy camp has come under sustained attack since Beijing imposed the sweeping security law last month — a move China’s leaders described as a “sword” hanging over the head of its critics. Beijing welcomed the move as “necessary, reasonable and legal”.But the decision infuriated democracy supporters who had warned against any move to delay the polls, accusing authorities of using the COVID-19 pandemic to avoid a drubbing at the ballot box.”This is a sleazy, contemptible political act to help thwart any victory on the part of the democrats in the original election,” opposition lawmaker Claudia Mo told AFP, warning that public anger could explode.The postponement came a day after a dozen prominent democracy activists were barred from standing for election because their political views were deemed unacceptable.”Beyond any doubt (this) is the most scandalous election fraud era in Hong Kong history,” Joshua Wong, one of the city’s most recognisable democracy figures, told reporters Friday before the elections were postponed.Wong was one of those disqualified, along with other young firebrand activists and some older, more moderate democracy campaigners.The White House condemned the election delay and the disqualification of opposition candidates.”This action undermines the democratic processes and freedoms that have underpinned Hong Kong’s prosperity,” President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said.Germany also said Friday it was suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong over the former British colony’s decision to push back the local elections.”The Hong Kong government’s decision to disqualify a dozen opposition candidates for the election and to postpone the elections … is a further encroachment on the rights of Hong Kong citizens,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement.”Given the current developments, we have decided to suspend the extradition treaty with Hong Kong.”Banned political views Hong Kong is not a democracy — its leader is chosen by pro-Beijing committees. But half of its legislature’s 70 seats are directly elected, offering the city’s 7.5 million residents a rare chance to have their voices heard at the ballot box.Planning to capitalise on last year’s huge and often violent anti-Beijing protests, democracy activists had been hoping to win their first-ever majority in September.But officials have begun scrubbing ballot lists of candidates.Examples given by authorities of unacceptable political views have included criticizing the new security law, campaigning to win a legislation-blocking majority and refusing to recognise China’s sovereignty.Earlier in the day a coalition of democracy parties warned any bid to delay the elections would herald “the complete collapse of our constitutional system”.Around half of Hong Kong’s nearly 3,300 COVID-19 cases have been detected in the past month alone and authorities fear hospitals are on the verge of being overwhelmed.According to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, at least 68 elections worldwide have been postponed because of the virus, while 49 went ahead.Read also: Hong Kong opens makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patientsNew security law Hong Kong is going through its most politically turbulent period since its return to Chinese rule, and last year seven straight months of pro-democracy protests swept the city.The pandemic and mass arrests have helped throttle the movement, but anger towards Beijing still seethes.In response, China imposed its security law on June 30, bypassing the legislature and keeping the contents of the law secret until it was enacted.Beijing said the law would restore stability and not impact political freedoms.It targets four types of crime — subversion, secession, terrorism and colluding with foreign forces — with up to life in prison.But the broadly worded law instantly outlawed certain political views such as promoting independence or greater autonomy for Hong Kong.One provision bans “inciting hatred” towards the government.Critics, including many Western nations, say it has demolished the “One Country, Two Systems” model.Since it came into force, some political parties have disbanded while at least three prominent Beijing critics have fled overseas.Libraries and schools have pulled books deemed to be in breach of the new law.At least 15 arrests have been made so far.Prominent campaigner Nathan Law, 27, who recently relocated to Britain after fleeing Hong Kong, was among “six trouble-makers” sought by the police, the Chinese state media report said. The force refused to comment.On Wednesday four students were arrested under the new law for “inciting secession” through posts on social media.Others have been arrested for shouting pro-independence and other protest slogans, or possessing objects emblazoned with them.Topics :last_img read more

French Open to allow 11,500 fans per day between the three showcourts

first_imgTopics : Rafa Nadal and Ash Barty, who both skipped the U.S. Open in New York due to COVID-19 concerns, are expected to defend their titles at Roland Garros.Tournament officials said that all players must stay in one of two designated hotels “in order to respect the health and safety measures.”Serena Williams, who opted to stay in private housing as she hunts for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open, said players should have the option to stay elsewhere if fans are attending matches.”I’m super conservative because I do have some serious health issues, so I try to stay away from public places, because I have been in a really bad position in the hospital a few times,” Williams, who suffered blood clots and life-threatening pulmonary embolisms while giving birth to her daughter Olympia in 2017, told reporters at Flushing Meadows after reaching the quarter-finals.”So I don’t want to end up in that position again,” she added. “For me, I try to keep a 12-foot distance instead of six.” The French Open will allow a maximum of 11,500 spectators per day to adhere to strict health protocols and curb the spread of COVID-19 when the Grand Slam begins later this month, the French Tennis Federation (FFT) said on Monday.The French Open, traditionally held in May-June, was postponed earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will now be held at Roland Garros from Sept. 27-Oct. 11.France has recorded nearly 31,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.center_img The FFT said a maximum of 5,000 spectators per day would be allowed to watch matches at both the Philippe-Chatrier and Suzanne-Lenglen showcourts while only 1,500 fans would be allowed at the smaller Simonne-Mathieu court.Seating arrangements would have a gap of one seat on each row and no more than four people can sit side-by-side while wearing masks would be mandatory for anyone over the age of 11.The qualifying rounds, which begin on Sept. 21, will be held behind closed doors.The FFT had said in July it planned to allow up to 60% of the usual number of fans. A record 520,000 spectators attended last year’s event, according to organizers.last_img read more

Contemporary design sets new standard for acreage luxury living

first_imgImagine Christmas here at 49 Sky Drive, Highvale.Set on a 6000sq m allotment, Belle Property — Samford selling agent Georgie Haug said: “It is destined to become the area’s benchmark for living and entertaining brilliance with its flowing proportions, relaxed resort-like environment and ultra-private location”. 49 Sky Drive, Highvale.Living areas are separated from the bedrooms with a clever interior design.There are expansive outdoor areas and sheltered decks perfect for entertaining during the summer and winter months. Check out the fireplace at 49 Sky Drive, Highvale. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Relax and unwind at 49 Sky Drive, Highvale. 49 Sky Drive, Highvale.This architecturally designed family sanctuary has raised the bar to a whole new level. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is at 49 Sky Drive, Higvale and located in the Samford Skies Estate.last_img read more

Rents slashed on luxury Gold Coast holiday homes

first_imgAward-winning Gold Coast entrepreneur Kane Sajdak and his family will be self-isolating in style, having secured a luxury holiday home in Broadbeach Waters after selling his own home.“We had originally planned to buy but with everything going on we’ve decided to wait and rent for a while instead,” he said. This luxury holiday home in Broadbeach Waters usually rents for $7000 and has been leased for six months at $1000 per week.One seven-bedroom waterfront property in Broadbeach Waters which rents for $7000 in the high season is being leased to a local family for $1000 per week.A Brazilian family has paid six months’ rent upfront at $650 per week for a five-bedroom waterfront property in Broadbeach Waters that achieves $8000 per week in peak season. Gold Coast log house the ultimate self-isolation escape Gold Coast business owner Kane Sajdak will bunker down with his family in a Broadbeach Waters holiday home. Picture Glenn Hampson“We’ve got four kids so there isn’t that much to choose from for larger families on the rental market.“Working from home with the family there too, we really need some space and if we do go into lockdown we may as well be somewhere nice.”More from news02:37Gold Coast real estate: Custodian CEO John Fitzgerald urges Australians to buy more property now16 Sep 202002:37How COVID has changed spring buyer wishlists5 Sep 2020 Offers around $2200 per week will be considered for this Broadbeach Waters mansion which rents for $12,000 in peak season.Elite Holiday Homes, a leading provider of luxury holiday homes on the Gold Coast with 40 properties on their books, is slashing rents to help owners attract long-term tenants.Owner Shelley Jeffery said with interstate and overseas travel restricted, bookings had literally dried up forcing many holiday home owners to consider their options. “We have multiple properties that we are just putting offers to the owners on and trying to accommodate guests who are looking for something,” Ms Jeffery said.“It’s all about working together to see what we can offer to guests, what the owner can work with and then making it happen.”center_img This Broadbeach Waters home which rents for $8000 in peak season has been let for $650 per week for six months.Ms Jeffery said they had also begun taking bookings from local families suffering cabin fever and wanting a change of scenery to their own home. MORE NEWS: Property manager play referee in tough rental talks Offers around $1800 per week will be considered for this stunning Broadbeach Waters home which normally rents for $11000 in peak season.Smaller holiday home owners have also had their bookings wiped out after Airbnb announced a global policy allowing guests to cancel reservations for a full refund.Blake Farquhar, who leads the Property Management division at Kollosche, said his office had been inundated with calls from holiday home owners keen to secure long-tern tenants.“Literally every holiday home owner on the Gold Coast has lost that revenue for the foreseeable future,” he said.“We’ve taken one call after another from owners asking to list their properties for lease right away.”Mr Farquhar said demand was matching supply to date, particularly from interstate or overseas visitors looking to bunker down on the Gold Coast.“This week we leased a sub-penthouse in Surfers Paradise for $4000 a week, with six months rent upfront,” he said.“We’ve leased another three for between $700 and $950 a week, some of them paying rent in advance as well to offer security to the landlords.”And while holiday home owners may be hit hard in the short-term, Ms Jeffery predicted a bookings boom once travel restrictions were lifted.“People everywhere are going to need a holiday once all this is over,” she said. This luxury holiday home in Broadbeach Waters has been leased with a $6000 per week discount during the coronavirus pandemic.Luxury holiday homes are being leased at drastically discounted prices as owners attempt to recoup lost income in the wake of coronavirus cancellations.Property managers have been swamped with calls from desperate holiday home owners who have lost up to 100 per cent of their bookings leading up to the busy Easter period.last_img read more

Iloilo City to help province reforest denuded areas

first_imgTreñas recently instructed CityDisaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head Donna Magno to coordinatewith Iloilo towns devastated by “Ursula” for financial assistance. “We are ready to support theprovincial government for the reforestation of our watershed kag sa aton mga kabukiran. We are readyto offer our own manpower and whatever resources available,” said Mayor JerryTreñas. The main source of Iloilo City’s wateris the watershed in Maasin, Iloilo. One the northern municipalities thatexperienced Ursula’s wrath was the town of Balasan. All its 23 barangays gotflooded, according to Chinky Diolosa, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Office officer. According to Defensor, the denudationof mountains in northern Iloilo was primarily due to unabated cutting of treesand massive corn plantations. Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. said therecent massive flooding was due to the denudation of the province’s mountains. ILOILO City – Following theflashfloods brought by typhoon “Ursula” in northern Iloilo, the city governmenthere vowed to help in the reforestation program of the provincial government ofIloilo. The city government has a treeplanting program, too. Treñas wants to regreen the metropolis. “We don’t want what happened duringtyphoon ‘Ursula’ to happen again,” said Treñas. According to the city mayor, he isinitially thinking of giving P50,000 to P100,000 for the affected towns. “Isasa mga teorya naton nga isa sa nag-amot sang pagdasig sang panaog sang tubigamo ang wala na sang sponge saibabaw sang aton bukid,” Defensor said. “Ang mga kahoy sa bukid serve as sponge kay pagtupa sang ulan it will delayinstead of rushing down.” Not even super typhoon “Yolanda” inNovember 2013 was able to do this, said Diolasa./PN “Of course that is a fact, pero whether nga isa na sia sang rason sang pagbaha; naga-speculate kita unless lang ifthere’s a way for me to say scientifically nga amo gid man na ina pero commonsense would tell you nga posible isa sina sa rason kon ngaa kayti kon wala unod ang bukid wala sia sang sponge – dasig manaog ang tubig,” Defensor explained.last_img read more

West Ham’s Andy Carroll gets revenge on former club Liverpool with vital goal

first_img The goal clearly meant a lot to the striker as he celebrated wildly, with the Hammers registering back-to-back wins while ending Liverpool’s run of two straight victories. Liverpool were hugely disappointing and, with just one shot on target all game, rarely looked capable of getting back into the match after Antonio fired the hosts ahead. Antonio’s first goal for the club, against Southampton last Monday, had more than a touch of fortune about it after a clearance hit him on the head and flew into the net. But there was no doubt about his second of the season as the winger thumped in a close-range header from Enner Valencia’s cross after 10 minutes. Manuel Lanzini, back in the West Ham side after a spell out injured, showed what they have been missing recently with a vicious, swerving shot which crashed back off the inside of Simon Mignolet’s post. Unfortunately the Argentinian midfielder, who had been the game’s most influential player, limped off just before half-time with what looked like a recurrence of his thigh injury. West Ham continued to cause Liverpool problems, though, with Aaron Cresswell’s deflected shot forcing Mignolet to save at his near post. Liverpool, by contrast, were dismal in attack in the first half, and yet they were inches away from going in level at half-time after Emre Can’s curler from the edge of the area clipped the crossbar. Liverpool reject Andy Carroll ended the Reds’ recent revival as West Ham secured a deserved 2-0 win at Upton Park. The visitors emerged for the second half early, presumably with a flea in their ear from frustrated boss Jurgen Klopp. They attacked with more purpose and Philippe Coutinho fizzed a shot over before Alberto Moreno’s low cross found Christian Benteke, only for the striker to miss his kick in front of goal. But just as Liverpool threatened to get back into the game Carroll snatched it away from them, rising above Nathaniel Clyne to powerfully nod Noble’s cross past Mignolet and into the back of the net. Carroll could have piled on the misery with another header from Cresswell’s cross but Mignolet made a fine save. Liverpool almost pulled one back with 10 minutes remaining but Lucas’ header was cleared off the line by Mark Noble. TWEET OF THE MATCH @karren_brady: “Fantastic win COYI” WEST HAM Adrian: 6 Aaron Cresswell: 7 James Collins: 8 Angelo Ogbonna: 7 James Tomkins: 6 Cheikhou Kouyate: 6 Mark Noble: 7 Manuel Lanzini: 7 Enner Valencia: 7 Michail Antonio: 7 Andy Carroll: 7 Subs: Pedro Obiang: 6 Dimitri Payet: 6 Carl Jenkinson: 6 LIVERPOOL Simon Mignolet: 6 Alberto Moreno: 6 Dean Lovren: 6 Mamadou Sakho: 6 Nathaniel Clyne: 6 Emre Can: 6 Lucas: 5 Jordan Ibe: 5 Roberto Firmino: 5 Philippe Coutinho: 6 Christian Benteke: 5 Subs Adam Lallana: 6 Brad Smith: 6 Joe Allen: 6 STAR MAN James Collins. You could have been forgiven for not realising that Christian Benteke was playing as Welsh centre-half Collins completely marked him out of the game, winning every single header the pair went up for. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Andy Carroll’s goal clearly meant a lot to the striker after his disappointing spell at Liverpool – and boy did he celebrate it. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Liverpool were without Jordan Henderson and they missed his calming influence in midfield as pass after pass went stray. West Ham recalled Carroll and the move paid dividends. MOAN OF THE MATCH The first-half injury to West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, who was denied a fabulous goal by the woodwork and had been the outstanding player on the pitch until his early departure. WHO’S UP NEXT? West Ham v Wolves (FA Cup, Saturday, January 9) Stoke v Liverpool (Capital One Cup, Tuesday, January 5) Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: “It’s no day for being disappointed, it’s a day for being angry. “We had the ball and possession and bad luck in a few situations – but that’s not what I want to see, to be honest. You have to be there in the decisive moments. “We have to be better. We could have come back but we didn’t. Who wants to see 90 per cent? You can’t win a game with 90 per cent. “You need more will than we did today. Two-nil – it’s deserved.” West Ham boss Slaven Bilic added on BT Sport: “It’s a great win – I think we deserved it. “We defended well because you have to. We had many opportunities, scored a couple of great goals – and kept a clean sheet. “We are going to have our ups and downs but we are definitely a good team.” James Collins, who impressed in central defence for West Ham, said: “We had a couple of dodgy results at home earlier in the season but since then we have been solid and not conceding many goals.” Asked about the club’s prospects of earning a place in European competition next season, the Wales international added: “It’s d efinitely moving that way. “We’re disappointed how we played in the Europa League earlier in the season – but looking back maybe it was a good thing. We’ve got high ambitions.” Carroll, who was let go by former Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers after just 18 months on Merseyside, scored with a trademark header to sink his old club. West Ham were already leading through Michail Antonio’s early goal when, nine minutes after half-time, Mark Noble floated in a cross and Carroll powered the ball home. Press Associationlast_img read more

See Myself As Natural Leader: KKR All-Rounder Carlos Brathwaite

first_imgKolkata: At a time when Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik is under the pump, Carlos Brathwaite said the team does not have a leadership group within the squad and everyone contributes when required.“I guess we don’t have a leadership group per se. If you’re a leader by nature, it will show in whatever you say, whatever you do, how you say things and how you do it. So my mannerisms will be the same, regardless of which team I play for,” Carlos Brathwaite told reporters on the eve of KKR’s must-win encounter against fellow laggards Rajasthan Royals.Carlos Brathwaite was asked if he was part of the leadership group in the team, being the West Indies T20 captain.“I’ve been speaking in team meetings, been speaking to the coach, to the captain, to the manager and I think the leader is natural. It’s something that happens. I see myself as one. I don’t know how the world sees it, but where I can share my knowledge. I try to lend my expertise wherever I can,” the 30-year old said. Since their defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad — fifth on the trot and sixth overall — some of the players, including under-fire skipper Karthik, went to Mumbai to re-energise and take some time off, according to the team management.According to sources, the likes of Karthik and Robin Uthappa arrived late on the eve of the match. There have been talks about Karthik being under pressure as far as his captaincy is concerned despite the backing of head coach Jacques Kallis.Brathwaite said they have not pressed the panic button yet, and the dressing room was still a healthy place to be in. “I don’t know if you had the privilege of watching us train. There were lots of smiles and fun. We even played football a couple of times.”Brathwaite has played just one game so far in this IPL, against Delhi Capitals here, but could get a look in against the Royals. “I think as a professional player, you cannot allow results to alter your demeanour or your mindset. It’s still a healthy dressing room to be in and I enjoy coming to work,” Brathwaite said.Since beating Royals in Jaipur, KKR have failed to win a single game out of their last five matches, languishing in the sixth place in the points table. Like Royals, they also need to win all the four remaining matchs in order to secure a berth in the playoffs. (IANS)Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Ivanovic back for Aston Villa game

first_imgBranislav Ivanovic has recovered from a thigh problem and is available to face Aston Villa on Saturday.The Chelsea defender failed a fitness test ahead of the midweek Champions League clash with Benfica, but has now been given the green light to return to action.However, midfielder Raul Meireles is set to miss out this weekend after picking up an injury.AdChoices广告“I’m very happy we have almost a full squad to select from. Ivanovic is available again, Meireles is the only doubt,” said interim boss Roberto Di Matteo.“[Meireles] got a knock just above his knee so it shouldn’t be too serious but he is not ready for Saturday.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img