Egyptian authorities have agreed to allow the maximum number of 30000 supporters attend next month’s World Cup qualifying playoff against Ghana, says the FA spokesman.Egypt host Ghana in the second leg of the final qualifying phase, with the Black Stars in pole position to go through following a thumping 6-1 win in Kumasi.“The ministry of defense informed us with their approval to allow in 30000 supporters at the Air Defense Stadium,” FA spokesman Azmi Megahed told FilGoal.comThe announcement comes despite protests from the Ghanaians against staging the match in Cairo with the presence of home fans for security reasons.Egypt played one game in the presence of their supporters during the past two years; a 2-1 home victory over Zimbabwe at Alexandria’s Army Stadium back in March.
Pittsburgh’s Lamar Patterson, left, drives the ball to the basket and past Maryland’s Nick Faust in the second half of an NCAA collegePITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon has his team well drilled.The next game is the most important of the season, regardless of what name is stitched across the front of the jersey.Still, junior guard Cam Wright allows things will be different Monday night when the 20th-ranked Panthers face No. 18 Duke.Thought Pitt has already swept Maryland and won on the road at Georgia Tech and North Carolina State, Wright is well aware that walking onto the court and seeing Mike Krzyzewski will be borderline surreal.“Looking down to my left and seeing Coach K on the sideline, I don’t even know how to explain it,” Wright said. “That will be a pretty remarkable moment I guess.”One that will make the somewhat emotionally painful transition – though financially lucrative – move from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference worth it. Tickets were going for as much as $1,200 on the secondary market on Sunday afternoon, good enough to pay for season tickets and then some.“People have been talking about it, about tickets,” Dixon said. “It doesn’t really bother me but my assistants have been a little flustered.”Maybe, but it hasn’t translated on the court.The Panthers (18-2, 6-1) were Big East royalty for much of the millennium before moving to the ACC. While the destinations on their conference road trips have changed. The results have not.Pitt’s only loss in league play so far is to fellow Big East ex-pat and No. 2 Syracuse, which says something about the state of the Panthers’ new home. The ACC hasn’t quite looked like the ACC through the season’s first three months. That includes the Blue Devils (16-4, 5-2), who have already lost on the road to Notre Dame and Clemson.It doesn’t get any easier for Duke, which travels to the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Two losses would all but take the Blue Devils out of the conference title race by the first week of February.The Panthers, however, refuse to call the Blue Devils vulnerable, or anything else really. Dixon has praised his team’s ability to remain focused on the task at hand. On Saturday, it was finding a way to beat Maryland for the second time in three weeks.If Pitt was caught sneaking around the corner at Duke, it didn’t show. Lamar Patterson continued his breakout season by scoring 28 points as the Panthers kept the Terrapins at a safe distance the entire second half.Duke and star freshman Jabari Parker will present a starkly different challenge, though it hasn’t really mattered who Pitt has played at home this season. The Panthers are unbeaten and largely unchallenged at Petersen Events Center, where they are 12-0 this season.That mark includes a 76-43 dismantling of Clemson last week in which Pitt recorded an assist on 24 of 27 field goals. It’s that kind of selflessness that led Maryland coach Mark Turgeon to call the Panthers “one of the best teams I’ve ever coached against.”It’s a compliment Pitt takes in stride because, well, that just what the Panthers do.After building the program into one of the nation’s elite by becoming one of the toughest defensive teams in the country, Pitt has adapted to decidedly less physical ACC by pulling a switcheroo. Where the Panthers used to plod, now they soar. Pitt is second in the ACC behind Duke in points per game (76.3) and first in field goal percentage and assists.The Panthers are winning with style. Do it on national television on Monday night and they’ll no longer by outliers in a new-look conference. They’ll be front-runners, just like they planned.“We’re excited but we’re not looking at it as we’re playing Duke next,” Wright said. “We’re looking at it as a game on our schedule and a roadblock that we have to get past.”___AP Sports Writer David Ginsburg in College Park, MD contributed to this report.
WEST COVINA – To the thousands of motorists that speed along the San Bernardino (10) Freeway through West Covina every day, the shiny new signs will be just another sad reminder of a fallen officer, one of many encountered along the Southland’s highways. But to the nearly 100 friends, family and former co-workers who gathered in front of the West Covina Police Department on Monday, the large, green signposts memorializing West Covina Police Officer Kenneth Scott Wrede are much more than that. They are the ultimate tribute to a man they described as a devoted son and husband, a vibrant young professional with a great sense of humor who sacrificed his life for his fellow citizens. The signs, purchased with funds from the West Covina Police Officers Association and private donations, are being installed on the westbound portion of the 10 freeway near the Grand Avenue exit and the eastbound side of the freeway near the Vincent Avenue offramp. Wrede was killed on Aug. 31, 1983, less than four minutes after arriving at the corner of Francisquito Avenue and Glenview Road to check out a report about a man acting suspiciously. The suspect, who was high on PCP, struggled with Wrede and then reached into the squad car, ripped a shotgun from its bracket and fatally shot the officer. Wrede was 26 at the time. Monday’s dedication ceremony took place on what would have been Wrede’s 50th birthday. A West Covina Police Department color guard opened the ceremony, in front of the Police Department’s memorial for fallen officers. “This may seem like just another public walkway, and it is,” said West Covina Police Chief Frank Wills, standing in front of a plaque listing Wrede’s name and the city’s two other fallen officers, Fredrick J. Hamm and Jay W. Jackson. “But in reality, to us this is our most sacred site.” Wills said that Wrede’s memory has not faded at the department, as those who knew him have passed on stories about the affable young Chicago native to newer officers who hadn’t even been born at the time of his murder. Wrede’s father, Kenneth C. Wrede, said his son had a great sense of humor, one time convincing his father to send an exotic dancer to the police station as a joke for his fellow officers on his birthday. “Happy birthday, Kenny,” he said after telling the story, looking up at the sky and nearly breaking down. The freeway signs are a physical manifestation of the love and support the Wrede family has received from friends and the city, said Wrede’s mother, Marianne. “That is what has kept us going these 23 years, doing things we never imagined in a million years we would be doing,” said Marianne Wrede, who along with her husband has been active victims’ rights advocates. The couple established the California chapter of Concerns for Police Survivors in 1989. Denel Duprez had been married to Wrede for less than a year before he was killed. She saw the dedication as an occasion to right the many wrongs committed against Wrede and his family, including suggestions that he may have been partly responsible for his own death. “He did all the right things when he was on that call, and he is only responsible for the legacy he and other fallen officers have left us,” said Duprez, who has since remarried but remains close to the Wrede family. Wrede’s killer, Michael Anthony Jackson of Valinda, was sentenced to death for the murder in 1984. An appeals court threw out the death sentence in 2000, determining Jackson’s original defense attorney made mistakes during the penalty phase of the trial. But the death penalty was reimposed by a judge in 2002. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
We laugh about it now, but at the time you could say I was a bit traumatized. I had trouble sleeping and camped out in the living room while holding on to a statue of The Scared Heart of Jesus, and running scared every time we had an aftershock. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I will never forget the Whittier Narrows Quake on Oct. 1, 1987. I was 15 years old, and on my way out to school with my brothers, when everything began to shake. I never experienced an earthquake before, so I didn’t know what to do. My first thought was to stand under a doorway, except I picked the wrong doorway to stand under. You see, my brother was trying to run outside and I blocked him in. Until this day he reminds me how panicked I was and how he could’ve slapped me to calm me down.
DTI’s deputy minister Bongi Ntuli believesthe scheme will empower black-ownedbusinesses. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)Black-owned emerging businesses are set to receive a welcome boost from a revised empowerment scheme recently introduced by government.The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) relaunched its Black Business Suppliers Development Programme in Pretoria on 28 July. It will offer financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through a grant-application process.The programme was initially launched in 2002 and has already given grants to more than 9 600 local companies. The revised one will focus more on funding machinery and other equipment required by black-owned firms. It is partially funded by the European Union Job Creation Fund.Operating on a cost-sharing agreement, the DTI will cover 35% of machinery and equipment expenses. It is also offering up to R800 000 (US$110 000) for tools and an additional R200 000 ($27 000) for corporate development.As part of the country’s Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment policy, the programme is targeted at businesses that are more than 50% black-owned and all-women teams. The term “black people”, according to the policy, refers to coloured, African and Indian South Africans – all of whom were excluded from meaningful participation in the country’s economy during apartheid.Companies from all sectors with a current annual turnover of between R500 000 ($69 000) and R35-million ($4.8-million) qualify for funding.The programme will ensure that “small black businesses with potential are given the necessary assistance to grow their enterprises and become more competitive”, said the DTI’s deputy minister, Bongi NtuliThe success of the programme will be measured by the growth of the funded companies in terms of winning major government and private-sector tenders, jobs created and annual profits.“The launch represents a milestone in our efforts to support sustainable black businesses and small businesses in general,” said Tsepiso Makgothi of the DTI’s enterprise organisation division.Role played by World BankThe revised programme will have a trial run from 1 September 2010, with applications open until 15 November. During this period the DTI will be targeting 2 500 enterprises across the country.“The idea is to get as many applications as possible during these two months so that the process starts from there,” said Francisco Campos, a World Bank official who’s helping the DTI implement the programme. The World Bank’s role is purely to provide assistance – there is no financial involvement.If the target is reached, “applications will be closed for the time being”, Campos said.The programme will be piloted for 18 months until government launches the final version, which will allow time for improvements to be made, he added.“I am confident that that whatever teething problems we find will be addressed in this pilot phase,” said Ntuli.Since the initial launch in 2002, the DTI has set up a well-staffed unit to manage the programme. This, together with the new focus on funding equipment, will help the department better meet grant-applicants’ needs.“The new one is far bigger, far better. We believe it will benefit the SMEs,” said Dr Meshack Khoza, CEO of Fresh Thinking Capital, a company that conducted a study on the scheme progress since 2002.Nation-wide focusThe DTI is hoping to reach companies from all over the country, even those in rural areas. It will embark on a massive drive to get the word out.“There will be workshops throughout the country to create awareness,” said Campos.The department has contracted facilitators in all nine provinces to run the workshops. “We’re relying on our facilitators to spread the message,” said Makgothi. “We’ll go throughout the country to inform people so that when we launch it by 1 September, they know about it.”Although the World Bank is not funding the programme, it will monitor how the scheme is being implemented and conduct a study on it. Part of World Bank’s role is to ensure fairness and transparency in the roll-out process.Campos said they aim to guarantee that “no one is excluded on the basis of not knowing anyone” and that “everyone has an equal chance” to get funding.More beneficiaries since 2002The programme began with just four beneficiaries in 2002, but over the years has provided financial support for 9 663 businesses. With about 52% of these being majority-women-owned, the scheme is ensuring that “more and more people have an opportunity to participate in the economy,” said Makgothi.
View comments Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement PLAY LIST 01:00Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement00:50Trending Articles03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Success at Mount Samat propels Felipe to overall lead “We are still grateful that we faced [the Japanese] because we gained experience,” Rondina said in Filipino.Rondina and Pons finished their international debut as partners with two victories. They pulled off a dominant 21-18, 21-6 win over Ekaterina Filina and Ekaterina Zazhigina of Russia to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals after losing to Japan’s Satono Ishitsubo and Asami Shiba, 21-16, 21-19, earlier in the day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBORACAY—Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons gave it all but fell short against Japan’s Sakurako Fujii and Minori Kumada, 21-17, 21-19, Saturday in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Boracay Open quarterfinals here.Rondina and Pons thus wound up fifth, matching the country’s best finish in the world tour set last year by Rondina and Dzi Gervacio.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva insists no fears over jobby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva insists he has no fears over his job.Silva says he will not be sacked even if Everton lose their fifth consecutive Premier League match and remain in the bottom three.Silva said: “I don’t think in this situation. It is not something that is ever in my mind because when I’m winning five or six games I’m not thinking if I win I will renew the contract and get three years more. “It is something that doesn’t stay in my mind. A football manager doesn’t have to lose one second to even think in this situation. “We have to go with ‘we worked well during the week, we have planned everything well, tomorrow our players they will perform well playing in our stadium and we have to show togetherness to win a football match.” Silva added: “We have to play with heart, we have to play with the atmosphere in our stadium but we also have to be patient. It is in our mind to win the match, be calm when we have to be and showing the desire to win the game.”
Ohio State redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle has been reinstated to the football program an OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern Monday evening.OSU coach Urban Meyer also confirmed at a Monday press conference following practice that Sprinkle had been reinstated, but said he will still face additional steps before he plays for the Buckeyes.“He lost his scholarship for the summer, so he’s going to have to pay for his scholarship,” Meyer said. “He’s going to be suspended for the first game. He’s got, every week, community service and a multitude of other things to take care of business before he’ll ever see the field.”Sprinkle was part of the morning session of the opening day of fall camp Monday.Sprinkle was arrested following an early morning fight outside a Lorain, Ohio bar July 5, and was originally charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine before pleading no contest to a reduced failure to comply charge July 31.According to the court reports, Sprinkle received a 30-day suspended sentence in addition to a $500 fine and two years of probation. The felony charge for possession of cocaine was dropped.Meyer confirmed that Sprinkle’s reinstatement stemmed from the drug charges being dropped, in addition to his negative test for cocaine. Meyer said if anything had shown up on the drug test, Sprinkle would not have been part of the team going forward.The Elyria High School graduate has never appeared in a game for the Buckeyes after enrolling early and redshirting in 2013.OSU is scheduled to begin the 2014 season against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Aug. 30. Kickoff is set for noon.
After 10 minutes and seven seconds, the No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball team had just a seven-point lead against High Point on Wednesday night.Redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during a game against High Point on Dec. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 97-43, behind a career-high 23 points from Williams.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / For The LanternThen redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams was subbed into the game.Less than a minute after taking the floor, Williams hit a pull-up 3-pointer, then tacked on another five points in just over two minutes. By halftime, he had 13 points on four-for-four shooting from the floor as the Buckeyes took a 43-24 lead into the break.After the game, Williams said his success shooting the ball stems from the work he puts in between games.“Well I try to take all of my shots in the flow of the offense, and the shots I was taking today I practice those everyday,” he said. “The key is when you’re practicing to just take game time reps so when the game time comes it’s a lot easier.”After the game, coach Thad Matta agreed that Williams was shooting within the offense, and not forcing his attempts, which comes from an understanding of his job on the court.“Kameron obviously had a hot hand. I think he only hit the rim once or twice. All of his shots came within the system. I thought he did a great job of adjusting,” Matta said. “Kameron has done a great job of understanding his role and what he needs to do.”OSU’s first-half surge helped the Buckeyes (7-1) to a 97-43 win over the Panthers (6-3) for their second win in a row since losing to then-No. 5 Louisville on Dec. 2.Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate said the loss to the Cardinals — which came after a fun-win run to start the season — was used as a learning point for the Buckeyes.“It (the loss) was an eye-opener, but you can’t really just keep thinking about that,” Tate said after the game. “You just gotta get up the next day and try to get better.”After High Point hit a free throw early in the second half, the Buckeyes took over to extend their lead to 30 with 15:50 to play. The lead ballooned to 36 just over two minutes later and then to 40 points with more than 10 minutes to play.By the 10-minute mark, Williams and freshman guard D’Angelo Russell each had 16 points to lead all players as the Buckeyes already had five different players in double digits.With 9:11 to play, sophomore forward Marc Loving hit two free throws, meaning all 10 OSU players to take the court had registered at least one point.Matta said he would like for the Buckeyes to keep up a balanced scoring output, but knows that won’t necessarily always be the case.“It is something that you hope can continue. We are going to play games where maybe we don’t have as many possessions or whatever,” Matta said. “The more balance you have as a basketball team, the better you can become down the stretch and without question, getting five guys in double figures, almost six is something that as a coach, it excites you.”Williams tacked on another four points in a row to give the Buckeyes an 85-41 lead with about six minutes to play. Those four points — coming on two mid-range jump shots — made him a 20-point scorer for the first time in his collegiate career.OSU shot 62.5 percent from the field, compared to a 32.1 percent clip from the Panthers.To go along with Williams’ instant-offense in the first half, Russell tallied 11 points in the opening 20 minutes as the Buckeyes shot 55.2 percent from the floor and made four of their first seven 3-point attempts.On its way to a 19-point first half lead, OSU outrebounded High Point, 23-11, and benefited from an eight-point advantage in points off the bench.Williams’ career-high 23 points led all players as Russell added 18 for OSU. Tate, senior guard Shannon Scott and senior forward Sam Thompson each finished in double figures as well, with 12, 11 and 10 points, respectively.Williams said the Buckeyes can be a dangerous team when every player on the floor successfully executes their role.“That’s the biggest key,” he said. “If everybody on our team does their job and brings energy, we’re gonna be a hell of a basketball team.”Williams finished the game eight-of-10 from the floor and four-of-five from beyond the 3-point arc.High Point redshirt-junior guard John Brown finished second in the game with 19 points.After outscoring his closest opponent by four points, Williams said he’s always had success as a shooter on the basketball court.“All my life that’s what I’ve been known to do, is put the ball in the bucket,” he said. “And that’s something that I’ve always had a knack for, so to me it wasn’t really a surprise.”Tate added that his teammate’s success shooting the ball wasn’t a shock to him, either.“He does that every day,” Tate said.The Buckeyes are set to return to the Schottenstein Center on Saturday to take on Morehead State at 1 p.m.
Former Scotland defender Gary Caldwell has advised Alex McLeish’s men to maintain their energetic performance in subsequent games.Scotland secured their second win in 2018 by dispatching Albania thanks to goals from Steven Naismith and a rare own goal from Berat Djimsiti to seal a 2-0 win.“The team right from minute one played with energy and I think that has to be the style,” Caldwell told BBC Scotland.“When you have John McGinn, Callum McGregor, Andy Robertson, Kieran Tierney – the first thing you think about those players is energy.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“They played on the front foot, they were aggressive, they tried to play in Albania’s half and they did that for all of the first half and most of the second half and got their rewards by playing with such a high tempo.“Albania are better than they looked because of the way we played. They couldn’t cope with playing at the tempo.”The Scots bounced back from the 4-0 loss to Belgium to win their first group tie in the Uefa Nations League.