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Premier League players will be prohibited from tackling and pitches will have to be disinfected when clubs return to training as part of plans to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the BBC reported on Tuesday.Citing an official protocol sent to Premier League players and managers outlining conditions for returning to training, the BBC’s report said pitches, corner flags, cones and goalposts would have to be disinfected after each session.Players will be tested twice per week for the virus and take a daily temperature check, while they will also be forbidden from congregating together or travelling to or from training with team mates, the report added. Topics : The Premier League did not immediately respond to a request to comment on the BBC’s report.English soccer has been on-hold since March along with most leagues across Europe due to the pandemic.Yet while clubs across the continent have begun training again and set dates for re-starting their seasons, England’s top-flight is yet to confirm plans for returning to training or matches.Germany’s Bundesliga is set to become the first of Europe’s top five leagues to start up again when matches resume on Saturday, while the Polish, Austrian and Portuguese leagues have also confirmed start dates.Clubs in Spain’s top two divisions have returned to individual training and while no date has been set for matches to restart, La Liga president Javier Tebas has said he hopes action will resume from June 12.
Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Mar 2019 12:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link973Shares Unai Emery’s ‘horrible’ Mesut Ozil dilemma perfectly summed up by former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny Wojciech Szczesny won the FA Cup twice as a teammate of Mesut Ozil’s (Picture: Getty) Gervinho wasn’t in the top 400 players Wojciech Szczesny has been a teammate of (Picture: Getty)‘You watch a match on TV & you’re like, ‘how has he seen that? I haven’t & I’ve got the whole screen on TV.’The Poland international was less charitable when it came to assessing some of his other former Arsenal teammates including the likes of Alex Hleb and Gervinho, who he claims failed at the north London club for differing reasons.‘[He] thought he would be in the top 40 I played with?! Add one more 0,’ Szczesny said of the erratic Ivory Coast winger, before claiming Hleb ‘could have achieved more in football. He still made a great career but he liked to drink.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Mesut Ozil has featured more prominently for Arsenal in recent weeks (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny fears Mesut Ozil will never be able to provide Unai Emery with the consistency he craves.The 30-year-old has struggled to win over the former Sevilla manager who has steadfastly refused to afford him the same privileges he enjoyed under the reign of Arsene Wenger.Ozil has been left out of several matches for tactical reasons and his regular illnesses frustrated Emery who has relented in recent weeks and started the former Real Madrid playmaker in crucial games against Manchester United, as well as the Europa League comeback win over Rennes earlier this week.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySzczesny played with Ozil for the two seasons which immediately followed his then club record move Real before he was loaned out to Roma and subsequent transfer to Juventus.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSumming up the frustration Emery faces in Ozil, Sczesny said: ‘Seven times he’s brilliant, two times he’s horrible.‘He can’t stabilise his form in the Premier League and I really cant tell why. He has unbelievable vision. Advertisement
RelatedPosts Stoke City manager salutes Mikel Global COVID-19 cases surpass 27m – Johns Hopkins Everton sign Brazil midfielder from Napoli Former Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel, may seal a transfer deal with a South American side as another Brazilian club, Porto Alegre, have indicated interest in the combative midfielder. Porto Alegre, also known as Porto Alegre Futebol Clube, according to media reports, would slug it out with Botafogo for the signature of the former Chelsea star. Mikel terminated his contract with the Turkish club Trabzonspor in March amid the advance of the coronavirus pandemic. Porto Alegre, owned by former footballer and Ronaldinho’s brother, Roberto Assis, have to dislodge Botafogo with an improved offer. Botafogo offered Mikel a contract worth $2 million plus (N766 million) per 18 months. Check revealed that Porto Alegre, founded on June 10, 2003, has only Brazil nationality in their current squad. The club, founded as Lami Futebol Clube, won its first title same year of its formation.Tags: BrazilBrazillian ClubsJohn Obi Mikel
StumbleUpon Kostandina ZafirovskaAhead of this week’s Vienna International Gaming Expo 2017 (VIGE – 20-22 March) BtoBet CEO Kostandina Zafirovska has stated that true industry omni-channel innovation will be driven by new Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities.This year, Malta-based industry platform and software provider BtoBet has challenged industry standards and perspectives with regards to innovation and new technologies.Last February, the firm presented the industry’s first ever ‘augmented reality’ mobile CRM tool at the ICE 2017 conference. In its development BtoBet has stated that the firm is concentrated on delivering technology output which will deeply impact the industry’s current value chain and ‘stagnant’ processes.Highlighting innovation and new technology impacts, Zafirovska will be speaking at VIGE day 2 on AI capabilities presenting “Foresighted A.I.to innovate the Omnichannel journey” at the Expo’s panel area.Backing its supportive stance of AI capabilities, BtoBet’s commercial and development teams will be displaying the firm’s latest omni-channel platform at the event, demonstrating to delegates live capabilities and functions.Zafirovska commented on AI’s potential industry changing capabilities: “Artificial Intelligence will run the evolution of physical bet-shops into intelligent shops via a single back end, integrating web and physical stores by giving the opportunity to better understand players and provide bettors with the best gaming experience, whether that is mobile, online desktop or retail.” Share BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile August 20, 2020 Submit Related Articles BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020
Hearts of Oak legend Bernard Don Bortey believes his former side can compete for the league under manager Keniche Yatsuhashi.Don Bortey watched his former team beat Nigeria Premier League side Ifeanyi Ubah 2-0 with goals coming from new sensation Samudeen Ibrahim and Thomas Abbey.The Phobians followed that up with a 4-2 victory over a merged team comprising of the 2000 Champions League and 2004 Confederations Cup winning squad.After these two games, the former Ghana youth international believes Kenichi and his squad can battle for honours in the upcoming league.“From what l saw, l think this team can win the league title for all Phobians in the coming season to end our seven years trophy drought,” he told Adom Sports”Anything is possible, and that’s why we watch football. You can’t rule them out as champions. This team could beat everyone from now until the end of the season.” He then urged the supporters of the club to rally behind the team even as the club goes through a difficult period.”Hearts are going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment, it’s difficult to put your finger on what the problems are.” Bortey said”When teams aren’t getting results, it’s usually a collection of things. The players are young, the squad is strong and I think it’ll be turned around with the fans solidly behind them.”“They can be champions if the supporters can throw their support behind them like they did for us when we were playing the club.”Don Bortey last played for Aduana in the Ghana Premier League. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySports
The Rebels held playoff scoring leader Ryan Edwards off the scoresheet Sunday.In 11 games this playoff season, Edwards has 21 points including eight goals.Rockets a game away from knocking off GhostridersThe Golden Rockets took care of business on home ice, winning both games to assume a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eddie Mountain Divisional Final.The Rockets dumped the Riders 6-3 Saturday in Golden.The win came on the heels of a 7-3 drubbing the Rockets put on Fernie Friday.The series resumes Monday in Fernie. It’s not normal to see Jordan Gluck allow six goals in one game as he did Friday in Fruitvale during Game four.So with their top goalie back in fine form, the Castlegar Rebels regained control to the Murdoch Division Final with a stingy 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory Sunday afternoon in the Sunflower City.The Rebels now lead the best-of-seven affair 3-2 and can eliminate the defending KIJHL champs Monday in Fruitvale when the series resumes for Game six. Puck drop is 7 p.m.Goals from Brayden Horcoff and Travis Wellman was enough for Gluck, who stopped 32 of 33 shots in the Castlegar nets.Castlegar held period leads of 1-0 and 2-0 before the Hawks snapped Gluck’s bid for a shutout in the third period with a goal from Dan Holland.
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8 March 2016South Africa has signed the host country agreement for the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The conference will be held in South Africa from 24 September to 5 October 2016.Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa signed the agreement on 3 March with the secretary-general of CITES John Scanlon on the margins of an international conference on wildlife crime in The Hague, in the Netherlands. South Africa was one of the first signatories to CITES in 1975 and continues to play an active role in the enforcement of the Convention.The minister welcomes the world to South Africa for CITES CoP17:The signing coincided with the release of the official CITES CoP17 logo.The logo is an iconic image of the African white rhinoceros, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs. The rhino’s body comprises the outlines of a number of species of endangered plants and animals from the African continent, such as the pangolin, cycad, African aloe and African lion.The selection of the rhino as the dominant image reinforces South Africa’s status as home to the largest rhino populations in the world, it says. South Africa’s sterling rhino conservation track record has resulted in significant growth in rhino numbers: from approximately 50 in 1895 to approximately 18 000 today.“The choice of a rhino as the dominant image in the logo for CoP17 is also to draw attention to the challenges South Africa and other African range states face as a result of poaching,” said the minister.Frontline challengesScanlon described South Africa as a highly appropriate location for the conference, given the frontline wildlife challenges and opportunities being tackled on the continent.“Africa is home to a vast array of CITES-listed species and South Africa is globally recognised for ‘the Big Five’. CITES Parties and observers look forward to convening in South Africa for the World Wildlife Conference,” said Scanlon.At the conference, parties will collectively evaluate the progress made since 2013, and take decisions on what additional measures are needed to end illicit wildlife trafficking.They will also consider a number of proposals to bring additional species under CITES trade controls, as well as tackle issues concerning livelihoods and the review of significant trade, traceability, and the effectiveness of CITES implementation, among other things.The illicit trade in wildlife and rhino poaching will feature on the agenda of CoP17. The CITES CoP17 creates an avenue to communicate and raise awareness of the importance of species and wildlife conservation and the need to address the illegal trade in species, all the while supporting legal trade underpinned by sound sustainable utilization principles, says the department.South Africa’s biodiversityThe “magnificent logo is furthermore testament to the rich tapestry of biodiversity for which our country is known globally”, Molewa added.Isn’t this logo just too beautiful? As we look forward to the big days in Sept, the month of the Rhino. pic.twitter.com/huIC8zCYtH— Environmentza (@environmentza) March 5, 2016South Africa is the third most biodiverse country in the world after Brazil and Indonesia. Despite occupying only 2% of the world’s land surface, South Africa is home to nearly 10% of the planet’s plant species and 7% of the world’s reptile, bird and mammal species.Unpacking the logo, her department explains that the incorporation of human silhouettes emphasizes the crucial role people play in species conservation. Its colours draw inspiration from the diverse hues of the African seasons. The rhino’s heart, in the shape of the African continent, symbolises the idea that the African continent is the wellspring of life.“The [CITES] CoP17 logo released today reminds all of us of the interconnectivity between different species, and of the fragile, complex relationships between humankind and our stewardship of our natural resources. South Africa looks forward to hosting this important gathering, where we will chart the course for a new era in species conservation,” Molewa said.Source: Department of Environmental Affairs
Life in Kashmir Valley returned to normal on Sunday after two days of restrictions and strike as the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen “commander” Burhan Wani on Saturday remained by and large peaceful.Shops and other business establishments were open and public transport plied smoothly. Movement and assembly of people were unrestricted, officials said. Restrictions were lifted after two days as the situation remained peaceful on Saturday.Authorities restored mobile and broadband Internet services in Kashmir. While mobile Internet was restored on Saturday night, the BSNL’s broadband service resumed on Sunday morning. Only 2G connectivity An official, however, said only 2G connectivity was available on mobile networks. “The high-speed network is still suspended,” he said. He said the decision to restore it would be taken after assessing the situation.Internet services across the Valley were snapped on Thursday night as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in view of Wani’s death anniversary. Situation under controlThere were a few incidents of stone throwing on Saturday, but the situation remained under control and peaceful, the officials said.A woman was injured when she sustained multiple pellet injuries in one such clash in Shopian town. The separatists, including the Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the Yasin Malik-led JKLF, had called for a strike on Saturday. Restrictions had been imposed in five police station areas of Srinagar on July 7.