Algeria, Nigeria clash for a place in the AFCON 2019 final

first_imgAlgeria have won only one AFCON title in history. (PHOTOS/ Courtesy)AFCON 2019Algeria vs NigeriaCairo International Stadium, CairoSunday, 14-07-2019 @10pmTwo African heavyweights will clash at the Cairo International Stadium as Algeria and Nigeria hope to reach the AFCON 2019 final.Both sides have so far produced assured performances en route to the last four.After finishing top of their group with maximum points, Algeria defeated Guinea 3-0 in the second round before overcoming Ivory Coast in penalties in the last 8.Algeria have not won an AFON title in 29 years since claiming their first and only triumph in 1990.They know they are two fames away from making history but respect how difficult winning it will be.“The one that we won was in 1990, a long time ago when it was at home. We’ve never won since. This is away from home, it’s more difficult, of course,” Algeria head coach Djemal Belmadi said on Saturday.“This is our target, we want to write our history and the players want to write their history as well.“It’s not far — two more steps, but two very difficult steps to this great achievement. We will try our best.”For Nigeria, they are three time champions of Africa with the latest coming in 2013.The have endured two tough knockout games to reach here.At the round of 16, they came from behind to eliminate 2017 winners Cameroon 3-2 before scoring a late winner to overcome South Africa in the last round.Nigeria have already eliminated bot Cameroon and South Africa.Having won more titles and gone through what looks like a tougher route, Nigeria will go into the game with a feel good factor but can not take Algeria for granted.Nigeria’s head coach Gernot Rohr praised his counterpart in his press-briefing on Saturday.He’s done a very professional job,” Rohr said of Belmadi.“They were shaky at the time (World Cup qualifiers 2018). We beat them 3-1 and they made lots of individual errors and defensive mistakes that made it easier for us to win. They were also fragile in the draw.“Now I see a solid Algeria side with a good balance between attack and defence. They’re still physical, but they have come on since and it will be a much harder match than in World Cup qualifying.”Team newsNigeria’s captain John Mikel Obi is expected to make a return to the side’s starting XI after missing two games due to an injury sustained against Madagascar. The midfielder told reporters ahead of Nigeria’s clash with South Africa that he was certain of recovering in time for the semi-final in Cairo. Shehu Abdullahi having suffered a hamstring injury during a group game against Burundi, is expected to make a return to fitness as well.Algeria boss Belmadi will be delighted to have no major injury concerns for his side ahead of the meeting with Nigeria, and looks set to field the usual midfield four of Riyad Mahrez, Ismael Bennacer, Sofien Feghouli and Youcef Belaili to provide support for lone striker Bounedjah. Guedioura, such a crucial aspect of this team, is one booking away from a suspension.Match StatsNigeria’s predominance over Algeria in past competitive fixtures is emphatic, with the Super Eagles winning seven of the last nine between the two sides.That said, the Desert Foxes emerged victorious during their last meeting with Nigeria – a rare 3-0 win in World Cup qualifiers back in November 2017, which ended a 27-year winless streak against the West African side.Their most recent meeting in the Africa Cup of Nations came during a third-place playoff in 2010, which Nigeria won 1-0.The other semifinal -Senegal vs Tunisia @7pmComments Tags: AFCON 2019AlgeriaDjemal BelmadiGernot RohrJohn Mikel ObiNigerialast_img read more

Denham Town Residents Benefit from Legal Aid Mobile Unit

first_img Residents of Denham Town in West Kingston today (February 21) benefited from the services of the Legal Aid Council’s Mobile Justice Unit.The Unit, which began operations in January 2017, provides free consultation and advice, and completes court assignments for clients with criminal matters.“So, persons who want expungement of criminal records, for example, and persons who cannot afford an attorney but would like to retain one can do it through our services as well. They also can benefit from land-related matters, how to make wills, Letters of Administration and child maintenance,” Legal Consultant, Shara-Kay Dacres, told JIS News.She also encouraged the residents to come out and receive the required help they need, while also assuring that the service provided is confidential.“We know that you are living in an inner-city community and you might not be able to afford to go into a lawyer’s office and pay $10,000 for consultation on a matter. We also offer divorce as well.So, we literally go step by step with them as far as what the process is and what application they will need to be filed in the court system,” Ms. Dacres said.The Mobile Unit is targeting communities under the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III, which is a multifaceted crime- and violence-prevention initiative of the Government that is focused on building community safety and security.It is being undertaken in 50 vulnerable communities across eight parishes. They are Kingston and St Andrew, St James, Westmoreland, St Ann, St Mary, Clarendon, and St Catherine.The service is in keeping with the Government’s strategic priority focused on strengthening the rule of law and providing timely justice outcomes. “We know that you are living in an inner-city community and you might not be able to afford to go into a lawyer’s office and pay $10,000 for consultation on a matter. We also offer divorce as well. Story Highlights “So, persons who want expungement of criminal records, for example, and persons who cannot afford an attorney but would like to retain one can do it through our services as well. They also can benefit from land-related matters, how to make wills, Letters of Administration and child maintenance,” Legal Consultant, Shara-Kay Dacres, told JIS News. Residents of Denham Town in West Kingston today (February 21) benefited from the services of the Legal Aid Council’s Mobile Justice Unit.last_img read more

Seven stories in the news for today July 7

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Friday, July 7———SOURCE: OMAR KHADR ALREADY PAID $10.5 MILLIONThe federal government has paid former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr $10.5 million as part of a deal to settle his long-standing lawsuit over violations of his rights, The Canadian Press has learned. A source familiar with the situation says the Liberal government made the payment to get ahead of an attempt by two Americans to enforce a massive U.S. court award against Khadr in Canadian court.———PACKED DAY FOR PM TRUDEAU AT G-20 SUMMITPrime Minister Justin Trudeau and his fellow G20 leaders get down to business today at their summit in Hamburg, Germany. He will take part in a pair of working sessions and hold bilateral meetings the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, most of the interest is focused on a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.———UNRULY PASSENGER FORCES FLIGHT BACK TO MONTREALA Sunwing Airlines flight bound for Cuba returned to Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport last under a fighter jet escort due to an “unruly customer” who made what an airline spokeswoman says were “non-specific threats.” The unidentified man was arrested once the plane was back in Montreal. A NORAD says two U.S. Air Force F-15 jets escorted the plane back after intercepting it near Albany, N.Y.———LATEST JOBLESS DATA COMING TODAYWe will find out today whether the economy continued to add jobs last month when Statistics Canada releases its labour force survey. The last report showed robust job growth in May, with a net gain of more than 54,000 positions. That included a surge of 77,000 full-time jobs to make up for a downturn in part-time work. But the unemployment ticked up to 6.6 per cent as more people entered the labour market.———BAIL DECISION TODAY FOR MAN CHARGED IN WIFE’S DEATHA Montreal man charged with murdering his wife in a suspected compassion killing will find out today if he will be granted bail. Michel Cadotte was charged in February with second-degree murder, one day after his wife, Jocelyne Lizotte, was discovered in cardiac arrest at a long-term care facility. On the day of his wife’s death, he wrote on Facebook he had consented to a request for assisted death, had “cracked,” and was waiting for police.———SENTENCING TODAY FOR WOMAN WHO HID INFANT BODIESLawyers will argue today over what sentence should be imposed on a woman convicted of concealing the bodies of six infants in a Winnipeg storage locker. Andrea Giesbrecht faces a sentencing hearing, five months after she was found guilty of hiding the remains inside a U-haul storage unit she had rented. She was arrested in October 2014 after she defaulted on paying rent for the unit.———ST. JOHN’S MARKING 125 YEARS SINCE ‘THE GREAT FIRE’St. John’s is set to mark 125 years since “The Great Fire” of July 8, 1892, burned down much of Newfoundland’s commercial centre and left 11,000 people homeless. The fire was blamed on a dropped tobacco pipe or match in a stable up on a hill overlooking the city. St. John’s is marking the anniversary this weekend with walking tours and events in Bannerman Park.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Jared John Charles is to appear in a Prince Albert, Sask., court via video on charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl.— Sentencing hearing continues in Colwood, B.C., for Kenneth Fenton who pleaded guilty in death of RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett.— Media giant Postmedia Network Canada Corp. will release its third-quarter results.— The Calgary Stampede will kick off with a parade through downtown.last_img read more

Vancouver International Tap Festival founder says goodbye in style

first_imgWhen the Straight reaches Vancouver International Tap Festival artistic director Sas Selfjord at her home on Gabriola Island, she’s preparing to transport a special goodbye gift for the final rendition of the 18-year-old event. In her back yard sit 14 four-by-eight-foot pieces of birchwood flooring, a perfect, portable dance surface the tap society will be able to use long after her departure.“I’m hauling it over with a truck from Gabriola and then taking it to the [Orpheum] Annex’s stage door on Friday,” she relates, expressing joy that the world-class dancers she’s bringing in won’t have to click their soles on less-than-ideal Masonite. “It’s pristine birchwood—a beautiful honey colour.”The floor is, in many ways, an apt symbol of the professionalism and gleaming artistry she’s been able to build at the festival, known over the years for its range of styles and creations by big names like Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “Tap-dancing is about timing and so is the festival,” explains Selfjord, who will also step down in June 2018 from running the Vancouver Tap Dance Society, centred in the Hastings Sunrise heritage space on East Hastings Street she helped catalyze the group to buy in 2011. “I truly believe the festival in its creative capacity has run its course and we need new roads. Twitterlast_img read more