N.Y. Cosmos Beat Cuba, 4-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares HAVANA — The New York Cosmos have made history before, just not in this manner.The Cosmos defeated Cuba’s national team 4-1 on June 2 in a friendly that was the first visit to the island by a U.S. professional team since the two countries began their detente effort in December.A franchise that brought Brazilian superstar Pele to America in the 1970s was greeted warmly before the match as both national anthems were played. And even as the Cosmos dominated the action, the locals were, well, friendly.“I felt like the atmosphere from the fans was phenomenal,” said forward Lucky Mksona, who scored twice. “Everyone was just trying to support us wherever we went and I think that was big for us today.”The game was played in a persistent rain that prevented the 74-year-old Brazilian soccer legend from making the symbolic opening kick. But thousands filled the stands at Pedro Marrero stadium, cheering on the game with a series of soccer songs and chants.After the final whistle, Cosmos players saluted the audience, which responded with applause and cheers.Soccer’s popularity is growing on this baseball-crazy island, and officials held up the game as another important step in the moves by the U.S. and Cuba to normalize relations after decades of Cold War antagonism.The New York team was the first professional U.S. soccer team to play in Cuba since the now-defunct Chicago Sting visited in 1978.President Jimmy Carter made an attempt then to improve relations with Cuba and opened the U.S. interests section in Havana that both countries want to soon convert into a full embassy.Mksona scored in the seventh minute and again in the 41st, sandwiched around goals by teammates Sebastian Guenzatti in the 31st and Hagop Chirishian three minutes after that.“We were able to find good spaces wide, get good crosses in, and the guys were able to make runs inside the box and finish with quality,” Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese said. “We had a lot of patience. Sometimes the headers didn’t go to goal, and we pulled it back and found more open players to score.”Andy Vaquero scored for Cuba in the 50th minute.(ANNE-MARIE GARCIA)last_img read more

95pc of Rangamati habitats destroyed in landslides illegal

first_imgThis general view shows dwellings under mud after a landslide in Rangamati on 13 June, 2017. Photo: AFPA municipality mayor of Rangamati district said as many as 95 per cent of the households destroyed in the landslides were illegal.”Less than 5 per cent of the houses destroyed in landslides were legal,” said Akbar Hossain Chowdhury, the Rangamati municipality mayor.The municipality mayor also said the district council actually gave permission to different individuals for settlement. He had no involvement with that, the mayor added.Recently at least 115 people were killed in a series of landslides in the hilly districts of southeast Bangladesh.Rangamati additional deputy commissioner Prakash Kanti told Prothom Alo that landslides killed at least 56 people in the municipality area alone.More than 150 houses were destroyed after landslides hit the areas.Authorities concerned said, according to law, anyone wanting to build a house in the area, must have deeds of the land, soil test reports, and architectural and building permission. That means the authorities only permits pucca (brick and cement) buildings.In reply to this, he said, “Most of the houses were either tin-sheds or of mud. The houses were built without our permission.”You will find a small number of houses there are pucca, Akbar Hossain added.Rangamati district council chairman Brishketu Chakma said, “The mayor can blame us, but we did not give permission for settlements there. He’s wrong.”Local people said some of the pucca buildings also collapsed in the landslides.Asked about it, the Rangamati municipality executive engineer Atikur Rahman said, “The entire hill is 80 feet but, engineers test soil up to 30 feet and submit their report.”On the other hand, some people build houses inside the hills. “Thus, it becomes tough for us to monitor the places.”Hill Tracts Citizen Committee’s president, Goutam Dewan blamed the municipality authorities in this regard.The former chairman of Rangamati municipality and district council said there is lack of coordination between municipality and district council authorities.It is high time to remove the lack of coordination, he added.*The article is rewritten in English by Toriqul Islamlast_img read more

B Chy Dr Kamal seek greater political force

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury (L) and Kamal HossainFormer president Badruddoza Chowdhury and Gana Forum president Kamal Hossain have called for a national unity for the emergence of a greater political force.They came up with the call in a joint statement issued on Thursday.”We call upon all those who love the country, believe in the country’s Liberation War, independence and sovereignty to get united to build a progressive Bangladesh ensuring the full rights of all communities live both in plains and hills,” the statement reads.They said a greater political force must emerge comprising students, educated and noted citizens, lawyers, physicians, teachers, freedom fighters and their family members, businesspeople, workers, farmers, ex-government and non-government officials and employees and other professionals apart from like-mined political parties with a demand for acceptable Election Commission, election system and election laws for holding the next election in a fair, credible and impartial manner with the participation of all political parties and individuals.They also said the new political force will also be meant for building a happy and prosperous Bangladesh free from poverty, corruption and terrorism.Explaining the background of the 1971 Liberation War, the two leaders said the liberation-aspiring people of Bangladesh earned independence and established democracy through their self-sacrifices in a nine-month bloody war.”The constitution written with the blood of 30 lakh martyrs is the highest law of Bangladesh. The charter clearly states that all the powers of the republic belong to people, and the power will be exercised through the elected representatives,” the statement observed.The two leaders said people start losing their power when the values and the spirit of the Liberation War are neglected and people’s rights are ignored.”Under the circumstances, it’s a time-befitting demand for building a non-violent political platform uniting people to ensure their empowerment,” the statement added.Mentioning that people’s unity is the great power, the duo said ‘many powers’ in the world had to bow out to people’s united efforts. “The people of Bangladesh must get united to bring a meaningful change to the social system.”last_img read more

UN battles mounting illness in Rohingya camps

first_imgA doctor checks a three-day old baby as Rohingya refugees gather at a relief point for babies and pregnant women at the Kutupalang refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh 2 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersRelief agencies on Tuesday fought to contain a diarrhoea outbreak around camps in Bangladesh where more than 500,000 Rohingya have taken shelter in the past five weeks.The United Nations said meanwhile it would seek $430 million to increase operations in the camps along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. The Rohingya Muslims have poured across the frontier to escape a military crackdown in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.A 20-bed treatment clinic was opened at Kutupalong refugee camp Monday to treat diarrhoea victims and another 60-bed facility would be set up this week, a UN spokesman said.UN staff and volunteers were touring Kutupalong and nearby makeshift camps to identify those who have not sought treatment, UN refugee agency spokesman Andrej Mahecic said.”We have seen an increasing trend of diarrhoeal disease cases, including cases of diarrhoea with severe dehydration,” he said.Bangladesh authorities were not aware of diarrhoea-related deaths in the camps, but the health department said more than 10,500 Rohingya had been treated since the influx began on August 25.Last week the World Health Organisation warned of a growing cholera risk in the makeshift camps as they lacked safe drinking and hygiene facilities. The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) group also said the camps were on the brink of a public health disaster.The camps face dire shortages of food and medicine in what has become one of the world’s largest refugee settlements.The overwhelmed camps around the border town of Cox’s Bazar already had 300,000 people who fled earlier violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.Mark Lowcock, a UN under secretary general for humanitarian affairs, said the world body would be seeking “something like $430 million to enable us to scale up the relief operation.””Conditions in the camps at the moment are terrible,” Lowcock told reporters in Cox’s Bazar.The UN has already given an extra $12 million from its emergency response fund.”What we want to do is to make sure that the tragedy of the Rohingya is not magnified and amplified by a human catastrophe and health catastrophe,” the UN official declared.last_img