Colombian Army Helps Rebuild FARC-Ravaged Indigenous Tribal Villages

first_img MEDELLÍN, Colombia — Just after midnight on New Year’s Day, Embera Katío tribe leader Reinaldo Domico — an anthropologist and indigenous rights activist — was changing music on his stereo when a man barged into his home in Colombia’s northern mountains. The assailant, masked in a black balaclava, shot Domico four times in the back and head. Domico’s killer has not been identified or captured, but other Embera Katío tribe members speculate that he was murdered because of his efforts to work with the Colombian government, including the military, to reconstruct his village. “From the moment we took the decision to work jointly with the state, we have been targeted,” Hector Torres, another Embera Katío tribe leader, said at an Army-sponsored forum last month in Medellín. “But we chose to run this risk because to cross our arms and watch our people die of necessity is not a solution.” Torres’ village, on the Jaikerazabi reserve in northwest Colombia, has seen the benefits of cooperation with the military. In 2011, it became the first of nine Indian villages that the army’s 7th Division is reconstructing — in a region whose tribes have long found themselves thrust into conflicts among left-wing guerillas, right-wing paramilitaries and drug trafficking gangs. Gen. Hernán Giraldo heads rebuilding project The driving force behind the army’s involvement in the reconstruction of Jaikerazabi was Gen. Hernán Giraldo, commander of the 7th Division. Under Giraldo’s command, army engineers built roads, schools, community salons and a health center in Jaikerazabi. They also constructed 200 homes in the traditional Embera style, with thatched roofs and circular wooden frames. Other government branches followed with programs to aid artists, craftsmen and indigenous youth. Torres saw that Giraldo could provide more than just manpower and security. “The army, led by Giraldo, has been most valuable in coordination between all the institutions of the state,” he said. With the success of the pilot effort in Jaikerazabi, the 7th Division is now planning on rebuilding eight more Indian villages: six in the department of Antioquia, and two in the department of Córdoba. The projects will benefit about 3,000 indigenous people, including other Embera communities as well as members of the Senú and Kuna tribes. Bracelets, hats, live chickens and guanabanas Indian leaders recently honored Giraldo, baptizing him as one of their own at a ceremony where he was given a guanabana (a native fruit), a handcrafted Embera bracelet, a sombrero volteao (a hand-woven hat that’s also the Colombian national symbol) and a live chicken. Though it may seem unorthodox for a general tasked with rooting out and fighting three different fronts of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to be concerned with the well-being of indigenous populations, Giraldo sees this work as being part and parcel to his primary mission. The guerrillas, he said, often occupy areas encompassing many indigenous reserves. “The war is integral, there is no way of detaching one of the problems,” Giraldo told the Medellín newspaper El Colombiano. “And it is more difficult to win a war if you are not in the heart of the communities, or of the villages that you represent.” Hilda Maria Baldovino, tribe leader for 149 Senú families on the Vegas de Segovia reserve in the municipality of Zaragoza, said that Giraldo had recently visited her village, one of the eight selected for rebuilding. He walked the reserve with her, learning of its many problems, among them extreme poverty and lack of schools. “What he is going to bring and do for my village,” she said, “it is something that I am proud of.” Colombian Army helps rebuild destroyed villages Baldovino took part in the army’s forum, held in August at the main military brigade in Medellín. The forum brought together indigenous leaders, military brass and government officials to discuss issues affecting indigenous tribes. These include human rights violations, deforestation and mining. On her trip, Baldovino’s bus encountered labor protests and was set aflame. Many of her belongings burned, but she still made it to the forum. “I am a tough woman,” she said. “And I’m fighting for my village so that we can have a different life.” Marco Antonio Ruíz, leader of a Senú tribe on a reserve in the municipality of Necolí, said that about a decade ago the tribe members fled their ancestral lands, uprooted by war and threats from armed gangs. Many have still not returned. “We are looking for a reconciliation between the army and the indigenous because before we felt like we were abandoned,” he said. “Now we are looking to unite us, to work hand in hand with the institutions of the state.” Jaikerazabi: An example for other indigenous communities? Ruíz’s attitude was largely shared among the forum’s indigenous participants, whose reserves are within the jurisdiction of the 7th Division. Their desire to cooperate with the army is made more impressive by the fact that about a year ago in the southwestern Cauca department, the Nasa tribe — weary of being caught in the long-running conflict’s crossfire — demanded that the army leave its lands. Carlos Salazar, director of the Office of Indigenous in Antioquia, said that Giraldo and the army’s work with the indigenous is “noteworthy” and that it could serve as a lesson to other departments that cooperation is possible. Torres, the Embera Katío leader, said other indigenous communities will benefit from the type of collaboration that rebuilt Jaikerazabi. “It is something that can be applied to any indigenous community, here in the country or outside of it,” he said. As a person who studies the indigenous problems in the Amazon, I notice Gen. Hernán Giraldo and the Colombian Army’s initiatives as an excellent strategy to fight terror and other criminal activities that take a significant place inside the Amazon Rainforest.The indigenous populations, usually excluded from the State’s establishment, become vulnerable and end up involved in illegal activities. I congratulate Gen. Hernán Giraldo and I hope that his initiative is copied by other Amazon Commanders. By Dialogo September 03, 2013last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Global count tops 35,000, first death outside Americas, cases grow in New Zealand & Australia, Novartis won’t supply free vaccine

first_imgWorld novel flu count exceeds 35,000The global number of novel flu cases swelled to 35,928 cases, including 163 deaths, from 76 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The total surpasses the last report on Jun 12 by 6,269 cases, many of which are new US cases, now added to the tally only once a week. Countries new to the list are the West Bank/Gaza Strip and Morocco. Croatia reported its first case today, in a man who had traveled abroad, Reuters reported.[WHO update 49]UK reports first novel flu death outside AmericasHealth officials in the United Kingdom reported Europe’s first novel flu death, in a 38-year-old Glasgow woman who reportedly had underlying health problem and died yesterday, Scotland’s Daily Record reported today. The death was described as the first outside the Americas. The woman died 2 weeks after giving birth to a premature baby, who died today, according to other media reports. Scotland’s tally of novel H1N1 cases stood at 496 yesterday, the government said.[Jun 15 Daily Record story]Confirmed cases grow in New Zealand, AustraliaNew Zealand’s health ministry reported today that the number of novel flu cases has more than doubled, from 35 to 86, since Jun 12, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reported. The country’s health minister said New Zealand is still in a containment phase of response, but he expects more confirmed cases, given reports of 17 probable infections. Australia’s case count grew to 1,823, the national health department reported. Victoria has the most (1,210), followed by New South Wales and Queensland.[Jun 15 DPA story]Student infections drive Thailand’s novel flu surgeThailand is reporting a spike in its novel H1N1 cases, as the total grew by 51 today to 201 confirmed infections, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Health Secretary Prat Boonyavongvirot said 38 of the new cases are in students and that the number is likely to rise, especially in schools and factories.[Jun 15 AP story]Novel H1N1 strikes another First Nations communityThe novel H1N1 virus has been detected in another of Canada’s First Nations communities, Sandy Lake, located 310 miles northeast of Winnipeg, Canwest News Service (CNS) reported today. Ten cases have been confirmed in the community so far among 120 people who were treated recently for flulike symptoms. About 10 people have been airlifted to hospitals, and residents have been asked to avoid large gatherings to control the spread of the virus.[Jun 15 CNS story]Canadian suspected of spreading virus to pigs was never infected Serologic tests have shown that a carpenter who was suspected to have spread the novel H1N1 virus to pigs in Alberta was never infected, according to a Jun 14 Canadian Press (CP) report. Howard May of Alberta Health and Wellness said that someone else must have passed the virus to the pigs, but authorities may never find out who it was. The carpenter had just returned from Mexico when he did some work at the farm on Apr 14. The infection was confirmed in the pigs in early May.[Jun 14 CP report]Novartis won’t supply free H1N1 vaccine to poor countriesThe Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis will not supply free H1N1 vaccines to poor countries but will consider offering discounts, according to a Jun 14 Reuters report based on a Financial Times story. “If you want to make production sustainable, you have to offer financial incentives,” Novartis Chief Executive Daniel Vasella was quoted as saying. Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization, has urged drug companies to help developing countries fight the virus.[Jun 14 Reuters report]last_img read more

Over 150,000 vehicles leave Jakarta during Islamic New Year: Toll road operator

first_imgAs many as 162,938 vehicles left Jakarta on the eve of the Islamic New Year holiday on Wednesday, state-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga has reported.The government had declared Friday a collective leave day in addition to Islamic New Year on Thursday to create a four-day weekend.Jasa Marga’s corporate communications and community development group head, Dwimawan Heru, said the number was the cumulative total recorded from several toll gates, namely Cikupa gate in the west, Ciawi gate in the south, as well as Cikampek and Kalihurip gates in the east.Read also: Vacation nation: Indonesia adds four more days to 2020 public holidays“The total number of vehicles that departed from Greater Jakarta increased 39.2 percent [for the holiday] as compared to regular days,” Dwimawan said as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday.He said 47.94 percent of the vehicles headed to the east, while 29.3 percent went to the west and 22.75 percent went to the south.Jasa Marga also reported traffic congestion on Thursday. To ease the congestion, the toll operator proceeded to implement a contraflow traffic system from kilometer 47 to 61.State-owned train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) Operational Region 1 spokeswoman Eva Chairunisa said there had been an increase in passengers during the holiday, citing 7,800 passengers on Wednesday.“It is almost twice the number of passengers in the last two weekends, which was recorded at 4,100 passengers in total,” Eva said on Thursday. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Bernd Leno admits Arsenal struggled to adapt to Unai Emery at the start of the season

first_imgBernd Leno admits Arsenal struggled to adapt to Unai Emery at the start of the season Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 8:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link481Shares Bernd Leno is enjoying his first season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal star Bernd Leno admits the squad had some ‘problems’ adapting to Unai Emery’s tactics at the start of the Spaniard’s reign at the Emirates.Emery replaced Arsene Wenger in north London after the club sacked the Frenchman following 22 years at the Gunners.The change was always going to bring upheaval and an unkind fixture list ensured it was a rocky start to the season for Emery, who faced Chelsea and Manchester City in his first two games.Emery changed Arsenal’s tactics, tasking them with playing the ball out from the back and Leno admits there were some difficulties at the start.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Emery lost his first two games in charg (Picture: Getty)‘At the beginning we saw that we had problems with many things like playing from the back, defending our goal, but I think that’s normal,’ said Leno.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The manager said we need time and we needed confidence.‘Last season was not the club’s best and everybody needed the confidence. I think we improved a lot and then we had a very good unbeaten run. We’re still improving and we have to improve. Our defence is much better than three months ago because everybody is working better. It’s very important for everybody in this team.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalLeno was bought as a long-term replacement for Petr Cech but the German did not oust the veteran from Arsenal’s starting XI until the former Chelsea stopper suffered a injury in September.The German admits it’s been difficult to adapt to a new league but says he’s improved as the season’s progressed.‘It’s a little bit different to Germany. Arsenal is my second professional club in my career and it was clear that it needed a little bit of time. Now that I’m settled in the club, I feel at home here and I get the confidence from my team-mates,’ said Leno.‘Everybody accepts my personality, my quality, and that’s very important. As a goalkeeper, to have that confidence is huge, so I feel very comfortable in this team. We play in a different way and for me, and also for the players, we needed the time to trust each other to get the feeling as a defence.’MORE: Victor Lindelof looks exasperated by Fred and has to instruct midfielder to push forwardlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Concludes Four-Day Visit to 14 Northern Pennsylvania Counties

first_imgGovernor Wolf Concludes Four-Day Visit to 14 Northern Pennsylvania Counties September 23, 2017 Press Release Harrisburg, Pa. – Today, on the fourth and final day of a four-day, 14-county visit in northern Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf were in Benezette, Elk County; Brookville, Jefferson County; and Westover, Clearfield County.“Commerce doesn’t stop in Pennsylvania just because it’s a Saturday,” Gov. Wolf said. “It’s clear today in our visits that business is alive and well in Northern Pennsylvania. We saw first-hand how the beauty of nature and rich agricultural traditions of our state are popular attractions helping to make Pennsylvania the perfect place to live, work, and play.”Gov. Wolf and the First Lady started the day at the Elk County Visitors Center, where they participated in a horse-drawn wagon ride for an early morning view of elk at the property, then talked with employees and guests at the center.Situated on 245 acres within the heart of Pennsylvania’s elk range and within the Elk State Forest, the Elk Country Visitor Center is a premier elk watching and conservation education facility. Home to nearly 800 elk – the largest herd in the Northeast – this rugged and mountainous area is a destination for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.The next stop was BWP Bats in Brookville, Jefferson County, where the Wolfs toured the facility that manufactures wood bats for hundreds of professional baseball players. BWP uses wood from western Pennsylvania forests, selected only when mature and ready for the BWP factory, where skilled craftsmen follow a rigid 14-step quality control process to create every bat.The Harmony Grange Fair in Clearfield County was the last stop of the visits. While at the Fair, celebrating its 64th season, Gov. Wolf, the First Lady, and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding experienced livestock exhibits, championship baked goods, and met with some of the 120 fair volunteers while sampling Fair food. The week-long event attracts up to 5,000 people each day.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Living room cup: Oparanozie sees off S/African stars in get-ups task

first_imgSuper Falcons forward Desire Opranozie saw off South African pair Thembi Kgatlana and Janine Van Wyk in the ‘plank get-ups’ challenge in the Living Room Cup.Advertisement Read Also: Current Super Eagles squad excites NFF boardThe Living Room Cup entered its fifth week and Rory Mcilroy launched the plank gets-up challenge, where you start in a push-up position with your hands under the shoulders and the legs stretched out directly behind.The world number one golfer from Northern Ireland managed 21 reps in 45 seconds – a feat Oparanozie eclipsed as she hit 34 reps, while Van Wyk and Kgatlana got 31 and 26, respectively.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Top women’s football stars across the world have been engaging in a series of contests to stay fit during their self-isolation and top African athletes are not left out.https://www.instagram.com/rorymcilroy/?utm_source=ig_embedDespite restrictions easing around the world, major leagues are still suspended amid the pandemic, which has now affected more than 3, 690,616 people and killed over 255,176, as per the latest statistics on Tuesday.The Living Room Cup, which was launched in early April, is one of the biggest social media challenges set up by kit manufacturing company Nike to engage athletes. For the third week, it was Nigeria striker Uchenna Kanu who stole the show as she hit 119 reps in the side steps challenge to beat initiator and Manchester City star Leroy Sane’s 100 points in 45 seconds, along with Oshoala and Onome Ebi.Again, Semenya garnered 178 reps in 45 seconds to overshadow her African rivals, including Van Wyk and Oparanozie, as well as Rita Chikwelu in the blockbusters challenge. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThis Is Why Plus-Size Models Should Always Be An Inspiration6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True Loading… In the opening week, South Africa’s Caster Semenya earned 176 reps to surpass Cristiano Ronaldo’s 142, along with Nigeria duo of Asisat Oshoala and Desire Oparanozie and compatriot Janine Van Wyk in a 45-second ab challenge.last_img read more

Carter cashes in with last-lap pass at Benton County Frostbuster

first_imgCayden Carter’s last-lap pass in the Thursday IMCA Modified Frostbuster feature at Benton County Speedway netted him $1,000 and a berth on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. (Photo by Tyler Rinken)VINTON, Iowa (April 12) – The last lap of Thursday’s IMCA Modified Frostbuster feature at Benton County Speedway was worth the price of admission all by itself.Cayden Carter reeled in long-time leader Hunter Marriott, taking the lead at the white flag and staying in front to the finish of the 25-lap, $1,000 to win main event.“It was a great race. I tried the high side and then went back to the bottom,” said Carter, newly qualified for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “You don’t get a chance to win a big race like this very often.”Marriott took charge following an early restart with Carter and Kyle Brown swapping second behind him.Carter finally secured the spot with nine laps left and gradually cut into Marriott’s advantage.Marriott, Brown, Joel Rust and Californian Ethan Dotson completed the top five; Richie Gustin was disqualified from third for an incorrect rev limiter setting.Nearly 130 cars were in the pits, and adjoining cornfield, for the Vinton Frostbuster. Joey Schaefer was also a last-lap winner in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature, Damon Murty became a five-time Frostbuster winner in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Eric Stanton repeated as the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner.Schaefer had run second to Johnathon Logue much of the way and was closing the gap when Logue’s steering broke.Schaefer sailed to the checkers in front of defending national champion Tyler Soppe and Sam Wieben while Logue held on for seventh.Murty started on the pole and led all 20 laps of the Stock Car feature, outrunning Lee County Frostbuster winner Todd Reitzler following a restart with five to go for career win number 237 in the division.Canadian Kody Scholpp stayed close to Murty before pulling into the infield with mechanical ills on lap 14. The post-race disqualification of Brian Mahlstedt for an illegal carburetor promoted Steve Meyer to third.Stanton started 11th, took the lead following one restart and got it back from David Rieks on another and raced to his IMCA Hobby Stock career 89th win. Rieks and 12th starting Justin Wacha completed the top three.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Cayden Carter; 2. Hunter Marriott; 3. Kyle Brown; 4. Joel Rust; 5. Ethan Dotson; 6. Todd Shute; 7. Kelly Shryock; 8. Jeff Aikey; 9. Troy Cordes; 10. Jacob Murray; 11. Scott Hogan; 12. Clay Money; 13. Nate Hughes; 14. T.J. Smith; 15. Tony Hilgenberg; 16. Cory Wray; 17. Corey Sauerman; 18. Mike Mullen; 19. Patrick Flannagan; 20. Tyler Droste; 21. Gatlin Leytham; 22. Dan Menk;  23. David Brown.Stock Cars – 1. Damon Murty; 2. Todd Reitzler; 3. Steve Meyer; 4. Jay Schmidt; 5. John Oliver Jr.; 6. Larry Karcz Jr.; 7. Kellie Schmitt; 8. Jake Nelson; 9. Scooter Dulin; 10. Dustin Vis; 11. Russell Damme Jr.; 12. Kevin Lubach; 13. Mitch Meier; 14. Bob Ahrendsen; 15. Kody Scholpp; 16. Larry Parshen; 17. Joel Bushore; 18. Kyle Brown.Northern SportMods – 1. Joey Schaefer; 2. Tyler Soppe; 3. Sam Wieben; 4. Joe Docekal; 5. Ethan Braaksma; 6. Arie Schouten; 7. Johnathon Logue; 8. Kyle Olson; 9. Ben Chapman; 10. Gage Neal; 11. Tony Olson; 12. Jerry Miles; 13. Brandon Tharp; 14. Josh Appel; 15. Erik Laudenschlager; 16. Shawn Ryan; 17. Justin Becker; 18. Kyle Keller; 19. Cory Rose; 20. Ryan King; 21. Thomas Egenberger; 22. Christian Jordan; 23. Austin Howes; 24. Daniel Fellows.Hobby Stocks – 1. Eric Stanton; 2. David Rieks; 3. Justin Wacha; 4. Bradly Graham; 5. Matt Pohlman; 6. Matt Olson; 7. John Watson; 8. Mike Kimm; 9. Jeremy Swanson; 10. Bryce Sommerfeld; 11. Rowan Mason; 12. Kyle Parizek; 13. Kenzie Ritter; 14. Jamie Coady; 15. Derrick Thran; 16. Breyden Forbes; 17. Jeremiah Wilson; 18. Jeremy Purdy; 19. Seth Janssen; 20. Leah Wroten; 21. Jeremiah Andrew; 22. David Simpson; 23. Aaron Rudolph.last_img read more

Ex-Chelsea man Frank Lampard wins away at Palace as he nets OBE

first_img As he stood in the Palace’s forecourt other recipients of honours and their families also took pictures of the former England player or asked him to pose for selfies. Speaking after receiving his honour from the Duke of Cambridge, Lampard said: “As a personal achievement goes, this ranks up there with my achievements on the pitch and what I won with Chelsea, and playing for my country. “But to receive an award like this among some very special people here, military, people who are doing alot of good work in charity, it’s very humbling to be here.” Lampard was Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer with 211 goals before leaving England, after one season with Manchester City, to play Major League Soccer for New York City. The midfielder began his career at West Ham where his father also played and four years after making his first-team debut won his first senior cap for England in 1999 – going on to be picked more than 100 times. He captained Chelsea to a Champions League final victory in 2012 and with the club won four FA Cup winners medals and three Premier League title medals. His former team are languishing in the bottom half of the table after losing five matches, a start to the season which has raised questions about the future of manager Jose Mourinho. Speaking about Chelsea’s poor form Lampard said: “It’s a hot topic because you don’t expect Chelsea to lose games like they’ve been losing recently. Former Chelsea football star Frank Lampard has said his old club can turn their dismal start to the season around as he was awarded an OBE for services to his sport. Lampard was recognised for a career in British football that spanned 20 years and saw him win a clutch of medals with Chelsea and play for England more than 100 times. He was joined at Buckingham Palace by his partner Christine Bleakley who could not resist taking pictures of her fiance as he posed for the waiting media. “These periods do happen, I’ve been involved in them before and the thing that matters is coming out of them the other side. “With Jose Mourinho in charge, the squad they’ve got, the talent they’ve got on the pitch and the club that Chelsea is now – I don’t see anyway that they won’t turn it around.” Also honoured during the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony was actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was awarded a CBE for services to drama, but declined to talk to the waiting press. The entertainer is already a holder of an OBE and is starring in the latest Ridley Scott blockbuster The Martian, which has Matt Damon leading the cast. In 2013 he received an Oscar nomination and won a Bafta for his leading role in Steve McQueen’s moving film 12 Years A Slave. Press Associationlast_img read more

40 Nigerian, Ghanaian Coaches in Lagos for ITF Level 1 Course

first_imgAkinloye the Nigeria national tennis head coach, who runs ITF courses for English-speaking West African countries, pointed that the federation aimed at producing quality coaches as the programme is under the ITF Coaches Educational Programme (CEP)“We have had Level 1 and 2 courses before but what makes this particular one unique is that it is coming through the IOC. It means the Nigeria Tennis Federation applied to the IOC through the Nigeria Olympic Committee.Akinloye, a former Nigeria tennis captain, added that the essence is to prepare Nigerian coaches to get modern teaching methodology.He added, “We are very optimistic our coaches will never remain the same as their philosophy of teaching will change.“In the history of coaching course in Nigeria, this is the first time we are having coaches from another country taking part. This highlights the high rating of this course.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram About 40 coaches from Nigeria and Ghana are currently updating their knowledge in tennis at the ITF Level 1 coaches course ongoing in Lagos.The nine-day programme which is at the instances of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is facilitated by the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF)ITF Instructor, Rotimi Akinloye disclosed that the course which is in two parts is supported by the ITF through the provision of materials.last_img read more

Serie A: Juventus Suffers First League Defeat at Genoa

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo (centre) celebrates with his Juventus teammate Former Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro scored in his first match for Genoa, a 2-0 victory which ended the title-holders unbeaten run in Serie A yesterday in the wake of their Champions League heroics.Cristiano Ronaldo was rested after his hat-trick had fired Juventus into the European quarterfinals with a comeback victory over Atletico Madrid. But Massimiliano Allegri conceded that the win in Turin had taken its toll even if his side still remain 18 points clear on the top of the table before Napoli’s game against Udinese later yesterday.“It’s not a tragedy, but I’m sorry because we wanted to remain unbeaten,” said Allegri.“The Champions League match certainly weighed heavy,” he said. “You can’t play all the games at your maximum.“In the first half we risked conceding a goal twice, while we did better in the second, when they dropped a little bit, but we conceded goals and gave away the second straight after the restart.“A defeat could have happened (at any time) and it is better that it happened today, now we will have time to rest, recover our energy and the injured players.”Juventus had won 24 of their 27 previous matches in Serie A this season with three draws, including a 1-1 stalemate against Genoa in the reverse fixture in Turin.It was the first league defeat on Allegri’s side since April 2018 against Napoli, and first away since losing at Sampdoria in November 2017.The Italian champions had already been beaten this season by Atalanta in the Coppa Italia and lost in the Champions League to Young Boys in the group stage and Atletico Madrid in the last-16 first leg.“The defeat could do us good, because maybe we thought we already had the league in our pockets and instead we still have to get five victories,” continued Allegri.“Much like the Coppa Italia defeat to Atalanta, we picked the right game to lose, because it’s just before the break for international duty, so we have time to unplug and rest.”In addition to Ronaldo, Allegri rested key players including defender Giorgio Chiellini and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with former Genoa goalkeeper Mattia Perin taking his place between the posts.Italian international Sturaro, 26, was playing his first game after ten months out with a tendon injury, and scored just two minutes after coming off the bench. Another substitute Goran Pandev sealed victory with ten minutes to go.“I’m happy for him (Sturaro), because he suffered a lot and today he changed the game,” said Allegri of the midfielder who was loaned by Juventus to Genoa in January, a deal then made permanent in February.The last goal Sturaro had scored was for Juventus in the Champions League, a 2-2 comeback against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in February 2016.“It has been a difficult year for me,” said Sturaro, who had been on loan for a season at Portuguese club Porto but did not play any games before returning to Italy.“I’m still a long way off match fitness and this really couldn’t have been a better gift. This has to be the boost we need, because Genoa are largely a young squad, but with solid foundations.”Genoa moved up to 12th after this eighth win of the season.Napoli, meanwhile, can cut the gap on Juventus to 15 points when they host Udinese later, with AC Milan, in third, playing city rivals Inter Milan, in fourth, at the San Siro.Roma, are fifth, three points off the Champions League places after a 2-1 defeat to struggling SPAL, with Lazio two points behind in sixth following a 4-1 win over Parma in Rome.Atalanta are equal on points with Lazio after being held 1-1 by bottom club Chievo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more