Digicel congratulates ICC U-19 World Cup championsPeople usually remember the extraordinary ones – the hard workers and inventors, the movers and shakers. But most of all, they remember the history-makers.Digicel congratulates the members of the West Indies Under-19 cricket team, who have now joined the ranks of the history-makers with their outstanding performance at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.For the past few weeks, the entire region has been focused on the team’s progress throughout the tournament, and its momentous performance has indeed been a source of inspiration and motivation for everyone.In our support for youth and sport development, we constantly repeat the mantra, ‘from grassroots to greatness’, to encourage our young athletes to aim for the highest in all their pursuits. We are sure that this achievement by the team will also serve as encouragement for Caribbean youth who aspire to cricket beyond national borders.On that note, we also extend the heartiest of commendations to our local players Michael Frew, Shahid Crooks and Odean Smith for their outstanding performance, while representing Jamaica. We are especially delighted to see the growth and development of Michael Frew, who was a member of the winning team in the Digicel/ISSA T20 Tournament last year.The success of the team has no doubt set the stage for the exciting 2016 Caribbean Premier League season, which is fast-approaching. This accomplishment has helped to create renewed passion and pride in the sport for Caribbean people and promises a bright future ahead for West Indies cricket.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s not a moment to lose for the Philippines in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers after it suffered a gut-wrenching 92-88 loss to Kazakhstan in the second round.Gilas Pilipinas dropped to a 5-4 record and tied Japan at the third spot of Group F and is now in a virtual must-win situation in order for them to secure a slot in the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup in China.ADVERTISEMENT Its next hurdle is to stop Iran on Monday.The only thing Gilas can do right now, though, is to learn how not to repeat its crucial mistakes from its loss to Kazakhstan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“You have to play under pressure, the only thing you can do now is to focus on the next game,” said Guiao Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I don’t think you can think about anything else than that.”The top three teams and the better of the fourth placers in Groups E and F will advance to the World Cup and the Philippines is technically within that region. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gilas Pilipinas, however, has to secure at least the third spot in Group F in order for them to avoid any complications moving forward.“We talked about the lessons we learned today but we cannot carry that baggage until Monday because it’ll just make life harder for us,” said Guiao. “My advice to the team was just to talk about the things that we need to make adjustments on, the lessons that we learned, and absorb it.”A change in Guiao’s lineup for the game against Iran is the switch of naturalized players from point guard Stanley Pringle to versatile center Christian Standhardinger.Guiao said he’ll miss Pringle’s mastery of the point guard position but he will have the athleticism and energy of Standhardinger in both the center and power forward positions.Jayson Castro, who was once dubbed as the best point guard in Asia, will make his return after serving his suspension for getting involved in the melee between the Philippines and Australia in the previous window.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lesson learned but June Mar Fajardo not dwelling on error in painful Gilas loss Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Even though we’ll lose Stanley’s aggressiveness, we will gain Christian’s quickness and active play which we lacked with our bigs today,” said Guiao. “We’re hoping Christian can remedy the defensive lapses that occurred.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Brazen WBD armed robberiesIn light of the two brazen robberies carried out by gunmen on two West Bank Demerara (WBD) businesses in a 24-hour span on Wednesday last, Police ranks are following their leads to close in on the prime suspects.While it is unclear if both attacks were directly linked; on Saturday, Guyana Times was informed that one of the suspects being pursued by the Police was the main perpetrator behind the crime.Reports had indicated that the first robbery was committed at Murphy’s Shop in Murphy Street, Good Intent Village, when Massy delivery workers were reportedly held at gunpoint and robbed by a lone gunman.The Murphy Street business where the delivery truck was reportedly robbed on WednesdayThis attack was said to have occurred around 14:00h when the proprietor’s daughter and niece were about to receive goods from the delivery truck.The proprietor of the shop had related that her business was well secured which prevented the gunman from making off with anything from the shop. However, this publication was told that the gunman carted off not only the personal belongings of the delivery truck workers but money and property of Massy.Meanwhile, reports further indicated that the second robbery had occurred around 21:10h that Wednesday when two gunmen stormed a Sisters Village roadside shop and bar, and reportedly forced several persons to lie face down while they were relieved of their belongings.A male victim of the attack told this newspaper that he was purchasing phone cards when the bandits arrived; they whipped out a hand gun, forced him to the ground and made off with his mobile phone and money.Guyana Times had also been informed that as one of the gunmen held up persons in the shop; the other had ransacked the home of the shop’s owner.
As Liberia endeavors to revamp its education sector, there will be a need for a National Education Technology Plan (NETP) requiring the integration of technology in all schools in order to prepare the new generation of Liberians for the challenges of the 21st Century. This plan should, inter alia, require students to take technology courses from 6th grade and upwards. This will allow students who cannot afford to go to college after graduation from high school to be prepared for entry level jobs.Sometime in December of 2009, a young lady had asked me to write her a letter of recommendation. In her hand was a copy of the newspaper carrying the advertisement of the job for which she had intended to apply. Two “CONSPICUOUS” requirements for the position being advertised were: (1). Must have a high school diploma and (2). MUST BE COMPUTER LITERATE. As I read the requirements, I asked the young lady if she was computer literate. She told me she had never touched a computer and that she was disappointed over the possibility of not getting the job because of this reason. I knew that with a tight and somehow competitive job market, her chances of getting the job without experience or computer skills were absolutely slim. And so, as a consolation, I offered to pay her tuition at a local computer school in Monrovia which charged US$50 for introductory computer courses.The clause “MUST BE COMPUTER LITERATE” has become mundane across the global spectrum because we are in the Information Age. However, it has become an “opportunity killer” for Liberian students who graduate from high school with desire to enter the workforce as an alternative to college. The problem is, most Liberian students do not have the opportunity of taking computer classes while in high school because only few schools (i.e. B. W. Harris School) have access to computers or something that parallels a computer education program. This lack of comprehensive computer/technology program in schools, forces high school graduates to attend computer schools, in order to obtain the skills needed to apply for jobs. And, most of them can barely afford the cost of attending those computer schools.Education is the key to Liberia’s economic growth, prosperity, sustainability and its ability to compete in the global economy. It is the conduit to good jobs and higher earning potential for Liberians. It fosters the cross-border and cross-cultural collaboration that are desperately needed to solve the most challenging and evolving problems of our time. But modern education requires the integration of technology. And technology, as we all know is at the core of virtually every aspect of our daily lives and work today, therefore, it is imperative that we leverage it to provide engaging and powerful learning experiences.To integrate technology in our educational system, we will need to develop and implement a National Education Technology Plan (NETP) which will espouse a revolutionary transformation of the Liberian educational system. This Plan will require the integration of technology in schools and present a model for 21st Century learning driven by technology. It will discuss innovation, prompt implementation, regular evaluation, and continuous improvement. It will kindle a shift from the currently practiced 19th Century educational paradigms toward 21st Century student-centric paradigms. Our educational system will be transformed to one in which teachers play the role of facilitators and certainly not sole deliverers of information in the classroom. This will allow students to think critically and engage the learning process more enthusiastically.To begin this initiative, we will need to establish a Technical Working Group. A group that will encompass the following: universities, representatives of primary and secondary schools, ICT professionals, educators, representatives from the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders. This team will be charged with the development of a document that will lead to a revolutionary transformation of the Liberian education system.Currently, Liberian schools lack two main things that are required for 21st Century education: the technological infrastructure that enables this new pedagogical paradigm and teachers who have the training in and knowledge of this new approach. Most, if not all, Liberian educators lack computer or technology skills which is part of the daily lives of professionals in other sectors. The same can be said of many of the educational leaders and policymakers in schools and the higher education institutions responsible to prepare new educators to teach in schools. Therefore, professional development (pre-service and in-service) should be strongly encouraged. Professional development for teachers can also be enhanced when integrated with online communities for collaborative learning. Collaborating with educators in the global community will greatly expand the “horizons” of Liberian educators.This NETP will be an opportunity for change and when implemented will revolutionize our education system. This change will be driven by emerging technologies and the national need to radically improve the country’s education sector. The Ministry of Education has to play a major role in identifying effective strategies to ensure the implementation of this plan. Moreover, the parents, teachers and et al, must be a part of this initiative if it is to succeed. If we cannot reform education in Liberia, then maybe we should begin thinking about revolutionizing it. Of course, this is merely my opinion!!Until next week,Carpe diem!!!!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) having been officially launched, Survival Group of Companies continues to pledge its support for this association with sponsorship of a tournament, slated to be played under floodlights from October 26 to 28 in Georgetown and on the East Coast of Demerara. Deemed as one of the biggest softball tournaments in the world, this tourney will be bigger than the Orlando Cup, the Fort Lauderhill Cup, the New York Cup and the Canadian Cup.Over the span of the tournament, the sponsors have been integral in making the tournament the good one that it is; and this has continued to attract the support of the Survival Group of Companies, which have been supporters of this tournament for the last seven years, and have promised to be there in the future.Manager of Survival Travel Agency, Mark De Freitas, has said, “The Survival Group of Companies has been a continuous supporter of the GFSCA and the Guyana Softball Cup for the last seven years, and we are proud that we have made the right decision to support the Softball Cup to this level, and that it has been getting bigger and better every year.”De Freitas has also promised that, as per norm in every tournament, Survival Group of Companies will be giving out prizes in the form of gate prizes, which will include five hampers to five lucky winners and a trip for three couples to local destinations such as Kaieteur Falls and Orinduik Falls.GFSCA Member Dharam Persaud, who was present at the briefing, said, “We, the GFSCA, are very pleased to have Survival once again with us. This is our eighth edition, and they have been with us from the inception. And we are indeed pleased to have them with us on board again”.De Freitas has promised that, as long as the tournament continues, Survival will continue to sponsor this tournament in bigger and better ways. (Timothy Jaikarran)
Construction began on their first tract in Claremont in 1955, and more homes soon followed.Major expansion of the company began in the ’70s, as Lewis Homes branched out to Sacramento and grew its existing business in Nevada. The Lewises’ four sons – Richard, Robert, Roger and Randall, who now run the company – slowly began to assume greater responsibilities.By the 1980s, Lewis Homes had reached the development big leagues.“We became one of the largest private home builders in America,” said Randall Lewis, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “In the ’80s and the ’90s, … we were typically the biggest, or second- or third-biggest, private home builder in the country.”Then, just as the housing markets in California and Nevada were growing red hot, the Lewises sold the home building division to Kaufman and Broad – now KB Home – in 1999. The move cleared the way for them to focus on what had been their side businesses.In the years since, they’ve completely reinvented the operation, positioning themselves as one of the region’s top developers of shopping centers, upscale apartments and master-planned communities.All told, the Lewis Group has built nearly 57,000 homes, 9,000 apartment units and11.2 million square feet of retail, office and industrial development. Across California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah, they’ve developed a combined 24,000 acres – roughly the size of Rancho Cucamonga.The company’s assets total more than $1.5 billion.“I don’t know of anybody else who even approaches what Lewis has done and continues to do,” said Reggie King, chairman and chief executive officer of Young Homes, another Inland Empire-based developer. “They really are a part of this community. They are integral to this area.”While it has garnered recognition and numerous awards from development organizations and elected officials, the group’s projects have won favor from some environmentalists as well, who praise the company for avoiding car-dependent sprawl in favor of efficient, pedestrian-oriented communities.“I would describe them as very much in the progressive wing of the master planning developers in Southern California, or California – maybe even the nation,” said Dan Silver, chief executive officer of the Endangered Habitats League.Facing scrutinyThe political presence of the Lewis Group in the Inland Empire is unmistakable. During the past six years, the company and its top executives have given nearly $2.3 million to political campaigns and causes, ranging from city council races to the area’s representatives in Congress.“We take a pretty active stance on the political side,” Randall Lewis said. “As races have gotten more important, we’ve ramped up what we do.“We’d love to see a system of campaign reform where it doesn’t cost as much. But where there are good candidates, we want to see them get elected or reelected.”Of all the company’s political connections, its relationship with Miller – who declined to be interviewed for this story – has come under particular scrutiny over the past year.The relationship dates back more than 30 years, to when Miller was a young developer. In recent years, he and Lewis have connected on a number of business deals:The company entered into a business partnership with Miller in July 2004, with the congressman investing between $1 million and $5 million in a Lewis-owned, 70-acre housing and retail development in Diamond Bar that had just been approved by the City Council.That same year, Lewis officials sold Miller several parcels in Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga, allowing him to shield millions in profits from an earlier land sale from potential capital gains taxes. The company loaned him $7.5 million for the sale.Meanwhile, the company’s top executives have donated $22,150 to the congressman’s campaigns since 1999. (In that time, Miller has received a total of more than $2.3 million in contributions from individuals and political committees.)Pointing to the connections, watchdog groups and media outlets have highlighted Miller-supported legislative measures that stood to benefit the Lewis Group.“It looks like Miller used his position … to push for something that benefited his friend and business partner, Lewis Operating,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington. “As a member of Congress, you can’t use your position to directly benefit your friends and family, and it looks like that’s what he did.”In August 2005, Miller secured $1.28 million in federal funding for improvements to Grand Avenue, a major artery through Diamond Bar that passes in front of the development he co-owned with Lewis. Miller sold his stake in the development in October 2005.In the same legislation, he secured $6.8 million to help extend Pine Avenue to the 71 Freeway in Chino. City leaders touted the project as an important transportation link to The Preserve, a major Lewis master-planned community.Miller also pushed for a provision to close the Rialto Airport, which cleared the way for the Lewis Group to purchase the site. It has plans with a business partner, Hillwood Development Corp., to develop Rialto Renaissance, a planned community of housing, shopping and recreation.In all three cases, city officials had lobbied for Miller’s involvement.Yates, Chino’s mayor, said he flew to Washington, D.C., in October 2003 to enlist Miller’s help on the Pine Avenue offramp. Noting that the road is a priority for officials in Chino, Chino Hills and Riverside County, he rejected the suggestion that Miller’s involvement was in any way a favor to Lewis.“I would say that’s pretty ludicrous,” he said.Ned Wigglesworth, a policy advocate for California Common Cause, a Sacramento-based group that first called attention to the Diamond Bar funding, said Miller’s actions fall within an ethical gray area.“He’s a congressman – that’s part of his job, to fight for federal dollars in Washington,” Wigglesworth said. “But the actions he has taken have not benefited just the community at large. Many of the dollars that Miller has brought back here have benefited his campaign contributor and business partner.”In a statement, Miller said media reports have “thoroughly mischaracterized” his relationship with the Lewises, whom he said “have always been honorable and above board.” He denied using his office for the company’s benefit.“This suggestion is ridiculous and could not be farther from the truth,” he said. “It presumes that I am intimately acquainted with the business dealings of every individual who has supported me in my runs for office. Moreover, it presumes that I not only know the details of my contributors’ business dealings, but that I would intentionally steer public funds to help them in their efforts.”When pressed that his business deals with the Lewis Group made them different from a typical contributor, Miller, through a spokesman, declined to elaborate.Randall Lewis also declined to comment on the company’s relationship with Miller, but said in a statement that the Lewis Group is “committed to acting according to the highest ethical standards.”Establishing connectionsThe Lewis Group, of course, is by no means alone in its involvement in local politics.In the same six-year period that the Lewises gave nearly $2.3 million, fellow Inland Empire-based developer Young Homes gave at least $2 million to political causes. Mark Christopher Chevrolet, another politically active local business, gave at least $975,000.King, the Young Homes’ CEO, said the reasons for donating to political campaigns can vary.“Sometimes it’s the obvious purpose that a developer feels like a certain candidate is pro-development, and would rather a pro-development candidate \ than someone who opposes development,” he said. “Sometimes you have the longer-term interests of the area in mind.”That’s certainly true for the Lewis Group, Randall Lewis said.In general, the company contributes to candidates who share its views on responsible growth, Lewis said. But it also factors in candidates’ commitment to social issues such as health and education.“In a lot of cases, we support candidates where we’re not doing business,” he said.San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane – who has received $119,000 in the past six years – said he hasn’t voted on any Lewis project during his four years on the Board of Supervisors.He attributed the company’s support to a longtime friendship between the two families and a shared belief in sustainable development. Campaign donations would not lead him to show political favoritism, he said.“Every project, whether on the Board of Supervisors or the City Council, has its own merits,” said Biane, a former Rancho Cucamonga councilman. “The name on the project has never influenced me. … It has to make sense.”In Ontario, where three council members have received a combined $94,000 from the Lewises during the past six years, City Manager Greg Devereaux said the Lewis Group hasn’t received any special breaks.During tough negotiations over development in the city, where Lewis is involved in two master-planned communities, political pressure wasn’t a factor, he said.“I’ve never ever had a council person come to me and say, ‘I want you to do something for so-and-so because they gave me money,”‘ Devereaux said. “I’ve never seen a council member do something for a donor that they didn’t think was the right thing for the community.”For the Lewises, political and philanthropic giving isn’t about winning influence, Randall Lewis insisted. It’s more about establishing the company as a familiar face that cares about the success of the region, he said.And with their table set with projects for at least the next 10 years, one thing’s clear: When it comes to local involvement, the Lewises will be major players for a long time to firstname.lastname@example.org(909) 483-9338Following the moneyThe Lewis Group and its top executives have given nearly $2.3 million in donations and in-kind contributions to political causes and candidates since the start of 2001. Among the major recipients:Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, at least $204,400San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane, at least $118,986San Bernardino County Supervisor Josie Gonzales, at least $80,314Chino Councilwoman Eunice Ulloa, at least $52,686 (included campaign for county supervisor)Ontario Mayor Paul Leon, at least $51,251San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt, at least $49,500 (included campaigns for Ontario City Council)Ontario Councilman Alan Wapner, at least $33,561 (included campaign for Assembly)Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, $31,203Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Don Kurth, at least $26,688Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, at least $25,253 (included campaign for Assembly)Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Sam Spagnolo, at least $22,598Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, $21,150San Bernardino County Assessor Bill Postmus, at least $20,758 (included campaigns for county supervisor)Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, at least $19,900Riverside County Supervisor Marion Ashley, at least $18,900Fontana Mayor Mark Nuaimi, at least $18,835Rialto Councilman Joe Baca Jr., at least $16,890 (included campaigns for Assembly and state Senate)Rancho Cucamonga Councilman Rex Gutierrez, at least $12,091Rancho Cucamonga Councilwoman Diane Williams, at least $10,250Ontario Councilman Jason Anderson, at least $9,500Source: California Secretary of State, Federal Election Commission160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Take a drive through inland Southern California, and it’s almost impossible to miss the signature of the Lewises. The Lewis Group of Companies has built thousands of homes and dozens of shopping centers, office buildings and industrial parks from the San Gabriel Valley to the High Desert.But the Upland-based company has helped shape more than the region’s physical landscape: It’s emerged as both a major philanthropic force and a significant political player, as well.Over the years, Lewis has given millions to charitable causes and – in the past six years alone – nearly $2.3 million to political campaigns.In recent months, it’s the politics that have made headlines, focusing on the company’s long and close relationship with Republican Rep. Gary Miller, who represents Diamond Bar, Chino, Chino Hills and Whittier.Still, the Lewis Group maintains a stellar public image, in large part because of its extensive community involvement and reputation for smart developments.“\ probably the only developer I can tell you that develops communities and doesn’t take the money and move to Newport Beach,” Chino Mayor Dennis Yates said. “They are excellent corporate citizens. God knows they’ve given back to the community. … On a scale of one to 10, they’re a 10 in my book.”Building an empireThe Lewises’ ascent began more than 50 years ago, with a married couple and their small accounting practice. Ralph and Goldy Lewis had been doing the books for clients in the real estate industry for years, and decided in the mid-1950s to launch a home building company of their own.
Trust me, it’s worth it if they call you a snitch You might have just saved a life. And if they do the same, it could be up to five Most of youth violence is caused by race, But if you ask me, they are just a disgrace Instead of making their race look good, With every fight, they make it look worse It’s also caused by part of gangs And all just to impress their “fans” At the end, there is no prize Not a reward, but there is a surprise What has two holes and comes in a pair? Handcuffs and an attachment of despair At the end, the graveyard gains a soul All the family gets is an empty hole I’m lucky I haven’t lost anyone yet, But it won’t be too long, I bet I’m praying for the best but preparing for the worst Fun and games come second But family and friends come first I would do anything to keep my friends all well If only there was a way to put them in a protective shell Kids are constantly looking over their shoulder Always afraid to turn the next corner Afraid to be the one who is attacked next It feels like you have been hexed Sons and daughters dead When will they get it through their head? A day without violence is rare, But what isn’t is the scare They just can’t realize that they are ruining lives, Think about the sons, fathers, daughters, wives Now you know what I feel, Just remember that this is real I hope that together we will find a solution To put an end to this confusion By Jonathan Bogna160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Youth is a major part of this tragedy So to eliminate it, we need a strategy We can fix it, believe me, it’s true If we work together, me and you If we stop a fight by telling a teach’ Violence kills And all just for people to have their thrills People are affected by this every day And not just physically, in every way
0Shares0000FIFA’s President Gianni Infantino insists that world football’s governing body has “radically enhanced” the World Cup bidding process © AFP/File / JUAN MABROMATALAUSANNE, Switzerland, Oct 5 – FIFA has promised to deliver a “transparent” bidding process for the 2026 World Cup after the controversy surrounding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments to Russia and Qatar.In a column to appear on Friday in the FIFA magazine, president Gianni Infantino insists that world football’s governing body has “radically enhanced the mechanisms for selecting the location of our showpiece event”. “The process is as objective and transparent as it can get,” he adds, with aspects such as the bid book content, candidature evaluation reports, votes by each member of the FIFA council, and the final decision of the FIFA congress to be closely monitored.“Every step of the bidding process will be open to public examination – and, for the first time, the process will be scrutinised by an independent audit company,” says Infantino.The successful bid will have to “formally commit to conducting their activities based on sustainable event management principles and to respecting international human rights and labour standards” laid out by the United Nations.The hosting decision for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments prompted investigations that exposed widespread graft within the global game in 2015 and led to the downfall of figures such as disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter.The nomination process for the 2026 World Cup was suspended for almost a year following the corruption scandal before it was restarted in May 2016.A joint United States-Mexico-Canada bid is the favourite to host the 2026 tournament, with only one other country, Morocco, entering the bidding race.The 2026 World Cup will be the first to feature 48 nations with the competition set to expand from its current 32-team format.A final decision on who will host the event is expected to take place in May 2020.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly was part of a Napoli side that finished runners-up to Juventus in Serie A this season © AFP / Emmanuel DUNANDSAMARA, Russian Federation, Jun 27 – Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly believes the fact his team represent Africa’s last World Cup hope should motivate the players rather than increase the pressure going into their final game in Group H against Colombia Thursday.It is just Senegal’s second appearance at the tournament, after reaching the quarter-finals on their debut in 2002, and they need a point to secure a place in the last 16 against Jose Pekerman’s side (1400 GMT kick-off). Aliou Cisse’s side will attempt to succeed where the rest of their continental rivals failed, with Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia all set to bow out after the group phase.“I think it should be more of a positive thing rather than pressure,” Napoli centre-back Koulibaly told reporters on Wednesday.“We know we have the whole continent behind us. They’re all going to support us and we know we can do it.”“We know we already have 15 million Senegalese behind us and now we have all the continent. It’s up to us to make them proud, to fly the flag for Senegal and Africa at this World Cup.”Senegal defeated Poland 2-1 in their opening game and twice led Japan before settling for a 2-2 draw that left both countries with four points.Colombia must win in Samara to guarantee a spot in the knockout rounds, with Jose Pekerman’s men impressing in a 3-0 victory over Poland last time out.“We know it’s a very strong Colombia team,” said Koulibaly. “But we have our own weapons and we’ll give our all to win and not concede.“If we do that we’ll qualify. We know in attack we have magicians who are capable of scoring at any moment.“We’re going to do our utmost to get to the last 16 and I think we have everything we need to do that.”The 42-year-old Cisse, who was captain of the Senegal side at the 2002 finals, said the brief for his players will be a straightforward one.“Tomorrow when we get onto the pitch, the instructions to the players will be to play to win,” said Cisse, with Senegal trailing group leaders Japan only on disciplinary record.“I think Colombia and Senegal have practically the same style of play. I think it’s to going to be a keenly disputed match, a very interesting match with two teams who could be in the last 16.”“I think Colombia could pose us some problems but we have a few tricks up our sleeves as well,” added Cisse, who said Mbaye Niang will be fit after limping off in the closing minutes against Japan.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Luther Blissett believes Watford can win promotion this season despite the managerial upheaval at the club.Slavisa Jokanovic this week became the Hornets’ fourth boss in six weeks, with Billy McKinlay’s reign brought to an end after just eight days.Blissett described the situation at his former club as ‘crazy’, but he reckons they are still well set to reach the Premier League.Speaking on the Sports Bar, he said: “We are in a great position in the league at the moment and it is just a case of building on that.“The squad at the moment, without any injuries and suspensions, is good enough [to win promotion]. It’s important we keep players fit and not lose key players.“Hopefully, he [Jokanovic] will settle in very quickly and we can be that team we have seen flashes of at the beginning of the season.“Automatic [promotion] would be ideal, and we are capable of doing that.”